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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Vagabond Dreams With Buddy Clark

Vagabond Dreams
Vagabond Street
Featuring Buddy Clark Singing
Production: Ozzie Cadena
Mastering: R. Van Gelder
Engraving: Fidelity Engravers, Inc.
Regent Records, Co. - Newark, N. J.
Regent MG-6030

On A Little Street IN Singapore
Hi-Diddle Dee Dee, An Actors Life For Me
I've Got No Strings
Give A Little Whistle
Leaning On The Ole Top Rail
South Of The Border
Turn On The Old Music Box
When You Wish Upon A Star
If What You Say Is True
Vagabond Dreams

Bright New World - Flo Price

Bright New World
Bright New World
Flo Price
With The Ralph Carmichael Orchestra
Cover Photo: Peggy Zarnek - Photo Ideas, Chicago
Word Records - Waco, Texas
WST-8478-LP

Bright New World
Keep Me Where Love Is
A Quiet Place
You're Walking Down Sunshine Lane
He's Listening
My Times Are In Thy Hand
Master Designer
At The Shore
I Searched The World
Try A Little Kindness
Like A Mighty River
Thoughts On A Sunday Morning

Tambo - Tito Puente

Tambo
Tito Puente
Produced by Marty Gold
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
RCA Victor LPM-2257
1960

Tunes are available from online vendors, but apparently only by the piece as a part of various "collections" rather than as a complete "album". Presented here to share the cover art.

A masterwork of rhythm styled to capture the attention of period "exotica" fans.

From Billboard - January 9, 1961: Drums and bongos provide an exciting tempo for Puente's exuberant ork treatments of dramatic jungle-flavored themes. The exotic lineup includes "Witch Doctor's Nightmare," "Voodoo Dance At Midnight," "Call Of The Jungle Birds" and "Dance Of The Headhunters." Album should appeal to pop sound-LP fans, as well as Puente's loyal Latin-American Buyers.

Dance Of The Headhunters
Call Of The Jungle Birds
Rumba-Timbales
The Ceremony Of Tambo
Velorio
Cuero Pelao
Jungle Holiday
Guaguanco
Ritual Drum Dance
Witch Doctor's Nightmare
Son Montuno
Voodoo Dance At Midnight

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Three Little Words - Andre Previn

Three Little Words
Andre Previn
Piano with Rhythm Accompaniment
RCA Victor LPM-1356
1957

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover and jacket notes excerpt.

From the back cover: Andre was born in Berlin in the summer of 1929. His father, a piano teacher, was able to recognize – and knew enough to be astounded at – Andre's gift for perfect pitch when he was only four years old. Two years later, Andre asked his father to teach him how to play the piano. During the next four years the Previn family managed to leave Germany via Paris and emigrate to the States. They arrived in Hollywood in 1939 where Andre's older brother had already preceded them. Andre, who had been studying piano with his father despite all interruptions, enrolled in Beverly Hills High School. Following his strong interest in composition and harmony, he took lessons with such noted musicians as Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Joseph Achron. Even before finishing high school, Andre was earning money as a part-time piano player and doing free-lance arrangements. Soon after graduation, he went to work for M-G-M pictures as as arranger.

His first task was scoring the music played by pianist Jose' Iturbi in a movie called "Holiday In Mexico." By 1948, at nineteen, Andre was already assigned to compose and conduct scores for films; to date he has won three nominations for the Academy Awards.

After hearing the last piano player, Art Tatum, display his jazz skill, Andre became fascinated with jazz which he feels is a "very important and genuine art form." In the past several years he has played with some leading West Coast jazzmen like drummer Shelley Mann and trumpet-player Shorty Rogers as well as with a group of his own. His fondest dream, in fact, is to combine his love for jazz and his feeling for classical music in writing a full score for jazz soloists and symphony orchestra.

