Thursday, June 22, 2017

Frank Sinatra...Songs for Young Lovers and Swing Easy!

These 2 albums were originally released back to back in 1954 on Capitol Records. Both have orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle and were very popular with Sinatra fans at the time. They have since become classics in their own right and essential listening for any Sinatra buff or collector.

Songs for Young Lovers was the seventh studio album by Frank Sinatra and his first on Capitol Records. It was issued as an 8-song, 10" album (Capitol H-488) and as a 45rpm EP set, but it was the first Sinatra "album" to not have a 78rpm multi-disc-album release. In 2002, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. Read more on Wikipedia HERE.

Swing Easy! was the eighth studio album by Frank Sinatra. It was released in 1954 as a 10" album (Capitol H-528) and consisted of only eight songs, as each side of the record only allowed approximately fourteen minutes of music. The album was Sinatra's second for Capitol and the first to feature arrangements by Nelson Riddle (Riddle had merely conducted on Songs For Young Lovers). As its title implies, the record concentrates on up-tempo swingers done with a light touch. Again, the songs were all standards -- "Just One of Those Things," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," "All of Me" -- which the singer felt benefited from the new thematic setting, new arrangements, and his increasingly playful and textured vocal style. Read more on Wikipedia HERE.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Hangin' Around" release from Mike Teardrop Trio...Slappin' Rockabilly!

Mike Teardrop Trio might be a new name on the Swedish Rockabilly scene but the word is already spreading about this trio that really fills a void with their style and sound. With a driving Slap-bass, harmonies and a touch of good ole country music in there somewhere, they have formed a sound not present in many bands today.

Mike Teardrop himself has played bass with various bands on the Swedish circuit, although he has nurtured a dream to sing and front his own band for some time, so, when teaming up with Rasmus Andersson on guitar and Henrik Ulander on drums, there was no stopping and him and now it’s finally a dream come true!

On their debut album, "Hangin' Around", released through Enviken Records, they have gathered a lot of great songs from their favourite artists like Conway Twitty, Rodney Crowell, Johnny Horton, Russell Scott, Kingcats and lots more.

Hangin’ Around
What A Wonderful Life
Stay True Baby
Don’t Go Too Far
Living Too Fast
She’s Crazy For Leavin'
I’ll Wait Forever
Time Of My Life
Work My Magic
Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor
Next In Line
Six Dollar Trim
Crazy Dreams

That’s It - I Quit – I’m Movin’ On

Marty's review: Fans of rockabilly will eat this one up. A driving beat, slapping bass, twangin' guitar and top-notch vocals combined with a song selection from past and present, these Swedish rockers know how to get you up on your feet, tap your toes and just get things moving. They have combined a vintage sound with a contemporary edge and deliver it in style. Have a look at the track list above and see if you recognise any of these, I know you will. 

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Me and My Girl..The Song is Noel Gay...22 tracks by various artists

Noel Gay (15 July 1898 – 4 March 1954) was born Reginald Moxon Armitage. He also used the name Stanley Hill professionally. He was a successful British composer of popular music of the 1930's and 1940's whose output comprised 45 songs as well as the music for 28 films and 26 London shows. Sheridan Morley has commented that he was "the closest Britain ever came to a local Irving Berlin".

He began writing popular songs, using the stage name Noel Gay. According to Morley the name was derived "from a sign he read on a London bus in 1924: 'NOEL Coward and Maisie GAY in a new revue'." Gay's career blossomed due to his talent for writing catchy, popular melodies in styles ranging from music hall to operetta. His most famous show, for which he contributed the music but not the lyrics, was Me and My Girl. It starred Lupino Lane as Bill Snibson and it ran for 1,646 performances despite being bombed out of two theatres. The "showstopper" in that work was "The Lambeth Walk" which has the distinction of being the only popular song to be the subject of a leader in The Times.

Gay went on to write songs for revues by The Crazy Gang, and for star artists like Gracie Fields, Flanagan and Allen and George Formby, as well as penning popular World War II songs such as "Run Rabbit Run" (with lyrics by Ralph Butler). He wrote two songs for the 1938 comedy film Save a Little Sunshine.

After the war, his musical output diminished and he concentrated more on production, in part because of increasing deafness and also because the fashion for cheerful Cockney-themed songs was on the wane.

