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Monday, March 29, 2010

Earl Bostic Plays Sweet Tunes Of The Fantastic 50s

Canadian Sunset

Earl Bostic Plays Sweet Tunes Of The Fantastic 50s
X-15 cover art illustrated by L. Paleno
King Records 602

From the back cover: Earl has always loved music, so much so he gave up a job as grammar school teacher to go on the road. He first learned to play the clarinet in his home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. His first job netted him exactly 15¢, yet he liked what he as doing, and move to Xavier University in New Orleans where he received training in harmony, composing, theory, arranging, plus all the brass, reed and string instruments.

He formed a small combo and managed to get one week's commitment at Small's Paradise in New York City. He didn't leave, however, when the week was up... but was held there for four years.

With a desire to learn more through experience, he joined Lionel Hampton's sextet, and played along with Teddy Wilson, Sid Catlett and J. C. Higginbotham. Through experience he picked up, he began arranging for Paul Whitement, Louis Prima, Cab Calloway and Ina Ray Hutton among others.

In 1945 he started on his own again and blossomed into one of the outstanding horn men in the music business. At the time he recorded "845 Special" and "That's The Groovy Thing" things really began to happen. Both records were instant hits and Bostic's musical career was assured.

Because Of You
Unchained Melody
Stranger In Paradise
Ebb Tide
Lisbon Antiqua
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
April IN Portugal
Blue Tango
Three Coins In The Fountain
Canadian Sunset
Autumn Leaves
The Song Form Moulin Rouge

1 comment:

  1. OH! this is fabulous! What a magical cover! So atomic !!


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