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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Jerry Colonna Plays Trombone Along The Dixieland Hi-Fi-Way

Slippery When Wet
Jerry Colonna Plays Trombone Along The Dixe Hi-Fi-Way
With His Dixie Highwaymen
Liberty Records SL-9004

The jacket is an elaborate book-fold production. The record label itself is marked, "Deluxe Series". This release could have been the run-up to Liberty's Premier Series of gatefold jackets.

From the inside cover: During his years that Colonna played with the staff orchestra at CBS, he was considered to be one of the five top trombonists in the country.

From Billboard December 22, 1956: Comedian Colonna, a trombone man with a number of name bands before his original emergence as a comic, gets back to music here in the company of Matty Matlock, Nick Fatool, Eddie Miller, Clyde Hurley and others known collectively as the Dixie Highwaymen. The 16 tunes are not particularly familiar to the idiom, but don't discount the fact that this is very easy listening Dixie. The playing is clean and sharp and it swings in a nice but unobtrusive style. The package is a de lux job in a four fold cover. It deejays give this a break it could overcome the common impression of Colonna as a funny man and help sell him on a music kick.

Dixeland Highway
Soft Shoulders
Tallahassee Detour
Post No Bills
Caution – Go Slow
Dangerous Curves
Coffee Shop
Wait Outside
Slippery When Wet
Watch Out For Wild Life
Keep Off The Grass
Tourists Are Welcome
Twenty-Two Miles To Conchita's
Big Fat Minnie
Dim You Lights
Hurry Back

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