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Monday, September 20, 2021

Navy Blue - Diane Renay

Unbelievable Guy

Navy Blue
Diane Renay
Arranged and Conducted by "Calello"
*Arranged and Conducted by Sid Bass
A Bob Crewe Production
20th Century-Fox Records TFM 3133
1964

From the back cover: When a talent like Diane Renay comes along with an unmistakable smash sound like "Navy Blue" it doesn't take long for the world to shout, "A star is born!" But we here at WORC feel (and correct us if we're wrong) that we were the first station to spot Navy Blue's potential. It not only became a champion WORC contest winner, but rapidly established itself as #1 in our area for many weeks, remaining near the top for a long time afterward. We're happy to have played a small part in Diane's record success – Dick Smith, Radio Station WORC, Worchester, Mass.

Kiss Me, Sailor
Soft-Spoken Guy
Please Forget Me
Hello Heartaches*
Man Of Mystery
Navy Blue
Bell Bottom Trousers
Solidier Boy
A Present From Eddie
Sooner Or Later
He Promised Me Forevermore
Unbelievable Guy

Jody Miller Sings The Great Hits Of Buck Owens

 

Together Again

Jody Miller Sings The Great Hits Of Buck Owens
Arranged and Produced by Steve Douglas
Cover Photo: Capitol Photo Studio / George Jerman
Capitol Records T 2446
1966

Act Naturally 
Love's Gonna Live Here
Crying Time
I Don't Care
Don't Let Him Know
I've Got A Tiger By The Tail
We're Gonna Let The Good Times Roll
Under Your Spell Again
Only You (Can Break My Heart)
My Heart Skips A Beat
Before You Go
Together Again

Big Band Beatlemania - Buddy Morrow

 

I Saw Her Standing There

Big Band Beatlemania
Buddy Morrow and His Orchestra
Arranged and Conducted by Stan Applebaum
Produced by Bob Morgan
The Big Hits Of 1964
Epic LN 24095

Please Please Me
I Want To Hold You Hand
Roll Over, Beethoven
Bits And Pieces
All My Loving
Bonnie
She Loves You
Twist And Shout
Can't Buy Me Love
Needles And Pins
Glad All Over
I Saw Her Standing There

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Sinatra And Swingin' Brass

 

I'm Beginning To See The Light

Sinatra And Swingin' Brass
Arranged and Conducted by Neal Hefts
Cover: Jim Jonson
Art Direction: Merle Shore
Reprise B-1005
1962

From Billboard - August 25, 1962: Here's another prime package of 12 middle tempo Sinatra performances. The singer is at his best through most of the LP. The backgrounds are punctuated with bright, swinging Neal Hefts writing, not only for brass, but reeds and rhythm as well. The material is made up of standards done in the high-flying Sinatra style. His latest single "Goody Goody" is on tap along with "Tangerine," "Love Is Just Around The Corner," "I'm Beginning To See The Light" and "Ain't She Sweet,"

Goody Goody
They Can't Take That Away From Me
At Long Last
Love
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Don'cha Go 'way Mad
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Tangerine
Love Is Just Around The Corner
Ain't She Sweet
Serenade In Blue
I Love You
Pick Yourself Up

Diamond Head - Diamond Head Beachcombers

 

Tahiti

Music Inspired by the Motion Picture
Diamond Head
A Jerry Bresler Production
A Columbia Pictures Release
Authentic Hawaiian Music For Your Luau
Featuring the Diamond Head Beachcombers
Colpix Records CP 439
1963

Diamond Head
Sweet Leilani
Little Brown Gal
Now Is The Hour
My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua Hawaii
Tahiti
Hawaiian War Chant
Pretty Maui Girl
Lovely Hula Hands
Cockeyed Mayor Of Kaunakakai
Echoes Of The South Pacific
Diamond Head Farewell

The Original Top Hits By The Hit Makers

 

Starbright

The Original Top Hits By The Hit Makers
Columbia Records STEREO CS 8276
1960

Starbright - Johnny Mathis
Greenfields - The Brothers Four
Theme For Young Lovers - Percy Faith
Don't Eat The Daises - Doris Day
Solitaire - Jerry Vale
Pink Polemoniums - Mitch Miller
I'll Bring You A Rainbow - Tony Bennett
I've Got A Date With And Angel - Kitty Kallen
Sink The Bismarck - Johnny Horton
The Key Theme - Frank de Vol
Big Iron - Marty Robbins
The Madison Time Part II - Ray Bryant

