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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Melodies Of Love - Stanley Black

Melody Of Love
Melodies Of Love
Stanley Black And His Orchestra
A Product Of London Records
B 20004

From Here To Eternity
Tango Desire
Melody Of Love
Starlight Serenade
Serenade To Eileen
Lovely Lady
Too Marvelous For Words
Moonlight Becomes You
Little White Gardenia
You And The Night And The Music

Cole Porter/George Gershwin Suite - Louis Levy

Cole Porter Suite
Cole Porter Suite
George Gershwin Suite
Louis Levy And His Orchestra
London Gramophone Corporation, New York 10, N.Y.

Like Swing - The Modernaires

The Rockin' Ghost
The Modernaires
Like Swung
Orchestra Conducted by Pete Rugolo
Wacker Series
Mercury Records
SR 60220

From the back cover: All five members of The Modernaires (Paula Kelly, Hal Dickinson, Alan Copeland, Vernon Polk and Chuck Kelly) have always believed in progressing with the times, "Copeland informs, "And this new album is our future direction," he adds.

Senior and founder Modernaire Hal Dickinson declares; "The arrangers that we use, in addition to Alan, are all our very good friends who think, musically, as we do. And the Musicians in the orchestra (altoist Bud Shank and tenor man Bob Cooper, for example), are the best in the country."

From Billboard - March 20, 1960: One of the secrets of the continuing success of the Modernaires is the high quality of the group's arrangements, most of which are done by Alan Copeland. They make even the oldest standard pop tunes swing, while working in jazz elements for the edification of the more initiated listener. On either level they are in fine form on their latest "exemplified by their efforts of "Ja-Da Cha Cha Cha," "Shiny Stocking," "Like Young" and "Romantique."

If Dreams Come True
Don't Dream Of Anybody But Me
Shiny Stockings
What A Difference A Day Made
Ja-Da (Cha Cha Cha)
Now And Then
Everything's Coming Up Roses
Like Young
The Rockin' Ghost
The Girl With The Long Black Hair
Sweeter Than The Sweetest

Let's Dance Awhile To The Griff Williams Style

Let's Dance Awhile To The
Griff Williams Style
Mercury Records
MG 20494

What A Deal
Medley #1 (Together, Love, Is The Sweetest Thing, Song Of The Island, Down The Old Ox Road)
A Gal In Calico
I've Got A Lot In Common With You
Tico Tico
Saturday Night In Central Park
Medley #2 (Once In A While, It Must Be True, Moonlight On The Ganges, Please, Stars Fell on Alabama, My Honey's Lovin' Arms)
Yarami (Rhumba)
Dream Music

Maria Elena And Other Great Songs - Billy Mure

Maria Elena
Maria Elena And Other Great Songs
Billy Mure And The Aztec Guitars
Produced by Danny Davis
Recording Engineer: Bill McMeekin
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin
MGM SE-4189

From the back cover: Mure has long been one of the top guitarists in popular music. He is also one of the leading arrangers in the business, with such hit to his credit as "And That Reminds Me" for Della Reese, "White Silver Sands" for Don Rondo, "Tell Laura I Love Her" for Ray Peterson, and many more. He is a prolific composer, and has written such hits as "Got A Match," "A String of Trumpets," "Trumpet Cha Cha Cha," and "Toy Balloons," among others.

He has written the theme song of Murray K. Kaufman's popular radio show on WINS, New York; and the movie themes for "Five Against The House" and "No Down Payment."

Mona Lisa
Always In My Heart
It Happened In Monterey
El Choclo
Maria Elena
Mexicali Rose
In A Little Spanish Town
La Paloma
South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)
Isle Of Capri

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long - Melba Montgomery

Won't Take Long
Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long
Melba Montgomery
Vocal Accompaniment: The Jordanaires
Album Coordinator: Bob Scerbo
Liner Notes: Ron Grevatt
Produced by Pappy Daily
Music Records MS3114

From Billboard - October 26, 1966: Dealers have a built-in success factor with Melba Montgomery – anything by here is bound to be a winner, as will be this LP containing emotion-packed versions of "Great Big Hurtin' Heart," "Baby's Coming Home" and "My Tiny Music Box."

From the back cover: When lovely, brown-eyed Melba Montgomery signed on with the renowned Roy Acuff and his Smokey Mountain Gang a few years ago, it was the start of an amazing success story. Here was a singer who, soon enough, was to assume the mantle of the new Queens of Country Music, without having a recording of any kind on the market.

Unusual? Unorthodox? Yes sir, but then Melba Montgomery herself has a unique quality about her singing and songwriting that lifts her considerably beyond the level of the newer country music stylists who've come along in recent years.

Barely 20, at the time, Melba had arrived in Nashville as one of six finalists in a nationwide Pet Milk contest. Acuff, a veteran of the overseas circuit, had been seeking a new girl singer to join a planned tour of U.S. bases in Europe. Melba won the job hands down and stayed with Roy and his group for four years, learning the invaluable lessons and traditions of show business.

At the close of one of the many Acuff in-person tours, Melba was introduced to the famed country music record producer, Pappy Daily, who had been instrumental in building a number of the great artists in country music, immediately signed her to a recording contract. Shortly thereafter, country record fans were hearing the haunting new voice of Melba Montgomery on a duet record with George Jones, another top country star in whose career Daily played a key note.

Melba's duet appearances with Jones on such outstanding hits as "We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds," have become notable collector's pieces in country music. Firmly established as a duet star, Melba later became a hit-making soloist and in 1963 she received virtually all the annual trade paper and disc jockey awards as the year's most promising new country girl singer.

She has continued to turn out new hits and as both soloist and as a duet star with both George Jones and more recently with Musicor's pop king, Gene Pitney, who, in the meantime, has carved out a solid country following for himself.

Won't Take Long
Too Much Of Nothing
The Day Your Memory Came To Town
Heart Remind Me
My Tiny Music Box
Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long
Great Big Hurtin' Heart
I Don't Have Enough Faith In Me
Baby' Coming Home
I'm Learning How To Live Alone

Hawaii - William Kealoha

William Kealoha And His Orchestra
Forum SF 9052

Also released on Mode Disques (France - MDR 9193) featuring the same cover art.

Nicely presented Atomic Age pop flavored Hawaiian arrangements.

Maui Chimes/Sweet Lie Lehua
Hula Aluh
Honolulu Lu
Hawaiian Shuffle
Flower Of The Islands
Pineapple Pete
Mai Point De Iau
Sammy's Hula