Charlie Barnet


LP cover design by Keith McMenomy | World Record Club

Keith McMenomy was the first of several Swinburne graduates who worked at World Record Club in the sixties. Keith was only there for a short while before he went out into the world of advertising. In his time at WRC he produced some exciting covers, including this one that has been singled out by most WRC alumni as a studio favourite. ()

Charles Daly Barnet (October 26, 1913 –  September 4, 1991) was an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and band leader.  Although he began his recording career in October, 1933 he was at the height of his popularity between 1939 and 1941, a period that began with his hit version of “Cherokee”, written by Ray Noble and arranged by Billy May. In 1944, Barnet had another big hit with “Skyliner”. In 1947, he started to switch from swing music to bebop. During his swing period his band included Buddy DeFranco, Roy Eldridge, Neal Hefti, Lena Horne, Barney Kessel, Dodo Marmorosa, Oscar Pettiford, and Art House, while later versions of the band included Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, and Clark Terry. Trumpeter Billy May was an arranger in the Charlie Barnet Orchestra before joining Glenn Miller in 1940.

He was one of the first bandleaders to integrate his band; the year is variously given as 1935 or 1937. He was an outspoken admirer of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

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