  1. Let The People Sing - Evelyn Laye
  2. The Melody Maker - Jack Hylton & His Orchestra
  3. The Sun Has Got His Hat On - Ambrose & His Orchestra
  4. Leaning On A Lamp Post - George Formby
  5. That Started It - Billy Cotton & His Band
  6. All Over The Place - Geraldo & His Orchestra
  7. The Fleet's In Port Again - Jack Payne & His Band
  8. The Girl Who Loves A Soldier - Billy Cotton & His Band
  9. Lambeth Walk - Lupino Lane
  10. You've Done Something To My Heart - Evelyn Laye
  11. Medley: Gay Tunes Part 1: A) Love Makes The World Go Round/B) Moonlight Avenue/C)            You've Done.. - London Piano Accordion Band
  12. There's Something About A Soldier - Cicely Courtneidge
  13. Oh! What A Wonderful Night - London Piano Accordion Band
  14. Love Makes The World Go Round - Leslie Hutchinson
  15. Who Been Polishing The Sun - Jack Hulbert
  16. Me And My Girl - Ronnie Munro & His Orchestra
  17. Moonlight Avenue - Victor Silvester & His Ballroom Orchestra
  18. I Took My Harp To A Party - Billy Cotton & His Band
  19. Hold My Hand - Ray Nobles & His Orchestra
  20. Whose Little What's-It Are You? - London Piano Accordion Band
  21. Run, Rabbit, Run - Flanagan And Allen
  22. Medley: Gay Tunes Part 2: A)Whose Little What's-It Are You?/B) Run, Rabbit, Run/C) Let            The People... - London Piano Accordion Band

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Vintage Burlesque Style Video for "Holy Grail" by Dutch Bohemian Music band Zorita


Zorita are a raucous rousing rabble. The band’s bohemian music boasts an eclectic mixture of instruments like the accordion, trumpet and violin. In combination with bass, drums and guitars, as well as front man Carlos Zorita Diaz’ raw voice, this creates a completely unique sound. Boldly blending influences from South America, the Mediterranean, Balkan and Folk music, an evening with Zorita is guaranteed to breathe life into any party. In their own words, the eight musicians of Zorita describe their well-oiled ragtag collection of instruments, styles and personalities as ‘Musica Vagabunda’.

The Video: Zorita meets Zorita! 

Zorita (born Kathryn Boyd, 1915–2001) was an American burlesque dancer. She was best known for a twenty minute dance which she performed with two boa constrictors called Elmer and Oscar.

In 1949 Zorita starred in the sexploitation film 'I married a savage'. Only the trailer still exists. The movie poster reads: The strange thrill story of a savage love… with secrets unrevealed until now!

Zorita (the band) were intrigued by the obscurity – the story and footage fit their song 'Holy Grail' like a glove. It is a homage to the amazing Zorita.

Music and words: Carlos Zorita Diaz & Robert Orvalho

Music performance: Zorita

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Extra cool music video for the song "Take Me Back" by vintage rock artist Cado

Vintage Rock artist, Cado, has just released the first video from his recently released EP "Take Me Back". The song is a boppin', rockin', jivin' and swingin' number that harks back to the days of Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran. The video is a very clever cut and mix effort with footage from American Bandstand combined with Cado "doing his thing". This will make you put on your dancing shoes and jump and jive along with it.

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Music Video filmed, directed and edited by Second Frame Films

Music written, performed, recorded and mixed by Cado
Mastered by Peter Maher Mastering

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra..."Puttin' On the Ritz"

The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra originally formed in 1978 and were an internationally acclaimed company of top musicians who specialized in performing authentic arrangements of Salon, Theatre and Dance Orchestra music from the era of 1900-1945.

Their music was not only sweet and sentimental but unexpectedly robust, syncopated, sparkling and humorous. They also displayed a talent for singing, whistling, tap dancing, very dramatic acting, fox trotting and wicked tangoing.

"Puttin On the Ritz" was released in 1986 and the arrangements of the songs are all genuinely from the 1920's and 1930's using a violin trio, as well as saxophones and brass, that give that unique, evocative period sound of the Great Dance Band days.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Israel's Answer To Amy Winehouse, Leat Haber, new vintage style release "Wait for Me"

Leat Haber is a born romantic and optimist and has been described in Israel as their answer to Amy Winehouse. Be prepared to be transported back a few decades with this Israeli born singer. Leat is a typical Israeli woman, very strong and independent, and this comes across in her music.

