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Monday, August 19, 2019

Mandolino Italiano - Iller Pattacini

Mandolino Italiano
Mandolino Italiano
Iller Pattacini
Conducting The Ricordi Orchestra
Recorded In Italy
Vesuvius Records - Union City, New Jersey
LP NO. 4407/ST
Distributed by MGM Records

From the back cover: "Mandolino Italiano", our opening selection, was written expressly for this album by the brilliant Maestro Iller Pattacini, who not only conducts the famous Ricordi Orchestra, but who has so ably and tastefully arranged all of these selections hereon, as well. "Mandolino Mandolino", successfully presented at the 1961 San Remo Festival, follows. The next four songs are inspired respectively by Rome, Venice, Florence and Naples. We dedicate side two in its entirety to Naples in recognition of its "know-how" of presenting these melodies, both sad and gay, that are among the most beautiful songs that this musical city has ever been able to express.

Mandolino Italiano
Mandolino Mandolino
Canta Se La Vuoi Cantar
Gondoli' Gondola'
Mattinata Fiorentina
Anema E Core
Napule Ca Se Ne Va
Voce E' Notte
Duje Paravise
Spingule Frangese
Fenesta Ca Lucive

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Listen To The Quiet - Joe Bushkin

Street Of Dreams
Listen To The Quiet...
Joe Bushkin
Arranged and Conducted by Kenyon Hopkins
Produced by Andy Wiswell
Capitol Records T 1165

From Billboard - April 30, 1959: Pianist Bushkin and an ethereal-sounding chorus provide easy listening with dreamy, smoothly paced treatments of standards keyed to the title theme – "Two Sleepy People," "Street Of Dreams," "Good Night Sweetheart," etc.

Listen To The Quiet
Two Sleepy People
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Dream Along With Me
Street Of Dreams
Three O'Clock In The Morning
Moonlight Becomes You
Sleepy Time Gal
The Party's Over
Put Your Dreams Away
Let's Put Out The Lights And Go To Sleep
Good Night Sweetheart

Brazen Brass New Sounds In Folk Music - Henry Jerome

Green Fields
Brazen Brass
New Sounds In Folk Music
Henry Jerome and His Orchestra
Produced by Henry Jerome
Arrangements by Dick Jacobs
Chief Engineer: Charles Lauda, Jr.
Mixing Engineer: Lawrence McIntyre
Decca Records DL 74344

From Billboard - November 24, 1962: Having given the "Brazen Brass" treatment to Hollywood tunes, Latin favorites, and the big-band oldies, Henry Jerome travels the Ray Charles route, and applies the arrangement technique to a nice collection of international folk favorites. Tunes include "Tom Dooley," the South African "Wimoweh." "Blue Tail Fly," "Red River Valley," among others. The sound is big, bright and brassy, and Jerome fans and deejays will like it.

Tom Dooley
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Across The Wide Missouri (A-Roll A-Roll A-Ree)
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Green Fields
Red River Valley
The Blue Tail Fly
Goodnight, Irene
On Top Of Old Smokey
Careless Love

Norman Plays Novello - Fred Norman

Norman Plays Novello
Fred Norman & His Orchestra
Featuring Nickelodeon Rag & Heather Hill
Produced by Tony Tamburello
Glenn Productions - GP Records GPN 5004

From the back cover: "The Black Man's Mancini."

That's what veteran arranger Fred Norman could be called after his new album, "Norman Plays Novello," a lushly swinging instrumental collection with more than a pinch of timely nostalgia.

One-time big band "charts" expert Norman is graduated on this LP to orchestral arranger and, for the first time on record, leader of his own orchestra – with honors. But the occasion is momentous for other reasons, too. The songs are all by Gene (no-relation-to-Ivor) Novello, some old, mostly new, all melodic and often recalling a time when the popular song was a more gentle, bittersweet medium of universal communication; a time when hearts yearned mainly for other hearts and far-away places. Norman playing Novello revives this sweeter age with a rich, freshly "now," even occasionally jazz-tinged approach to the material.

New Jerseyan Novello has been in the construction business full-time since 1930, but as he puts it (and his tunes back him up), "Music is my first love. Whenever possible I take time out to compose." In 1937 he met and worked with Norman for the first time at, appropriately, that Mecca for big bands during their Golden Age, Frank Dailey's Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove, N.J. They have teamed often since then and, according to Norman, "This new album is the culmination of our friendship and the abilities of both of us.

"I feel 'Norman Plays Novello' is meaningful for another reason," Novello says. "It's unique within my experiences for a black man to arrange and conduct an album like this, one that fits into what is today called the 'easy listening' category. And I don't think anyone could have done as fine a job as Fred Norman.

Norman has proved his versatility time and again over the years. Born in Leesburg, Fla. in 1910, his mother was a pianist in a local church and introduced him early to music. At 14 he took up the trombone and later studied music at the Fessenden Academy, where he boarded. He played in the school band and afterward with professional aggregations that led hi to New York, his current base of operations.

"Up to then, I had never taken any lessons in arranging." Norman reveals, "but I used to go to the Library of Congress in Washington to study what books on orchestrations I could find. Believe me, I learned a lot there. I used to go to listen to the best bands that came to town, too, and also paid close attention to their records... The first arrangement that I wrote was "Penthouse Serenade" for the Elmer Calloway Band, for which I was playing trombone. (Elmer was Cab's brother.) I was very happy to see it included in the permanent repertoire of the band and to notice that the musicians liked to play it."

