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Billy May

The last of the great arrangers who wrote regularly for Frank Sinatra, Billy May had several varied careers in and out of jazz. His first notable gig was as an arranger/trumpeter with Charlie Barnet (1938-1940), for whom he wrote the wah-wah-ing hit arrangement of Ray Noble's "Cherokee." Later, he worked in the same capacities for Glenn Miller (1940-1942) and Les Brown (1942) before settling into staff jobs, first at NBC studios, then at Capitol Records, where he led his own studio big band from 1951 to 1954. His arrangements for Sinatra, beginning with Come Fly With Me (1957) and ending with Trilogy (1979), are often in a walloping, brassy, even taunting swing mode, generating some of the singer's most swaggering vocals. May also did extensive scoring for television, film, and commercials. Although May was largely inactive in the '80s and '90s , he unexpectedly surfaced in 1996 with some typically bright big band charts for comic Stan Freberg's The United States of America, Vol. 2 (Rhino), 25 years after his contributions to Vol. 1. The veteran arranger died quietly at home on January 22, 2004 at the age of 87. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Grandes Orquestas

1. The Man With The Golden Arm

2. Serenade

3. The Continental

4. Mad About The Boy

5. Moonlight Becomes You

6. The Late Late Show

7. Perfidia

8. Rose Marie

9. Say It Isn't So

10. You're Driving Me Crazy

11. Top Hat White Tie And Tails

12. If I Had You

13. Moanin'

14. Bye Bye Black Bird

15. Show Me The Way To Go Home

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Track List: Billy May’s Bacchanalia and Naughty Operetta

1. Top Hat, White Tie And Tails

2. Cocktails For two

3. Cheek To Cheek

4. You And The Night And The Music

5. Pick Yourself Up

6. Show Me The Way To Go Home

7. Little Brown Jug

8. Makin’ Whoopee

9. Bacchanalia

10. Let’s Put Out The Lights (And Go To Sleep)

11. Accent On Youth

12. It’s The Natural Thing To Do

13. Serenade (from ‘The Student Prince’)

14. Italian Street Song

15. The Desert Song

16. Rose-Marie

17. I’ll See You Again

18. She Didn’t Say ‘Yes’

19. Vilia

20. Huguette Waltz

21. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise

22. One Kiss

23. March Of The Toys

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Track List: The Greatest Hits Of Billy May

1. All Of Me

2. Bali Ha'i

3. Beyond The Reef

4. Bijou-Cha-Cha

5. Charmaine

6. Ebb Tide

7. Fat Man Boogie

8. Flamingo

9. Flyin' Home-Cha-Cha

10. Artistry In Rhythm-Cha-Cha

11. Forevermore

12. Goodbye-Cha-Cha

13. Humming Waters

14. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan

15. I Remember-Cha-Cha

16. If I Had You

17. In A Mellow Tone-Cha-Cha

18. In The Mood-Cha-Cha

19. Lean Baby

20. Leap Frog-Cha-Cha

21. Lulu's Back In Town

22. Main Title From 'The Man With The Golden Arm'

23. Mayhem

24. My Silent Love

25. Poinciana

26. Shangri-La

27. Snowfall-Cha-Cha

28. Strange Enchantment

29. The Hawaiian Wedding Song

30. The Moon Of Manakoora

31. The Poor People Of Paris-Cha-Cha

32. There Is No Greater Love

33. Tuxedo Junction-Cha-Cha

34. Twelfth Street-Rag-Cha-Cha

35. Unforgettable

36. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street

37. You're Loveable

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Track List: Grandes Orquestas Billy May

1. The Man With The Golden Arm

2. Serenade

3. The Continental

4. Mad About The Boy

5. Moolinght Becomes You

6. The Late Late Show

7. Perfidia

8. Rose Marie

9. Say It Isn't So

10. You're Driving Me Crazy

11. Top Hat White Tie And Tails

12. If I Had You

13. Moanin'

14. Bye Bye Blackbird

15. Show Me The Way To Go Home

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Track List: Essential Jazz Masters

1. Uptown Blues

2. Johnny Cool Theme

3. Bee Boom

4. Blues In The Night

5. Coquette

6. Dare's Affair

7. Four Or Five Times

8. The Lizard

9. The Coolest Pad

10. Cheatin' On Me

11. Annie Laurie

12. Borrow A Knife

13. Well All Right Then

14. Nice Quiet Saloon

15. The Ballad Of Johnny Cool

16. Margie

17. For Dancers Only

18. Morning In Balboa

19. Rhythm Is Our Business

20. 'Tain't What You Do

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Track List: A Band Is Born!

