December Battle of the Bands
December represents ‘the most wonderful time of the year’. When I think of ‘the most wonderful time’ I am easily transported back to the mid 80’s. I had just completed my first year of college and set off to find that perfect summer job. I found that perfect summer job working for the Sun Valley Resort in Central Idaho.
After the war, the resort's clinic operated on the third floor of Sun Valley Lodge until the Sun Valley Community Hospital was built in 1961. While the third floor was used as the clinic, the fourth floor was the operating and recovery rooms. I will tell you from personal experience the fourth floor has paranormal activity.
Oh shoot. I got carried away and almost forgot - we’ve got a battle today!
Sun Valley was featured (and promoted) in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade, starring Sonja Henie, John Payne, Milton Berle, and bandleader Glenn Miller. Scenes were shot at the resort in March 1941. Sun Valley transfer local and future gold medalist Gretchen Fraser (her husband was also an Olympian skier - both lovely people that I am honored to have met) was the skiing stand-in for Henie.
The movie features many of Glenn Miller favorites, including “In the Mood”, “Moonlight Serenade”, and “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
But since I’m talking about this wonderfully magical place, today song choice is:
‘It Happened in Sun Valley’
Today, I’ve got three different contenders for you to choose from. Listen carefully and choose the one you enjoy the most!
Contender # 1 Jo Stafford w/Paul Weston's Orchestra & The Starlighters
Contender # 2 The Fraser Hayes Four
Contender #3 The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Please vote for the contestant that you like best in the comments. You may have heard by now, I am moving this weekend. Please don’t let that stop you from casting your vote. Voting will end on December 21, 2017 at 6pm EST with results being posted on December 22 (or as soon as I have internet connected)
By the way, the perfect location for the best view of the area for photographs (in my opinion) is along the road above Clint Eastwood's home.
I’d like to encourage you to visit the other bloggers participating in the battle of the bands as well. You can find a current list on Stephen’s blog (you can also request to join the battle of the bands blog hop on his blog).