Growing up listening to The Temptations, Jackson 5, Elvis and Cat Stevens, she is influenced by Dolly Parton, Jersey Boys, Johnny Cash, Tracy Chapman and even modern day great Amy Winehouse and Craig David. Leat has a broad knowledge of music and the music she creates. She uses equipment from the 50's and 60's, even the drum kit was vintage. After the recording process she takes her music to a studio and uses a machine that makes the songs sound like they were recorded in an analogue way. Leat takes a vintage approach on not only the style of her music but the way she creates it too. Her EP 'Flying on a Kite' was produced by Noam Akrabi. who helped Leat's dreams come to life, they both connect and understand each other's style.

The lead single off of the EP is 'Wait For Me' which can be viewed here:

Leat raised the money for the video off of crowd funding, the single is upbeat and happy reflecting Leat's outlook on life.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

I Can Dream, Can't I? Hits of 1950...Various Artists

Hits of 1950

A nostalgic, 25 track collection of classic hits on the Living Era label from the year of 1950. This was the era of crooners, male and female vocal groups, popular vocalists and novelty songs that are well remembered. 

Artists include Patti Page, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Bing Crosby, Billy Eckstine, The Ames brothers, Doris Day, Nat King Cole, The Andrews Sisters, Teresa Brewer, The Weavers, Perry Como, The Weavers and The Mills Brothers.

Hits of 1950

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Vintage Inspired Rock and Roll Artist Cado releases EP "Take Me Back"

Be transported back to the 50's & 60’s with Cado’s brand new EP

Vintage inspired rock and roll artist Cado, brings us a refreshingly nostalgic EP, ‘Take Me Back’.

Having been born half a century too late in 1990, Cado is a modern rock and roll artist with an obsession for music of the past! After stealing a Beatles album from a record shop aged 10, he was inspired to make music that will make   people smile, dance and enjoy themselves!

Cado, who grew up in County Kildare, Ireland, was mesmerised at an early age by the sound of The Beatles and Chuck Berry and from then commenced a lifelong obsession with music! His father would perform Johnny B. Goode to him, and when he heard the hard hitting opening riff featured in back to the future at age 11, he did not hesitate to pick up a guitar and has rarely put it down since!
The multi instrumentalist has toured the UK and Ireland with The Shades and in early 2016 he began recording a collection of songs inspired by the music he adores. 

The singer-songwriter takes a completely DIY approach, self recording and mixing everything in his home studio. Every instrument on the EP was performed by him allowing him make music that he truly loves. The retro sounding EP has strong nods towards classic artists such as Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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Marty's review: Cado takes us back to the 50's and 60's with this 4 track gem that rocks and sways with pure rockabilly and rock and roll on 3 tracks, "Take Me Back", "Record Machine" and "Would You Dance" and a little bit of balladry on "Oh Baby". Cado has captured the essence of the period with a raw and uncluttered sound that sounds fresh and exciting. An impressive debut that will please all lovers of vintage rock and roll.

Friday, August 19, 2016

So Rare 3..A third selection by Barry Humphries of his favourite gramophone records and songs

If you enjoyed the first and second releases in this series, then here is volume 3. 52 more tracks of classic nostalgia from the 1920's, 30's and 40's with artists such as Hildegarde, Sam Browne, Greta Keller, Lecouna Cuban Boys, "Hutch", Elsie Carlisle, Al Bowlly, Anne Shelton, Carl Brisson and a swathe of their contemporaries.

So place the needle on that gramophone or tune in to your wireless radio, take a seat in your favourite chair and let the memories float in.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Pass That Bottle...The Devil's Daughters AZ clip


The Devil's Daughters are Mysti Moon and Lisa Mortensen, who have combined forces to create a devilish duet, and are backed up by three badass boys of Rockabilly, Leeroy Nelson, Shorty Kruetz, and Tommy Collins.

...say no more.....just watch the video!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Billie Holiday...Remixed and Re-Imagined

The most heartfelt vintage master-tape performances of Billie Holiday - quite simply the 20th century's preeminent jazz vocalist - were selected and then bestowed upon the groove-worthy re-mixers of the 21st century.

The result is this 14 track gem - a heart-stopping manifesto of love, beauty, rhythm and poetry. Had she been born 70 years later, there's little doubt that this is the kind of soulful sound Billie Holiday would have totally dug. Worlds colliding, indeed, but in the most beautiful way possible.


