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Griff Williams and His Orchestra – We Could Have Danced All Night (1958)

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Griff Williams And His Orchestra ‎– We Could Have Danced All Night
Style:Easy Listening

1. Let’s Fly Away
2. Medley: All the Things You Are / Isn’t This A Lovely Day / Oh, Lady Be Good / Someone to Watch Over Me / Do, Do, Do Sioux City Sue
3. I Know That You Know
4. In Love in Vain
5. When Day Is Done
6. Just One of Those Things
7. Medley: Cornsilk I Get A Kick Out of You / The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else / Yours, Sincerely / Alexander’s Ragtime Band
8. The Petite Waltz
9. Jalousie
10. The Girl Friend

1911, La Grande, Oregon, USA, d. February 1959, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Williams studied at
Stanford University and formed his first dance band on campus. His first professional
employment came alongside Anson Weeks during his tenure at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, playing
second piano. The experience encouraged him to put together his own orchestra, which was
founded in San Francisco. The line-up in this first incarnation of the band included Gene
McDonald, Horace Perazzi, Ray Anderson, Albert Arnold, Jack Buck, Paul Hare, Buddy
Moreno, Walter Kelsey, Bob Logan and Warren Luce. Williams himself played piano, with the
featured vocalist Coralee Scott, later replaced by a succession of singers including Buddy
Moreno, Lois Lee and the Williams Trio. Their first engagement came at Edgewater Beach,
where the group opened in October 1933. From the outset they styled themselves so as to
appeal to hotel audiences, touring such venues almost exclusively during their active life.
Included in these engagements were frequent visits to the Mark Hopkins Hotel where Williams
had once played with Weeks. They also played regularly at the Stevens Hotel after the band
had settled in the Chicago area during 1939. They continued to play there throughout the war
years. By the end of the 30s a radically different ensemble had been recruited with Bill Clifford,
Don Mulford, Walter King, Bob Kirk and Lyle Gardner among the personnel. During this time
contracts with Varsity, OKeh and Columbia Records produced a number of recordings including
the band’s theme tune, ‘Dream Music’. Williams stayed with the band until their playing
opportunities began to dwindle in 1953. At that point he joined the Haywood Publishing
Company, taking charge of the launch of several successful business magazines. However, he
continued to appear occasionally with impromptu versions of the orchestra, before his
professional commitments prevented further engagements. He became vice president of
Haywood and then one of its directors, before dying of a heart attack in 1959. ––Rovi

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