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Five Pennies

Phil Napoleon & His Orchestra


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Feat. The Dorsey Brothers


This side was recorded in New York City on November 12th 1927 including Phil Napoleon trumpet & leader, Tommy Dorsey trombone, and Jimmy Dorsey clarinet & alto sax.

*"Five Pennies" was written by Red Nichols.

From leading his short-lived dance orchestra in 1927 Phil Napoleon would go on to work as a studio musician in the early and mid-1930s. Forming his own big band in 1937 and recorded on the Variety label. His was one of the more musical orchestras of that era but failed to find much success all the same and soon disbanded. Napoleon then returned to studio work until 1943, when he joined Jimmy Dorsey. He remained with Dorsey for the next four years, though he continued working as a studio musician with other bands and for NBC radio.

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