But that potential listening pleasure is reserved for the future; right now you can pleasure yourself with Three Little Words – and eleven other perennial favorites in this collection. – Edwin Miller


I Only Have Eyes For You
September In The Rain
This Heart Of Mine
I'll String Along With You
Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
Three Little Words
Jeepers Creepers
I Know Why And So Do You
There Will Never Be Another You
Lullaby Of Broadway
Who's Sorry Now
The Gypsy In My Soul

Percy Faith Plays Romantic Music

Percy Faith Plays Romantic Music
Columbia CL 526
1953

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover and jacket notes excerpt.

From the back cover: Born April 7, 1908, Toronto, Canada. The oldest of eight children, Percy Faith began studying the violin at the age of seven. Shortly thereafter an aunt gave him a fine piano, with which he immediately became fascinated. By the time he was ten, he had progressed to the point where he was able to present a double recital, playing alternate solos on the violin and the piano. However, his real love was the piano, and he concentrated on that instrument. During his high school years, he found after-hours employment in a Toronto movie house, playing music to accompany silent films. Here he learned how to improvise and to ad-lib, to fit the mood of various scenes and to stretch-out the music when his cue-sheets proved faulty.

Upon graduation from high school, he joined an orchestra which played in and around Toronto. Suddenly, an offer came from Jack Arthur, a symphonic orchestra conductor known as the "Paul Whiteman of Canada." Impressed with Percy's ability, Arthur lent him to a small band in the area, intending to place him in his own group after Percy found work on several radio programs, and continued to study for concert work under such teachers as Frank Wellman of the Toronto Conservatory, and Louis Waizman. It was Waizman who recognized the young musician's talent for interpretative arranging, and convinced him that he should follow that technique.

By 1931, Faith was conducting his own orchestra – a small string group – on the air. He progressed through larger groups and in 1934 the Canadian Broadcasting System hired him as staff arranger and conductor. He was given a program called "Gaiety in Romance" that at once landed a sponsor, and continued with "Streamline" and "Music by Faith." Early in 1940 he was offered the conductor's post with the "Carnation Hour" in the United States, which he conducted until 1947, until he starred on "The Pause That Refreshes". Shortly thereafter, he joined Columbia Records as a member of the Artists and Repertoire staff, and as a recording artist in his own right. Since that time he has been one of the leaders in the return of the instrumental number to favor.

While We're Young
I'll Take Romance
Invitation
The Girl That I Marry
Valse Huguette
If I Loved You
Carousel Waltz
Easy To Love
One Night Of Love
When I'm Not Near The Girl I Love
Caress
Beautiful Love

Monday, June 18, 2018

Black Coffee - Peggy Lee

Black Coffee
With Peggy Lee
Decca Records DL 8358
1956

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art and notes excerpt.

Excellent material, outstanding arrangements and Peggy at her absolute finest backed to perfection by a small studio group.

From the back cover: Hollywood is a big and lonely place; it was not even aware of Peggy's arrival. It was all she could do to get a few obscure singing jobs. Discouraged but not disheartened, she headed back to North Dakota, where she managed to get a singing job on station WDAY in Fargo. Her fortunes took a turn for the better. She began getting local night club dates – dates that soon spread throughout the midwest. While playing in Chicago, she was heard by Benny Goodman, who offered her a place with his band.

Touring with the Goodman aggregation for two years was something which Peggy will never forget. It gave her an opportunity to sing with some of the nation's top musicians. Moreover, it was during this period that Peggy Lee became a "name" with her big-selling record of "Why Don't You Do Right."

Since that time Peggy's star has risen higher and higher. Her successes have taken her into the country's leading night-spots, into television, and radio. Her records, such as her remarkable rendition of "Lover," have been sensational, and she received national acclaim when she sang it, among other songs, in her starring role in Warner Brothers' musical, "The Jazz Singer."

The songs in this collection reveal Peggy Lee at her most captivating. Here she displays a versatility which matches her wonderful vitality, emphasizing the quality of her voice as well as the music. The personnel of the instrumental group which accompanies her consists of Cootie Chesterfield, trumpet; Jimmy Rowles, piano; Max Wayne, bass; Ed Shaughnessy, drums.


