Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Chart-Toppers of the Thirties - The 25 Greatest Hits of the Decade


1    Rudy Vallee–    Stein Song
2    Nathaniel Shilkret–    Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
3    Gus Arnheim–    Sweet And Lovely
4    Bing Crosby–    Please
5    Ted Lewis–    In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town
6    Fred Astaire–    Night And Day
7    Harold Arlen–    Stormy Weather
8    Al Bowlly–    Love Is The Sweetest Thing
9    George Olsen–    The Last Round Up
10    Paul Whiteman–    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
11    Bing Crosby–    June In January
12    Al Bowlly–    Isle Of Capri
13    Fred Astaire–    Cheek To Cheek
14    Benny Goodman–    The Glory Of Love
15    Bing Crosby–    Pennies From Heaven
16    Fred Astaire–    The Way You Look Tonight
17    Bing Crosby–    Sweet Leilani
18    Tommy Dorsey–    Once In A While
19    Ella Fitzgerald–    A Tisket A Tasket
20    Tommy Dorsey–    Music Maestro Please
21    Larry Clinton–    My Reverie
22    Artie Shaw–    Begin The Beguine
23    Larry Clinton–    Deep Purple
24    Glenn Miller–    Over The Rainbow
25    Frankie Masters–    Scatterbrain

 Chart-Toppers of the Thirties

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Chart-Toppers of the Twenties..the 25 Greatest Hits of the Decade..original mono recordings


1    Dardenella - Ben Selvin
2    Swanee - Al Jolson
3    When My Baby Smiles At Me - Ted Lewis
4    Whispering - Paul Whiteman
5    Wabash Blues - Isham Jones
6    April Showers - Al Jolson
7    Three O'Clock In The Morning - Paul Whiteman
8    Yes! We Have No Bananas - Billy Jones
9    It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' - Wendell Hall         
10    Somebody Stole My Gal - Ted Weems
11    I'll See You In My Dreams - Isham Jones        
12    The Prisoner's Song - Vernon Dalhart
13    Sweet Georgia Brown - Ben Bernie
14    If You Knew Susie - Eddie Cantor
15    Who? - George Olsen
16    Valencia - Paul Whiteman
17    Some Of These Days - Sophie Tucker
18    In A Little Spanish Town - Paul Whiteman
19    My Blue Heaven - Gene Austin
20    Charmaine - Guy Lombardo
21    Ramona - Gene Austin
22    Sonny Boy - Al Jolson
23    Carolina Moon - Gene Austin
24    Honey - Rudy Vallee
25    Tip-Toe Through The Tulips - Nick Lucas

Chart-Toppers of the Twenties

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Roberta Sherwood 'I Gotta Right To Sing' The Rare Singles and More


Roberta Sherwood (1913–1999) was an American singer, notable in part for her sudden rise to fame at the age of 43.

Roberta's father, Robert Sherwood, was the manager of a traveling minstrel show; she and her sister Anne were raised on the road after their mother died. Roberta started performing in vaudeville at age 11, and the sisters soon became a vaudeville and nightclub act. In 1932 they met Broadway actor Don Lanning, who mentored Roberta and ultimately married her in 1938. They both abandoned careers to settle in Miami, opening a small nightclub where she continued to perform. After the restaurant lost its lease, they got a concession to operate a hotel lounge. In 1953 Don was diagnosed with lung cancer and lost their concession. After an attempt to start another nightclub failed, Sherwood began to seriously pursue her career.

For several years she met with little success. A trip to Las Vegas failed to advance her career. In September 1955 a chance meeting led to a nightclub gig in a Miami Beach club, and in January 1956 she suddenly became a success. The comedian Red Buttons became a fan and brought columnist Walter Winchell to see her; he gave her rave reviews. Soon she was performing in clubs nationwide and had a contract with Decca Records. She was profiled in Life magazine in October. A November 1956 Billboard poll of DJs picked her as the 19th most popular "album artist" and #8 on a list of "Most Promising Female Vocalists".

Sherwood was usually described as a torch singer; she appeared on stage in a sweater and glasses, and used a cymbal held in her hand for accompaniment. Life described her as "flashy, richly sentimental, as unsubtle as her crashing cymbal and as unpretentious as her $49.50 dress"!

