Written in 1920 by Albert Von Tilzer and Neville Fleeson, Apple Blossom Time was first performed and recorded by Nora Bayes, and has since been recorded by Artie Shaw, Harry James, Vera Lynn, Nat King Cole, Joe Stafford, Wayne Newton and Barry Manilow, among others, but the best known version was recorded by the Andrews Sisters in 1941. Aided by the appearance of the song and the Sisters in the motion picture “Buck Privates,” the recording reached #5 on the charts.
The Andrews Sisters recording used the unusual instrumentation of simply 4 trombones, along with a rhythm section. For this version, Unforgettable Big Band’s trombones and rhythm section join with the band’s female vocal trio, the Forget Me Nots to perform Alan Glasscock’s transcription of the original.
This recording was created during April 2020, at a time of “social distancing” during the COVID 19 outbreak. Audio and video mixing were completed by the band’s assistant director Lindy Mack and director Tom McLaughlin.
Personnel for this video:
The Forget Me Nots: Anna Pavoncello, Alice Schlothauer, Christy Weist
Trombones: Nick Berger, Dale Boyer, Jim Young, Larry Williams
Rhythm: Lindy Mack (keyboard), Ken Brein (guitar), John Batzer (bass),
Jay Rubin (drums)