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The Brass Ring

The Brass Ring

The Brass Ring was a group of American studio musicians led by saxophonist and arranger Phil Bodner. They were based in New York City and were stylistically similar to Herb Alpert and other "Now Sound" instrumental pop groups from the 1960s, although the twin-sax sound more closely resembles Billy Vaughn, whose biggest hits were in the 50s. In addition to several successful albums, they had two hit singles. The first, The Phoenix Love Theme (Senza Fine), was used in the movie The Flight of the Phoenix, and hit #32 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. The second, The Dis-Advantages of You, was used in a commercial for Benson & Hedges, and hit #36 in 1967. Numerous other singles hit Billboard's Easy Listening chart, and a non-chart single, "Love In The Open Air", is prized by collectors, as it is a cover of a little-known composition by Paul McCartney.