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The Drums Of Rodriguez Wille Rodriguez Cook Laboratories, Inc. 1086 (10 inch 33 RPM)
From the back cover: "I (Rodriquez) was born in Puerto Rico in 1918. Been playing drums since I was 17 years old. Come to New York in 1938, and have been playing steady since then (thank God). The Latin bands I have worked with are Jose Curbelo, Noro Morales, Miguelito Valdes and a few other bands. Worked for two consecutive years with Paul Whiteman as only and featured drummer, in his band when I was 20 years old."
Carioca (from Flying Down To Rio) Mambo A La Basie (based on Jumping At The Woodside by Count Basie) Frenesi Hi Fi Mambo by Al Romero Willie's Drums by Willie Rodriguez and Al Romero Nocturnal by Jose-Sabre Maroquin Alamac by Al Romero Lullaby To Frances - Improvisation by Willie Rodriguez
Polynesia The Music Of Hawaii - Tahiti - Samoa The Polynesians featuring Harry Baty, Sam Kaapuni & Bob Nichols
Photography: Joe Tauber
Cover Design: Hobo Arts
Crown Records CST 169 1960
From the back cover: Crown Records wishes to thank the owners of the Polynesian Restaurant (Torrance, California) for their invaluable assistance in making the stunning cover shot available to us.
Also from the back cover: The Polynesians, Harry Baty, Sam Kaapuni and Bob Nichols are of the background to perform perfectly the exotic melodies and rhythms of the Islands.
Harry Baty, leader of the gourd, is of Hawaiian-English ancestry. Today he ranks with such other greats of the Polynesian music field as Alfred Alpaka, Andy Iona and Augie Goupil. Harry Baty has achieved success not only on recordings but in motion pictures as well.
Sam Kaapuni, the arranger and guitarist, is of Hawaiian ancestry. Besides backing such stars as Alfred Alpaka and Dorothy Lamour, he has been a member of the famed Harry Owens Orchestra at the world-renowned Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
Bob Nichols is also of Hawaiian descent. Bob has toured throughout the world with Lani McIntrye.
Ben Chapman (with Freddie and Ernie Tavares), vocal guest artist with The Polynesians, is of Tahitian French and English extraction. He extends a true flavor of the peoples of French Oceania and the Puamota's. A new rising personality who is now being featured in motion pictures and television.
From Billboard - February 1, 1960: Authentic, both from the standpoint of material and performance. Cover is a good one, suitable for display. The instrumentalists are three, and there are guest vocalists who sing in their native languages.
Tahitian Festival Tamure Marchelle A Vahini Mine Minoi Vana Vana Cafe Au Lait Papio Vahine Anamite Tanga Tika Marry A Vau
Cy Coleman - Piano Aaron Bell - Bass Charlie Smith - Drums
From the back cover: Cy Coleman, one of the fastest rising young performers in the jazz field, got his start as a youngster playing in bars on New York's Third Avenue, at weddings and at private parties, and by the time he had reached seventeen he was already making important professional appearances. Two years later he gave up playing solo to form a trio, and has since gone on to bigger and more numerous engagements. He has appeared at many of New York's best night spots – The Copacabana, Little Club, Shelbourne Hotel, Cafe Society, Bop City, The Embers, La Vie en Rose, and the Waldorf-Astoria – at The Sahara in Las Vegas, and at Eden Roc Hotel and L'Aiglon in Miami Beach. He has made thirty-five appearances on the Kate Smith Television Hour, and has been featured on the Steve Allen Show, the Stork Club Show, the G.E. Theatre, the first Morning Show on NBC (three years), and had his own Cy Coleman Show on the Dumont Network for one year. Most recently he has been appearing on Art Ford's Greenwich Village Show.
Cy Coleman is also a very talented composer, as several of his numbers heard in this album prove. Frank Sinatra has recorded Cy's Witchcraft and Why Try To Change Me Now?, Nat "King" Cole his I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life, Tony Bennett his Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, The Autumn Waltz and It Amazes Me, Sylvia Sims his You Fascinate Me So, Patti Page his My How The Time Goes By, and his Tin Pan Alley appears in John Murray Anderson's Almanac. Cy also composed the background music for Compulsion, an adaptation of the Meyer Levin best-seller for Broadway.
From Billboard - October 13, 1958: Pianist Coleman plays a light, melodic brand of jazz-flavored piano, ably backed by bass and drums. Selections include Coleman's own tune, "Witchcraft," along with "Isn't It Romantic," "Gypsy In My Soul," and other standards. Pleasant mood package for jocks and well-produced item for stereo fans
Jazz Mambo Witchcraft Hooray For Love Isn't It Romantic You Fascinate Me So Gypsy In My Soul Alley Cats Foggy Day Sing You Sinners Bess, You Is My Woman I Want To Be Happy
From Billboard - October 14, 1957: Another in the string of society dance band packages to hit the market in recent months. The band is not quite in the typical society voicing and the album contains fewer tunes than competition by the Lester and Howard Lanin bands. Still the music is well recorded and danceable and the simple cover should get good display.
