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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Dancing In The Dark - Carmen Cavallaro

Cocktails For Two
Dancing In The Dark
Carmen Cavallaro
Decca Records DL 8120

Dancing In The Dark
Carmen Cavallaro
The Poet Of The Piano
Decca Records DL 78961

From Billboard - August 2, 1946 (A-441): It was his Dancing In The Dark piano folio, offered a half dozen years ago, that first attracted so much attention to Carmen Cavallaro. Since the maestro has gone a long way up the musical road since those early days, this new set of five records hits an easy merchandising mark. Dressed up with a new cover design that features the maestro's flash smile with an explanatory booklet added. Cavallaro re-creates his original click. With assist from his Steinway sparkle on the same 10 selections – Dancing In The Dark, Lover, Alone Together, Night And Day, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, If I Had You, Body And Soul, You're Mine You, Cocktails For Two and The Very Thought Of You, each an evergreen. While Cavallaro adds some frills and flourishes to his keyboarding for this repeat performance, he creates the same satisfying piano mood that make this disking an everlasting delight. For those who missed his original, this carbon copy is every bit as desirable.

From Billboard - August 7, 1961: The "Poet Of The Piano," Carmen Cavallaro, provides a very pleasant 30 minutes of listening and dancing music. Set includes such favorites as "The Very Thought Of You," "Lover," "You're Mine You" and the title tune "Dancing In The Dark." Cavallaro has many fans and this package should be one of their favorites. This is actually a newly recorded stereo version of material originally cut by the artist some years back.

From Billboard - October 22, 1955 (Decca DL 8120): Dancers, lovers and those who just plain admire a flawless piano technique will enjoy this newest Cavallaro package. A Dozen popular standards, commonly associated with the mood of romance, are given sparkling, bubbling treatment. Standard rhythm accompaniment keeps things moving nicely on the likes of "The Very Though Of You," "Cocktails For Two," "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "Alone Together." while a string ensemble is moved in for others like "Falling In Love With You," and "September Song." Fine listening.

Dancing In The Dark
The Very Thought Of You
If I Had You
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Falling In Love With Love
Stairway To The Stars
Cocktails For Two
Alone Together
You're Mine You!
September Song
Always In My Heart

Our Love Story - Gordon & Sheila MacRae

I'm Glad There Is You
Our Love Story
Romantic Songs In A Bright Broadway Style
Gordon and Sheila MacRae
Arranged & Conducted by Van Alexander
Produced by Voyle Gilmore
Capitol Records T1353

From the back cover: This is the MacRae's first album together, and it captures the same charm and sparkle and carefree quality that make them one of the most sought after acts in night clubs and on television. Their choice of material here also serves to demonstrate that Gordon and Sheila know their way around the musical comedy stage.

Gordon's work, of course, is so well known that very little else can be said except that the quality of his rich, flexible baritone deepens with each new album; his interpretations are surer, more subtle, and more varied than ever.

Hearing Sheila for the first time on records, listeners will be pleased to discover a rare versatility combined with plenty of humor, as well as pleasing forthright diction. Furthermore, she is able to deliver a ditty like "My Baby Just Cares For Me" with a nice torch feeling that leaves no doubt as to why Baby should feel this way.

From Billboard - April 18, 1960: The real-life husband and wife team joined forces on wax for the first time with a varied line-up of items. MacRae warbles in his usual rich legit fashion on some great standards. His frau contributes a couple of her nitery mimic routines, plus a sock edition of "My Baby Just Cares For Me," and they duet pleasantly on a few sides, including the title tune, also released as a single. Solid jockey wax.

Our Love Story
I Met A Girl
A Wonderful Guy
Love Is A Simple Thing
I'm Glad There Is You
That's For Me
Love And Marriage
All The Things You Are
My Baby Just Cares For Me
When The Children Are Asleep
And This Is My Beloved
Happy Anniversary

Friday, June 21, 2019

Dinah Sings Some Blues With The Red Norvo Quintet

I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
Dinah (Shore) Sings Some Blues With Red
With The Red Norvo Quintet
Produced by Voyle Gilmore
Capitol Records T1354

From the back cover: The Red Norvo Quintet boasts a distinguished "cast of characters." In addition to Red on vibes, there are John Mosher on bass, Jimmy Wyble on guitar, Jerry Dodgion on alto sax and flute, and John Markham on drums. They are joined in this album by piano and trumpet and on several numbers by a muted trumpet quartet.

Also from the back cover: While Dinah Shore is singing, time seems to melt away. Actually, it just sort of curls itself up into a relaxed and joyful swinging ball.

In an era when vocal mannerisms abound, Dinah has adhered steadfastly to her own unaffected, lyrical, and utterly feminine way with a song. These radiant attributes have made her not only a perennially favorite singer, but one of the most admired and genuinely beloved performers in the world.

