Under a Blanket of Blue



Under a Blanket of Blue (m. Jerry Livingston*, w. Al J. Neiburg and Marty Symes) — 1933 standard


(above) The Casa Loma Orchestra, Atlantic City, 1933

Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, vocal: Kenny Sargent —  issued in 1933 on the 10-inch 78 rpm single Brunswick 6584, b/w “Love is the Thing,” both sides recorded on 26 May 1933 — The same matrix number (Brunswick 13392) was, according to 78discography.com, reissued c.1938-1939 on Vocalion 4713, c/w “It’s the Talk of the Town”



Connie Boswell with orchestra directed by Victor Young — recorded in New York on 10 June 1933; issued on the 78 rpm 10-inch single Brunswick Records 6603, as the B-side of “The River’s Takin’ Care of Me”


According to GuyMcAfee.com, “I Cover the Waterfront” and “I Couldn’t Tell Them What To Do” were also recorded during the 10 June 1933 session, and featured personnel during the session included Tommy Dorsey (trombone), Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet), and Stan King (drums).


Don Bestor and his Orchestra, vocal: Florence Case — recorded on 15 June 1933; issued on Victor 24345, as the B-side of “Hold Your Man” (m. Nacio Herb Brown, w. Arthur Freed)



Roy Fox and his Band (At the Kit-Kat Restaurant, London), vocal: Peggy Dell — issued in 1933 on (UK) Decca F.3632, as the B-side of “There’s a Cabin in the Pines” (Billy Hill); according to RateYourMusic.com, the two sides were recorded on 3-4 August 1933

Thanks to visitor Paul Kenna who, in a 14 April 2018 comment, identified the vocalist for the recording.


Joe Loss & the Harlem Band-at the Kit-Cat Restaurant in London-1932-33

In the group photo above, taken, I gather, at the Kit-Cat Restaurant, the band being led by Joe Loss is referred to at my source as the Harlem Band. The same source says that Joe Loss & the Harlem Band was “the back up band for Roy Fox and his Kit Kat Orchestra.”

Joe Loss and his Band (at the Kit-Cat Restaurant, London), vocal: Jimmy Mesene (Messini) — recorded in London, England, 19 September 1933; issued on (UK) Edison Bell Winner 5594, b/w “Isn’t It Heavenly?”

personnel, from the Jimmy and Joe Loss Discography at http://henrybebop.co.uk/discojl.htm:

Bert Collier (tp), Eddie Pratt, Danny Miller (cl, as), Arthur Birkby (ts), Harry Kahn (p, ac), Jimmy Messini (g, voc), Reggie Richmond (b), Jock Greenwood (d)



Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans, vocal: Harry Bentley — recorded in London, 9 October 1933; issued on the single (UK) Columbia Records CB 666

Carroll Gibbons: (p, dir) Bill Shakespeare, Billy Higgs: (t) Arthur Fenoulhet: (t, tb) Paul Fenoulhet: (tb, arranger) Sam Acres: (tb) George Melanchrinc: (cl, as, vn) Laurie Payne: (cl, as, bar) George Smith: (ts) Ben Frankel: (vn) Harry Sherman: (g) Jack Evetts: (string bass) Rudy Starita: (d) Harry Bentley: (v)


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Layton & Johnstone — issued in December 1933 on the 78 rpm single (UK) Columbia DB 1253, b/w “Blue Moments (Without You Dear)”



Coleman Hawkins Quintet — recorded in NYC on 17 October 1944; issued on the 78 rpm single Mercury 1098, b/w “China Boy” (B-side recorded by Herbie Haymer’s Orchestra)

Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone
Buck Clayton – trumpet
Teddy Wilson – piano
Slam Stewart – bass
Denzil Best – drums


Dale Evans — in the 1945 musical western film Bells of Rosarita


Woody Herman with orchestra; vocal Woody Herman — recorded in Los Angeles, CA, on 7 May 1947; released in October 1947 on the 4 x 10-inch disc set Eight Shades of Blue, Columbia CL-147


The same track was evidently reissued on the 1955 album Twelve Shades of Blue, Columbia CL 683



Red Norvo’s Nine — recorded on 14 October 1947; issued in May 1948 on Capitol 15083, b/w “Hollyridge Drive” (Benny Carter)



Leslie Scott with Coleman Hawkins and his Orchestra — NYC, 10 December 1947 — Coleman Hawkins, (tenor saxophone), Hank Jones (piano), Chuck Wayne (guitar), Jack Lesberg (bass), Max Roach (drums), Leslie Scott (vocals), unidentified strings



Bobby Hackett — from the 1955 LP Soft Lights and Bobby Hackett, Capitol Records T-458; the 1954 10-inch Bobby Hackett album of the same title (Capitol H-458) does not include this track


Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong — recorded on 16 August 1956 and released on their first of three album collaborations for Verve Records, Ella and Louis, 1956


Patti Page with Orchestra conducted by Jack Rael — from the 1956 LP Music for Two in Love, Mercury MG-20099




Lurlean Hunter, accompanied by Phil Moore and his Orchestra — from her 1958 LP Stepping Out, Vik ‎LX-1116; album recorded on 6, 8, and 10 May 1957


The Lou McGarity Big Eight — originally released on the 1960 album Blue Lou, Argo LP 654, LP-654 (Mono), Argo LPS-654 (Stereo); album recorded 14 & 15 September 1959 at Bell Sound Studios in New York City


Anita O’Day and Cal Tjader — from their 1962 Verve collaboration Time For Two; album recorded in Los Angeles, CA, 26-28 February 1962

Cal Tjader (vibraphone)
Lonnie Hewitt or Bob Corwin (piano)
Freddy Schreiber (bass)
Johnny Rae (drums)
Anita O’Day (vocals)



Gene Ammons Quartet — recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 14 April 1962 — Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone) Patti Bown (piano) George Duvivier (bass) Ed Shaughnessy (drums) — released on the 1963 LP The Soulful Moods of Gene Ammons, US) Moodsville MVLP 28 (Mono), Moodsville MV 28, MVST 28 (Stereo)


* credited under his birth name, Jerry Levinson


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul Kenna
    Apr 14, 2018 @ 14:42:22

    The vocalist on the Roy Fox version is Peggy Dell rather than Sid Buckman and is my favourite amongst the wonderful collection of renditions of this standard on your site. Many thanks for putting it together.

    Liked by 1 person


    • doc
      Apr 15, 2018 @ 01:33:17


      Thanks for correcting my error regarding the vocalist. In this case, it looks like I trusted the information given by the video provider. Although this is no excuse, when I created this page five years ago my investigative abilities and persistence in identifying recording dates, catalog numbers, session personnel (including vocalists) were not up to my present standards. Even today, it is often far more challenging for me to find such information regarding British recordings vs. American recordings. The correction has been made above. Your assistance is much appreciated. : )




    • doc
      Apr 15, 2018 @ 01:44:25

      Also, although it is presently my practice to listen to each recording that I’ve selected before publishing it here, I don’t always listen to the entire recording. On the other hand, there are cases where I’ll listen to a recording straight through many times before publishing it. In this instance, I obviously failed to listen far enough to notice that it was very unlikely that the vocalist was male. : )



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