Norman's arrangements have been recorded by, among others, Claude Hopkins and His Orchestra, Etta James, Damita Jo, Jimmy McGriff, Sonny Stitt and the late Dinah Washington. "The most fantastic experience was working for Dinah Washington," he notes. "What temperament! Dinah always made loud entrances, accompanied by dozens of people and a good stock of brandy. She would announce 'Tea Time!' and distribute the brandy. Then she would start recording saying, 'I'll only do each selection once and you have to get it the first time.' She was terrific. Dinah! She never had to repeat. She only asked to have the introduction played, that's all. When she 2as in shape she recorded a dozen selections in one hour like nothing."

Norman has worked in radio, TV and films, too, although he hasn't played his trombone now for years.

He has arranged and written for big band leaders such as Harry James, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Spivack, Jack Teagarden and Bunny Berigan. His new album, therefore, which brings back the big band sound with a contemporary orchestral bang, seems a natural evolution. – Doug McClelland - Editor, Record World Magazine

Let Me Tell You 'Bout Suzanne
Nickelodeon Rag
Heather Hill
Sunset At Sanibel
Echoes Of Rome
Milano Rose
Apple Turnover
The Secret

I Pretend - Des O'Connor

Never My Love
I Pretend
Des O'Connor
Accompaniment by Alan Ainsworth and His Orchestra
Recording Produced by Norman Newell
Recording Engineer: Peter Brown
Odeon (EMI) SCX 6295
Made and Printed in Great Britain

From the back cover: Most comedians merely sing songs to finish their act but if Des wished, he could just sing and never crack another joke. For proof one only has to listen to this LP. His singing voice compares with the best and one only has to hear the great variety of songs presented here to know Des rates with the top singers of the day. My Cup Runneth Over, The Other Man's Grass, Didn't We are all first class examples of vocal sincerity. Also included is the magical I Pretend, a song that has lasted longer in the 1968 Hit Parade than any other and must always be classed as Des O'Connor's song. – Patrick Hess

My Cup Runneth Over
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
You No-One But You
Just In My Dreams
The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener
I Pretend
This Guy's In Love With You
Sunshine Of Love
Thinking Of You
All I Need Is You
Happiness And Heartaches
Didn't We
Never My Love

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lonely Harpsichord Memories Of That Rainy Night - Jonathan Knight

Going Out Of My Head
Lonely Harpsichord
Memories Of That Rainy Night
Jonathan Knight
Produced by Al Capps
Arranged buy Al Capps
Engineer: Greg Venable
A Snuff Garrett Production
Viva Stereo V 36016
Distributed Nationally by Dot Records, Inc.

Going Out Of My Head
Over You
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
It Must Be Him
My Special Angel
Look Of Love
A Man And A Woman
Chances Are
I Say A Little Prayer
I Will Wait For You
Turn Around, Look At Me

Street Scene - Felix Slatkin

Lonely Street
Street Scene
The Fantastic Strings Of Fleix Slatkin
Producer: Si Waronker
Engineer: Eddie Brackett
Cover Design: Pate/Francis & Associates
Photography: Garrett - Howard, Inc. - Marty Newton
Liberty Premier Series
Visual Sounds Stereo LSS 14008

Street Scene
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Easy Street
On The Street Where You Live
Street Of Dreams
Lullaby Of Broadway
The Streets Of Laredo
Standing On The Corner
Lonely Street
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
The Lonesome Road

The Sky - Anita Kerr & Rod Mckuen

When Winter Comes
The Sky
Music by Anita Kerr
Words by Rod Mckuen
The San Sebastian Strings
Narrator: Gene Merlino
Produced by Rod McKuen and Anita Kerr
Arranged and Conducted by Anita Kerr
An Anor Production for Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records
Recorded in London at Olympic Studios
Engineer: Keith Grant
Remastered in Hollywood by Wally Heider
Vocal solo on "When Winter Comes" by Anita Kerr
Some of the material in this album is from the book "Lonesome Cities" by Rod McKuen
Cover Photo: Joseph Muench
Art Direction: Ed Thrasher
Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records, Inc WS 1720

From the back cover: Seven years ago when I conceived "The Sea," I hadn't met Anita Kerr, nor had I though of sharing my work with anyone else. It was to be an extension of myself and my feeling about love, using the sea as a canvas.

The many false starts my "Sea" project had, and the events that led to my meeting with Anita and asking her to compose music for my words, have been detailed on the jacket of "The Sea" album, so I won't go into them again here. The collaboration did take place, producing for the two of us a best-selling album, a sequel entitled "The Earth," and now the final set of the trilogy, "The Sky," all in the space of a year.

The year had ended as has the collaboration. For Anita and myself there are many memories left. For you, three shiny, black records... they are filled with a woman's feelings about how music should be written and a man's ideas about life. – Rod McKuen, January 1968

How Many Colors Of Blue?
The Butterfly Is Drunk On Sunshine
A Walk With The Angels
So Little Sun
Night Talk
When Winter Comes
My Dog Likes Oranges
The Forehead Of The Morning
A Patch Of Sky, Away From Everything
Mr. God's Trombones
Buy For Me The Wind
A New Lullaby (For Suzie and Kelly)
It Summing Up
Who Has Touched The Sky

Great! - Murray Arnold

He Sings Great!
He Plays Great!
He Is Great!
Murray Arnold and Trio
Recorded at Wilbur Clarke's Desert Inn, Las Vegas
Decca DL 74442

From the back cover: The Murray Arnold talents won early applause. He was playing the piano in vaudeville when barely ten, and soon after was demonstrating a surprisingly well-developed baritone while billed alongside the likes of Gus Kahn.

Right before World War II, the Arnold career got a big break when he was signed on as pianist for the Skinnay Ennis orchestra, and did a national tour for the Bob Hope Show.