Friday, September 17, 2021

100 Strings & Joni In Hollywood - Joni James

 

Secret Love

100 Strings & Joni In Hollywood
Joni James
Produced by Acquaviva
Musical Supervision by Acquaviva
Recording Director: Norman Newell
Musical Directors: Geoff Love and Tony Osborne
MGM E3840
1960

From the back cover: Though there are no wicked step-sisters lurking in her background, tiny Joni has seen a measure of life through her deep, deep eyes. One of four children, Joni was raised in Chicago by her widowed mother, who used to make games out of poverty to make it seem less grim to her children. At 14, Joni was in high school on a scholarship, singing Gregorian Chants in the school choir, and packing cookies in a bakery after school for the lordly sum of eight dollars a week.

Half the eight dollars went to help out at home, the other half went for dancing lessons. "Though I'd been singing for as long as I remember, I had a terrific thing in those days to be a ballet dancer," recalls Joni, Her dream was to  be a prima ballerina, dancing on a fairy tale stage so beautiful and remote that poverty could have nothing whatever to do with it.

When she graduated from high school, she was offered a college scholarship, but turned it down so she could concentrate on dancing. She danced her way into a small night club on the Near North Side of Chicago, where she was in the middle of an engagement when an unruly appendix forced her to stop dancing. Desperate, she asked the club owner if she could finish out her date doing the only thing she knew about at all – singing. He decided to let her try, and Joni quickly pulled a few numbers together with the help of a friend who was a singer.

She was a natural from the beginning. Audiences loved her, and before many months had passed, she was on local television in Chicago. True, she merely sang commercials on a late evening movie show, but it was a showcase, and people were getting to know her. She was on her way, she thought. She cut a record of beautiful old song and, sent it to someone she knew at a record company. It turned out that the company liked the song just fine. Next time she heard it, the song was becoming a national hit – with another singer singing it.

This was early in 1952, and though it took Joni a while to get over it, the net result of the experience was a reinforced belief in herself. Later the same year she recorded Why Don't You Believe In Me? for MGM Records, and the struggle for recognition was over. The record sold a million copies within a few weeks of its release, and it hasn't stopped selling yet. Early this year, in fact, it passed the two-million mark in sales.

The rest is show business history. In rapid succession, Joni followed up with Have You Heard?, Your Cheatin' Heart and My Love, My Love, How Important Can It Be, Give Us This Day, You Are My Love and There Goes My Heart. All reached the golden million mark in sales. Two, Your Cheatin' Heart and Why Don't You Believe In Me, reached the rare platinum mark – over two million copies sold. In addition, Joni has also  been awarded the Platinum Album Award, signifying sales of more than two million albums!

This album, 100 Strings and Joni in Hollywood, is part of a series that marks a high point in the career of Cinderella James. Credit for the idea goes to Tony Acquaviva, Joni's arranger-conductor husband, who got the inspiration for the series while talking to some English recording men while Joni was appearing at the London Palladium in 1959. He happened to remark that the quality of Joni's voice has always reminded him of a violin. The Britishers agreed that they had noticed it, too, and then there it occurred to all hands that Joni ought to be recorded with a large string orchestra – the kind that would have been playing at that wonderful ball that ended at midnight. From that point on, it was just a matter of organizing the recording date for this album and one other, 100 Strings and Joni on Broadway.

From Billboard - September 5, 1960: Joni James has two albums here that could be strong sellers. The Broadway set features the winsome thrush singing top songs from Broadway musicals, including "Hey There" and "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face." The Hollywood set features the lass in tunes from the movies, ranging from "Tammy," to "Over The Rainbow," She handles them all in her own familiar style, and the backing by the 100 Strings is lush.

Tammy - Tammy And The Bachelor
True Love - High Society
I'll Never Stop Loving You - Love Me Or Leave Me
It's Easy To Remember - And So Hard To Forget
Over The Rainbow - The Wizard Of OZ
Around The World - Around The World In 80 Days
I Can't Begin To Tell You - The Dolly Sisters
Secret Love - Calamity Jane
Three Coins In The Fountain
The Boy Next Door - Meet Me In St. Louis
Dancing On The Ceiling - Evergreen
An Affair To Remember

Golden Hits By Tony Martin

 

Guilty

Golden Hits By Tony Martin
Mercury Records SR 60644
1961

From the back cover: Tony Martin and the modern recording industry "happened" coincidentally at the same time. When Martin got out of the Navy in 1946, audio engineers were already taking the technical advancements that had developed in radar and other sounding devices which made it possible to record for the first time the really full sound of the human voice and the full range of the instruments that make up the orchestra. Martin's high-range baritone was successful only because of the microphone on personal appearances and in recording studios now picked up the sensitive nuances and innuendoes which were part of the Martin bag of aural tricks. For Tony Martin is no novice at any time in his singing career to the peak in original interpretation.

