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Published on Jun 12, 2008
Frank's first hit with the Dorsey Band backed by the Pied Pipers. In 1939(Jo Stafford, her then husband John Huddleston, Chuck Lowry and Billy Wilson are asked to join Tommy Dorsey's orchestra in Chicago. Not much later, another young singer is hired to replace Dorsey's "boy vocalist" Jack Leonard. His name? None other than young, skinny Frank Sinatra, with whom the Pipers record quite a few hits during their time with TD's orchestra. The most memorable among these are chart-toppers "I'll never smile again" and "There are such things" as well as "Stardust", "It started all over again", "Oh! Look at me now" and two-sided "Let's get away from it all" (latter two with Connie Haines). The group's first commercial recording with their new boss is made on February 1st 1940: "What can I say after I say I'm sorry?", an oldie from the 1920's. In April that same year Billy Wilson is replaced by Clark Yocum, who doubles on guitar. Lead singer Jo Stafford also makes a number of solorecords with TD, of which the first is "For you", released on a 12-inch disc. In the summer of 1941 she has a big hit with the spiritual-like "Yes indeed", a duet with Dorsey arranger Sy Oliver. While part of TD's organization, the group appears in 3 movies: "Las Vegas Nights" (1941), "Ship Ahoy" (1942) and "DuBarry was a lady" (1942, released in '43). In "DuBarry..." they team up with Dick Haymes, who replaced Frank Sinatra in early September '42.