Born: April 3, 1917 | Died: June 5, 2008 Primary Instrument: Arranger
Bill Finegan, an architect of the big band sounds of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller later traded in commercial success to co-create the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, which produced music that still stands as some of the most experimental of the swing era.
In 1938, Dorsey bought Finegan's score for Lonesome Road and played it for Miller, who offered the young arranger a job. Between 1938 and 1942 Finegan wrote more than 300 arrangements for Miller, including some of the band's biggest hits: the classic Little Brown Jug, Sunrise Serenade and Song of the Volga. Finegan also wrote arrangements for the films Sun Valley Serenade in 1941 and Orchestra Wives in 1942, and had begun a lifelong profession as a teacher....