On a Sunday night awhile back, Dinah met up professionally with Red Norvo and his Quintet, the group that backs her in this album. A musician on mild manner and monumental ability, Red starred in the 1930s with his own highly-regarded bands, and with Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, and Woody Herman. Since the mid-40s Red and his vibraphone have headed a succession of the most tastefully creative small groups in modern music. Red's superb musicianship is characterized by delicacy and eloquent understatement – a perfect match for the wonderfully lilting grace of Dinah's singing. The televised teaming of the two artists proved inspired. It resulted, by overwhelming demand, in rapid reappearances of Red on Dinah's show, and in this initial, swinging get-together on Capitol Records.

Dinah's vocals here are reminiscent of some of the very best of her early work with chamber groups. They illustrate why Shore vocals, like Sinatra vocals, become reference works for new singers, to be played and replayed for that incomparable "something" that sets them apart.

All told, here are twelve enticing capsules of Dinah's Special Brand of Instant Enchantment – each containing the potent added ingredient fo Norvo's rhythmic caress. Directions: To be taken neat. And they certainly are!

From Billboard - April 11, 1960: Dinah Shore shines in another fine set. She delivers blues (both sweet and low), standards and oldies in fine fashion. Backed by a swingin' group, headed by vibist Red Norvo, she excels on such fare as "Who," "Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues" and "It's All Right With Me." Sounds is good, and attractive cover shot of the lark will lure.

Bye Bye Blues
I Can't Face The Music Without Singing The Blues
Someday Sweetheart
It's Funny To Everyone But Me
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues
Lucky In Love
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Its All Right With Me
Lover, Come Back To Me

Keep It Gay - Green & Iles

Keep It Gay
Conversational Music
Piano and Organ Stylings of Greene and Iles
Mercury Records MG 20427

From the back cover:

Eddie Greene - plays three keyboards, two on the Hammond organ and the Kruger String bass keyboard which is attached to the foot-pedals of the organ and which authentically imitates a real string bass. Greene's organ is equipped with two 40-watt Leslie speakers. The complete organ unit is valued at $5,000.

Greene was born in New York City in 1930. First show biz contact was the children's chorus at six at the Metropolitan Opera House. He received a B.A. in Music and Education from Queen's Collegs, New York and did graduate study at Julliard Music school, New York, where he worked with Teddy Wilson and Ted Royal and studied organ with Jessie Crawford.

Stephen Iles - plays three keyboards: Steinway Grand, the Magnaharp, an electronic keyboard instrument which obtains the sound of vibes and celeste; and the harpsichord.

Iles is a native of Philadelphia where he was born in 1928. He started in show business at 16, when he was accompanist to actress Vicki Cummings. Iles was a protege of the world renowned pianist, Henrietta Schumann.

Harry Fiedel - Born in 1925. Has worked with many hotel bands as drummer. Recorded with eastern society orksters Lester Lanin and Meyer Davis. Played staff with WOR, New York, radio crew and also has worked most of the Gotham hostelries before joining Greene and Iles.

From Billboard - November 16, 1959: Eddie Greene and Stephen Ilse (with nice assist from drummer Harry Fiedel) combine talents on a varied line-up of keyboards - piano, organ, Magnaharp, Kurger String bass, etc. The results are pleasant, smoothly unobtrusive instrumental arrangements of such contrasting standards as "Lazy River," "Taboo," "You Make Me Feel So Young" and "Ja-Da."

Keep It Gay
Lazy River
I've Got The World On A String
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
You Make Me Feel So Young
Chinatown Cha Cha (Chinatown My Chinatown)
Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
From This Moment On
Taking A Chance On Love

Piano Moods - Paul Lefevre

Piano Moods
Paul Lefevre At The Piano
Richmond London Records B 20053

September In The Rain
Vous Qui Passez Sans Me Voir
Plaisir D' Amour
Danse Macabre
La Chapelle Au Clair De Lune
Paris Je T'Aime
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Irving Field's Favorites

My Funny Valentine
Irving Field's Favorites
Irving Fields At The Piano
King Records 703

From the back cover: Irving Fields and his trio have been supplying their infectious music for so many years that many of the group's fans are surprised to discover that the leader is still a comparatively young man. Fields started his performing career when he was in his teens, and now, 17 years later, and still with the same bassist and drummer with whom he started out, Field's happy brand of music draws crowds wherever the trio appears, in smart supper clubs and night clubs throughout the country. There are few rooms in the United States that have not featured the Fields combo, from New York to Las Vegas to Miami. Right now he is packing them in at the El Borracho in New York.

Perhaps one of the things that has helped the Irving Fields Trio to remain as popular as it has for so long, is the ability of the leader to play any and all types of music. If the audience desires sweet music, Fields can play sweetly, if they want jazz he can play that too. And if they want happy music for dancing, Fields and his Trio are able to handle with ease as well. That Irving Fields knows what the public wants and likes is evident from his successful songwriting as well as his musical career. He is the writer of three pop hits, "Miami Beach Rumba", Managua, Nicaragua", and "Chantez, Chantez".

