Sunday, September 18, 2022

Carol Welsman – Swing Ladies, Swing!..A Tribute To Singers Of The Swing Era


Carol Welsman (born September 29, 1960) is a Canadian jazz pianist who accompanies her own easy listening, conversational style ‘singing’. She is the granddaughter of the founder and first conductor of the first Toronto Symphony Orchestra Frank Welsman and the sister of composer John Welsman. She has been nominated six times for the Juno Award, Canada's equivalent to the Grammy.

In 1995 she released her first album, Lucky to Be Me, containing jazz standards and her own song, "This Lullaby", which she presented on September 11, 2004 on the Larry King TV show commemorating the 3rd anniversary of 9/11. Welsman has written lyrics for Ray Charles and Nicole Scherzinger.

Her 2009 album, I Like Men: Reflections of Miss Peggy Lee, was voted Top 5 Album Pick of the Year 2009 in USA Today. 

Welsman sings in English, Portuguese, French, Italian and Spanish. A Berklee Distinguished Alumnus, Carol Welsman is considered to be one of Canada's premiere Jazz vocalists and pianists.

1 Honeysuckle Rose 3:33

2 What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? 4:47

3 Fever 3:26

4 Never Let Me Go 5:54

5 More Than You Know 4:09

6 Cheek To Cheek 4:08

7 Black Coffee 5:06

8 Taking A Chance On Love 3:51

9 Over The Rainbow 5:00

10 If I Were A Bell 3:28

11 God Bless The Child 5:16

12 Do It Again 3:44

Swing Ladies, Swing!


Sunday, August 28, 2022

The Great Bob Crosby - Dixieland Favorites


George Robert Crosby (August 23, 1913 – March 9, 1993) was an American jazz singer and bandleader, best known for his group the Bob-Cats, which formed around 1935. The Bob-Cats was a New Orleans Dixieland-style jazz octet. He was the younger brother of famed singer and actor Bing Crosby. On TV, Bob Crosby guest-starred in The Gisele MacKenzie Show and was also seen on The Jack Benny Program. Crosby hosted his own afternoon TV variety show on CBS, The Bob Crosby Show (1953–1957). Crosby received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for television and radio.

Crosby began singing in the early 1930s with the Rhythm Boys, which included vocalist Ray Hendricks and guitarist Bill Pollard, and with Anson Weeks (1931–1934) and the Dorsey Brothers (1934–35). He led his first band in 1935 when the former members of Ben Pollack's band elected him their titular leader. In 1935, he recorded with the Clark Randall Orchestra led by Gil Rodin and featuring singer Frank Tennille (a.k.a. Clark Randall). Glenn Miller was a member of that orchestra, which recorded the Glenn Miller novelty composition "When Icky Morgan Plays the Organ" in 1935. Crosby's "band-within-the-band," the Bob-Cats, was a dixieland octet with soloists from the larger orchestra, many from New Orleans. The band included at various times Ray Bauduc, Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Charlie Spivak, Muggsy Spanier, Irving Fazola, Nappy Lamare, Jack Sperling, Joe Sullivan, Jess Stacy, Bob Haggart, Walt Yoder, and Bob Zurke.

In the spring of 1940, during a performance in Chicago, teenager Doris Day was hired as the band's vocalist.

For its theme song, the band chose George Gershwin's song "Summertime." The band's hits included "South Rampart Street Parade", "March of the Bob Cats", "In a Little Gypsy Tea Room", "Whispers in the Dark", "Day In, Day Out", "Down Argentine Way", "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby", "Dolores", and "New San Antonio Rose". A bass-and-drums duet between Haggart and Bauduc, "Big Noise from Winnetka", became a hit in 1938–39.

There were reunions in the 1950s and 1960s. Bob Haggart and Yank Lawson organized a band that combined dixieland and swing to try to carry on the legacy of Bob Crosby. From the late 1960s until the mid 1970s, the band was known as the World's Greatest Jazz Band, but when both became dissatisfied with the name they changed it to the Lawson-Haggart Jazz Band. During that time there was a revival of interest in big band jazz, and he worked for Disney studios and toured the midwest.

The Great Bob Crosby

Monday, August 22, 2022

Eddie Condon - 1930-1944...Giants of Jazz compilation


Albert Edwin Condon (November 16, 1905 – August 4, 1973) was an American jazz banjoist, guitarist, and bandleader. A leading figure in Chicago jazz, he also played piano and sang.