This 2CD collection contains three complete albums, 'I Gotta Right To Sing', 'My Golden Favorites' & 'Live Performance!', plus 25 rare single sides. A must for fans and collectors, but also a terrific way for new listeners to discover her unique voice and vocal style.


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Friday, April 30, 2021

Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass.....The Lonely Bull and S.R.O.


The Lonely Bull

Herb Alpert set up a small recording studio in his garage and had been overdubbing a tune called "Twinkle Star", written by Sol Lake, who would eventually write many of the Brass's original tunes. During a visit to Tijuana, Mexico, Alpert happened to hear a mariachi band while attending a bullfight. Following the experience, Alpert recalled that he was inspired to find a way to express musically what he felt while watching the wild responses of the crowd, and hearing the brass musicians introducing each new event with rousing fanfare. Alpert adapted the trumpet style to the tune, mixed in crowd cheers and other noises for ambience, and renamed the song "The Lonely Bull".

He personally funded the production of the record as a single, and it spread through radio DJ's until it caught on and became a Top 10 hit in the Fall of 1962. He followed up quickly with his debut album, The Lonely Bull by "Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass". Originally the Tijuana Brass was just Alpert overdubbing his own trumpet, slightly out of sync. The title cut reached No. 6 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. This was A&M's first album with the original release number being #101, although it was recorded at Conway Records. For this album and subsequent releases, Alpert recorded with the group of L.A. session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, whom he holds in high regard.

 S.R.O. (Standing Room Only)

Saturday, April 24, 2021

The Chronological Cab Calloway and His Orchestra...1934-1937


Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz singer, dancer, bandleader and actor. He was associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, where he was a regular performer and became a popular vocalist of the swing era. His niche of mixing jazz and vaudeville won him acclaim during a career that spanned over 65 years.

Calloway was a master of energetic scat singing and led one of the most popular big bands in the United States from the early 1930s to the late 1940s. His band included trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Jonah Jones, and Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham, saxophonists Ben Webster and Leon "Chu" Berry, guitarist Danny Barker, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Cozy Cole.

Calloway had several hit records in the 1930s and 1940s, becoming known as the "Hi-de-ho" man of jazz for his most famous song, "Minnie the Moocher", originally recorded in 1931. He reached the Billboard charts in five consecutive decades (1930s–1970s). Calloway also made several stage, film, and television appearances until his death in 1994 at the age of 86. He had roles in Stormy Weather (1943), Porgy and Bess (1953), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), and Hello Dolly! (1967). His career saw renewed interest when he appeared in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

Calloway was the first African American musician to sell a million records from a single and to have a nationally syndicated radio show. In 1993, Calloway received the National Medal of Arts from the United States Congress. He posthumously received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. His song "Minnie the Moocher" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, and added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2019. He is also inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame and the International Jazz Hall of Fame. . 

 Cab Calloway

Friday, April 16, 2021

Sing Me A Swing Song...Parade of Jazz Vocalists...original recordings from 1928-1939


1 Thursday - Helen Humes    
2 Restless - Helen Ward    
3 Don't Try Your Jive on Me - Una Mae Carlisle        
4 Drop in Next Time You're Passing - Elisabeth Welch        
5 I Wish I Were Twins - Valaida    
6 When I Grow Too Old to Dream - Putney Dandridge    
7 Loveable and Sweet - Annette Hanshaw    
8 Dream Man (Make Me Dream Some More) -    Fats Waller    
9 I Just Couldn't Take It, Baby - Jack Teagarden   
10 Ten Cents a Dance - Ruth Etting    
11 Sing Me a Swing Song (And Let Me Dance)- Ella Fitzgerald   
12 Zaz Zul Zaz - Cab Calloway    
13 Louisiana - Bing Crosby    
14 Three Little Words -    Rhythm Boys    
15 Troubled Waters - Ivie Anderson    
16 I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart - Connee Boswell    
17 Wha'd Ja Do to Me? - The Boswell Sisters    
18 Isle of Capri - Wingy Manone    
19 More Than You Know -    Mildred Bailey        
20 Am I Blue? -    Ethel Waters    
21 One, Two, Button Your Shoe -    Billie Holiday        
22 Thanks a Million - Louis Armstrong   

