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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Slumbertime - The Three Suns

My Prayer
Slumber Time
The Three Suns
RCA Victor LPM-1219

From the back cover: It's seventeen years now since the Three Suns – brothers Al and Monty Nevins and their cousin, Artie Dunn – teamed up as the first instrumental trio to combine Hammond organ, accordion and guitar. They began their career in Philadelphia, at the Adelphia Hotel, in 1939; made an instant success – and, a year later – moved into the Circus Bar or New York's Piccadilly Hotel for a two-week engagement. Their stay was extended to eight years. Since then, they have played at the Hotel Astor and the Roosevelt Grill, as well as in innumerable hotels, clubs and theaters out of town, and on radio and in movies (they supplied some of the background music for Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "Rope").

Al Nevins, guitarist of the group, is a throughly trained musician who got a classical education in violin and viola with the National Orchestral Society of New York. He's proficient on every strings instrument, and uses a specially constructed guitar. A licensed electrician, he's an expert at repairing short-circuited electrified instruments – and since both his guitar and Artie Dunn's organ rely on electric power, Al's training comes in mighty handy – especially on the road. Artie Dunn studied piano, violin and voice in his native Boston, and played a theater organ in Dorchester and piano for a New York music publisher before joining the team. He's also the vocalist of the group.

Marty Nevins, accordionist, played the piano for fun while attending Tilden High School in New York. It took his brother Al to persuade him to make music his career. He uses an accordion built to his own specifications

Sweet And Low
Out Of Nowhere
Someone To Watch Over Me
My Prayer
La Vie En Rose
You And The Night And The Music
Lullaby Of The Leaves
Deep Night
Yours Is My Heart Alone
Auf Wiedersehen

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