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Friday, August 27, 2021

Sweet Singing Swing With The Bill Gannon 3


You Stepped Out Of A Dream

Sweet Singing Swing With The Bill Gannon 3
Carlton Record Corporation LP 12/144

From the back cover: Bill Gannon - Thin, trim and crew-cut. Proud owner of a sleek Jaguar XK150; proud owner of an endless string of original arrangements. Plays a mean piano. Ability to sing tenor or melody with equal alacrity. Thought about a different kind of trio, and quite naturally thought of...

Larry Hovis - A college grad, this lad holds a PHD in rhythm. Let his "sticks" meet the "skins," or let his lyric tenor voice fill the room, and you know this is a musician all the way! Only one thing could top Gannon and Hovis together... and that was Gannon, Hovis and... (Vocals by Larry Hovis by permission of Capitol Records).

Gerry Lloyd - Serious and subdued in his private life, but capable of making a string bass sing with joy. Add his resonant bass voice and you've added complement to an entirely new trio – and in turn – an entirely new sound!

Houston born and Houston bred are the three men of the Bill Gannon Trio. In the chic bistros and smart supper clubs in and around this booming Port city, night owls have been chanting their praises. Disk jockey throughout the Lone-Star state agree that here are real "comers."

What Is This Thing Called Love
What's New
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
I Dream Of You
No Moon At All
Mood Indigo
South Rampart Street Parade
Stars Fell On Alabama
Them There Eyes
I Should Care
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To / Easy To Love
Lonesome Road

The Girl Friends - Toni Arden, Peggy King, Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day & Dinah Shore


Make Yourself Comfortable

The Girl Friends
Toni Arden, Peggy King, Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day & Dinah Shore
Columbia Records HL 7148

Make Yourself Comfortable - Peggy King
A Little Love, A Little Kiss - Toni Arden
Coax Me A Little Bit - Dinah Shore
I Take To You - Anita O'Day
I Got It Bad - Peggy Lee
The Gentlemen In The Next Apartment - Peggy King
I Can Dream, Can't I? - Toni Arden
When A Woman Loves A Man - Dinah Shore
Fool Am I - Anita O'Day
The Way You Look Tonight - Peggy Lee

Swingin' For Two - Don Cherry


I Didn't Know About You

Swingin' For Two
Don Cherry
With Ray Conniff and His Orchestra
Columbia CL 893

From the back cover: Don Cherry himself, of course, is the major attraction, as he has been ever since the end of World War II. He started his career by appearances in Army shows toward the end of his three-year hitch, and the enthusiastic response he received encouraged him to continue studies in music. Attending Mid-Western University at Wichita Falls, Texas, he took a number of music courses, and developed a keen interest in golf at the same time. The result of the time spent on the golf links was that he was present at the country club whenever a band played there, and was consequently on hand to sing. One night orchestra leader Jan Garber heard him singing, and offered him a spot singing with his band. He travelled with the group for some time, finally leaving to do his own radio show over a Dallas station. This led to supper club engagements and soon to a recording contract. On records, his voice proved to have the personality and warmth that lead directly to the top, and he was well on his way when, at Columbia, he recorded the now-famous Band Of Gold and made it in one leap. Swingin' For Two is Don's first collection since his big hit, and provides a splendid survey of his style, the variety of his approaches, and a wonderful program of dancing as well.

When The Sun Comes Out
For You
Love Is Just Around The Corner
I'll String Along With You
I Didn't Know About You
So Rare
I'm Yours
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
Please Be Kind
My Future Just Passed
I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
Sleepy Time Gal

Thursday, August 26, 2021

All The Way - Jane Morgan


All The Way

All The Way
Jane Morgan
The Fascination Girl & The Troubadors
Photo: Vernon Smith
KAPP KL-1080

From Billboard - March 31, 1958: Miss Morgan's effortless stylings make richly romantic Kapp-ital out of the album's title tune, as well as the swingingly Gallic "Melodie d'Amour," "Tammy," "Til" and "April Love" against velvety strings of the Troubadors. Lovely cover shot of the ash-blonde thrush.

All The Way
Melodie D'Amour (Melody Of Love)
Young At Heart
Because (The Troubadors)
Till The End Of Time
April Love
Just A-Wearyin' For You
Sunrise (The Troubadors)
Outside Of Heaven
From First Hello

Jaye P. Morgan


You're My Thrill

Jaye P. Morgan
With Hugo Winterhalter's Orchestra
RCA Victor LPM-1155

From the back cover: Jaye P. Morgan was born in a log cabin in Mancos, Colorado, a small town near Denver. When she was three, the family moved to Tujunga, a suburb of Los Angeles. Here she faced her first audience nineteen years ago, as a singer with the Morgan family – a variety troupe consisting of Jaye, her father, mother, sister and five brothers.