Sing Me A Swing Song

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Helen Merrill "Dream of You"....18 track compilation


Helen Merrill (born Jelena Ana Milcetic; July 21, 1930) is an American jazz vocalist. Her first album, the eponymous 1955 release Helen Merrill, was an immediate success and associated her with the first generation of bebop jazz musicians. After a prolific 1950s and '60s when she recorded with Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown, Merrill spent time recording and touring in Europe and Japan, falling into obscurity in the United States. In the 1980s and '90s, a contract with Verve Records and high-profile performances in America returned her to prominence. Noted for her emotional, sensual vocal performances, her career continues in its sixth decade with concerts and recordings. 

Helen Merrill

Friday, March 5, 2021

Steve Conway...My Foolish Heart...24 original mono recordings 1946-1951...British balladeer


Steve Conway received notoriety as a British balladeer in the post-World War II era. Although forgotten today, he was considered a star being compared to Bing Crosby, had a string of best-selling 78rpm records, sung to sell-out performances, and his own BBC radio show on Sunday afternoons.

b. Walter James Groom, 24 October 1920, Hackney, London, England, d. 19 April 1952, London, England. Conway was a ballad singer with a smooth, straightforward delivery, sometimes compared to the 30s heartthrob, Al Bowlly. As a young boy Conway suffered rheumatic fever that left him with a weak heart, making him unsuitable for military service during World War II. After singing in local bars and ballrooms, he made his broadcasting debut in 1945 on Variety Bandbox, followed by appearances with top dance bands Lew Stone and Ambrose and a series of broadcasts with Peter Yorke and His Concert Orchestra. 

In 1945 Conway signed for Columbia Records (UK), and recorded nearly 100 titles through to 1951. Some of these were solemn ballads such as ‘Bless This House’, ‘At The End Of The Day’ and ‘Good Luck, Good Health, God Bless You’. The rest included schmaltzy treatments of standard songs such as ‘My Foolish Heart’, ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Look For The Silver Lining’, ‘The Gypsy’ and ‘Too Young’. Orchestra accompaniments were by Roberto Inglez, Peter Yorke, Jack Byfield, Arthur Young, Jackie Brown and Philip Green with occasional assistance from the Hastings Girls’ Choir. 

In the late 40s and early 50s Conway toured the UK variety circuit, but his health steadily deteriorated. After collapsing onstage in December 1951, he died a few months later at Guy’s Hospital, London. 

Steve Conway

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Billy Vaughn 50 Golden Greats


Richard Smith Vaughn (April 12, 1919 – September 26, 1991), known as Billy Vaughn, was an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, orchestra leader and A&R man for Dot Records.

Vaughn was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, United States, where his father, Alvis Radford Vaughn, was a barber who loved music and inspired Billy to teach himself to play the mandolin at the age of three. He went on to learn a number of other instruments.

Vaughn charted a total of 42 singles on the Billboard charts, often based on the sound of two alto saxophones. He also charted thirty six albums on the Billboard 200, beginning with 1958's Sail Along Silv'ry Moon and ending with 1970's Winter World of Love. He also had nineteen Top 40 hits in (Germany), beginning with the chart-topping "Sail Along, Silv'ry Moon", also a gold record, which was a cover of a 1937 Bing Crosby hit. He had two more number ones in Germany: "La Paloma" and "Wheels" (all three were reportedly million sellers).

Billy Vaughn's recording of "Wheels" was No.1 for 14 weeks in Germany (Hit Bilanz) as well as No. 1 in India, New Zealand, and Italy (Billboard hits of the world, various issues 1961). Vaughn also charted in Australia, Latin America, and Japan. "Pearly Shells" was a major success in Japan. Vaughn's tours of that country began about the time "Pearly Shells" was a hit in 1965. Many songs which were not US hits or even singles releases there, were major hits in other countries. These included "Lili Marlene", "Zwei Gitarren am Meer", "Blueberry Hill" (Germany), and "Greenfields". Also successful were "Song of Peace", "It's a Lonesome Old Town" (Japan), "Michelle" (No 1 in Argentina and Malaysia), "Mexico" (No. 1 in the Philippines), and "Bonanza" (a major success in Brazil and Italy [Billboard Hits of the World, 1960s]) plus "Theme from the Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (various Latin American countries). The album La Paloma was a success throughout Latin America. 