In this collection of all time favorites selected by Irving Fields from the tunes most requested of his trio over the years, the pianist gets an opportunity to display the various types of rhythms that have made the trio musically interesting for almost two decades. He arranged every tune in the album with an eye to keeping listener attention throughout the entire LP. The Field's version of "Mack The Knife", the Kurt Well tune that recently became a smash pop hit, is handed a concert arrangement here, starting out with Latin Rhythms, then turning into a classical selection and ending with a dazzling display of technique on the part of the pianist. "The Third Man Theme" is given a cha cha flavor and wonderful beat, the "Ebb Tide", another pop hit of recent vintage, is handled in pop-symphonic style by the combo. You are sure to find one of your favorites in this new collection, performed in an engaging and distinctive manner by the Irving Fields Trio. – Bob Rolontz, The Billboard

Ebb Tide
September Song
Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
My Funny Valentine
How High The Moon
Holiday For Strings
Tico Tico
Mack The Knife Concerto
Danube Waves
Stephen Foster Rumba Medley

The Girl I Love - Carl Smith

The Girl I Love
The Girl I Love
Carl Smith
Produced by Wesley Rose
Hickory/MGM Records H3GG 4522

The Girl I Love
I Can't Get You (Out Of My Mind)
I Can't Go On This Way
It's Teardrop Time
It's Gonna Be One Of Those Days
A Pair Of Wings For Me
Roly Poly
Just Because I'm Still In Love With You
One Thing Leads To Another
Drinking Champagne
She Is

Big Mable Murphy - Sue Thompson

Baby's Not Home
Big Mable Murphy
Sue Thompson
Featuring Baby's Not Home
Produced by Wesley Rose
Art Direction: John Donegan
Cover Design: John Robertson
Hickory/MGM Records H3G-4523

Big Marble Murphy
Whole Lot Of Walkin'
Big Daddy
Any Other Morning
James (Hold The Ladder Steady)
Blue Eyed Jack's Wild
Baby's Not Home
(Til) I Kissed You
Heaven Really Smiled On Me This Time
I Can't Stop Loving You (Spanish Version) (No Puedo Estar Sin Ti)
He Cheats On Me

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Laurie London

The Cradle Rock
Laurie London
England's 14-Year Old Singing Sensation!
Recorded in London
Capitol Records T10169

From the back cover: One of the phenomena of the record world in 1958 was the emergence of a 14-year-old English lad with a million-selling entry – the first song he ever recorded.

Laurie London still is a schoolboy, despite his fame.

He attends classes on Whitechapel Road in London along with others his age. Never has he had a music lesson. Nor is either of his parents particularly musical.

Yet Laurie London's simple, warm way with a lyric has charmed millions of listeners. His Capitol record of He's Got The Whole World In His Hands became a gigantic hit long before Laurie's boyish, adolescent face was ever seen b y American and Canadian audiences.

Laurie's triumphal appearances on Ed Sullivan's popular television show, beamed throughout North America from New York, merely enhanced his remarkable popularity. But then Laurie, his mother and father promptly returned home so that the lad wouldn't miss his classes on Whitechapel Road.

This is, of course, Laurie's first long-playing record. He is accompanied by Geoff Love's orchestra and the Rita Williams Singers of London, the very same who helped him record his first best-selling "single" disc.

Capitol is privileged to present a 14-year-old sensation whose career as an entertainer, obviously, is just getting started. But what a start!

He's Got The Whole World (In His Hands)
Handed Down
The Gospel Train
The Cradle Rock
I Gotta Robe
Pick A Bale Of Cotton
Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
I'm Gonna Walk And Talk With My Lord
Up Above My Head I Hear Music In The Air
Basin Street Blues
Casey Jones

Monday, June 17, 2019

This Song's For You - Sherry Bryce

This Song's For You
This Song's For You
Sherry Bryce
Produced by Dick Glasser
Recorder: Ed Struzick
Mixer: George Soule
Background Vocals: Lea Jane Singers
Strings Arranged by D. Bergen White
Cover Design and Photography: Herb Burnette, Pinwheel Studios
Graphic Production: Bill Ward
MGM Records
M3G 5000

This Song's For You
Lay It Down Easy
For Husbands And Lovers
Baby Blue
Love Song
Alabama – The Heart Of Dixie
I Love Loving You
Hang On Feelin'
Simple Goodbye Song

Sounds Of The Drags - The Blasters

Sounds Of The Drags
The Blasters
Crown Records
Hi-Fidelity CLP 5392

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art.

Black marks seen on the left side of the cover are manufacturing (printing) errors.

Hot Rod Center
Black Pick Up
Don't Count On The Looks
Long Gone
Steering Wheel Stuck
Little Willys Dragster
Big Green Vet
Bad Rubber
Oil Burner
Chopped And Channeled

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Million Seller From The Movies - 101 Strings

Samantha's Theme
Million Seller From The Movies
101 Strings
Arranged and Conducted by Jack Dorsey
Manufactured by Alshire International
Alshire S-5252

Theme From Shaft
Summer Of '42
One Tin Soldier
Fiddler On The Roof
Samantha's Theme
Theme From Sherman's Heroes
Ghost Riders
Elvira Madigan Theme
Prairie Trails