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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Merry Christmas Carols With Organ & Chimes - William Daly


Jingle Bells

Merry Christmas
Carols With Organ & Chimes
Featuring William Daley
Crown Records Full Color High Fidelity CLP 5086

Silent Night
The First Noel
It Came Upon A Midnight Hour
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
O' Come All Ye Faithful
Jingle Bells
O' Little Town Of Bethlehem
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
O' Holy Night
Joy To The World
Away In A Manger
O' Christmas Tree
Auld Lang Syne

The Many Sides Of Gene Pitney


Town Without Pity

The Many Sides Of Gene Pitney
Produced by Aaron Schroeder
Cover Photograph by Maurice Seymour, New York
Cover Designed by Norman Art Studio, Chicago
Music Records MS 3001

Town Without Pity
I Wanna Love My Life Away
I Laughed So Hard I Cried
Dream For Sale
Twenty Two Days
Today's Teardrops
Hello Mary Lou
Take Me Tonight
A Greater Love
Every Breath I Take
Sure Fire Bet
A Chance To Belong

The Night Has A Thousand Eyes - Bobby Lee


Dry Your Eyes

The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Bobby Vee
Producer: "Snuff" Garrett
Arranger: Ernie Freeman
Engineers: Eddie Brackett and Jim Economides
Cover Design and Photography: Studio Five
Liberty Records, Inc. LRP-3285
A Subsidiary of Avnet Electronics, Corp.

Go Away Little Girl
It Might As Well Rain Until September
It Couldn't Happen A Nicer Guy
Theme For A Dream
Silent Partner
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
You Won't Forget Me
Anonymous Phone Call
If She Were My Girl
Lover's Goodbye
Dry Your Eyes
What About Me

Here's Louis Armstrong


'Tain't What You Do

Here's Louis Armstrong
Vocalion VL 73851
A Product of Decca Records
A Division of MCA, Inc.

'Tain't What You Do (It's The Way That Cha Do It) - Vocal and Trombone Solo Trummy Young
Unless - Vocal with Instrumental Accompaniment Tolchard Evans - Robert Hargeaves - Stanley J. Damerell
Don't Fence Me In - Vocal Duet by Velma Middleton and Louis Armstrong
That's What The Man Said - Vocal with Chorus and Rhythm Accompaniment Willard Robison
I Cover The Waterfront - Vocal Chorus by Louis Armstrong - John W. Green - Edward Hayman
Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat - Vocal with Chorus and Rhythm Accompaniment Frank Loesser
Only You (And You Alone) Vocal with Orchestra Directed by Benny Carter - Buck Ram - Andre Rand
Moments To Remember - Vocal with Orchestra Directed by Benny Carter - Robert Nicholls - Edgar Leslie
Among My Souvenirs - Vocal Chorus by Louis Armstrong - Horation Nicholls - Edgar Leslie
Rockin' Chair - Duet by Louis Armstrong - Trummy Young - Hoagy Carmichael

Friday, December 10, 2021

Blues Cross Country - Peggy Lee


Fisherman's Wharf

Blues Cross Country
Arranged and Conducted by Quincy Jones
Produced by Dave Cavanaugh
Cover Photo: John Engstead
Peggy Lee
Capitol Records T 1671

From Billboard - March 17, 1962: Peggy's back, and this time in a blues mood – with sad blues, happy blues, and swinging blues. She sings them in her own delightful style, aided muchly by the fine arrangements of ork leader Quincy Jones. The tunes cover the U.S.A. with such items as "Kansas City," "Basin Street Blues," "Goin' To Chicago Blues" and "New York City Blues." The album's a gas.

Kansas City
Basin Street Blues
Los Angeles Blues
I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City
The Grain Belt Blues
New York City Blues
Goin' To Chicago Blues
San Francisco Blues
Fisherman's Wharf
Boston Beans
The Train Blues 
St. Louis Blues

Sil Austin Plays Pretty Melodies Of The World


Nature Boy

Sil Austin Plays Pretty Melodies Of The World
Arranged and Produced by Luchi De Jesus
Mercury STEREL SR 60925

From the back cover: The man (Austin) was born in Florida and almost grew up with a horn in his mouth. His career started when he won first prize in an amateur contest playing "Danny Boy." Coincidentally, it was later to be his first hit single for Mercury.

As if you couldn't tell it by listening, he loves to play, and he loves his audience. "The biggest thrill of my entire professional career was when a 'holiday' was declared in Kingston, Jamaica, while I appeared there, The large parade and the hundreds of people waiting to welcome me was an experience I have never forgotten." says Sil.