He also had a number one album in Germany in the early 1980s with Moonlight Melodies, which consisted of 20 of Billy's biggest hits (original Dot recordings, original LP notes and credits). 

 BV1 BV2

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Pure Nostalgia...The Greatest Artists...1928-1941...original mono recodings


This wonderful compilation, with 79 minutes of music, is a great introduction to long gone names whose music still sparkles after many decades.

What we have here is some really fun and entertaining music, even from the times when ballads were supposed to be sad (Al Jolson chest-beating became unintentionally funny). The album opens with the (then) young and awful-voiced Marlene Dietrich singing her signature song "Falling In Love Again", which sounds much, much different than her later versions (later she honed it to a perfection, here she was just a young German woman who was falling in and out of pitch!), and what follows is really glowing with humour. Listeners will recognise Cab Calloway's "Minnie The Moocher" from the "Blues Brothers" movie. Also of note is the great Paul Robeson and Fred Astaire, the lovely, happy "Louise" by Maurice Chevalier, the breathtaking vocal acrobatics of The Mills Brothers and Ink Spots and the wonderful "Leaning On A Lamp Post" by George Formby.

Pure Nostalgia

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Christmas Dreaming - A Vintage Yuletide


1) White Christmas (03:08) Bing Crosby
2) Christmas Bells At Eventide (02:50) Gracie Fields
3) Winter Wonderland (02:58) Lew Stone and His Band
4) Sleigh Ride (02:49) Leroy Anderson
5) Santa Claus is Coming To Town (02:42) The Andrews Sisters / Bing Crosby
6) Christmas Dreaming (a Little Early This Year) (03:00) Frank Sinatra
7) Silent Night (02:45) Bing Crosby
8) Jingle Bells (03:27) Glenn Miller
9) I'm Sending a Letter To Santa Claus (03:05) Gracie Fields
10) All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth (03:12) Spike Jones & His City Slickers
11) Don't Wait till the Night Before Christmas (02:40) Dick Robertson
12) Christmas Island (02:38) The Andrews Sisters
13) Merry Christmas Polka (02:38) Dinah Shore
14) Frosty the Snowman (02:17) Harry Babbitt
15) Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (02:47) Connie Boswell
16) Twelve Days of Christmas (03:24) The Andrews Sisters / Bing Crosby
17) There is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas (03:18) Perry Como
18) Here Comes Santa Claus (02:40) Doris Day
19) It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas (02:48) Bing Crosby
20) Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) (03:13) Nat King Cole
21) Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot (03:00) Phyllis Robins
22) Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful) (03:12) Bing Crosby
23) Auld Lang Syne (03:00) Peter Dawson
24) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (02:29) Harry Babbitt
25) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (02:51) Judy Garland

Christmas Dreaming - A Vintage Yuletide

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Ultra-Lounge Christmas Cocktails...Hi-Fi Holiday Cheer from Santa's Pad


A perfect martini-and-mistletoe combo, Christmas Cocktails will gaily seduce you with its bevy of nostalgic and occasionally campy holiday fare. Vocal vixens Peggy Lee, Julie London (her "I'd Like You for Christmas" will melt the ice cubes in your fridge), Kay Starr and Nancy Wilson join forces with perennial crooners such as Lou Rawls, Dean Martin and the immortal Nat "King" Cole, along with a handful of instrumental big-band numbers and odd, at times cheese-ball-shaped jazz organ pieces from Jimmy McGriff and the flammable Eddie Dundstedter, among others. But the essential item that makes plunking down your pelts for this very chi-chi set is none other than Billy May's lovably kitschy workout called "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo." It's a scream!