1. All Of Me

2. If I Had You

3. Charmaine

4. Unforgettable

5. Fat Man Boogie

6. Lean Baby

7. My Silent Love

8. There Is No Greater Love

9. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan

10. Mayhem

11. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street

12. LuLu's Back In Town

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Track List: Harp With A Beat (Digitally Remastered)

1. Latin Lady

2. In A Sentimental Mood

3. Polly

4. Lullaby Of The Leaves

5. Midnight Sun

6. Carlsbad Caper

7. I Dream Too Much

8. Mine

9. In An 18th Century Drawing Room

10. C Sharp Minor Beat

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Track List: Plays The Standards

1. Ain?T She Sweet

2. Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue

3. Tuxedo Junction

4. You're Driving Me Crazy

5. Top Hat White Tie And Tails

6. Cheek To Cheek

8. The Continental

9. Lulu?S Back In Town

10. Say It Isn?T So

11. Eager Beaver

12. In The Mood

13. Little Brown Jug

14. Makin? Whoopee

15. Mad About The Boy

16. Blues In The Night

17. Till There Was You

18. Young At Heart

19. The Shadow Of Your Smile

20. Strangers In The Night

21. Autumn Leaves

22. Unforgettable

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Track List: By Arrangement

Disc 1

1. Cherokee

2. The Wrong Idea

3. Rockin' In Rhythm

4. Pompton Turnpike

5. Leapin' At The Lincoln

6. Afternoon Of A Moax

7. Phylisse

10. Take The "A" Train

12. Daisy Mae

14. Gabby Goose

16. Blues In The Night

17. I Got Rhythm

18. Friday Afternoon

19. Long Tall Mama

20. Carnival

21. Autumn Serenade

22. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Disc 2

2. Chinese Lullaby

3. From The Land Of The Sky Blue Water

4. April In Paris

5. Russian Lullaby

6. Shouldn't I

8. The Way You Look Tonight

9. Always

10. Hors D'oeuvres

12. Maryland My Maryland

13. Dancing On The Ceiling

14. Isn't It Romantic

15. Mimi

17. Mean To Me

18. On A Honky-Tonk Hardwood Floor

25. Walkin' My Baby Back Home

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Track List: A Proper Introduction To Billy May: Billy's Best

1. All Of Me

2. If I Had You

3. Lulu's Back In Town

4. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street

5. Fat Man Boogie

6. Lean Baby

7. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans

8. Charmaine

9. There Is No Greater Love

10. My Last Affair

11. When Your Lover Has Gone

12. Mayhem

13. You're Driving Me Crazy

14. Perfidia

15. Tenderly

16. Memphis In June

18. Easy Street

19. Honest And Truly

21. Cocktails For Two

22. Little Brown Jug

23. Makin' Whoopee

24. You And The Night And The Music

25. Street Of Dreams

26. Dixieland Band

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Track List: Studio Recordings 1951 - 1953

Disc 1

1. All Of Me

2. My Silent Love

3. If I Had You

4. Lulu's Back In Town

5. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street

6. Fat Man Boogie

7. Lean Baby

8. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans

9. Charmaine

10. Orchids In The Moonlight

11. When I Take My Sugar To Tea

12. There Is No Greater Love

13. Unforgettable

15. Always

16. My Last Affair

17. When Your Lover Has Gone

18. Please Be Kind

19. Mayhem

20. You're Driving Me Crazy

21. Perfidia

22. Diane

23. Tenderly

25. Memphis In June

Disc 2

1. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano

3. Easy Street

4. Honest And Truly

5. Gin And Tonic

6. High Noon

7. A Cute Piece Of Property

8. Driftwood

9. Do You Ever Think Of Me

10. Cocktails For Two

11. Top Hat, White Tie And Tails

12. Little Brown Jug

13. Makin' Whoopee

14. Let's Put Out The Lights And Go To Sleep

15. You And The Night And The Music

16. Cheek To Cheek

17. Bacchanalia

18. From The Land Of The Sky Blue Water

19. Gone With The Wind

20. Good Gravy

21. Comin' Thru The Rye

22. Romance

23. Street Of Dreams

24. Dixieland Band

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Track List: Let's Go To Town With Billy May & His Orchestra