Back In Your Own Back Yard
Hawaiian Wedding Song
You'll Never Walk Alone
Vaya Con Dios
Wooden Heart
Alley Cat
Autumn Leaves
September Song
Nature Boy
Ebb Tide

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Christmas In Your Heart - Bob Braun


Christmas Medley

Christmas In Your Heart
Bob Braun
Orchestra Conducted by Leroy Holmes
Produced by Leroy Holmes
United Artists Records STEREO UAS 6664

From the back cover: Bob Braun is the moderator of the most successful daytime television show in the history of Cincinnati. His rugged good look, easygoing manner and rich singing voice have made his name a household word in the Midwest. The last, but by no means the least of these talents is amply exhibited in the ten Christmas songs that constitute this album.

Bob was the staff announcer, who had entered television via the song and dance route, for the show when it was piloted by Ruth Lyons. To say Miss Lyons was popular, is like saying Willie Mays is just another baseball player. For over twenty years she was daytime T.V. in middle America. Failing health caused her to delegate more and more duties to members of her staff. Since Bob was always her "pet," he received the "Lyons" share of the action. When Miss Lyons retired from the show Bob was faced with the unenviable task of replacing the legend. The rest is T.V. history. His ability to interview the biggest names in Hollywood, his cool demeanor and his mass appeal to the ladies made him an instant winner. A family man, he makes constant reference to his wife, their three children and their home.

With all of these assets, who would be more qualified to sing about Christmas than Bob. Each beautiful song reflects holiday spirit and home. He seems to be saying, in the sincerest and most convincing manner, "Merry Christmas."

Christmas In Your Heart
Everywhere The Bells Are Ringing
Do You Hear What I Hear
A Marshmellow World
A Child's First Christmas
Let's Light The Christmas Tree
Christmas Lullaby
Winter Wonderland
That's What Christmas Means To Me
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Christmas Medley

Billy Eckstine's Imagination


Love Is Just Around The Corner

Billy Eckstine's 
EmArcy Mercury Records MG 36129

From the back cover: Before the world of popular music became so infatuated with the vocal that an instrumental was a rare avis, there had already been a long tradition of ballad singers in jazz.

Does this surprise you? It shouldn't. The tough, hard-swinging jazzman has his sentimental side, and during the '30s and the '40s there were some beautiful, if saccharine, ballads sung by members of some of the greatest jazz bands ever assembled.

I'm not, of course, referring to Eddie Candon's classic I'm Sorry I Made You Cry (his only known ballad vocal, an effort whose rarity is rivaled only by that of his guitar solos). But I am referring to the singing of that great school of balladeers of whom Pha Terrell was the first prominent example and Billy Eckstine the first to break out into the broad popular music field. And the congeners have included two from the Lunceford band – trombonist Henry Wells (Remember When) and saxophonist Dan Grisson (Charmaine); one from Basie, saxophonist Earl Warren (Let Me Dream), and of course others, such as Lee Richardson and Al Hibber, who were purely vocalists. Then there are Cab Calloway and Slim Gailard, oddly enough, who are capable of singing lush ballads with the best.

Actually, despite the success of Grissom, Wells, and others, Terrell and Eckstine were the two great ballads singers from the '30s and '40s. No one who ever saw Pha Terrell standing on the stage at, say, the 125th St. Apollo backed by the Andy Kirk band and holding his hands, rather like Billy Eckstine, to sing Breeze That Blew My Gal Away is ever likely to forget it.

Eckstine, whose first major success was singing Skylark with Earl Hines' big band (his later discs of Stormy Monday and Jelly, Jelly were the blues hits of the decade) by the end of the '40s and the beginning of the '50s had developed (along with Sinatra) into the leading modern ballad stylist, the first to capture the public fancy while still retaining the full respect and affection of the modern jazz musicians.

Eckstine not only had lead a remarkable big band (wellspring for much talent of later years) but had actually pioneered in the modern jazz conception of singing (as had Sarah Vaughan with whom he is inexorably linked as a singer and was an influence). "I always liked to sing things around a chord. Horns improvise and play their own feelings, so why shouldn't singers?" Billy told me once.

And with this approach – digging out the chords, the scope of the tune, listening for the passing changes to give it color and style – Eckstine set a lasting pattern for singers. If sometimes in recent years he has seemed to stray from it, it was always with the knowledge that he could come back.

And come back he has. This album sounds like a labor of love and as such carries an authority and sincerity that should answer the critics who have been putting Eckstine down. (In re critical judgments, Billy once told me "I never knew I had a vibrato until the critics started writing about it".) There are no blues here in the real sense ("I never did like to sing blues") but there are ballads of the sort that firmly establish Billy Eckstine as one of the great romantic singers of our time.

