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MODERNAIRES - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: THE MODERNAIRES (BILL TRACY), THE MODERNAIRES (PAULA KELLY JR.), THE MODERNAIRES (JUDI WALLACE), THE MODERNAIRES (JOHN SCOTT) - HFSID 183764

Each group member signs an individual photo in this 8x10, inscribed composite. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Irving/Bill/Tracy", "Your friends/'The Modernaires'/Paula Kelly Jr.", "Judi/Wallace" and "John Scott". B/w, 8x10 overall, four 4x5 images (one surface).

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THE MODERNAIRES: PAULA KELLY, JR., BILL TRACY, JUDI WALLACE and JOHN SCOTT
Each group member signs an individual photo in this 8x10, inscribed composite.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Irving/Bill/Tracy", "Your friends/'The Modernaires'/Paula Kelly Jr.", "Judi/Wallace" and "John Scott". B/w, 8x10 overall, four 4x5 images (one surface). Captioned at lower margin. The influential vocal ensemble which became the Modernaires formed in Buffalo, New York in 1935, composed then of 3 male high school classmates. The trio found success singing with some of the best known big bands (Ted Fio Rito, Ozzie Nelson, Paul Whiteman, and especially Glenn Miller) under various names, including The Wizards of Ozzie. Becoming a quartet, the group renamed itself permanently as The Modernaires in 1937. The year 1941 was big for the ensemble: Paula Kelly, wife of founding member Hal Dickinson, joined the group, and they were featured prominently in the Glenn Miller film Sun Valley Serenade. The Modernaires recorded the first disc to turn gold, "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," and had ten hits on the charts in 1947. Other songs associated with the Modernaires include "There, I've Said It Again," and many of the songs of Glenn Miller. Obviously, the group's composition has changed over the decades, but the ensemble's smooth style and family connections have remained. Unfortunately, one member present here is at present unidentified. PAULA KELLY, JR, daughter of Dickinson and Kelly, joined the group in 1967. Two of her sisters, Julie Dickinson and Martha Dickinson Martz, sang with the group at various times. BILL TRACY (d. 2005) a singer featured on the Tonight, Steve Allen and Merv Griffin shows, was featured on The Modernaires Now, a 1996 recording of many of the group's biggest hits. JUDI WALLACE was formerly vocalist with the orchestra of another Glenn Miller protégé, Tex Beneke, (Beneke was a featured guest on the Mod's 1996 album.) JOHN SCOTT, son of former Modernaire Fran Scott, also toured as a vocal duet with Julie Dickinson, the youngest daughter of Paula Kelly and Hal Dickinson. The Modernaires were enshrined in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. Fine condition.

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