Disc 1

1. All Of Me

3. When Your Lover Has Gone

4. Charmaine

5. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan

6. Just You, Just Me

7. My Silent Love

8. Stompin' At The Savoy

9. You're Driving Me Crazy

10. The Carioca

11. Introduction To "The Billy May Show"

12. My Last Affair

13. When Your Lover Has Gone

14. Please Be Kind

15. Mayhem

16. Honest And Truly

18. Easy Street

19. Gin And Tonic

21. Fat Man Boogie

22. Huguette Waltz

Disc 2

1. Perfidia

2. The Desert Song

3. I Can Dream, Can't I

4. Let's Put Out The Lights And Go To Sleep

7. Orchids In The Moonlight

8. There Is No Greater Love

9. Vilia

10. Introduction To "Let's Go To Town"

11. Perfidia

13. Mayhem

14. Tenderly

15. Lean Baby

16. She Didn't Say Yes

17. Pick Yourself Up

18. Show Me The Way To Go Home

19. I'll See You Again

20. It's The Natural Thing To Do

22. Fascinating Rhythm

23. Conclusion Of "Let's Go To Town"

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Track List: The Ultimate Billy May

1. The Man With The Golden Arm

2. Mad About The Boy

3. Serenade

5. Rose Marie

6. Say It Isn't So

7. She Reminds Me Of You

8. Till There Was You

9. Eager Beaver

10. Moonlight Becomes You

11. Autumn Leaves

12. The Continental

13. The Late Late Show

14. Moanin'

15. Blues In The Night

16. You're Driving Me Crazy

17. Top Hat White Tie And Tails

18. In The Mood

19. Perfidia

20. Lulu's Back In Town

21. Rhythm Is Our Business

22. If I Had You

23. Bye Bye Blackbird

24. Show Me The Way To Go Home

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Track List: Big Fat Brass/Bill's Bag

1. Brassmen's Holiday

2. Autumn Leaves

3. Love Is The Thing

4. Ping Pong

5. Moonlight Becomes You

6. Pawn Ticket

7. Solving The Riddle

8. Invitation

9. The Continental

10. Return Of The Zombie

11. On A Little Street In Singapore

12. Jooms Jooms

13. Children Of The Night

15. The Preacher

16. Playboy's Theme

17. The Late, Late Show

18. Dat Dere

19. Filet Of Soul

20. Whisper Not

21. Miles Behind

22. Moanin'

23. My Little Suede Shoes

24. Shiny Stockings

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Track List: A Band Is Born / Big Band Bash

1. All Of Me

2. If I Had You

3. Charmaine

4. Unforgettable

5. Fat Man Mambo

6. Lean Baby

7. My Silent Love

8. There Is No Greater Love

9. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan

10. Mayhem

11. When My Sugar Walks Down The Street

12. Lulu's Back In Town

13. You're Driving Me Crazy

14. When Your Lover Has Gone

15. Perfidia

16. My Last Affair

17. Easy Street

18. Gone With The Wind

19. Diane

20. Please Be Kind

21. Tenderly

22. Orchids In The Moonlight

23. Romance

24. From The Land Of The Sky Blue Water

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Track List: Live From The Hollywood Palladium

1. You're Driving Me Crazy (Live)

2. Angel Eyes (Live)

3. Good Gravy (Live)

4. Charmaine (Live)

5. Perfidia (Live)

6. No Greater Love (Live)

7. When I Take My Sugar To Tea (Live)

8. Ebb Tide (Live)

9. Do You Ever Think Of Me (Live)

10. Little Brown Jug/Broadcast Closing (Live)

11. My Silent Love (Live)

12. This Can't Be Love (Live)

13. The Dixieland Band (Live)

14. Tenderly (Live)

15. My Funny Valentine (Live)

16. In A Jam (Live)

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Track List: Plays For Fancy Dancin'

1. It Happened In Monterev

2. Say It Isn't So

3. Star Eyes

4. So Rare

5. Be Honest With Me

6. I'll Never Say, Never Again, Again

7. Stumbling

8. She Reminds Me Of You

9. Songs Of The Wanderer

10. Azure

11. Bye Bye Blackbird

12. You Turned The Tables On Me

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Track List: Naughty Operetta / Plays For Fancy Dancin'

