Ralph Flanagan

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Ralph Flanagan, was a leader of his own successful band but early in his career served as a pianist, composer and arranger for the bands of Hal McIntyre, Sammy Kaye, Blue Barron, Charlie Barnet, and Alvino Rey.

A few years after returning from World War II,  Flanagan formed his own orchestra which is partly credited with re-popularizing the "Glenn Miller Sound."  The band made many records, among them "Singing Winds", "Rag Mop" and "Hot Toddy." 

Listen to "Hot Toddy" from Ralph Flanagan

The Ralph Flanagan Orchestra was managed by Herb Hendler at RCA.  Hendler is credited for encouraging Flanagan to adopt the "Miller Sound" that led to his success. 

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