Ol’ Man River

Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra

Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra

In 1927, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein wrote the musical “Show Boat”, featuring the now Grammy winning tune “Ol’ Man River.”  In that same year, Glen Gray’s popular Orange Blossom Band was playing in Toronto at the Casa Loma Hotel.  It was there that they first arranged and performed “Ol’ Man River.”  It immediately became a mainstay in their set list for years to come.

On February 25, 1935, Glen Gray and his Orchestra stepped into Muzak’s studio in Manhattan to record this and 12 other songs.  It’s easy to see why they played “Ol’ Man River” for so many years; a great song with a great arrangement, played by a great band.  Enjoy this never before released recording of “Ol’ Man River” by the Glen Gray Orchestra.


Contributed by Bruce McKagan, Muzak Archives Director

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Tagged as: 30s music, Bruce McKagan, Casa Loma Orchestra, Glen Gray, Glen Gray Casa Loma Orchestra, Music, Muzak Archives, Ol’ Man River, Show Boat, swing music

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