Thursday, May 23, 2002

Just received the following from Tony Cucurullo: ------------------ [Ted Perzeszty]

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The night of January 16, 1938, the place Carnegie Hall. A CBS technician, realized that musical history was in the making, and he placed a single overhead microphone, and then sent the signal back to the CBS Radio Studios.
What happened is that the now immortalized concert of Benny Goodman, featuring, Harry James on trumpet, Gene Krupa, on the drums, Count Basie on the piano, and it seems that everyone that played there that night has become a Hall of Fame musician in their own right.
The song that has become the signature song of the night, Sing Sing Sing, was written by Louis Prima.
It never occurred to anyone else to record this event. But, Charlie Grenier did, and that music has been rerecorded with all sorts of filters to clean up the and balance the performances.
This album is now in the Library of Congress. I doubt if Charlie has his name entered as the recording engineer. I have heard him say he did indeed place that mic on the stage. and others have verified that fact.
So, we do have an effort by a CBS technician in the hall of fame.
Charlie has since passed on to where ever Technical Directors go. We can be sure though that he is placing microphones at or near the harps.
Tony C.