Aside from drawing attention to the typical Eckstine ending on Ghost Of A Chance, the unidentified and mysterious feminine voice on Love Is Just Around The Corner, the deft use of a subdued version of The Champ motif in Lullaby Of The Leaves, and the small group rhythmic accompaniment on Love Is Just Around The Corner, I want to make one big point about one of the tracks on this record. What A Little Moonlight Can Do is not only one of the best Billy Eckstine vocals I have ever heard, but one of the best vocals! This is only one man's opinion, but I will be astonished and sorry (for them) if it doesn't turn out to be shared by a majority of listeners.

To Pete Rugolo must go the credit for the sympathetic accompaniment Billy receives from the orchestra. Rugolo chose his musicians well, designed his background astutely, and has produced a better showcase for the Eckstine talents than Billy has had in some time. It took imagination to do this – no wonder it is the title of the album.

Not particularly the Gerald Wiggins piano on I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Red Callender on Love Is Just Around The Corner; Pete (that's right, Pete, not Conte) Candoli on Love Is Just Around The Corner; Bud Shank and Don Fagerquist on What A Little Moonlight Can Do, and Larry Bunker on vibes on I Cover The Waterfront. – Ralph J. Gleason, Editor: Jam Session (G. P. Putnam's) The Rhythm Section, San Francisco Chronicle

From Billboard - June 23, 1958: Mr. "B." is in wonderful and relaxed form on this new grouping of lightly jumping standards, many of which would be classified as torch songs. Pete Rugolo's tasty, jazz-oriented backings are just right as they complement Eckstine's vocals but never get in his way. Fans will like this new set.

It Was So Beautiful
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
Love Is Just Around The Corner
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
A Faded Summer Love
What A Little Moonlight Can Do
Lullaby Of The Leaves
I Cover The Waterfront
I Wished On The Moon
That's All

American In Paris - Sunset Strings


American In Paris

American In Paris
Sunset Stings 2518

American In Paris
Can Can
Parisian Cavaliers
La Perichole
The French Waltz
Gaity Of La Parisiene

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Cream Of Country Hits - Kitty Wells


Candy Kisses

Cream Of Country Hits
Kitty Wells
Vocal Accompaniment by The Jordanaires
Decca DL 75067

Gypsy King
As Long As I Live
I Wanna Live
The Easy Part's Over
I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
The True And Lasting Kind
Heaven Says Hello
Love Takes Care Of Me
When Hearts Grow Hard And Cold
Candy Kisses

The Horse / Grazing In The Grass - Living Brass


Hang'em High

The Horse / Grazing In The Grass
And Other Hits
Living Brass
Produced by Ethel Gabriel
Recorded in Webster Hal, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Camden STEREO CAS-2297

The Horse
Grazing In The Grass
(The Lament Of The Cherokee) Indian Reservation
Help Yourself (Gli Occhi Miei)
Hang'em High 
Horse Fever
Classical Gas
Comedians' Gallop (from "The Comedians")
Indian Puddin'
Light Cavarly March

40 All-Time Song Favorites - Paul Taubman


Medley #1

40 All-Time Song Favorites
Paul Taubman at The Penthouse Club Organ
Columbia CS 8168

Medley #1:
Get Happy
Pretty Baby
Something To Remember You By
Sweet Georgia Brown
Thou Swell

Medley #2:
Jeepers Creepers
Ain't We Got Fun
Blue Room
You Do Something To Me
Bye Bye Blackbird

Medley #3
I Know That You Know
Just One Of Those Things
I Got Rhythm 
I Want To Be Happy

Medley #4
Sally Won't You Come Back
My Buddy
Till We Meet Again
The Band Played On
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes

Medley #5:
Baby Face
Zing! Went The Strings On My Heart
Sometimes I'm Happy
Oh! You Beautiful Doll

Medley #6:
Tip Toe Thru The Tulips
Oh, Lady Be Good
Cuddle Up A Little Closer
Bidin' My Time
Sing Something Simple

Medley #7:
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Ain't She Sweet
Here In My Arms
Am I Blue

Medley #8
Speak To Me Of Love
Shadow Waltz
Kiss Me Again
I'll See You Again

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Starlight Piano - Andre Previn


That Old Black Magic

Starlight Piano
Andre Previn and His Orchestra
Cover Photo: Columbia Records Photo Studio
Columbia HS 11207

I'm In The Mood For Love
What Am I Here For
It's A Most Unusual Day
I Remember You
Stella By Starlight
It's Easy To Remember
Falling In Love Again
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
That Old Black Magic

"In" Beat - Sandy Nelson


"In" Beat

"In" Beat 
Sandy Nelson
Producer: Dave Pell
Arranger: Donald Peake
Engineer: Dave Wiechman
Art Direction: Woody Woodward
Cover Design: Ken Kim
Cover Photography: Ivan Nagy
Cover Dancer: Nancy Martin
IR Imperial LP 9305
Liberty Records, Inc.

