Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
They came to watch and listen to a memory and left with a happy feeling that the nostalgia of the evening was only yesterday.
Helen O'Connell, Bob Eberly and Tex Beneke brought back the bigband music in the Glenn Miller-Jimmy Dorsey tradition at Wolf Trap Tuesday night. The show opened with Tex Beneke playing songs like "Little Brown jug," "American Patrol" and "Kalamazoo." Several couples got up and danced in the aisles while Beneke played all the traditional songs of Glenn Miller.
A young usher who said she might be a GS-2 salarywise said, "I'm not sure what kind of music it is, but someone in the audience told me you could dance to it."
Bob Eberly came on in the second half and sang a few numbers people remembered. Then he introduced Helen O'Connell, and the evening seemed to pick up a little when she sang her favorite numbers like "Tangerine" and "Green Eyes." Her turned-up nose, the deep dimples and the crinkly eyes all moved to form that impish look when the band stops and she sings the lyrics, "Those cool and limpid green eyes."
She made the years fade away for the audience, composed mostly of people over 40. It was a sentimental journey for most of them. Eberly was coming in a little late, O'Connell was not as loud as the orchestra, but no one semmed to care because everyone else was with it. As Eberly said, "How quickly time has passed."