–Billy May     Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo     2:40
–Peggy Lee     Winter Wonderland     1:54
–Ray Anthony  Christmas Trumpets / We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas     –Lou Rawls     Christmas Is     3:15
–Jimmy McGriff     Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town / White Christmas     6:48
–Julie London     I'd Like You For Christmas     2:37
–Al Caiola & Riz Ortolani     Holiday On Skis     2:32
–Kay Starr     (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag     2:42
–Hollyridge Strings*     Jingle Bells / Jingle Bell Rock     5:15
–Dean Martin     I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm     2:44
–Eddie Dunstedter  I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Jingle Bells Bossa Nova  –Ray Anthony     Christmas Kisses     1:58
–Jackie Gleason / Jack Marshall  I'll Be Home For Christmas / Baby, It's Cold –Nancy Wilson     What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?     2:25
–Capitol Studio Orchestra     Cha-Cha All The Way     2:22
–Nat King Cole     The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)     3:12
–Les Brown & His Band Of Renown*     The Nutcracker Suite     6:32
–Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians     Ring Those Christmas Bells     5:00
–Renzo Cesana     Today I Buy You Violets     2:26
–Nat King Cole & Peggy Lee & Nancy Wilson  Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots  –Capitol Studio Orchestra     Jingle Bells From Capitol Records     1:21

 Christmas Cocktails


Saturday, December 5, 2020

Christmas Crooner Wesley Alfvin and Grammy Winning Production Team Marry New with Nostalgia in Holiday Album


Like a ride on a sleigh through a twinkling town dressed in white, a new album from velvet-voiced Wesley Alfvin makes its way to the fore. Offering listeners a romp through a sentimental wonderland of all things festive, “The Magic of Christmas Eve” is what one could call a well-won respite wrapped in holiday cheer. Containing five original songs and four re-imagined classics, the Christmas album debuted at #37 on the iTunes Top 200 Holiday Chart. This nod is high-acclaim in any environment, especially for a self-produced album that, despite quarantine, embraced musicians’ talents from all over the world keen to share their art. Partner that with the expertise of a Grammy and Emmy award-winning production team who kept company with the Sinatras, and it’s no wonder it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

Infused with a nostalgic gait fresh from the 1940's, the album was arranged by Ryan O’Connell, who assisted with orchestrations for “Sinatra 100” on CBS and “Michael Bublé’s Christmas in Hollywood” on NBC. Adding to the impressive list, the tracks were mixed by Grammy and Emmy award-winner Carl Glanville, who worked on Frank Sinatra’s final studio albums, “Duets” and “Duets II.” Enlisting the expertise of yet another Grammy winner, all holiday songs were mastered by Dave Collins, who worked on Nancy Sinatra’s album “Shifting Gears.”

stream and download here: https://lnk.to/christmasevealbum

web: https://www.wesleyalfvin.com/


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Ray Conniff and Billy Butterfield...Just Kiddin' Around


Ray Conniff on trombone, Billy Butterfield on trumpet, plus organ, guitar and rhythm section (uncredited). This is the small group that plays the great music in this 1963 get-together of old friends Conniff and Butterfield, kiddin' around with their horns on several standards. "Alexander's Ragtime Band","Heartaches", and "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" receive an uptempo treatment with Ray's trombone and Billy's trumpet!

This album is a real throwback to the big band music of the forties and fifties, and, if you like music, you'll love it! When you hear "Peg 'O My Heart," you will likely want to grab somebody and dance to it. They did an excellent job of putting real quality sound into the album, and this one is sure to keep you awake and interested. It's smooth, classy and very vintage!

Just Kiddin' Around

Saturday, October 31, 2020

new album release from Tammi Savoy and The Chris Casello Combo "That Rock 'N' Roll Rhythm!"


Tammi Savoy and The Chris Casello Combo are back, with their second release on Swelltune Records! Twelve killer mid-century rock 'n' roll tracks, released this October on compact disc and digital download. Tammi and Chris have everything your ears need... rockin', danceable tunes, a soft, tender ballad, and a hot instrumental.. all infused with the rhythm and blues flavor they're known for. Perfect for fans of powerful female vocals and masterfully crafted guitar licks.  That Rock 'N' Roll Rhythm! was recorded at Magic Basement Studio except "G'wan 'Bout Your Business" (an Annisteen Allen cover) which was recorded at Wat-Sun Studio (Dale Watson's studio) in Memphis, TN.

