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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Trumpet's Greatest Hits Styled By Bobby Hackett

Memories Of You

Trumpet's Greatest Hits
Styled By Bobby Hackett
In A Setting Of Wall-To-Wall Strings
Cover Photo: Henry Parker
Epic STEREO BN 26155

From the back cover: In the thirty-six years of his professional music career; Bobby Hackett has either worked with, jammed with, been compared to or cited as the model for all the instrumentalists whose works are represented here. This "trumpeters' trumpeter" has led traditional lineups, modern combos, sat in at knock-down, no-holds-barred jam sessions, held a featured sideman's chair in swing bands (two chairs in Glenn Miller's orchestra – guitar and trumpet – in the early Forties), conducted a major network studio orchestra, taken the spotlight in Jackie Gleason's huge string aggregation, toured in concert with Benny Goodman – and has made hit recordings in virtually every jazz and popular genre.

If any horn man has the credentials to launch a renaissance of these trumpet classics, Hackett has them. New arrangements for all the selections are the works of George Williams, who not so coincidentally was a star arranger for Glenn Miller when Miller was Hackett's boss, and now is with Ray McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The sessions recorded with Hackett, strings and rhythm were conducted by Johnnie Spence, one of Great Britain's best orchestra leaders, as distinguished for his conducting and arranging talents as for his authoritative use of a baton, a rarity in recording studios these days.

What's New?
Sugar Blues
I Can't Get Started
And The Angels Sing
The Man With The Horn
Oh! My Pa-Pa
Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Davenport Blues
Memories Of You

Nat King Cole Sings Songs From Cat Ballou


Hajji Babba

Nat King Cole Sings The Songs From Cat Ballou
And Other Motion Pictures
Great Vocal Themes From His Hollywood Films
Produced By Lee Gillette
Capitol Records ST 2340

From Billboard - January 19, 1965: The winning combination for any record dealer-songs from eight movie tracks as sung by the late Nat King Cole. This one should be a big seller. Includes "St. Louis Blues" and "Hajji Babba." 

The Ballad Of Cat Ballou
Blue Gardenia
St. Louis Blues
The Song Of Raintree County
In The Cool Of The Day
They Can't Make Her Cry
China Gate
Night Of The Quarter Moon
Never Let Me Go
Beale Street Blues
Hajji Babba

The Wonder Music Of George Gershwin And Jerome Kern



The Wonderful Music Of George Gershwin And Jerome Kern
Another Masterpiece From The Hi-Fi Library Of The World's Great Music
Musical Americana In Hi-Fi S3-314
Custom Pressed by Columbia Records

The Song Is You - Music In The Air
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Roberta
Yesterdays - Roberta
Look For The Silver Lining - Sally
Make Believe - Showboat
All The Things You Are - Very Warm For May
Someone To Watch Over Me - Oh Kay
Somebody Love Me - George White's Scandals
Summertime - Porgy And Bess
Love Is Here To Stay - The Goldwyn Follies
Embraceable You - Girl Crazy
The Man I Love - Strike Up The Band

Sylvania Presents Music For Dancing & Dreaming



Sylvania Presents Music For Dancing & Dreaming
Limited Edition
Columbia Special Products CSS 531

My Cup Runneth Over - Robert Goulet
Red Roses For A Blue Lady - Woody Herman
Hello Dolly! - Ray Coniff
Downtown - The New Christy Minstrels
Born Free - Andre Kostelanetz
On The Sunny Side Of The Street - The Glenn Miller Orchestra Directed By Buddy De Franco
Gigi - Andre Previn
The Spy With A Cold Nose - Les And Larry Elgart
Georgy Girl - Percy Faith

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Sergio Franchi


Help Me Make It Through The Night

Sergio Franchi
Produced by Wayne Kirby
Recording Engineers: John Puckett, Tony D'Amico
Special Arrangements by Don Hannah
Art Director: Charles Levy
Telehouse STEREO CD 2045
2 Record Set

Record 1

It's Impossible
Dicitencello Vuie
Al Di La
Torna A Sorrento
Never, Never, Never
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Il Primo Amore
The Most Beautiful Girl
O Sole Mio

Record 2

Vesti La Giubba
And I Love You So
Buona Sera
Musica Prohibita
You Will Be My Music
On A Clear Day
Let Me Try Again
Non Ti Scordar Di Me
Speak Softly Love
I Have But One Heart

Monday, July 12, 2021

The Accordion Orchestra - Pietro Deiro


Careless On Cha-Cha-Cha

Pietro Deiro
Presents The Accordion Orchestra
Under The Direction Of Joe Biviano
Coral STEREO CRL 757323

From the back cover: Following in his famous father's footsteps, Pietro Deiro, Jr. had dedicated his life to the accordion, pioneering such significant advances as the Accordion Orchestra. A composer and arranger whose counsel is sought by accordionists from coast to coast, he is credited with much of the progress the accordion has made toward attaining full recognition as a significant concert instrument.