After leaving the service, Murray joined the Freddy Martin Band, and for six years was featured pianist and vocalist. On his own ever since, Murray Arnold and Trio have won steadily increasing popularity via appearance in top clubs.

My Kind Of Girl
I Wanna Be Around
Alley Cat
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Lazy River
The Look Of Love
Mack The Knife
I'm A Fool To Want You
At Long Last Love
Cry Me A River

Up Up And Away - Jim Webb

Webb Of Blues
Up Up And Away
Hits By Jim Webb
The Soul Symphony
Under The Direction Of D. L. Miller
Manufactured By Haddon Record Corp. - Somerdale, N. J.
Gold Award GA-18

Up Up And Away
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Careless Love
Wichita Lineman
MacArthur Park
Happy Song
Webb Of Blues

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Candler By Candlelight - Norman Candler

Candler By Candlelight
The Magic Strings
Arranged and Conducted by Norman Candler
Cover Photo: Suzette Gibbs
Phase 4 Stereo - London
SP 44251
1975 - Teldec Schallplatten
1976 - The Decca Record Company Limited, London

From the back cover: When Norman Candler presented his first Magic Strings LP, little did he know how popular his romantic string sound would become. Now, recordings by this young Austrian composer/arranger/conductor are setting in nearly every country in the world.

Using a large orchestra of 80 strings, synthesizer and modern rhythm section, Norman Candler arranges with the stereo listener in mind, building sympathetic interplay between each string section yet never falling into the trap of burying the melody beneath a welter of sound. His idea is to complement the melody, by finding a mutually desirable meeting place, adding a filigree of string writing in his own style to the very special melodic material.

Norman Candler, the man behind the music, was born in 1937. His father was a member of the very famous Vienna Boy's Choir, and the son, having such a musical heritage became interested in all types of music. He studied piano and musical composition in Vienna and led various student choirs and orchestras before settling down to writing film and TV music.

He lives in a small romantic farm house in the heart of the Austrian Alps and as he puts it "these simple surroundings at home, balance the romantic moods that I get from the mountain." Here with the very minimum of interruptions from the pace of modern living, he is able to concentrate on his composing and arranging.

Every now and again, Candler leaves the idyllic countryside, his wife Heidi and their three young sons, to go to the recording
studios. There, after exhaustive rehearsals, the compositions and arrangements come to life.

Candlelight Waltz (Auld Lang Syne)
Petite Fleur
Notturno (String Quartet No. 2 in D major, 3rd met.)
With A Song In My Heart
Days Of No Return
Love's Theme
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Theme Of A Summernight (Symphony No. 1 in C major)
The Way We Were from the Rastar Columbia Film "The Way We Were"
Killy Me Softly With His Song

Movie Themes From Doctor Zhivago - Hollywood Studio Orchestra

Theme From Candy
Movie Themes From Doctor Zhivago and Others
By The Hollywood Studio Orchestra
Wyncote SW 9148

Somewhere My Love
Theme From Judith
Theme From The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
The Slender Thread
Theme From Candy
Theme From The Young Ones
Impossible Lovers
Young Lovers
Theme From A Starlet

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hits A Poppin' - The Prom Orchestra

Way Of A Clown
Hits A Poppin'
With The Prom Orchestra and Chorus
Manufactured by Synthetic Plastics, Co.

The Old Lamp Lighter
Let The Little Girl Dance
I Love The Way You Love
Madison Time
Puppy Love
Way Of A Clown
Teenage Sonata

Top Hits - The Prom Orchestra

Red Sails In The Sunset
Top Hits
The Prom Orchestra and Chorus
Manufactured by Synthetic Plastics Co.

Hello Young Lovers
It Only Happened Yesterday
Happy Shades Of Blue
Walk, Don't Run
Theme From "The Apartment"
Red Sails In The Sunset
(You Were Made) For All My Love

Swingin' In Hi-Fi - Jerry Fielding

Ooo Wee
Swingin' In Hi-Fi
Rock 'n Roll Matriculates
Jerry Fielding and His Orchestra
Playback Equipment by Fairchild
Speakers by A/R Jansen
Decca Records DL 8371


George Red Callender - Bass
Martin J. Berman - Bariton
Ralph A. Fera, Maurie Harris, Frank Beach, John Audino, Buddy Maynard - Trumpet
Howard "Pete" Terry - Tenor Sax
Hynie Gunkler - Alto Sax
Buddy Collette - Tenor Sax
Marty Paich - Piano
Joe Howard, Bernie Hart - Trombone

From the back cover: One of the most sensitive and modest day bandsmen, Jerry Fielding, was born a little more than thirty years ago – June 17, 1923, to be exact – in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began as a performer on the saxophone and clarinet, but at seventeen he was already writing arrangements, and it was not long before he developed into one of the most expert arrangers in the field. He worked as arranger for some of the greatest men in the country, including Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Jimmy Lunceford, as well as for many top radio and TV shows, including the Groucho Marx show, the Mickey Rooney show, and his own Jerry Fielding show.

In 1952 Jerry formed his own dance band to provide, he says, "some relief from the shackles of the requirements of the commercial media." It met with instant acceptance. He band was staffed with top men, all seeking release from the nervous tension of their commercial work. The tours of the Jerry Fielding orchestra have been unreservedly successful, perhaps because Jerry thinks of his band as a unit. He refuses to divide credit in two parts – the band and the leader – believing that one is reflective and even useless without the other.

