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Friday, December 7, 2018

Mr. Percussion - Bobby Christian

Mr. Percussion
Bobby Christian
High Fidelity Custom
Mercury MG 20335 & SR 60015

From the back cover: Bobby Christian's career ranges from percussionist with top names of the classical and pop field to his current status as leader of his own dance band. From 1944 to 1950, Christian was percussionist with the NBC Orchestra in Chicago under the baton of Dr. Roy Shield. In 1950, he began a five-year span with the house band at WABC, New York, going with the NBC Symphony of the Air in late 1955. The Conductor was the late Arturo Toscannini. With the orchestra, Christian toured the Orient. After Toscannini's death, Christian returned to Chicago and formed his dance band, which has been playing top ballrooms and hotels since. Christian, while in Chicago from 1944 to 1950, helmed the Bobby Christian School of Percussion. Among his students were such outstanding professional drummers as Cozy Cole and Lou Singer.

Also from the back cover: In recording this album, Christian played the following instruments during the session. At no time was there any multiple dubbing. He rushed around in a 15 x 15 foot area, performing on the following instruments: Musser Vibraphone, Jenco Xylophone, Musser Marimba, Deagan Parsifal Bells, Wm. F. Ludwig bass, snare and tom-tom drums, Zildjian cymbals – medium, heavy and special 22-inch Hi Hat cymbal, equipped with two 16-inch cymbals triangle, woodblock, ratchet, temple blocks, sleigh bells, tambourine, greco cymbals, piccolo xylophone, guior, maraccas, piano and celeste. P.S. – Bobby Christian also arranged every number in this album. – John Sipple

From Billboard - December 22, 1958: A fine show-off exercise in percussion artistry by Bobby Christian, who plays everything from xylophone to tom-toms in the dozen arrangements of this album. Tunes range from one of his own penning, "Crickets On Parade," to ballad evergreens like "Georgia On My Mind." It's bound to delight percussion fans, and Christian's switches between his group of instruments are unbelievably fast. He's nicely backed by a small ork.

The Lady Is A Tramp
Crickets On Parade
Georgia On My Mind
Cherokee (Indian Love Song)
Miami Beach Rhumba
Doll Dance
I Want To Be Happy
Lost In A Fog
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
Ballin' The Jack


  1. I like your choices but where is the download link?

    1. Hello Harry. For the most part, only a sample track or tracks posted on each page. No download links available. – Mark


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