It’s always reassuring to find out that other people love your heroes as much as you do. Jon-Erik Kellso shared music from the blissful October 1955 COAST CONCERT on Capitol Records — featuring Jack Teagarden, Abram Lincoln, Matty Matlock, Don Owens, Nappy Lamare, Phil Stephens, Nick Fatool — and a new Facebook acquaintance, Art Wood, shared a radio program I’d not known. It was originally broadcast on WTIC, “A One-Night Stand With The Big Bands,” Hartford, Connecticut, in June 1972: and it features what might be the longest publicly-available interview — done by Arnold Dean — with a very relaxed Bobby Hackett here. Yes, there are a few flaws in the tape, and you’ll hear some period commercials — but it’s priceless time spent with Mister Hackett.
We love every note. Bobby Hackett was a quiet man if he didn’t know you, but very kind. His soul lives on in his music.
May your happiness increase!