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bakelite Express...40 Classic Nostalgia Rarities from the Hit Radio Series

Pack your bags, sit back, and take a ride on the Bakelite Express. A 40 track collection of some of the great, occasionally quirky, tunes of the 20's, 30's and 40's performed by the likes of Sinatra, Day, Garland, Fitzgerald, Astaire, Calloway, Ellington and Vallee as well as many others. With a lesser-known (and sometimes eccentric) supporting cast, there's no doubt that back in those days, they were really on to something.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Scott Bradlee's Post Modern Jukebox Remake of “Are You Gonna be My Girl" featuring Addie Hamilton

Post Modern Jukebox's latest release: Addie Hamilton – who describes herself as “your grandma’s best friend” – in our swing remake of Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl“.

"It took hearing her sing exactly one phrase before I determined that Addie was absolutely perfect for PMJ.  She’s truly an old soul, with a genuine love of all things vintage.  She’s also incredibly accomplished for someone that is not yet 21 years old; she’s been nominated for an Emmy Award as a songwriter, and works quite a bit as a model and set designer in her spare time." ...PMJ site 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

UK Retro Rockers The Bluejays cover of Buddy Holly's "Early In the Morning" featuring The Glamophones

Video of The Bluejays performing their cover of Buddy Holly's "Early In the Morning" featuring "The Glamophones".

The Bluejays formed in 2013 after years of performing together in West End rock ‘n’ roll theatre shows such as ‘Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story’, ‘Dreamboats & Petticoats’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ and ‘Return To The Forbidden Planet’.

Since then they have played hundreds of gigs all over the world offering the world’s finest vintage rock ‘n’ roll experience for any type of event – private parties, weddings, corporate functions, theatre press nights and festivals. Their set list is made up of hit after hit from the likes of Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Ritchie Valens, Dion and many more and is guaranteed to have audiences up and dancing all evening.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Rhythm of the Day...Red Nichols and His Five Pennies

Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols (May 8, 1905 – June 28, 1965) was an American jazz cornettist, composer, and jazz bandleader.

Over his long career, Nichols recorded in a wide variety of musical styles, and critic Steve Leggett describes him as "an expert cornet player, a solid improviser, and apparently a workaholic, since he is rumored to have appeared on over 4,000 recordings during the 1920's alone."

Nichols had good technique, could read music, and easily got session and studio work. In 1926 he and Miff Mole began a prodigious stint of recording with a variety of bands, most of them known as "Red Nichols and His Five Pennies". Very few of these groups were actually quintets; the name was simply a pun on "Nickel", since there were "five pennies" in a nickel. "That was only a number we tied in with my name", Nichols once explained. "We'd generally have eight or nine [musicians], depending on who was around for the session and what I was trying to do."

Nichols recorded over 100 sides for the Brunswick label under that band name. He also recorded under a number of other names, among them, The Arkansas Travelers, The California Red Heads, The Louisiana Rhythm Kings, The Charleston Chasers, Red and Miff’s Stompers, and Miff Mole and His Little Molers. Some weeks, Nichols and his bands were making 10–12 records a week.

His recordings of the late 1920's are regarded as the most progressive jazz of the period in both concept and execution, with widely-ranging harmonies and a balanced ensemble.


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Dick Haymes...Soft Lights and Sweet Music

Dick Haymes was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1918. He became a vocalist in a number of big bands, worked in Hollywood, on radio, and in films throughout the 1940's/1950's.

Though never achieving the immensely popular status of fellow baritone crooners like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, or Perry Como, Haymes was nonetheless just as respected for his musical ability. On September 3, 1942, Sinatra introduced Haymes on radio as Sinatra's replacement in the Tommy Dorsey band. Prior to joining Dorsey's group, Haymes sang with the Harry James orchestra.

In 1945 Haymes co-starred with Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews and Vivian Blaine in the musical State Fair. He teamed with female vocalist Helen Forrest for many hit duets during World War Two, including "Together," "I'll Buy That Dream," and "Long Ago and Far Away"; he sang with Judy Garland on two Decca recordings of songs from the film The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, in which he appeared with Betty Grable.

He paired repeatedly with the Andrews Sisters (Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne) on a dozen or so Decca collaborations, including the Billboard hit "Teresa," "Great Day," "My Sin," and a 1952 rendering of the dramatic ballad "Here in My Heart," backed by the sisters and Nelson Riddle's lush strings. His duets with Patty Andrews were also well received, both on Decca vinyl and on radio's Club Fifteen with the sisters, which he hosted in 1949 and 1950. He also joined Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters for 1947 session that produced the Billboard hit "There's No Business Like Show Business," as well as "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)." His popular renditions of tender ballads such as "Little White Lies" and "Maybe It's Because" were recorded with celebrated arranger Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra and chorus.


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