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.
One of his students was Nelson Riddle, celebrated arranger for Frank Sinatra