Lew Stone and His Band recorded the song "Wings Over the Navy" with the singer Sam Browne for the Decca label on November 13, 1939. The personnel were Stone as director, Chick Smith and Bert Bullimore on trumpet, Lew Davis and Eric Tann on trombone, Joe Crossman, Jim Easton, Laurie Bookin, and Dan Barrigo on reeds, Bobby McGee on piano, Dan Perri on guitar, Arthur Maden on string bass and Jock Jacobson on drums.
Stone was a jazz pianist, bassist, cellist, arranger, and dance band leader who led one of the most popular bands in England in the 1930s. He was also the musical director of British and Dominion Films for several years that decade.
The song "Wings Over the Navy" features lyrics by Johnny Mercer, music by Harry Warren, ukelele arrangement by R.S. Stoddon and additional lyrics by Charles Dunn. It was first recorded for the 1939 movie of the same name, which starred Charles Brent, Olivia de Havilland and John Payne. Mercer wrote the lyrics to over 1,500 songs, including the classics "Moon River", "Days of Wine and Roses", "Autumn Leaves", and "Hooray for Hollywood."
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