He was based in Chicago for most of the 1920s, and played with such jazz notables as Bix Beiderbecke, Jack Teagarden, and Frank Teschemacher. He and Red McKenzie formed the Chicago Rhythm Kings in 1925. While in Chicago, Condon and other white musicians would go to Lincoln Gardens to watch and learn from King Oliver and his band. They later would frequent the Sunset Café to see Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five for the same reasons.

In 1928, Condon moved to New York City. He frequently arranged jazz sessions for the record companies, sometimes playing with the artists he brought to the recording studios, including Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller. He organised racially integrated recording sessions—when these were still rare—with Fats Waller, Armstrong and Henry 'Red' Allen. He played with the band of Red Nichols for a time. Later, from 1938, he had a long association with Milt Gabler's Commodore Records.

Eddie Condon - 1930-1944

Monday, August 1, 2022

Great Songs of 1944 - various artists


24 track compilation of popular and classic songs from the year of 1944. Artists include Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, Kay Starr, Dick Haymes, Dinah Shore, Judy Garland, The Mills Brothers and Woody Herman.

Great Songs of 1944

Monday, July 4, 2022

Eartha Kitt – My Heart Belongs To Daddy


Eartha Kitt (born Eartha Mae Keith; January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American singer, actress, comedian, dancer and activist known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of "C'est si bon" and the Christmas novelty song "Santa Baby". Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world".

Kitt began her career in 1942 and appeared in the 1945 original Broadway theatre production of the musical Carib Song. In the early 1950s, she had six US Top 30 entries, including "Uska Dara" and "I Want to Be Evil". Her other recordings include the UK Top 10 song "Under the Bridges of Paris" (1954), "Just an Old Fashioned Girl" (1956) and "Where Is My Man" (1983). She starred as Cat Woman in the third and final season of the television series Batman in 1967.

In 1968, her career in the U.S. deteriorated after she made anti-Vietnam War statements at a White House luncheon. Ten years later, Kitt made a successful return to Broadway in the 1978 original production of the musical Timbuktu!, for which she received the first of her two Tony Award nominations. Her second was for the 2000 original production of the musical The Wild Party. Kitt wrote three autobiographies.

Kitt found a new generation of fans through her roles in the Disney films The Emperor's New Groove (2000), in which she voiced the villainous Yzma, and Holes (2003). She reprised the role as Yzma in the direct-to-video sequel Kronk's New Groove (2005), as well as the animated series The Emperor's New School (2006–2008). Her work on the latter earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards. She posthumously won a third Emmy in 2010 for her guest performance on Wonder Pets!.

Let's Do It 3:06

C'est Si Bon 3:00

My Heart Belongs To Daddy 3:03

I Want To Be Evil 3:32

Just An Old Fashioned Girl 2:53

Monotonous 3:45

Beale Street Blues 3:15

Lullaby Of Birdland 2:54

Under The Bridges Of Paris 2:43

Thursday's Child 4:01

St. Louis Blues 2:48

Uska Dara - A Turkish Tale 3:11

The Memphis Blues 3:29

Lazy Afternoon 2:23

Careless Love 3:16

Lilac Wine 3:45

April In Portugal 2:54

Aprés Moi 2:46

The Day The Circus Left Town 3:19

If I Can't Take It With Me 2:29

Eartha Kitt 

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Frank Sinatra With Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra – There Are Such Things -- original mono recordings 1940-1942


1 Too Romantic 3:14

2 The Call Of The Canyon 3:11

3 A Sinner Kissed An Angel 2:58

4 Daybreak 3:12

5 Everything Happens To Me 3:14

6 How About You 2:54

7 This Love Of Mine 3:41

8 Imagination 3:12

9 Let's Get Away From It All 5:02

10 I'll Never Smile Again 3:10

11 East Of The Sun 3:18

12 The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else) 3:36

13 Hear My Song Violetta 2:58

14 Yours Is My Heart Alone 2:55

15 Star Dust 3:13

16 Without A Song 4:29

17 Somewhere A Voice Is Calling 3:08

18 Blue Skies 3:17

19 Whispering 3:01

20 Fools Rush In 3:15

21 Violets For Your Furs 3:05

22 Polka Dots And Moonbeams 3:21

23 There Are Such Things 2:43

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Patti Page - Changing Partners


Clara Ann Fowler (November 8, 1927 – January 1, 2013), known professionally as Patti Page, was an American singer and actress. Primarily known for pop and country music, she was the top-charting female vocalist and best-selling female artist of the 1950s, selling over 100 million records during a six-decade-long career. 

Page signed with Mercury Records in 1947, and became their first successful female artist, starting with 1948's "Confess". In 1950, she had her first million-selling single "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming", and eventually had 14 additional million-selling singles between 1950 and 1965.