Tammi Savoy and guitarist Chris Casello perform Original 40's, 50's and 60's inspired music, early roots Rhythm and Blues, Jump Blues, Roots Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Pure Rhythm and Roll!  Both are Ameripolitan Music Award winners.  Chris won the "Musician Of The Year" award in 2017 and Tammi took home the "Rockabilly Female Artist Of The Year" award in 2019. 




Marty's review: this second album release from Tammi Savoy and The Chris Casello Combo proves what a powerful combination these artists are. With the dynamic and thrilling vocal style from Tammi Savoy that is straight out of 50's rhythm and blues and the "rockingest" guitar of Mr.Chris Casello, this release is guaranteed to have you boppin', rollin', reelin' and rockin'. The recording techniques are what makes it special as the rawness and spontaneity harks back to the glorious 50's and 60's. A superb effort!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Room Service Deluxe...The Ultimate Soundtrack for the Seriously Hip


1.01     –José Feliciano     Light My Fire    
1.02     –Matt Monro     From Russia With Love    
1.03     –Julie London     Black Coffee    
1.04     –Andy Williams     Can't Get Used To Losing You    
1.05     –Cilla Black     Alfie    
1.06     –Young Holt Unlimited     Soulful Strut    
1.07     –Paul Jones Featuring Mike Leander And His Orchestra     I've Been A Bad Bad Boy    
1.08     –Dusty Springfield     Son Of A Preacher Man    
1.09     –Ramsey Lewis Trio     A Hard Days Night    
1.10     –Glen Campbell     By The Time I Get To Phoenix    
1.11     –The Hollies     He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother    
1.12     –Aretha Franklin     Say A Little Prayer    
1.13     –Mel Tormé     Comin' Home Baby    
1.14     –Sandie Shaw     Girl Don't Come    
1.15     –Dean Martin     Cha Cha Cha D'Amour    
1.16     –Van Morrison     Brown Eyed Girl    
1.17     –Henry Mancini     Baby Elephant Walk    
1.18     –Jackie De Shannon     What The World Needs Now Is Love    
1.19     –Burl Ives     A Little Bitty Tear    
1.20     –Mama Cass     Dream A Little Dream of Me    
1.21     –Don McLean     Vincent 

2.01     –The London Studio Orchestra     The Avengers    
2.02     –Donovan     Sunshine Superman    
2.03     –Harry Nilsson     Coconut    
2.04     –Ella Fitzgerald     Mack The Knife    
2.05     –Chris Montez     The More I See You    
2.06     –The Seekers     A World Of Our Own    
2.07     –Bob Dylan     Lay Lady Lay    
2.08     –Tom Jones     Help Yourself    
2.09     –Simon & Garfunkel     Mrs. Robinson    
2.10     –Burt Bacharach     Trains And Boats And Planes    
2.11     –George Benson     This Masquerade    
2.12     –Bobby Hebb     Sunny    
2.13     –The Peddlers     Girlie    
2.14     –Dinah Washington     What A Dif'rence A Day Makes    
2.15     –The Sandpipers     Guantanamera    
2.16     –Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot     Bonnie & Clyde    
2.17     –Stevie Wonder     My Cherie Amour    
2.18     –Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66     The Look Of Love    
2.19     –Bobby Darin     Beyond The Sea    
2.20     –Dionne Warwick     Message To Michael    
2.21     –Trini Lopez     If I Had A Hammer (Live)    
2.22     –Melanie      Look What They've Done To My Song

Room Service One

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Teddy Bears' Picnic....Vintage Children's Songs.....Original 1920's-1940's recordings


Take a trip down Memory Lane with this classic collection of children’s favourites. These original recordings from the 1920's, 30's and 40's revisit the simple pleasures of childhood: adventure and discovery, fun and silliness, imagination and fantasy, and the special magic of laughter and love. Includes settings of Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat and of poems by A.A. Milne, along with iconic songs from the world of cinema (Whistle While You Work, We’re Off to See the Wizard, On the Good Ship Lollipop) and the timeless delights of Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?, Looby Lou, Three Little Fishies and of course, the party to end all parties: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic. 