Smack Dab In The Middle
If I May
Razzle - Dazzle
Fish Roll
The Boss Is Home
Ooo Wee
Burn That Candle
Turkish Torture
Heavy Henry's First Flirtation
Doll Face

Romantica - Raymond Lefevre

Love In Portofino
Raymond Lefevre & His Continental Dance Orchestra
Recorded in Paris, France by Barclay Records
Cover Photo: Richard Heimann
Photo of Raymond Lefevre: Herman Leonard
Atlantic Recording Corporation

From the back cover: Raymond Lefevre, a French musician of taste, is responsible for this romantic diversion. Born to a music-loving grocer in the seaport town of Calais in 1929, he developed his musical gifts early, studying piano and sight-singing with his father, then flute and piano at a school nearby.

At 17, it became clear that he would no longer profit by staying in his home town. If a musical career was to be pursued, he would have to obtain conservatory training in one of the European capitals. His parents, however, hesitated to separate themselves from their beloved son. After a short time though, it was decided to give him his chance.

At the famous Paris Conservatoire, he studied piano, flute, and harmony, becoming interested in popular music not long after arriving in the French capital. This growing concern for "lighter" forms of music motivated him to get a job playing piano in a dance hall.

During his second year in Paris, Lefevre met bandleader Hubert Rostaing who further aroused his interest in popular music, and introduced him to the charms of jazz. Shortly thereafter, the bandleader engaged him as his pianist and arranger, and in 1949, the young musician played with the Rostaing band in various resort towns on the Riviera, including San Remo, Cannes and Biarritz.

1951 and 1952 were spent with the Bernard Hilda orchestra. The unit toured extensively through Italy, Spain, Portugal and England, finally locating in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) for an engagement which lasted several months.

Monsieur Lefevre became active in television upon his return to France, frequently directing his own orchestra. However, when the opportunity to play in the United States presented itself in 1955, he took it, re-joining Hilda for an extended engagement at Hollywood's fashionable Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Profiting from exposure to American music, particularly American Jazz, he made large strides once back in his homeland, becoming an orchestra director on a permanent basis, and distinguishing himself on TV and as a recording artist.

Equipped to score and conduct many types of music, Lefevre favors jazz, especially of the Stan Kenton-Count Basie big band variety, and would like to engage in this kind of musical activity more frequently. Perhaps the next Lefevre album for American consumption will illuminate a talent for big band jazz, as this program illustrates his sensitivity for the romantic emotions, and the sounds and rhythms which bring them to life. – Burt Korall

The Cricket Serenade
Come Softly To Me
Gouli-Gouli Dou
If I Cared A Little Less
Spring In Seville
Love In Portofino
Millions Of Teardrops
Too Much Tequila
The Right Girl On The Left Bank
Le Monde A Change
Hava Naguila

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Best Of Burt Bacharach & Hal David - The Wilders

Rain Drops Keep Fallin' On My Head
The Best Of Burt Bacharach & Hal David
The Wilders
GNP Crescendo GNPS 2059

From the back cover: Though their musical careers have spanned many years, the approach of the Wilder Brothers; George, Walter and Warner, is as contemporary as the musical magic of Bacharach and David. Their first important "gig" was appearing, all three of them together, in the sax section of the Stan Kenton band. They played collectively and or individually with the Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey and Charlie Barnet bands.

Forming their own act some years ago, they continue to appear in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe; the Copa in New York, the Star On The Roof at the Beverly-Hilton in Los Angeles, the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans and many other leading showcases throughout the U.S. Their TV credits include the Ed Sullivan Show.

Simultaneously they became involved in record production and eventually started their own studio. Among the many stars they've "produced" have been Wayne Newton and Dick and Deedee, including their super-smash "Mountain-High."

The studio gave The Wilders the unique opportunity to explore and experiment – to search for inventive new sounds. The results are evident in this album – a distinctive new style emerges – reminiscent of their early years in the Big Band ear – but as fresh as tomorrow morning's newspaper.

The warm and resonance of their reeds, featuring the clarinet lead, supported by brilliant brass and modern rhythm, add an irresistibly romantic flavor to the superlative songs of Bacharach and David

One Less Bell To Answer
Where There's A Heartache
All Kinds Of People
Alfie (From the film "Alfie")
This Guy's In Love With You
I Say A Little Prayer
Close To You
The Look Of Love (From the film "Casino Royale")
Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (From the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid")
Walk On By
What The World Needs Now

Monday, August 12, 2019

Will Success Spoil Rock-Maninoff? - Rosa Linda

Rhapsody On A Theme From Paganini By Rachmaninoff
Will Success Spoil Rock-Maninoff?
Classics In Rhythm
Rosa Linda - Piano Soloist with Trio
Music Supervision: Ted Dale
Orchestrations: Rosa Linda
Producer: Sam Rosey
Cover Photography: Phil Howard
Color Jacket Designed and Printed in U.S.A. by Howard's Techni-Krome Press
ERA Record Company - Hollywood, California
EL 20010

From the back cover: Rosa Linda was born in Chicago and studied piano from the age of three. When she was six years of age she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She created such a sensation that she was immediately booked to appear with the Detroit, Oklahoma and New York Symphonies.

She toured Europe as a child prodigy and studied with the late and great Moritz Rosenthal. When Igor Stravinsky wrote his Piano Concerto he engaged Rosa Linda for the world premiere which took place in Budapest with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer.

Returning to this country she was picked by NBC to appear in a series of concerts with the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

Later she toured this country with Paul Whiteman introducing such famous works as the Gershwin Cuban Overture, the Warsaw Concerto, etc.

A few years ago she felt the urge to develop her present style which turned out to be a very lucrative field for her talents. – Sam Rosen and Ted Dale

From Billboard - February 9, 1957: In attempting to kid the classics, pianist Rosa Linda will most assuredly be the butt of her own humor. There's little to recommend this album other than the title, and even this will be repugnant to many. Music is of the background family, and best be appreciated with the volume down low – very low.

