Echos from the Cocoanut Grove
In 1932, Jimmie Grier took the reins as bandleader at the Coconut Grove. He was no stranger to this prestigious nightclub since he played reed, first violin and served as an arranger for Gus Arnheim, his predecessor. Arnheim was described as a quiet, gentlemanly person and by contrast Grier was alleged to be a fun-loving guy sometimes bordering on prankster. And while the personality of the leaders may have changed, the music at the Grove retained its same high standard in the tradition of "the west coast sound" during Grier's tenancy.
The Three Ambassadors, Donald Novis and Loyce Whiteman, all from the Arnheim era, remained as the main vocalists while Dick Webster and Margaret Lawrence were also added to this cast in 1932. All selections included here were taken directly from rare radio transcriptions that included scores of excellent songs never commercially recorded by Jimmie Grier.
Featured here is one true standard Stardust and several period hits including Two Loves Have I, Bend Down Sister and I Idolize My Baby's Eyes. Every selection here are enjoyable examples of favorites of the period.