Odyssey Charles Earland Produced by Charles Earland Associate Producers: Betty Earland & Von Joy Executive Producer: Robin McBride Design: Roberto Photography: Benno Friedman Mercury SRM-1-1049 1976 Phonogram, Inc., a Polygram Company
Intergalactic Love Song
Charles Earland: ARP Pro-Soloist, ARP String Ensemble, Electric pPiano, Echo-plex Robert Lowe: Guitar Richard Himsvark: ARP Odyssey Ron Carter: Bass Lawrence Killian: Congas & Percussion Howard King & Abe Speller: Drums
Songs Of The Gods
Charles Earland: AXE ARP synthesizer, organ, ARP Sting Ensemble, Clavinet, ARP Pro-Soloist Jack Turner: Guitar Arthur Grant: Lead Vocal Billy Colburn: Bass Hosea Choo Santos: Percussion Lawrence Killian: Congas Abe Speller: Drums
Charles Earland: ARP Pro-Soloist Synthesizer, ARP Sting Ensemble, Electric Piano, Echo-Plex Robert Lowe: Guitar John Abercombie: Violin Ron Carter: Bass Randy Brecker: Electric Trumpet Lawrence Killian: Congas & Percussion Richard Himsvark: ARP Odyssey Synthesizer Howard King: Drums
From My Heart To Yours
Charles Earland: ARP Stings Ensemble, Electric Piano, Background Vocals Jack Turner: Guitar Billy Colburn: Bass Hosea Cheo Santos: Congas Abe Speller: Drums Gene Skinner, Vernon Brown, Jr. & Robert Brooks: Background Vocals
Charles Earland: ARP Pro-Soloist Synthesizer, AXE ARP Synthesizer, ARP String Ensemble, Electric Piano, Background Vocals Jack Turner: Guitar, Background Vocal, Lead Vocal Arthur Grant: Tenor Sax Billy Colburn: Bass Hosea Cheo Santos: Percussion Lawrence Killian: Congas Abe Speller: Drums Gene Skinner, Vernon Brown, Jr. & Robert Brooks: Background Vocals
Journey Of The Soul
Charles Earland: ARP Pro-Soloist Synthesizer, ARP String Ensemble, Electric Piano, Echo-Plex Robert Lowe & John Abercrombie: Guitar John Blair: Violin Randy Brecker: Electric Trumpet Ron Carter: Bass Lawrence Killian: Congas & Percussion Abe Speller & Howard King: Drums
Anthology Of the Twelve String Guitar Featuring: Glen Campbell, Mason Williams, Joe Maphis, Howard Roberts, Billy Strange, James McGuinn and Bob Gibson Everest Records 2071 1968
From the back cover:
Glen Campbell presents hard driving original melody by Glen Campbell reminiscent of the old hoe-down. Campbell is one of the hottest recording stars today. He brings a delightful "country" feel to the twelve string guitar. He provides a slightly "hot" version of the traditional melody, utilizing several techniques to provide the variations of which the instrument is capable.
Mason Williams is an accomplished Folk performer whose wide background in Folk realms has given him a qualified insight into Folk interpretations. Williams utilizes the perfect intervals, fourths and fifths, providing the usual octave sound of the twelve string guitar rather dissonant speaking quality. He just achieved national popularity by his No. 1 record – "Classical Gas."
Bob Gibson is an accomplished writer, arranger and performer. One of Folk Music's stalwarts, Gibson treats the traditional rhythms of ragtime music with massive chords as moving voices. Minute arabesque melodies are developed into grand theme while the notes change from major to minor with naturalness and fluidity. An excellent example of composing, through acculturation, a piece containing traditional European, Middle Eastern and contemporary American influences.
Howard Roberts is primarily a jazz man. He has several FUNKY albums to his credit. His own composition is a good example of the manner in which the instrument is put to general use today. In one passage he emulates the autoharp with finesse.
Joe Maphis is one of the nation's greatest country guitarists. In this instance Maphis utilizes the Merle Travis style and produces a theme and several variations. He treats the development of style in an almost classical Allegro Sonata (Theme and it's variations and return to theme) form, returning easily to the original theme.
Billy Strange has long been an oustanding guitarist on the West Coast. Is currently featured singer-guitarist on the Tennessee Ernie Ford ABC-TV show. To his original composition he brings the soul and deep feeling of the real "Funk" man. One can almost feel his inner tension as he pursues the phrasing and chordal structure of the piece. He has had many hit albums.
Bull Durem - Glen Campbell Nashville - Mason Williams 12 String Guitar Rag - Bob Gibson Saints Soul Song - James McQuinn Color Him Folky - Howard Roberts My Little Maggie - Billy Strange Honey Miss Me When I'm Gone - Mason Williams Cottonfields - Howard Roberts Six By Twelve - Joe Maphis
Overture Dites Moi There's Nothin' Like A Dame Honey Bun Some Enchanted Evening Bloody Mary Bali Ha'i Younger Than Springtime Happy Talk This Nearly Was Mine I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-A My Hair I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy
The Cold Hard Facts Of Life Porter Wagoner Produced by Bob Ferguson Recording Engineer: Jim Malloy Recorded in RCA Victor's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, Tennessee RCA Victor STEREO LSP-3797 1967
From June 10, 1967: Some cold hard stories in song, led by the hit "The Cold Hard Facts Of Life." Porter Wagoner seems to get better and better. He really packs a wallop in these tunes including "The First Mrs. Jones." Will be one of his biggest albums to date.
The First Mrs. Jones Words And Music The Cold Hard Facts Of Life Sleep Hundred Dollar Funeral If I Could Only Start Over Tragic Romance Try Being Lonely I'll Get Ahead Some Day I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye Shopworn Julie
From the back cover: Backing up Martha Carson vocally on this record is some of her friends, the Rangers, who also record for Scripture. The Rangers are augmented with other voices to give a full, rich back up group.