World renowned teacher, composer, arranger accordion soloist Joe Biviano was the first accordionist to appear with the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Metropolitan opera company. A distinguished concert artist, soloist and conductor for the N.B.C. and A.B.C. networks, he is a past President and current Vice President of the American Accordionists' Association.

The remainder of the unique orchestra represents a concentration of some of the most outstanding accordion talents in the country. They are: Tony Mecca, who has worked under such famous conductors as Leonard Bernstein. Alfredo Antonini and Raymond Scott; Joseph and Catherine Manzi, distinguished solo and duet concert accordionists; Eugene Ettore, well-known instrumentalist and conductor of the Sano Accordion Symphony; John Serry, who has worked under such eminent conductors as Alfredo Antonini, Mitch Miller, and Shep Fields; Orlando Di Girolamo, President of the Accordion Symphony Society; Alfonzo Veltri, Director of the National Conservatory of Music; John Blowers, famous jazz drummer and percussionist for the ensemble; Ruby Jamis, former first bass for the Columbia and Detroit Symphonies; Angelo Di Pippo, one of the foremost jazz accordionist in America; Val Dennis, music teacher and veteran of several Broadway musicals; Tony Ettore, governing member of the American Accordionist's Association; Joseph Fezza, Music Director of The Cliffside Park branch of the National Conservatory of Music; Peter Giradi, composer and noted soloist; and Robert Skilling, who, with his brother Chauncy has written and produced two musical comedies.

Billboard - June 27, 1960: A package of popular orchestral pieces arranged for an ensemble made up of modified accordions. Made overseas, the instruments produce sound resembling those of flute, oboe, etc. Material includes "Danse Chinoise," "Valse Des Fleurs," "Danse Des Bouffons." A novelty of high musicality.

Danse Des Souffons
Beguine Di Roma
Invitation To The Dance
La Cumparsita
La Chasse
Danse Chinoise
Three Blind Mice
Danse Des Mirlitons
Valse Des Fleurs
The Flight Of The Bumble Bee
The Rooster
Careless On Cha-Cha-Cha

Godfrey Hirsch At Pete's Place, New Orleans

Love For Sale

Godfrey Hirsch At Pete's Place, New Orleans
Coral Records CRL 57475

The instrument used on this Album is the "Musser Century Vibe" used exclusively by Godfrey Hirsch.

From the back cover: You know Godfrey Hirsch if you've ever seen Pete Fountain's group in action. He plays vibes, and his choreography for mallets is certainly something to behold. A great showman, he also makes an invaluable contribution to the ensemble in terms of color, and when the rhythm needs extra punch he shifts over to the second percussion chair to beat a snare drum.

As Pete's right-hand man, Godfrey works and lives a great deal of the time in Pete's Place, New Orleans. Indeed, when the boss is away on missions of importance, it is Godfrey who usually takes over his place. That's right. He takes Pete's place in Pete's Place. Pardon the emphasis.

Most of the performances on this record were made during Mardi Gras in 1964 and 1965, when Pete Fountain was out on the streets, not roistering or behaving in any unseemly fashion, but marching his music like a well-brought-up son of the Crescent City,

There were some musician guests down there for the festivities, and after a while they hied their weary feet to Pete's place of refreshment. You may have heard drummer Nick Fatool enjoying himself in 1964 on the earlier album, Pete's Place (57453), but this time there is another visitor, Eddie Miller. Not that Eddie is any newcomer to New Orleans, because he was born there. Normally, he is active on the West Coast, where he participates in many of those session which help to keep his hometown's jazz idiom alive, but here his tenor saxophone is heard instead of Pete's clarinet on three tracks.

Thus it is Pete's group, without Pete, but with guests, and headed by Godfrey Hirsch, that is ready to entertain you in this set. Many of the numbers are those used to introduce shows at the club before the clarinetist mounts the stand, and they roll with ease and fluidity in familiar routines, Eddie Miller fitting right in as though he were one of the regulars.

Quiet Nights
Muskrat Ramble
Red Roses For A Blue Lady
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
Love For Sale
Willow Weep For Me
Momma Was There
The Roof Blues

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Country And Western Serenade - Billy Ranger


Valley Of Tears

Country And Western Serenade
Featuring Billy Ranger And The Deputies
Wyncote STEREO W 9201

Aidos Amigo
Second Hand Love
Funny Way Of Laughing
That's Old Fashioned
Old Rivers
Two Faces
The Come Back
Take Time
You Take The Tables
I Can Mend Your Broken Heart
Crazy, Wild Desire
Valley Of Tears

The Beatles All-Time Hits - The Soundz-A-Likes


Nowhere Man

Got To Get You Into My Life

The Beatles All-Time Hits
The Soundz-A-Likes
Produced by Ralph Stein
Wonderland Records WLP - 317

Come Together
Get Back
Nowhere Man
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Oh! Darling
Getting Better
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
With A Little Help From My Friends
Got To Get You Into My Life
A Day In A Life
Long And Winding Road