During the next ten years Jaye P. (then first-named Mary) toured the country as a member of the family act, receiving her schooling, meanwhile, from a private tutor.

When she was thirteen her father died, and the act broke up.

She then returned to California and entered high school. It was here, in her junior year, that she acquired the nickname "Jaye P." – a result of her role as class treasurer. In her junior and senior years she began to sing professionally again, appearing on radio and stage.

The turning point in her career came at eighteen, when she answered an audition call for a singer with the Frank DeVol orchestra. The auditions took place before a "live" audience at the Palladium in Hollywood. Audience reaction clinched the job for Jaye P. and she sang for DeVol for three years.

Her next move was to New York to audition for the Robert Q. Lewis Show. She walked off with a contract in competition with hundreds of young singers.

Also in her line of triumphs are her successful club appearances in the top clubs in the country, as well as regular TV appearances.

She has one of the most unusual voices in show business. It's sort of husky and low, yet she has the knack of belting home a song. "Belting" a song is an old habit with Jaye P. When she was five years old she had to stand back and sing "off mike" because the control needles got out of hands if she sang head on.

From Billboard - February 11, 1956: Miss Morgan, who has had a successful year on singles, does a dozen standards here, showcased by the instrumentation of Hugo Winterhalter's ork. Winterhalter's work is outstanding – lush, plush and tasteful – and his arrangements set off Miss Morgan as advantageously as possible. Selections include "You're Driving Me Crazy," "It All Depends On You," Pagan Love Song." "Can't We Be Friends?"

You're Driving Me Crazy
Let There Be Love
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
Will You Still Be Mine?
It All Depends On You
You're My Thrill
Pagan Love Song
Till We Meet Again
You Turned The Tables On Me
I Fall In Love With You Every Day
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
Can't We Be Friends

Slow & Easy - Jaye P. Morgan

Another Martini, Another Call

Slow & Easy
Jaye P. Morgan
Orchestra Conducted by Ray Ellis
Photographs by Peter Sahula
MGM Records E3774

From Billboard - August 17, 1959: Jaye P. Morgan comes thru with some warm, expressive readings of a group of standards on this new album, backed strongly by ork leader Ray Ellis. The tunes include "Should I," "When My Dream Boat Come Home," "I Thought About You," etc. The thrush is in good form here and her many fans will like.

Should I
I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)
Be Careful, It's My Heart
When My Dream Boat Come Homes
You'd  Be So Nice To Come Home To
Lets' Fall In Love
I Get The Blues When It Rains
I Thought About You
Just For Two
For All We Know
Another Martini, Another Call
Did I Remember

Johnny Nash


That's All

Johnny Nash
Orchestra Directed by Don Costa
Produced by Don Costa
Cover Design by Bob Crozier
Cover Photography by Alan Fontaine
ABC Paramount ABC 244
A Product of Am-Par Record Corp.

From the back cover: In the current era of musical fads, there are few ballad singers who find themselves in the spotlight of popularity. Johnny Nash, the handsome young man who exceptional talent is showcased in his first album, has found the spotlight, and it has seen his outstanding ability blossom into full-fledged stardom.

When Johnny won the Arthur Godfrey Talent Show in the spring of 1957, he also won a place in the hearts of all who saw his performance. Thrilled by Johnny's voice, and recognizing the young singer's potential stardom, Arthur Godfrey took a personal interest in Johnny's career. Since that time, Johnny has appeared as a regular performer on the Godfrey morning show on the CBS network, where he has gained millions of fans.

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Johnny Nash recalls the time when he caddied at a local golf course. A naturally happy boy, literally bursting with song, the young caddy gave vent to his voice at every opportunity. Eventually, he was called to the attention of the ABC Paramount executive, who immediately made arrangements for Johnny to record a demonstration tape. He was signed to the label, and has had several hit recordings as a result. His most outstanding record was "A Very Special Love." Others include "I'll Walk Alone," and "I Lost My Love Last Night."

Wherever he has appeared – the Godfrey show, the Dick Clark network shows in Philadelphia and New York, various other TV shows, numbers record hops and benefit performances – Johnny Nash's effect on his audience is always the same. Possibly unaware of his superb talent when he steps onto the stage, audiences immediately die undivided attention as they hear the lyrics of a beautiful ballad given an unsurpassed interpretation from the heart and throat of the young man standing before them. Johnny himself is modest about his voice. Critics agree, however, that the young singer has not only a good voice, but one of the outstanding voices of our time.

