Ralph Flanagan

Ralph Flanagan

Ralph Flanagan (April 7, 1914 – December 30, 1995), was an American big band leader, pianist, composer, and arranger for the orchestras of Hal McIntyre, Sammy Kaye, Blue Barron, Charlie Barnet, and Alvino Rey.

In 1949, he formed a successful orchestra which is credited with re-popularizing the Glenn Miller "sound," and which made many records, among them "Singing Winds", "Rag Mop" and "Hot Toddy." The Ralph Flanagan band was managed by Herb Hendler, an RCA A/R man who had signed Glenn Miller to his final record contract before Miller's fatal plane crash in the English Channel during World War II. It was Hendler who had encouraged Flanagan to adopt the Miller sound that led to his success. Hendler also co-wrote "Hot Toddy," which was recorded by many artists, including Lawrence Welk, Chet Atkins, Rosemary Clooney, Red Foley and Julie London.

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Hot Toddy
Reverie In the Rain
Rag Mop
Swing To 45
The Red We Want Is The Red We've Got
Way Back Home
My Hero
Don’t Cry Joe

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