                                            The Teddy Bears' Picnic

Friday, September 11, 2020

soundtrack music from Woody Allen's movies....compilation of tunes from the 1930's/40's


    From "September"
–Art Tatum And Ben Webster     My Ideal     7:11
    From "Hannah And Her Sisters"
–Harry James And His Orchestra     You Made Me Love You     3:27
–Harry James And His Orchestra     I've Heard That Song Before     2:54
–Count Basie And His Orchestra*     The Trot     3:06
    From "Manhattan"
–Wiener Symphoniker     Rhapsody In Blue - Fragment -     1:24
    From "Interiors"
–Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra     Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now     2:44
    From "Radio Days"
–Harry James And His Orchestra     The Flight Of The Bumble Bee     1:52
–Benny Goodman Quartet*     Body And Soul     3:08
–Glenn Miller And His Orchestra     In The Mood     3:31
–Artie Shaw And His Orchestra     Begin The Beguine     3:09
–Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra     Opus One     2:55
–Benny Goodman And His Orchestra     Goodbye     3:28
–Frank Sinatra     If You Are But A Dream     3:07
–Harry James And His Orchestra     September Song     3:12
–Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra     I'm Getting Sentimental Over You     4:24
–Glenn Miller And His Orchestra     American Patrol     3:17
–Duke Ellington And His Orchestra     Take The "A" Train     2:53
–Carmen Miranda     South American Way     2:50
    From "Stardust Memories"
–Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra     Stardust     3:30
–Chick Webb And His Orchestra     If Dreams Come True     3:19
–Django Reinhardt Trio     I'll See You In My Dreams     2:28
    From "Midsummer Night's Dream"
–Hamburg Symphony Orchestra*     Wedding March - Fragment -     1:33
    From "Play It Again, Sam"
–Dooley Wilson     As Time Goes By     2:51

                                        Woody Allen's Movies

Sunday, August 30, 2020

We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn 1917-2020


Dame Vera Margaret Lynn CH DBE OStJ (née Welch; 20 March 1917 – 18 June 2020) was an English singer, songwriter and entertainer whose musical recordings and performances were very popular during the Second World War. She was widely referred to as the "Forces' Sweetheart" and gave outdoor concerts for the troops in Egypt, India and Burma during the war as part of Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). The songs most associated with her are "We'll Meet Again", "(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover", "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "There'll Always Be an England".

She remained popular after the war, appearing on radio and television in the United Kingdom and the United States, and recording such hits as "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" and her UK number-one single "My Son, My Son". Her last single, "I Love This Land", was released to mark the end of the Falklands War. In 2009, at the age of 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the UK Albums Chart with the compilation album We'll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn. In 2014, she released the collection Vera Lynn: National Treasure and in 2017, she released Vera Lynn 100, a compilation album of hits to commemorate her centenary—it was a No. 3 hit, making her the first centenarian performer to have a Top 10 album in the charts. By the time of her death in 2020 she had been active in the music industry for 96 years.

Lynn devoted much time and energy to charity work connected with ex-servicemen, disabled children and breast cancer. She was held in great affection by Second World War veterans and in 2000 was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the 20th century.

(There'll Be Blue Birds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover     3:18
Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart     2:37
We'll Meet Again     3:02
Travellin' Home     3:06
As Time Goes By     3:00
Dream     2:42
Faraway Places     2:42
Harbour Lights     3:07
It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow     3:14
If You Love Me     2:59
When You Hear Big Ben     2:31
Yours     3:11
The Loveliest Night Of The Year     1:12
Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye     3:16
Medley     (3:04)
Half As Much    
Isle Of Innisfree    
You Belong To Me    
Up The Wooden Hill To Bedfordshire     3:05
When I Grow Too Old To Dream     2:45
Medley     (3:31)
Somewhere Along The Way    
Here In My Heart    
Let The Rest Of The World Go By    
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles     3:29
From The Time You Say Goodbye (The Parting Song)     2:28