Music: Something to Dance To

To most of the musicians and moguls around RCA Victor's Manhattan recording studios, fresh-faced Ralph Flanagan was just an essential but unexciting fixture. As an arranger for Crooner Perry Como, he was usually puttering around with a pencil making last-minute changes in the scores. Sometimes he played the piano in the band. But last week, Ralph Flanagan was being treated with new respect: almost overnight, recording with a band of his own, he had become the fastest flash seller in Victor's history.

The secret, as Flanagan saw it, was "music you want to dance to—not wild and not icky. You might say...

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