Black Coffee
I've Got You Under My Skin
Easy Living
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
It Ain't Necessarily So
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
A Woman Alone With The Blues
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
(Ah The Apple Tree) When The World Was Young
Love Me Of Leave Me
You're My Thrill
There's A Small Hotel

Music For Wives And Lovers - Nelson Riddle

Yesterday
Music For Wives And Lovers
Arranged and Conducted by Nelson Riddle
Produced by Sonny Lester
Solid State SS 18013
A Division of United Artists Records, Inc.
1967

Cabaret
Born Free
What Now My Love?
Yesterday
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Somewhere My Love
Winchester Cathedral
Wives And Lovers
A Man And A Woman (Un Homme et Une Femme)
Spanish Eyes
Music To Watch Girls By
Strangers In The Night

Friday, June 15, 2018

Hits Made Famous By Nat King Cole - Charlie Francis

Sweet Lorraine
Hits Made Famous By Nat King Cole
Sung By Charlie Francis
Spin-o-rama M-145

From the back cover: Charlie Francis has done an exceptional job on this album recording Nat's all time great hits. He is one of the finest singers around and his style and voice are as much like Cole's as you will ever hear. He has the same soft and sincere quality that made Nat so famous.

Pretend
Rambling Rose
There Goes My Heart
Sweet Lorraine
That's My Gal
Too Young
Christmas Song
Paper Moon
Route 66
Straighten Up And Fly Right

The Joey Heatherton Album

The Joey Heatherton Album
Produced by Tony Scotti and Tommy Oliver
Arranged by Michael Lloyd
Photography by Harry Langdon, Jr.
MGM Records, Inc. SE 4858
1972

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the original cover art.

From Billboard - October 7, 1972: With the inclusion of her heavy chart winner, "Gone," this debut package for MGM should prove an equally potent item on the LP chart. Producers Tony Scotti and Tommy Oliver have come up with some strong material well suited to the powerful Heatherton voice. Highlight performances include a fine redoing of Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry," "Crazy" and a super closer "Someone To Watch Over Me."

Crazy
God Only Knows
Shake-A-Hand
It's Not Easy
Right Or Wrong
I'm Sorry
Gone
Say Hello
The Road I Took To You (Pieces)
Someone To Watch Over Me

Raindrops Keep Falling' On My Head - The Emmett Kelly Jr. Singers

Hey Jude
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
The Emmett Kelly Jr. Singers
Peter Pan 8091

From the back cover: What is Emmett Kelly Jr. all about? He's about the saddest faced clown around, dedicating himself to the laughter of others... for he gets his enjoyment from making youngsters of all ages laugh, although he never ever gives a hint of a smile himself. Emmett Kelly Jr. was born closing day of a circus in Tennessee. At the time, his parents were billed as the fastest double trapeze act in show business, and he traveled with them until he reached school age. Then he went to live with relatives in Indiana and Illinois and visited his parents on holidays.

Emmett Kelly Jr. was discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1945 after making the invasion of Leyte,

P.I., Iwo Jima and Okinawa. From 1945 to 1960, he worked as an automotive mechanic, furniture woodworker and then railroad switch tender on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. 


 It was in 1960 that Emmett decided to enter show business and carry on the clowning debut in Peru, Indiana at the 1960 Circus City Festival. From that time to 1964 He made numerous appearances. 

Then on April 22, 1964, Emmett Kelly Jr. began his most memorable experience to date... He opened the New York World's Fair at the Kodak Pavilion with top billing, his photo in full color on the picture tower with the world's largest color prints measuring 30 x 36 feet. A news article stated... "Emmett Kelly Jr., clowning around at the Fair, is running right behind the Unisphere as the most photographed subject on the lot. He continued till the fair closed a year later, but remained on with the camera company, visiting every major city in the United States... as Goodwill Ambassador.

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
The Green Grass Grew All Around
Georgy Girl
Scarlet Ribbons
Hey Jude
Everything Is Beautiful
Whatever Will Be Will Be
Paper Of Pins
Hello Dolly
The Man On The Flying Trapeze