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Monday, February 5, 2018

Walking Along Kicking The Leaves - Fred Lowery

Sunrise Serenade
Walking Along Kicking The Leaves...
Fred Lowery
Whistling with Orchestra Directed by Owen Bradly
Decca Records DL 8476

From the back cover: Born in Palestine, Texax, Fred lost the greater part of his vision when he was two. The fact that he had only one percent of normal vision since childhood did not detract from his determination to succeed in his unusual field. In 1929, when he was attending a school for the blind, he met a bird imitator. "He encourage me," Fred recalls, "and I began to discover there was more to whistling than bird calls." In the ensuing years, Fred Lowery has undeniably proven this fact to millions of delighted listeners.

After a series of minor successes, including a radio show on WFAA in Dallas, and a 4 1/2 year engagement with the Vincent Lopez orchestra in New York, he was heard by Horace Heidt. Heidt gave Fred his chance for national recognition as a featured part of his show. In 1945, Fred went out on his own, and the extraordinary artistry with which he performs has earned him the acclaim of countless fans.

From Billboard - March 20, 1957: Veteran blind whistler Lowery in nostalgic standards ("Sleepy Lagoon," " Far Away Places," etc.) in usual tasteful, trilling fashion, with an able assist from Owen Bradley's ork. A sentimental change of pace for jocks with adult audiences. Package has solid sales future in limited market for whistling wax.

Walking Along
Indian Love Call
Tennessee Waltz
Far Away Places
The Moon Of Manakoora
Sunrise Serenade
Happy Hobo
Pagan Love Song
The Lonesome Road
Sleepy Lagoon
Sentimental Journey

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