From Billboard - October 28, 1966: Another top-selling percussion album from the drummer as he leads a big band in a driving beat package of today's big hits. "Uptight," "Jenny Takes A Ride" and "The Duck" are toppers. Sure-shot seller.

Uptight (Everything's Alright)
A Hard Day's Night
Day Tripper
Just Like Me
No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)
The Batman Theme (from "Batman," A Greenway 20th Century Fox TV Production)
My World Is Empty
Without You
My Love
Secret Agent Man (from the CBS TV Show "Secret Agent")
"In" Beat
The Duck

Monday, December 6, 2021

An Evening At The Pump Room - David Le'Winter


Un Besito Pa Tu Cachetico

An Evening At The Pump Room
With David Le'Winter and His Pump Room Orchestra
Columbia CL 6195 (10 inch LP)

From the back cover: In Chicago's Hotel Ambassador East is one of the most sumptuous watering-places in the world, the distinguished and colorful Pump Room. Inspired by the fashionable eighteenth-century establishment at Bath, England, the Pump Room closely follows in spirit that notable rendezvous of the beau mode. With its rich, luxurious decor, the brilliantly costumed waiters and the constant flow of flaming viands on swords, the Pump Room creates an atmosphere of glamour and elegance that is hard to match anywhere.

To supply music for dancers and for diners, the Pump Room has engaged David Le'Winter and his Orchestra, who are now in their sixth year at the same spot. Few orchestras manage an engagement of that length at any location, much less at a place where the top names in every field of endeavor congregate. but the Le'Winter is now as much a part of the Pump Room tradition as are the blazing entrees carried by the turbaned waiters. Although his orchestra is small, it is versatile, with almost every member playing two or more instruments in the course of a single number. Moreover, David Le'Winter sees to it that, while his music is aimed primarily at the dancers who crowd the Pump Room's floor, there is plenty to interest non-dancers.

Against a temp that disguises the customary hotel-dance-music, he blends reeds, flutes and brass in a delectable series of arrangements. No orchestration in the books is without its share of arresting figures, strange and charming musical phrases, unexpected colorations. And besides, David Le'Winter knows exactly the sort of music Pump Room patrons prefer – music by Porter, Kern, Rodgers, Gershwin, all the fine show tunes. Interspersed with these number are goops of the famous Le'Winter Latin-American specialties which, in this collection, share equally with the old favorites.

Le'Winter's Latin-American piano runs through the exotic tunes over an irresistible rhythm base, maintaining the danceable tempo without losing the elemental excitement of a mambo or a rhumba.

The varied arrangements that form the Le'Winer style are the product of many years of musical training. As a boy he studied the violin at the age of seven, turning to the piano a year later. Later studies with famous classical masters crystalized his style, and in 1926 he formed his first orchestra for an engagement at the Crystal Ballroom in Chicago. From that time on, he has served in many capacities – as an orchestra leader, as an arranger, as a coach, composer, musical director and soloist. He was assistant musical director for two Kurt Weill shows, Lady In The Dark and One Touch Of Venus, and has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. After notable work with entertainment units during the war, he again organized an orchestra and opened at the Pump Room for a brief engagement that has continued through six years and shows no signs of ending.

Love For Sale
All The Things You Are
Just One Of Those Things
You're The Cream In My Coffee
Cuban Mambo
Us Bestio
Pa Tu Cachetico
Mi Prieta
Mambo Negro

Rhapsody In Blue - International Philharmonic Orchestra


Rhapsody In Blue

George Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue
And Other Concert Favorites
The International Philharmonic Orchestra
TOPS L1536

Rhapsody In Blue
Grieg Concerto
Selections From Firefly 1 & 2
Flight Of The Bumble Bee
Concert Waltz In D Major
Sospan Fach

Chet Atkins In Hollywood



Chet Atkins In Hollywood
With Dennis Farnon and His Orchestra
Produced by Dick Peirce
Recorded in Hollywood, California
RCA Victor LIVING STEREO LSP-1993 RE (Reissue)

From Billboard - June 1, 1959: The fine guitarist give another outstanding display of his talent. Performances are flawless and have the backing of Dennis Farnon and ork. Material, which was cut in Hollywood, includes "Armen's Theme," "Theme From 'Picnic'," "Limelight," "Greensleeves," "Santa Lucia" – which gives an idea of the board range.

Armen's Theme
Let It Be Me
Theme From "Picnic"
Theme From A Dream
Jitterbug Waltz
Little Old Lady
The Three Bells
Santa Lucia
Meet Mr. Callaghan