Will Success Spoil Rock-Maninoff?
88 Key
Prelude In G Minor
18th Variation On A Theme From Paganini By Rachmaninoff
Rhapsody On A Theme From Paganini By Rachmaninoff
Joe Gree Goes To Town
Carmen Has A Bizet Day
A Dream Or Two
Habanera Boogie
2nd Piano Concerto
Samba A La Chopin

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Wildest Comes Home! - Louis Prima

Three Handed Woman
The Wildest Comes Home!
Louis Prima
With Sam Butera and The Witnesses
Produced by Voyle Gilmore
Cover Photo: Capitol Photo Studio - Ken Veeder
Capitol Records T 1723


Louis Prima - Trumpet & Vocal
Sam Butera - Sax & Vocal
Rally Dee - Bass
Lou Sino - Trombone
John Nagy - Piano
Morgan Thomas - Trumpet
Allan Seltzer - Guitar
James Vincent - Drums

From Billboard - June 23, 1962: Louis Prima has another one of those wild, uninhibited LP's in hand here. He plays a bit of trumpet, sings a lot and gets pounding support throughout from Sam Butera and the Witnesses. Besides Butera, a number of other Witnesses are featured. Prima fans might find a few dead spots in the set but Louis' "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans," "Sam's "All Night Long," and Louis' "St. Louis Blues" should keep 'em happy.

You're Just In Love
All Night Long
Twist All Night
Three Handed Woman
St. Louis Blues
Just One Of Those Things
Harlem Nocturne
Everybody Knows
Lover, Come Back To Me!
Medley: Ain't Misbehavin' 'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans

Monday, August 5, 2019

Rita Pavone

Don't Tell Me Not To Love You
The International Teen-age Sensation
Rita Pavone
Produced by Joe Rene
Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City
Recording Engineer: Mickey Crofford
RCA Records LSP-2900

From the back cover: Rita's phenomenal success began in September of 1962 when she won the much-publicized "Competition of the Unknown" in Ariccia, an Italian town outside of Rome. Her competition was immense – but suddenly, when this shy and almost gawky little girl with the Jackie Coogan eyes and the expressive hands stepped onto the platform – something happened. She opened her mouth, and before the first song was over it was quite evident – here would be the unbeatable winner.

In her first year as recording artist with RCA Italiana, Rita's disc sales passed the 3,000,000 mark, an unprecedented feat for Italy. In Germany, her first single recorded in the German language quickly moved to the top of the hit parade. In Argentina, Rita's records ranked one and three on the charts and, as she was heard in Italian, in this case not even the language barrier could stop the tiny trooper from Torino. Festivals are being planned around her personal appearances and, before long, Pavone will assume her first motion-picture role.

Early in 1964, Rita was able to fulfill a long-wished for dream; to visit New York – the mecca of all young popular artists of the day.

She cut this album, her first American-language LP, in the RCA Victor studios on New York's 24th Street, under the supervision of producer Joe Rene. From the very first session, enthusiasm ran high. When you hear this finished product, we believe you will agree that Italy's Rita Pavone has much more than a good pair of lungs and a face that is all eyes – except fo the freckles. Italy's Rita Pavone has a very special kind of talents for singing her heart out.

From Billboard - May 9, 1964: Rita Pavone, Italy's teen-age top-seller, arrived here Friday (1) to start a nationwide promotional tour as part of RCA Victor's all-out U.S. star build-up in her behalf. She is set to appear on the Ed Sullivan show on May 17, and will launch her cross-country tour on May 20.

During her first week here she will start rehearsals with artist and repertoire producer Joe Rene on a single and an LP. The single is scheduled for release May 12, and the album will be issued early in June. According to RCA Victor, Miss Pavone has sold more than 8,000,000 records during the past 14 months, including her sales in Italy, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Japan and other markets.

During her U.S. promotional tour, she will participate in disk jockey hops, on-the-air and press interviews. Some of the cities set at press time include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Boston, Detroit. Other prime markets visits are being arranged.

RCA Victor had launched a teaser ad campaign a month ago heralding Miss Pavone's arrival. Last week, the label started flooding the trade with "Think Rita Pavone" stickers. She is being greeted to this country with a heavy consumer mag publicity campaign arranged by RCA Victor and keyed to the theme that she's Italy's answer to the Beatles.

Remember Me (Arranged and Conducted by Teach Wiltshire)
Wait And See (Arranged and Conducted by Stan Applebaun)
Big Deal (Arranged and Conducted by Teach Wiltshire)
Don't Tell Me Not To Love You (Arranged and Conducted by Stan Applebaun)
I Can't Hold Back The Tears (Arranged and Conducted by Garry Sherman)
Kissin' Time (Arranged and Conducted by Teach Wiltshire)
Just Once More (Arranged and Conducted by Teach Wiltshire)
Like I Did (Arranged and Conducted by Stan Applebaun)
The Boy Most Likely To Succeed (Arranged and Conducted by Stan Applebaun)
Little By Little (Arranged and Conducted by Garry Sherman)
Too Many (Arranged and Conducted by Garry Sherman)
Say Goodbye To Bobby (Arranged and Conducted by Garry Sherman)

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Ole' Caterina - Caterina Valente

Aquarelo Do Brasil
Ole' Caterina
Caterina Valente - Silvio Fransesco & Their Guitars
Vocals Sung In English
Recorded by Deutsche Grammophon-Polydor Series
Decca Records DL 8436

From the back cover: Here is a record which is as fascinating as it is unique. It unites the extraordinary talents of the sensational Caterina Valente and her remarkable brother, Silvio Francesco. Both artists come form an unusual family with an even more unusual background. Their father, an artist of Spanish descent, is known as an accordion virtuoso throughout Europe, where he gave concerts of serious works. He was especially at home in Sweden, Finland, and Russia, where he remained for five years and where he met his wife, an Italian by birth. Their life together was enriched by public success and four children, all of whom were gradually incorporated in an act which Madame Velente and her husband organized and which toured the continent.

