When I was 12, I was crazy about the Mills Brothers. (I didn’t discover Fats Domino until 6 years later.) I loved their vocal harmonies, their cupping hands to mouths making trumpets and trombones. Plus John’s vocal bass. That was in the late ’40s and I didn’t know about all their earlier work with Count Basie, Louie Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Bing Crosby — on and on, until I discovered this 5-CD set (“1930s Recordings.”)
In “My Walking Stick” with Louie Armstrong, the Mills Brothers “band” plays behind Louie’s vocal, then there’s a duet with Louie’s trumpet along with Herbert’s mouth trumpet. With Cab Calloway, Cab’s band does a solo, then the MBs come in with their vocal trumpets and trombones, like a little band. Wonderful music.”Flat Foot Floogie With A Floy Floy.” Check out the vocal bass with “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Baby” here.
Note, I know I repeat stuff from time to time. Goes with the getting older territory. Well hey, your memory is not infinite, right? As new stuff comes in, other stuff gets jettisoned. Right? Right?