Engineered originally by arranger Tutti Camarata so both singers could be featured on Dorsey’s radio show, the combination clicked from the start, resulting in hit versions of “Amapola,” “Tangerine,” “Green Eyes” and “Maria Elena.” Bob Eberly
was with Dorsey until December 1943, when he was drafted into the military.
He was able to sing during the next two years with Wayne King’s military group, but after his discharge, Bob Eberly was never really able to get a very successful solo career going. He did continue working into the 1970s, and co-hosted a summer replacement television show with Helen O’Connell one year, but was largely forgotten. Ironically, Bob’s younger brother Ray Eberle, who had much less of a voice, is today better remembered for his many ballad vocals with Glenn Miller.