Tribute to Clyde McCoy and His “Sugar Blues” Orchestra

April 25, 2020 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Clyde McCoy is one of the local musicians featured on our
Portsmouth Murals.
All Aboard! Join us as we take a “Sentimental Journey” through
the 1940’s with Joseph Rubin directing a 15-piece Big Band
Orchestra. Hear Clyde McCoy’s recently discovered original musical
arrangements for the first time in decades as Joseph Rubin
and his 15 piece orchestra perform all your favorite song hits from
the Fabulous Forties: Stompin’ At The Savoy, When You’re Smiling,
Stardust, Sentimental Journey,
and of course Sugar Blues.
Clyde McCoy started his musical career at the age of nine on
the trombone in our hometown. He later mastered his golden
trumpet and developed a unique, muted “wah-wah” style which
was widely copied, but never equaled. In 1930, he introduced
his theme song, Sugar Blues. That record sold over a million
copies. McCoy never forgot his Portsmouth roots and returned to
perform here more than nine times between 1931 and 1942.
You won’t want to miss this exciting “living history” concert
celebrating the centennial of Clyde McCoy’s first band