Tuesday, February 6, 2018
With All My Love - Roy Hamilton
Music Arranged and Conducted by Neal Hefti
Epic LN 3519
Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the back cover biographical information.
From the back cover: The interpretation he brings to a song undoubtedly is due to the fact that he has been singing since he was a child, and to the further fact that his songs were church music. In his native Leesburg, Georgia, he became a member of the choir at the age of six. This continued after his family moved to Jersey City, New Jersey when he was fourteen, and in this locale he was often heard as soloist in ceremonies at the Central Baptist Church. Music had not been his only love, however. Commercial art held much attraction for him and so great was his success in this that some samples of his work have been put on display in local galleries. Amateur boxing rounded out his extracurricular training and, again, he met success, avenging his only defeat in six matches when he met the same opponent in a rematch.
By now it is apparent that whatever Roy Hamilton puts his hand to he does sincerely and with the kind of energy that make success almost a foregone conclusion. Seen in this light, his amazing rise to fame a popular singer is only the inevitable result of his bringing to it the qualities developed in him during thesis early years.
He first left the field of scared music only to extend his repertoire, choosing good songs from light operate and musical comedy. When he began to be heard he was offered an occasional engagement as a popular singer in night clubs. It was on such and occasion that he was heard by disk jockey Bill Cook, who in turn got him a recording audition. He was signed at once and the rest is history.
– – –
For some years now Neal Hefti has been in the forefront of arrangers, composers and conductors, and has supplied some of the most delightful and interesting orchestrations and original around. Born in Hastings, Nebraska, his first musical instrument was the trumpet. Charlie Barnet gave him his first big-time break and he also played with Charlie Spivak's orchestra. In 1944, he joined the Herman Herd, and began the string of classic arrangements that made him famous. He has contributed a number of superior orchestrations to the Harry James group, among others, and was responsible for such great Woody Herman arrangements as Caldoina, Apple Honey and Northwest Passage. Backing Roy Hamilton, Neal Hefti uses the colors of today's livelier ideas combined with the firm, swinging tempos of the ballad.
From Billboard - March 9, 1959: This (Epic BN 518) is the stereo version of the Roy Hamilton album that was released about a year ago. Stereo separation is good and fans of the singer who do not have the monaural set will be interested in this stereo waxing. Tunes are all standards, including "Always," "Time After Time" and "Speak Low."
Time After Time
I Miss You So
My One And Only Love
Cheek To Cheek
Here I'll Stay
Oh What A Night For Love
All My Love
Pledging My Love