Caterina became the most famous of those children. Widely known abroad, she captured America through the medium of one exciting recording. It was Lecuona's "Malaguena," and it proved to be the most stirring interpretation of the song ever recorded. It won the immediate acclaim of music critics, disc jockeys and, most important, the listening public.

Caterina herself was born in Paris – as already indicated her heritage was both Spanish and Italian – but in 1952, when she married, she became a German citizen. Her electrifying musicianship was proved by the enthusiastic reception accorded to her first Decca album: "The Hi-Fi Nightingale" (DL 8203).

Although not – at least not yet – as famous as his sister, Silvio Francesco is a top-ranking artist. He was little more than a child when he joined the family vaudeville act which was built around a tap-dance and a few songs. The war interrupted his career, and he found himself in Italy, where he was registered as an Italian citizen.

In 1944, Silvio was back in Germany and since there was no work there for the artist, he got a job in a munition factory in Essen. In Breslau he worked as a waiter, while Caterina and his mother were employed as wardrobe girls, and his father sold cigarettes. When the Russians swept over Germany it was impossible to escape, and he spent some time in Russia. The occupation forces made it possible for Silvio and his sister to re-enter the entertainment field, and then they had to start from scratch. Meanwhile he had perfected himself in the technique of the saxophone, clarinet and guitar, playing flute as a hobby. Soon he was giving concerts, making records, and winning friends everywhere.

Here, then, is a double portion of Caterina and her brother Silvio, interpreting some of the finest music ever composed for their favorite instruments and glorified by Caterina's phenomenal voice. Here is a record which could not be duplicated – except by Caterina Valente and Silvio Francesco.

Maria Cristina
El Cumbanchero
Quien Sera
No Te Importe Saber
Te Quiero Dijiste
Por Un Capricho
Ah Si, Ah Si
Aquarelo Do Brasil
Quiereme Mucho
Bres Clavelas

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Ol' Rockin' Ern - Ernie Ford

Country Junction
Ol' Rockin' Ern
Ernie Ford
Capitol Records T888

From the back cover: There's a rockin' rhythm in the voice of "Tennessee" Ernie Ford when he sings about things like hunting, fishing, and loving that's especially evident in these songs written by Ernie himself.

Country Junction, Blackberry Boogie, Kiss Me Big, The Lord's Lariat – each tune expresses the feeling and flavor of experiences that were a part of Ernie's boyhood down in Tennessee. Here they are given bright backing by the orchestra and chorus conducted by Jack Fascinato. Jack has accompanied Ernie on all of his bit hits, and as this album proves, the two go together like biscuits and honey.

With all of the natural flavor that has made him one of the nation's top entertainers. "Ol' Rockin' Ern" sings about what he knows and loves best – life "back home" – with enough charm in that deep voice of his to make a city slicker turn farmer.

Milk'em In The Morning Blues
Catfish Boogie
Anticipation Blues
Country Junction
Shot-Gun Boogie
She's My Baby
Blackberry Boogie
Kiss Me Big
Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own
Smokey Mountain Boogie
I Ain't A-Gonna Let It Happen No More
The Lord's Lariat

Jam Session #3 - Norman Granz

Side Two
Jam Session #3
Supervised by Norman Granz
Clef Records MG C-4003

From the back cover: Some time ago I began a new series on the Clef label entitled "Jam Session". In many ways, these albums were the corollaries to the Jazz at the Philharmonic albums in that both series are predicated on the use of great names improvising jazz together with no arrangements, written or otherwise. We have already released two of these albums with such artists as Oscar Peterson, Flip Phillips, Ben Webster, Charlie Shavers, Barney Kessel, and others. This album, Jam Session #3, along with #4, are the next two albums in the series.

I have always felt that the greatest rhythm piano player in the history of jazz is Count Basie. Basie has an almost magical feel for the right tempo, and since Basie is also a teacher as well as a piano player, his rhythm section has, therefore, become the greatest thing in jazz history. With a rhythm section consisting of Buddy Rich on drums, John Simmons on bass, guitarist Freddie Greene, and the master, Basie himself, at the piano and organ, we couldn't really go wrong on this date.

For horns, I selected Wardell Gray on tenor sax, who has played with various big bands, and at one time with the Count Basie small unit a few years back. For the other tenor saxophonist I used the great Stan Getz, who is destined to be recognized in the years to come as a real giant of his instrument. On clarinet, I selected Buddy De Franco, who is, without any equivocation whatsoever, the best clarinetist playing today. For trumpet, I used another ex-Basie alumnus, Harry Edison. Harry is easily one of the swingingest trumpeters extant today. On alto saxophones, I used the old master, Benny Carter, and a Jimmy Lunceford alumnus, Willie Smith.