Page's signature song, "Tennessee Waltz", was one of the biggest-selling singles of the 20th century, and is recognized today as one of the official songs of the state of Tennessee. It spent 13 weeks atop the Billboard's best-sellers list in 1950/51. Page had three additional number-one hit singles between 1950 and 1953, "All My Love (Bolero)", "I Went to Your Wedding", and "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?".

Unlike most other pop singers, Page blended country music styles into many of her songs. As a result of this crossover appeal, many of Page's singles appeared on the Billboard Country Chart. In the 1970s, she shifted her style more toward country music and began having even more success on the country charts, ending up as one of the few vocalists to have charted in five separate decades.

With the rise of rock and roll in the 1950s, mainstream popular music record sales began to decline. Page was among the few pop singers who were able to maintain popularity, continuing to have hits well into the 1960s, with "Old Cape Cod", "Allegheny Moon", "A Poor Man's Roses (or a Rich Man's Gold)", and "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte".

In 1997, Patti Page was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. She was posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2013.

Changing Partners 1

Changing Partners 2

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Bing Crosby – Please - Audio Archive Collectors Edition


Harry Lillis Crosby Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977), known professionally as Bing Crosby, was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, he was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century worldwide. He was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1926 to 1977. He made over 70 feature films and recorded more than 1,600 songs.

His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed.

This collection features recordings from his 1930's-1940's era.

1 I Surrender Dear 3:40

2 Where The Blue Of The Knight 3:04

3 Please 3:09

4 Did You Ever See A Dream Walking 3:24

5 She Reminds Me Of You 3:08

6 Love In Bloom 3:13

7 Thanks 3:20

8 The Last Round Up 3:09

9 Someday Sweetheart 3:17

10 Mary 2:49

11 So The Blackbirds And The Bluebirds Got Together 3:03

12 We'll Make Hay While The Sun Shines 3:16

13 Temptation 3:10

14 St. Louis Blues 4:35

15 Black Moonlight 3:24

16 Beautiful Girl 3:19

Bing Crosby – Please

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Great Songs Of 1933 - Original Recordings - various artists


1 Forty - Second Street (The Boswell Sisters) - The Boswell Sisters

2 Shuffle Off To Buffalo (Taft Jordan) - Taft Jordan

3 You re Getting To Be A Habit With Me (Bing Crosby) - Bing Crosby

4 We re In The Money (The Gold(iggers Song) (Fred Astaire) - Fred Astaire

5 Look What I ve Got (Terry Shand) - Terry Shand

6 Dinner At Eight (Connie Boswell) - Connie Boswell

7 Doin The Uptown Lowdown (Johnny Mercer) - Johnny Mercer

8 You re My Past, Present And Future (Joe Martin) - Joe Martin

9 Heat Wave (Sol K. Bright & His Hollywaiians) - Sol K. Bright & His Hollywaiians

10 Experiment (Al Bowlly with Ray Noble s Orchestra) - Al Bowlly and Ray Noble's Orchestra

11 Try A Little Tenderness (Bing Crosby) - Bing Crosby

12 I Want You, I Need You (Ozzie Nelson) - Ozzie Nelson

13 I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (Jack Teagarden) - Jack Teagarden

14 Don t Blame Me (Carmen Lombardo) - Carmen Lombardo

15 Everything I Have Is Yours (Rudy Vallee) - Rudy Vallee

16 Stormy Weather (Ethel Waters) - Ethel Waters

17 This Time It s Love (Fran Frey) - Fran Frey

18 Lazy Bones (Paul Robeson) - Paul Robeson

19 One Morning In May (Al Bowlly) - Al Bowlly

20 By A Waterfall (Carmen Lombardo) - Carmen Lombardo

21 After Sundown (Lew Sherwood) - Lew Sherwood

22 Under A Blanket Of Blue (Connie Boswell) - Connie Boswell

23 It s Only A Paper Moon (Cliff Edwards) - Cliff Edwards

24 Did You Ever See A Dream Walking? (Bing Crosby) - Bing Crosby

25 Let s Call It A Day (Elmer Feldkamp) - Elmer Feldkamp

Great Songs Of 1933

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Mad Men - A Musical Companion (1960-1965)


