The Last Letter
LeRoy Van Dyke At The Trade Winds
LeRoy Van Dkye Recorded During An Actual Performance At The Showboat Lounge,
Trade Winds Hotel, On The Beach In Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Produced by Shelby S. Singleton, Jr.
Mercury Records STEREO SR 60950
From the back cover: LeRoy Van Dyke opened a two week engagement at the Trade Winds Hotel in Fr. Lauderdale, Florida on June 18, 1964. Billboard magazine reported that the Van Dyke show in the Trade Wind was "another giant step forward in Country Music." A new chapter in show business history was written in those two weeks, and in the years to follow it's destined to be a long one.
Ft. Lauderdale has become known as the city "where the boys are" and where the girls are plentiful. Beginning at Easter time and continuing throughout the spring and summer, young people by the thousands migrate there to soak up the sun and enjoy the night life. At that time and throughout the year the Trade Wind's Showboat room headlines the big name in show business. Now LeRoy – and in essence – Country Music has joined that list. Mercury records has captured "live" the highlights of the Van Dyke show, so that you may sit back and enjoy all the excitement of being there in the audience at a 'swinging' floor show!
In addition to LeRoy you'll hear his band, "The Auctioneers." There's Jack Eubanks on electric guitar... X. Lincoln on bass guitar... Billy Rainsford on piano... Jim Stewart on drums and "The Auctioneers," a trio of lovely young ladies composed of Sally Harrison, Connie Landers and Barbara Voohries.
LeRoy leads off the show with "I'm Glad You Didn't Walk On By" written especially for him by his manager-choreographer Gene Nash. He moves next to "The Last Letter," a song that's become a tremendous standard from the country field, and really pours his heart into it. Then he and the band really rock the room with a driving arrangement of "Black Cloud" and Johnny Cash's "Frankie's Man, Johnny" which shows the great versatility of Mr. Van Dyke, and we think you'll like the real 'tongue in cheek' ending on this one.
He then turns the mike over to young Billy Rainsford. This lad has one of the most powerful deliveries we've come across in the a long time. He gets a great, fresh feel in "I Can't Stop Loving You."
Guitarist Jack Eubanks appears on this album thought he courtesy of Monument Records. When you hear, "Rush Hour" you'll known why he's one of their 'hot' properties and a hot contender in the new crop of guitar soloists. Incidentally, Jack wrote this song!
The 'unbelievable' X. Lincoln really has to be seen to be appreciated. He's a 6'4" funny, funny guy with 'pretzel' legs and a 'poor soul' expression. He's perfectly cast as the "Long Tall Texan"!
The show wouldn't be complete without LeRoy biggest hits, "Walk On By" and "The Auctioneer," which this 'live' performance gives him the chance to really do them up'. The finale is a standout arrangement of "On That Great Come And Get It Day" and the whole cast joins in to really drive this one home. – Ed Hamilton, WENO Radio - Music City, U.S.A., Nashville, Tennessee
I'm Glad You Didn't Walk On By
The Last Letter
Frankie's Man Johnny
I Can't Stop Loving You
Instrumental - The Rush Hour
Long Tall Texan
Walk On By
That Great Come And Get It Day
Good-Bye To Audience - The Time Has Just Slipped Away Too Fast