Bob Haggard

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by andymseed, Jul 3, 2005.

  1. Does anyone out there know if an OLD film called "Revelry for Beverly" is available anywhere ? The film itself is absolute dross but (and to me it's a big but !) it does feature Bob Haggart doing "Big Noise From Winnetka" with Ray Baduc !
    Alternatively if anybody knows of any other film clips of Bob can you let me know.
    Thanks - Andy. :confused:
  2. msw


    Aug 21, 2003
    Bob Haggart
    Bass, composer, arranger

    Born: March 13, 1914 in New York City, New York
    Died: December 2, 1998 in Venice, Florida
  3. Yep , I know WHO he was ! That's not what I was asking , I was asking if anyone out there had any knowledge of film clips with him doing "Big Noise From Winnetka" on them !
  4. i'll keep an eye out for that, bob was a pretty mean bassist, ive got his book (its really old) and it done wonders for me when i was just starting out.
  5. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    Here's the bio excerpt I have:

    One of the last survivors of Bob Crosby's Bobcats, Bob Haggart was a top bassist for 60 years. Originally a guitarist, Haggart taught himself bass while in high school. He gained fame when he joined Bob Crosby in 1935, not only supplying his supportive and swinging bass but contributing arrangements and writing such songs as "What's New," "South Rampart Street Parade," "My Inspiration," and "Big Noise From Winnetka," the latter a colorful duet with drummer Ray Bauduc. After Crosby broke up his band in 1942, Haggart became a studio musician and was on a countless number of sessions (particularly for Decca). In addition to his studio work, the busy bassist teamed up with Yank Lawson for recordings as the Lawson-Haggart Band. Bob Haggart participated in many Bobcat reunions with Bob Crosby, co-led the World's Greatest Jazz Band with Lawson starting in 1968, and was a steady fixture at many jazz parties and festivals through the years prior to his death on December 2, 1998.
    ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
  6. Steve Bassman

    Steve Bassman Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Bob Haggart performed "Big Noise From Winnetka" in at least two Holywood movies. 1940's "Let's Make Music" and 1943's "Reveille with Beverly". Neither one is currently available on VHS or DVD at this time (as far as I can tell). Here's some more information on these films:

    There are other films featuring Bob Crosby, but these are the only two that I am certain feature "Big Noise". The audio recording is still available on several Bob Crosby Band compilations. I would also love to have a copy of these movies as well as a recording of Haggart's earlier bass feature, 1938's "The Big Bass Viol" (perhaps the first bowed bass solo in jazz). I have a few copies of his very thorough bass method and I had the oppotunity to meet him here in Florida where he resided in the city of Naples. I had him autograph an old Bob Crosby LP and he signed it "to Steve, from the Big Noise". He was a great talent.

    - Steve
  7. Enjoy... I just found this old video