Johnny remembers the first time he ever performed in public was in a kindergarten Christmas program, when he won a coloring book for his performance of "Away In A Manger," Since then, Johnny's life has centered around singing. When asked why he enjoys singing, Johnny explains, "because only singing could give me such a wonderful feeling." – a most satisfactory reason for singing indeed! Johnny' songs radiate the emotion he feels when he sings. He stresses the lyrical content of the music he performs, and places great importance upon the message contained therein.

Recently selected for the starring role in the Hecht-Hill-Lancaster movie, "Take A Giant step," Johnny eagerly anticipates his Hollywood career. He is not, however, dazzled by the prospects of becoming a "movie star," Keeping a level head, he says, "I don't want to live a fancy life. I like to live simply and have a lot of fun." – Rick Ward

Like Someone In Love
I Had The Craziest Dream
It's Always You
Midnight Moonlight
Broken Hearted
My Foolish Heart
Darn That Dream
I Wish I Knew
For All We Know
I Dream Of  You
That's All

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Jazz For The People - Arthur Godfrey

Early Morning Blues

Jazz For The People
Arthur Godfrey & His Friends
The Jazz Men Directed by Dick Hyman
Signature SM 1055
A Contempo Associates, Inc. Production
Printed by Crown Album Corp.

The Jazz Men:
Dick Hyman - Hammond Organ & Piano
Lee Erwin - Allen Organ
Lud Flato - Celest-Piano
Lou McGarity - Trombone
Johnny Mince - Clarinet-Alto Sax
Remo Palmer - Guitar
John Parker - Trumpet
Gene Traxler - Bass
Ron Traxler, Joe Marshall & Osie Johnson (Solo) -  Drums

From Billboard - October 24, 1960: Arthur Godfrey talks a bit, sings a lot and strums his use. A fine group of studio-type jazz musicians blow polite swinging jazz behind him that mixes Dixieland with light modern touches. There are 10 sides to the LP which are made up of seven standards and three originals. Set should have appeal to many of Godfrey's fans, but sales to the hard-core jazz circle are doubtful.

'S Wonderful
When I Take My Sugar To Tea
Japanese Sandman
Love Me Or Leave Me
I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World
Early Morning Blues
Don't Get Around Much Any More

Monday, August 23, 2021

Fascination - Dick Jacobs


7-11 Mambo

Dick Jacobs and His Orchestra
Vocalion VL 3672
A Product Of Decca Records

Main Title and Molly-O
Theme from "East Of Eden"
My Dear
A Touch Of Pink
7-11 (Mambo #5)
The Lovely Ladies Of Miland
Summertime In Venice 
I'll Know My Love (By The Way She Talks)
Little Things Mean A Lot
Petticoats Of Portugal

All-Time Country Favorites - Bob Kames


Honk Tonk Angels

Bob Kames
King Of The Hammond Organ
Plays All-Time Country Favorites 
With Steel Guitar accompaniment by Pete Drake
Hollywood Records HLP 506

From the back cover: The wedding of the Hammond Organ and the Steel Guitar took place today in Music City U.S.A. and joined together the talented hands of Bob Kames and Pete Drake.

The two most popular musical instruments in the world are the electric organ and the electric guitar. Bob Kames, rated the most popular organist on records in 1963, traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to avail himself of the famous "NASHVILLE SOUND". Creating best selling organ albums year in and year out is a tremendous task and it takes constant research and study to keep giving the record buying public, and the amateur organist... (a big part of Kames popularity rests with this group as many of them try to learn and copy his unique and distinctive style and to find by trail and error the stops he uses to create a style and sound that is all and alone new... exciting... different.

Nashville, Tennessee properly termed "Music City U.S.A", is the number one recording center in the world and is famous for its "hit record" industry. For musicians to accompany him, Bob chose the best of the best... Pete Drake, on steel guitar (selected as the most Outstanding Country Instrumentalist of 1964); Pete Wade, one of Nashville's "most-in-demand" electric guitar players; Tommy Hill, a star in his own right on rhythm guitar and on drums, Billie Salyer. – Hal Neely, Hollywood Records

My Happiness 
Have I Told You Lately That I Love  You
Medley: Birmingham Jail & Down In The Valley
It Makes No Difference Now
On Top Of Old Smokey
Country Boy's Deck Of Cards
Y'All Come
Honky Tonk Angels
Near You
Medley: Anytime & Bouquet Of Roses
The Waltz You Saved For Me
Long, Long Ago
Wabash Cannonball