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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Butterfield 8 - David Rose

Caress Me, Possess Me
David Rose And His Orchestra Play Theme From Butterfield 8
And Other Great Hits
MGM E3952

From Billboard - March 20, 1961: Practically the only tune here that is well known is the "Theme From Butterfield 8." The only other familiar song would be "Thanks Heaven For Little Girls." All of the tunes are well played and well recorded, but the question would be whether the one tune could sell the album. Liz Taylor's picture on the cover, of course, could help.
From the back cover: David Rose was born in London. At an early age he came to Hollywood via Chicago where he was a network pianist and arranger. Later he joined the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra. In 1938 David Rose became a member of the staff of the Mutual Broadcasting System in Hollywood.

Hollywood provided the ideal home for David Rose because he immediately associated himself the town's principal industry – motion picture. He had begun to do that work which has given him a world-wide reputation as a truly great composer, conductor and arranger. In 1959 he scored the U.I. motion picture Operation Petticoat, and in 1960 M-G-M's Please Don't Eat The Daisies. His top hits have included Holiday For Strings, Our Waltz and One Love.

A budget project from MGM featuring a thematically uneven set from Rose.

Theme From Butterfield 8
Circus Elephants
I Don't Know Why
Caress Me, Possess Me
Thank Heaven For Little Girls
Blue Autumn
Pretty To Walk With

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