Already when he was 12 year old in Oakland, California, Martin, a terrific athlete, had trouble trying to find time to squeeze in both his heavy muscle and musical programs. As a young teen-ager, Martin formed a band, in which he played the reeds, called the "Clarion Four," which played professional engagements in between his athletic seasons. At 14, he was played with the five Red Peppers, a jazz combo, and at 16, under his real name, Al Morris, he was playing and ding his first singing with Tom Gerun's band at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco. This same band also gave Woody Herman his first professional break. At 18, he made his first coast-to-coast radio show, while still going to St. Mary's College.

Then followed a period of up's-and-down's, culminating with his Navy stint and finally his Mercury recording pact at the war's end. Martin provided Mercury, then a new firm, with its first million seller – "To Each His Own." And the hit triggered bigger things for him and for the firm.

His Mercury recording successes prompted major bookings from coast to coast, with Darryl Zanuck inking him to a 20th Century Fox pact after hearing him personally enthrall a capacity house at the Trocadero, Hollywood.

To Each His Own
That Old Black Magic
Stardust
Tea For Two
As Time Goes By
Body And Soul
I'll See You In My Dreams
All The Things You Are
A Gal In Calico
Guilty
I Don't Know Why
Make Believe

Sing Me A Song Of The Island - Alfred Apaka

 

Pagan Love Song

Sing Me A Song Of The Islands
Alfred Apaka
And The Hawaiian Village Serenaders
Decca Records DL 78960
1960

From the back cover: No other voice expresses the romance and enchantment of Hawaii more eloquently than that of Alfred Apaka, a tall, handsome native of The Islands. Apaka, who has become quite famous as the singing star of "Hawaii Calls" and his countless appearances in the finest night clubs in Hawaii and on the mainland, came very close to depriving us of this and his many other great recordings. If he hadn't stepped out on a stage back in high school days and let a few hundred students hear his captivating voice, and if they and every audience after them hadn't clamored for more, he might have become a doctor. But since it has been said that a good smile is sometimes as therapeutic as a bottle of pills, Alfred Apaka may have come closer to realizing hie boyhood ambition that he thinks.

Keep Your Eye On The Hand
Sweet Leilani
I Will Always Love You (Wahokukapuiani)
Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song)
Pagan Love Song
Paradise Isle
In A Hawaiian Village
Love Song Of Kalua
Sing Me A Song Of The Islands
Kealona
Sweet Someone
To You Sweetheart, Aloha

Moonlight And Keyboard - Raymond Lewenthal

 

Clair de Lune

Moonlight And Keyboard
Raymond Lewenthal - Piano
Westminster Records XWN 18403
1957

From the back cover: Raymond Lewenthal was born in San Antonio, Texas. In 1945, while studying with Mme. Lydia Cherkassky, he won all three of the major competitions then being held in California at Los Angeles (judged by Bruno Walter), the Young Artist Contest of Occidental College, and the Gainsborough Award in San Francisco. He completed his studies as a full scholarship student with Mme. Olga Samaroff Stokowski at the Juilliard School of Music. In 1948 he made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Dimitri Mitropoulos, playing the Prokofieff Third Concerto, and an enthusiastic reception following his New York debut a few weeks later launching his career. Since his return to the concert stage following a nearly-fatal accident in 1953, Lewenthal has proved the truth of Bruno Walter's statement about him: "Lewenthal's is the nature of a virtuoso, yet his technical gifts do not prevent him from expressing spiritual qualities with deep feeling and understanding.

Clair de lune - Debussy
Liebestraum No. 3 - Liszt
Nocturne in E Flat, Op. 9, No. 2 - Chopin
Waltz in C Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2 - Chopin
Nocturne in F Sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2 - Chopin
Waltz in A Flat Major, Op. 39, No. 15 - Brahms
Moonlight Sonata, 1st movement - Beethoven
Greensleeves - Traditional, Arranged by Lewenthal
The Swan - Saint-Saens-Godowsky
How Fair this Spot - Rachmaninoff-Lewenthal
Romance - Rubinstein
Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66 - Chopin
Elegie - Massenet
Serenade - Schubert-Liszt
Traumerei - Schumann