William “Count” Basie formed his first band, Basie’s Barons of Swing, in Kansas City in 1935. A veteran of the popular Kansas City band led by Bennie Moten, Basie assembled his first group following Moten’s death, utilizing a number of Moten’s sidemen. The band soon found steady employment at K.C.’s Reno Club. In the excellent book Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History by Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix, the authors quote a 1936 Downbeat article written by Dave Dexter, who described an evening at the Reno. Dexter’s opinion of the band was that it “needed seasoning” but had a lot to offer. He wasn’t so keen on the Reno, which he described as “a dive” and “one of the town’s most unsavory holes.”
Amapola My pretty little poppy You're like that lovely flower, so sweet and heavenly Since I found you My heart is wrapped around you And loving you it seems to beat a rhapsody Amapola The pretty little poppy Must copy its endearing charm from you Amapola, Amapola How I long to hear you say, "I love you."
Cl:Walt Levinsky As:Chuck Wilson, Mike Migliore Ts:Frank Wess, Ted Nash Bs:Sol Schlinger Tp:Glenn Drewes, Randy Sandke, Spanky Davis, Bob Millikan Tb:Joel Helleny, Eddie Bert, Paul Faulise P:Marty Napoleon B:Murray Wall Ds:Butch Miles
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