You will hear in this album: Apple Jam and The Ballad Medley – Indian Summer, Willow Weep For Me, If I Had You, Ghost Of A Chance, Love Walked In, Body And Soul, Nancy, and I Hadn't Any One 'Til You. – Norman Granz

Waltz Time In Vienna - D'Artega

Beautiful Blue Danube
Waltz Time In Vienna
D'Artega Conducts
The Symphony Of The Air
Photo: George Pickow
Designed by Leonard Pearl
Design Records DLP 108

Beautiful Blue Danube
Artist's Life
Die Fledermaus
Gold And Sliver Waltz
Treasure Waltz
Love's Rondelay Orpheus Valse
In Your Arms
Swan Lake (Waltz in "A" Minor)

Arthur Murray's Library Of Dance Music

Arthur Murray's
Library Of Dance Music
The Best Of Jitterbug Swing
Hill Bowen and His Orchestra
Richard Maltby and His Orchestra
Manufactured for J. J. Little and Ives by RCA Custom Records

Anytime - Hill Bowen
It's Only A Paper Moon - Hill Bowen
Beer Barrel Polka - Hill Bowen
Shoo Shoo Baby - Hill Bowen
Little Brown Jug Hill Bowen
Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Hill Bowen
Manhattan Serenade - Richard Maltby
Just You, Just Me - Richard Maltby
Tara's Theme - Richard Maltby
Strictly Instrumental - Richard Maltby
Rose Room - Richard Maltby
Green Eyes - Richard Maltby

Golden Hits Of Country & Western Music - Texas Jim Robertson

Till The End Of The World
Texas Jim Robertson Sings
Golden Hits Of Country & Western Music
Photo: George Pickow - Three Lions
Design Records DLP 115

From the back cover: Let's examine this 6 foot 3 inch baritone. Born in 1916 on his folk's ranch in Batesville, Texas, he was christened James Battle Robertson. Instead of a crib he used a saddle. Tex claims he learned to ride a horse before he knew how to walk.

He was such a big boy for his age that his dad put him on as a top-hand for the summer of his eleventh birthday. That's an awful lot of riding and roping for a boy that age. No trouble for Tex, he took it all in his long steady stride.

When Tex turned 16, he went to visit an aunt in Bat Cave, North Carolina. There was so much fun to be had that he had it all and that included spending the money Tex had put aside to get back to Texas. Needing money for that return trip, he looked around. No one required a cowboy on their tobacco farm. There just wasn't any rodeos he could enter where he might win his passage home. The want ads weren't enticing but he kept on looking till one day a Goldsboro paper ran the following ad. "Wanted – guitar playing cowboy singer – must be authentic and sing songs of the west. Knowledge of radio technique helpful but not necessary for the right man." The address was a radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Well, part of Jim's training included playing the guitar, banjo and mandolin. His dad taught him all that plus the kind of songs every cowboy had to know. Tex visited with the Program Director of the radio station in Charlotte. He never calls on anyone, he always visits with people. Jim started work the next day. The radio audience loved him. NBC heard of this love and brought into New York for his first network show when he remained. Then, he became an actor... remember the deep low male voice on "Lone Journey," "Against The Storm," "Death Valley Days" and the villain on "Dick Tracy," they were great radio serials. The year was 1937, he was popular, successful and in love – her name was Marianne. The year is 1959, he is still popular, successful and in love and she's still the same Marianne he married in 1937. Finally, World War II, the Marine Corps and the South Pacific, the area not the musical.

Back home again, the American public did not forget a great talent.

Slipping Around
Lonesome Whistle
Kentucky Waltz
You Are My Sunshine
I Love You So Much It Hurts
It Makes No Difference Now
If You've Got The Money
Till The End Of The World
Night Train To Memphis
Mockin' Bird Hill
The Almanac Song
Columbus Stockade Blues

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

George Wright Plays The Conn Electronic Organ

Cool Tango
George Wright
Plays The Conn Electronic Organ
HIFI Record
Album No. R-712

From the back cover: George Wright plays the Conn Electronic Organ as you have never before thought possible. Some of you pipe organ fans may question this use of George' pipe organ talents. To explain, Mr. Wright has had many requests from owners of electronic organs to record an album played on an electronic organ. There are more than 500,000 such instruments in homes throughout this country and abroad, so considering the potential of his listeners, Mr. Wright agreed to make this recording, even though he prefers theater pipe organ to an electronic organ.

George Wright's intention here is to show what can be done with an electronic organ to make it sound like a pipe organ. There is no doubt the electronic "organ" is ingenious in its imitation of true pipe organ sound. Even the layman, however, can detect the considerable difference between the best electronic organ and an organ sounding from actual pipes, which is, in the strict sense, a true musical instrument.

In his search for the most truly imitative electronic organ George Wright decided upon the Conn Electric Organ, which when used with Electro Music's Leslie Organ Speaker, produces the best electronic organ sound. The Conn Electronic Organ is manufactured by C. G. Conn, Ltd., of Elkhart, Indiana, long makers of musical instruments such as saxophones, trumpets, etc.

We don't want to leave the impression from preceding comment that the electronic organ is without its proper place. Pipe organs are very expensive, bulky, and because of this, necessarily restrict to a few, compared with the larger number who would own them, circumstances permitting. Definitely, the electronic organ has its place, since it cost on more than a good grand piano and takes up no more space. By this means, a half million people or more who otherwise couldn't, are able to play and make synthetic organ sounds. At some future date, electronic science may perfect an even closer imitation of true pipe organ sound.

As most of you are aware, George Wright is THE theater style organist. He has cleverly played things on the Conn Electronic Organ that are distinctly novel and entertaining. The Wright virtuosity is always a real musical treat.

The master recording of this album was made on a three-track Ampex magnetic tape recorder, using three Telefunken microphones. This tape was later transcribed to a master acetate disc cut on a Scully automatically variable pitch lathe, using Western "B" series heated stylus cutting head. Pressings are custom pure Vinyl.

