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Teddy McRae

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Simply because important an arranger simply because he was a tenor-saxophonist, Teddy McRae made important, behind-the-scenes efforts to several rings, especially Chick Webb’s. After using local groupings, including a family group band, McRae caused June Clark in 1926 and in 1927 shifted to NY where he primarily led his very own group. Among his musical organizations during the following decade had been Charlie Johnson, Elmer Snowden (1932), Stuff Smith (1934), Lil Armstrong (1935) & most significantly Chick Webb (1936-39), for whom he added both solos and preparations. McRae continued to be with Webb’s orchestra following the drummer’s loss of life, acting because the musical movie director for an interval as the group was fronted by Ella Fitzgerald (1939-41). He previously stints using the orchestras of Cab Calloway (1941-42), Jimmie Lunceford (1942), Lionel Hampton (1943) and Louis Armstrong (getting his musical movie director during 1944-45). McRae documented through the 1930s with little groups going by Benny Morton, Teddy Wilson and Henry “Crimson” Allen; had written “Back again Bay Shuffle” for Artie Shaw; and led his very own music group in 1945. He shaped the short-lived Raecox label with Eddie Wilcox (although he under no circumstances recorded for this) and mainly worked being a freelance arranger thereafter. McRae just recorded several isolated titles being a head, including two tracks for Ruler in 1945, six for Groove in 1955 (mainly being a vocalist) and two R&Bish vocal amounts for Moonshine in 1958, although he do record with Champ Jack port Dupree from 1955-56.

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Full Name Teddy McRae
Died March 4, 1999, New York City, New York, United States
Music Songs If You Ever Change Your Mind, Hi' Fi' Baby, Somebody Nobody Loves, The Muffin Man, This Love of Mine, The Harlem Stride, What Do You Know About Love?, Taking a Chance on Love, I Want the Waiter, Moon Ray, When My Sugar Walks Down the Street, Strictly From Dixie, Five O'Clock Whistle, It's Wonderful, Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!, The One I Love, Betcha Nickel, Everyone's Wrong But Me, I'm the Lonesomest Gal in Town, Sugar Blues, If You Ever Should Leave, Deedle-De-Dum, The Starlit Hour, You Can't Be Mine, Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home, I Was Doing All Right, I Fell in Love With a Dream, Louisville, K-Y, I've Found a New Baby, My Prayer, Copenhagen, Organ Grinder's Swing


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Game of Their Lives 2005 writer: "All She Wants to Do is Rock"
A Dirty Shame 2004 writer: " Baby Let Me Bang Your Box"
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Avalon 1990 writer: "Broadway"
Lenny 1974 music: "Well You Needn't"
Tony Bennett at the Talk of the Town 1972 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
The Five Pennies 1959 music: "Back Bay Shuffle" 1938 - uncredited
Dancing Co-Ed 1939 writer: "Traffic Jam" 1939 - uncredited

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