1. Serenade (From The Student Prince)

2. Italian Street Song

3. The Desert Song

4. Rose Marie

5. I'll See You Again

6. She Didn't Say Yes

7. Vilia

8. Huguette Waltz

9. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise

10. One Kiss

11. March Of The Toys

12. It Happened In Monterey

13. Say It Isn't So

14. Star Eyes

15. So Rare

16. Be Honest With Me

17. I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again

18. Stumbling

19. She Reminds Me Of You

20. Song Of The Wanderer

21. Azure

23. You Turned The Tables On Me

Comments

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fjallen1
As a high school student I purchased all of his recordings that I could afford. As a college freshman I had the good fortune of dancing with my future wife of 58 years to his band at the University of Florida spring frolics in 1954.
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Can the Billy Mays/Al Hirt album be found in Pandora?
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No question, Billy May was one of the best arrangers in big band history. His arrangements were creative and polished. Loved his style with his own big band. His arrangements really suited Sinatra, who loved the powerful brass sound May's charts.
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koki333
Billy May's slurping saxes, awesome trombones,an d wailing trumpets just put me into orbit!
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We had great bands in the 40's each has their distinctive style I could tell who they were just by their style what a great time to live through.
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Oh yes!
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dzarzana
I met Billy May back in the late 50's while at Capitol Records. He was a perfect gentleman. I lived close to where he died (San Juan Capistrano) If I had known he lived in the area I would have visited him. I love his music, his arrangements and his mark on music history.
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One of the greats
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This is music played the way it's supposed to be played!
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The great bands were the best they should all come back
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It Had To Be You...you don't here music like this anymore. What a crying shame. This music isoutof sight!
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LOVE THE GREEN HORNET !!!!
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Magnificent!
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Billy May was the man!!!
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All of me. Why not take all of me. Can't you see, I'm no good without you. Take my lips, I'll never use them. Take my arms, I want to lose them. Your good byes, left me with eyes that cry. How can I still go on with out you. You took the part that once was my heart. So why not take all of me.
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Lean Baby was, and is, my favorite.
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Billy May, king of the old and great musical standards.
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can't beat big band jazz!
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Oh, When My Sugar Walks Down The Street , now this one is heavy!
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Love his arrangements .
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The best ochestraswor k i n g witn Sinatra: Billy May, Nelson Ridle and Count Basie.
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This Music will live forever, I'm 46 and have two of my four kids that love it.. It may change but if you listen to much of Today's pop it still heavily influences it .
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thelmavan
I refound Billy May on Music Choice and Pandora permits me to hear so much more of him. THANKS...He made wonderful music. I am so glad I can continue to hear his music in the years I have left.
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I was asked to play solo trombone on several of his great charts when in USAF swing band, 1951-55. In high school went to Pasadena Civic to hear his outstanding stuff. Great memories of a sadly now passe pop music we all danced to.
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Mmmmm...I like Billy May's style!
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rayers4
one of he greatest ever!
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While in France in 1952 I heard the band of Alex Campbell (sp.) with a sound quite like Billy May. I wondered who borrowed from whom.Now I can find nothing. Maybe if I spelled his name correctly it would help.
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I sat in awe at the Pasadena Civic listening to this great leader and his swinging band--about 1951.
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regisgrad200 3
Billy had a sound that was great.His vision of Cute had great brush work
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jake.sj
Is Dinah Washington the vocalist? Great style.
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Billy's distinctive style made for dancing and listening. Being a reed man I loved his treatment and unique sound of the sax section.
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billdon12
He is great!!!
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"Billy May" was at the top with his band and his wonderful arrangments of each and ever song. I have records but Pandora makes it so easy to set back in my easy chair and tune in to this wonderful music.We lost so much when Billy May passed on,great great talent,Thank you Pandora
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To me this is truly American music at it's best. Billy May was a talented man.
Great music, as far as I'm concerned.
Pandora, thanks for the nostalgic ride through the decades!
Your fan, Mark from Herbertsvill e NJ
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You guys are truely amazing. The range of styles, the information. . . please keep it up. I will pass this on to my friends.
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I have found very little that I do not like anywhere in Pandora.

Sincerely, The Gravytrain
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This great music. I come from the generation that appreciates this kind of listening.

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