Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Music For The Cocktail Hour - Page Cavanaugh
This set was, apparently, also released on Tops - L1523 in 1957 but sans a track titled "Mamselle". The set featuring the Tops cover art and, for some reason several additional tracks, can be purchased from the usual online vendors
Cavanaugh and his associates (who are not credited on this album) play a number of fine instrumental "lounge" jazz tracks along with Cavanaugh singing solo as well as his band performing vocal work on other tracks that has a bit of "Four Freshman" sound to it.
From the back cover: Page Cavanaugh began his musical career at the age of ten in his home state of Kansas, winning highest honors in inter-state piano contests.
In 1940, Page went to Hollywood, and quickly became known on the West Coast. In 1942 he joined the Bobby Sherwood band and after touring for seven months, Page cut his career short by enlisting in the Army. It was during this three year Army stretch that the Page Cavanaugh Trio was formed. Discharged in 1945, Page took his trio to Hollywood and was placed in such leading clubs as the Trocadero, Ciro's, etc. which resulted in the rapid rise of the Trio to national fame. Frank Sinatra heard the group and took them to New York to accompany him at the Waldorf-Astoria, as well as on Old Gold series.
The latter part of 1947 found the trio playing practically every part of the United States, Canada, Honolulu and Europe.
Page likes "the road" and enjoys making new friends. He has made several trips overseas to entertain the Armed Forces.
The Page Cavanaugh Trio are known as a perfect group for vocalists. The group is augmented with four-way vocal arrangements which, in combination with clever instrumentation, makes for a style that is excitingly different, proof of which can be quickly found in this great new full range Hi-Fidelity.
The Way You Look Tonight
Moonlight On The Ganges
Two Sleepy People
Something In The Air
Cuckoo In The Clock