From Billboard - December 29, 1956: Largely responsible for the resurgence of organ album popularity, this set by George Wright is an experiment in duplicating a theater pipe organ sound on a Conn electric organ. As such, the package comes off rather well on basis of Wright's ability to mold his style to the material at hand. Latter consists of standards, "Beer Barrel Polka," "Under Paris Skies," etc. With more home organs being sold today than pianos, the package should prove to be a potent seller.

How Come You Do Me Like You Do
Aunt Blanche's Boogie
La Barrachita
Cool Tango
She's Funny That Way
Beer Barrel Polka
Under Paris Skies
That's Honky Tony Melody
Ragging The Scale
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
The Cactus Polka

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Love Makes The World Go 'Round - Jane Morgan

Love Makes The World Go 'Round
Jane Morgan
Orchestra Directed by Jack Elliott
*Orchestra Directed by Frank Hunter
**Orchestra Directed by Nick Perito
Kapp Records, Inc.
Mono KL-1250

From the back cover: This lovely star of records, radio, television and the theatre was born in New England. Her original ambition was to be a lyric soprano, and she studied at New York's famed Juilliard School Of Music, working as a band vocalist in the evenings to earn her tuition fees. However, her success as a vocalist changed her career, when a French impresario signed her to star in the renowned Club des Champs Elysees in Paris. Her fame spread internationally as she toured Europe and, within a short time, America club-owners were clamoring for "The American Girl From Paris." Since her return, her success has been as phenomenal on this side of the Atlantic as it was in Europe, and she has appeared in every major hotel and supper club in the United States and Canada, also starring in Summer theatre roles during the holiday season. "The Fascination Girl" is in constant demand on television, a regular "favorite" of the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como Shows and a special guest of every coast-to-coast variety program. Her 'single' records feature steadily on the popularity charts, and her many albums for the Kapp label are an important ingredient of any record collection containing the best in popular music.

From Billboard - August 21, 1961: Miss Morgan has another first-rate, beautifully performed LP to be added to her fans' collections. The set is chock full of the fine vocal numbers, most of them in the ballad vein, and a good number of them from last season's musical fare on Broadway. A number of them, like the title tune from "Carnival," also have been issued as singles. On most of the sides the orchestra is directed by Jack Elliott. Among some titles are "In Other Words," "Where's The Boy," "Temptation" and "Homesick For New England."

Theme From "Carnival" (Love Makes The World Go 'Round)
In Other Words
He Makes Me Feel I'm Lovely (From the musical production "Donnybrook!")
Where's The Boy (I Never Met)
Little Lost Sheep
**The Bridal Path
My Love Is A Wanderer
Homesick For New England
More Than I Should
*Incurably Romantic
Count Every Star

Around The World In 80 Days - Lew Raymond

Temple Of Dawn
Music From Michale Todd's
Around The World In 80 Days
Arranged and Conducted by Lew Raymond
Music by Victor Young
Tops Music Enterprises, Corp.
Tops L1591

Around The World
Paris Arrival
Sky Symphony
Invitation To A Bull Fight
Entrance Of The Bull March
India Country Side
The Pagoda Of Pillagi
Temple Of Dawn
Prairie Sail Car
Around The World

Monday, July 29, 2019

Let There Be Love - Joni James

Let There Be Love
Let There Be Love
Joni James
MGM SE3931 (reissue)

From the back cover: Cover photographer Jerrold Schatzberg is 22 years old and one of the busiest commercial photographers in New York City. He is much in demand for advertising work and for magazine covers. His photographer are staples in the pages of McCall's and Vogue, among other publications. His range is wide, from the sensitive handling of children and women to the more aggressive rendering of such products as Jaguar and Buick. His most recent award, a gold medal, was presented him by the Art Directors Show of New York for a Clairol ad he photographed.

From Billboard - November 14, 1953 (original release MGM E222): The first LP set by one of the country's hottest singers contains eight fine evergreens, performed in Joni's own wistful style, backed stylishly by the Lew Douglas ork. Should be a strong seller.

You're My Everything
You're Nearer
Love Is Here To Stay
I'll Be Seeing You
Let There Be Love
My Romance
The Nearness Of You
You're Mine You
I Need You Now
This Is My Confession
The Moment I Saw You
Am I In Love

Italian Songs - Louis Prima

Italian Songs Featuring Louis Prima
With Phil Brito
Evon/Golden Tone 326

Please No Squeeza Da Banana
Oh Marie
Felicia No Capicia
Bacciagaloop (Make Love On The Stoop)
Tango Della Rosa
Ciditencello Vuie
Comme Bella
Oh Marie
Come Back To Sorrento
Where Do You Worka John

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Misty Miss Christy - June Christy

The Misty Miss Christy
June Christy
Arranged and Conducted by Pete Rugolo
Capitol Records T725

From the back cover: The arrangements, consciously fashioned to reflect this mood, were conceived by Pete Rugolo. They're different from the hard-blowing arrangements that usually accompany June, for Pete uses a string quintet throughout, a harp, vibes and bells, a French horn and three trombones for the subtle color they give. The effect is a gentle sound, ethereal sometimes, steadfastly imaginative, and a perfect accompaniment to the songs so painstakingly chosen.

From Billboard - August 25, 1956: Miss Christy, one-time Kenton thrush, has a good follow-up to her smash "Something Cool" package. Jocks will like it and the color photo portrait on the cover will add impetus. Sides include: "I Didn't Know About You," "Dearly Beloved" and "There's No You."

That's All
I Didn't Know About You
Sing Something Simple
Maybe You'll Be There
Dearly Beloved
'Round Midnight
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
The Wind
This Year's Kisses
For All We Know
There's No You