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Ray Anthony, almost

We were going to keep it under our fedoras, but the man who may be the last of the great big-band/swing orchestra leaders, Ray Anthony, was scheduled for an extended visit to Knoxville this week. With a career extending back to World War II, he was one of the most popular bandleaders of the 1950s, as well as the genius behind some of the greatest TV themes of all time, like Dragnet and Peter Gunn--as well as some artifacts like the hokey-pokey and the bunny hop that haven't survived the years quite as gracefully as much of his more swingin' work. A close friend of much-younger local bandleader Brad Walker, Anthony was reportedly set to play for a private engagement in West Knoxville tomorrow--but he was also going to make an appearance downtown tonight, for an Italian dinner at Bella Luna, then to appear at WDVX on Brad Reeves' always-fascinating live radio show, "East Tennessee Quiver." But earlier this week, Mr. Anthony's California doctor advised the 91-year-old not to make that big a trip, not right now, at least.

It wouldn't have been his first Knoxville appearance. But we think he should have demanded a second opinion.

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