-Connie Francis Everybody's Somebody's Fool 2:39

–Brook Benton & Dinah Washington Baby (You've Got What It Takes) 2:45

–Lloyd Price Lady Luck 2:14

–Brook Benton Frankie & Johnny 2:27

–Jackie Wilson I'm Comin' On Back To You 2:21

–James Booker Gonzo 2:25

–Clarence "Frogman" Henry But I Do 2:20

–Ricky Nelson Travelin' Man 2:22

–Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd Desafinado 5:50

–Bruce Channel Hey! Baby 2:24

–Dave "Baby" Cortez Rinky Dink 2:52

–Earl Grant Swingin' Gently 2:41

–Joe Harnell Fly Me To The Moon 2:24

–Etta James Something's Got A Hold On Me 2:48

–Patti Page Most People Get Married 2:05

–Billy Vaughn A Swingin' Safari 2:15

–Mel Tormé Comin' Home Baby 2:44

–Ella Fitzgerald Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home 3:25

–Jack Jones Wives And Lovers 2:29

–Roger Miller King Of The Road 2:26

–Dean Martin You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You 1:58

–Chuck Berry You Never Can Tell 2:42

–Dusty Springfield I Only Want To Be With You 2:36

–Lesley Gore That's The Way Boys Are 2:14

–The Impressions Talking About My Baby 2:31

–Jackie Ross Selfish One 3:18

–Manfred Mann Doo Wah Diddy Diddy 2:23

–Junior Walker & The All Stars Shotgun 3:05

–Marvin Gaye Ain't That Peculiar 3:00

–Tom Jones It's Not Unusual 2:00

–Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs Wooly Bully 2:21

–Sir Douglas Quintet She's About A Mover 2:23

–Sonny & Cher I Got You Babe 3:11

Mad Men - A Musical Companion (1)

Mad Men - A Musical Companion (2)

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The Very Best Of Dean Martin (The Capitol & Reprise Years)


Gentle On My Mind

Memories Are Made Of This

That's Amore

Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me

The Door Is Still Open (To My Heart)

Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blue)

In The Chapel In The Moonlight

Ain't That A Kick In The Head

You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Love You

Let Me Go Lover

Somewhere There's A Someone

Return To Me (Ritorna-Me)

The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane

Rio Bravo


Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!)

I Will


Under The Bridge Of Paris


Everybody Loves Somebody

The Very Best Of Dean Martin

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, The Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France ‎– Swing From Paris


I Got Rhythm

St. Louis Blues

Appel Direct

Honeysuckle Rose

Black and White

Limehouse Blues


Billets Doux


China Boy

Night and Day

My Sweet

It Don't Mean a Thing

Sweet Georgia Brown

Swing From Paris

I've Found a New Baby

Lambeth Walk

Them There Eyes

It Was So Beautiful

Three Little Words

H.C.Q. Strut

Swing 39

Swing From Paris

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Various Artists – Columbia Country Classics / Volume 1: The Golden Age (1931-1953)


1 The Carter Family– Can The Circle Be Unbroken (Bye & Bye) 3:07

2 Roy Acuff & His Crazy Tennesseans– Great Speckled Bird 2:52

3 The Chuck Wagon Gang*– After The Sunrise 2:47

4 Gene Autry– You Are My Sunshine 2:24

5 Patsy Montana & The Prairie Ramblers*– I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart 3:05

6 Al Dexter & His Troopers*– Pistol Packin' Mama 2:46

7 Gene Autry– Back In The Saddle Again 2:36

8 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys– New San Antonio Rose 2:34

9 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys– Time Changes Everything 2:40

10 Gene Autry– It Makes No Difference Now 2:43

11 Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys– Take Me Back To Tulsa 2:39

12 Texas Ruby– Don't Let That Man Get You Down 2:31

13 Spade Cooley– Shame On You 2:52

14 Ted Daffan's Texans– Born To Lose 2:40

15 Wiley Walker & Gene Sullivan– When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again 2:36

16 Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys*– Wreck On The Highway 2:45

17 Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks– When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels 2:47

18 Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks– The Tramp On The Street 2:46

19 Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys*– I Saw The Light 2:41

20 Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper With The Clinch Mountain Clan– Are You Walking And A-Talking For The Lord 2:06

21 Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys*– Molly And Tenbrooks (The Race Horse Song) 2:45

22 Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks– Poor Ellen Smith 2:40

23 Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys*– Wabash Cannonball 2:33

24 Roy Acuff & His Smokey Mountain Boys*– Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain 2:40

25 Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys*– Blue Moon Of Kentucky 3:05

26 The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys– The Fields Have Turned To Brown 2:32

27 Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs* & The Foggy Mountain Boys– Don't Get Above Your Raisin' 2:41

Columbia Country Classics

Friday, March 11, 2022

Vintage Charleston - Great Tunes of the Charleston Era..Original Recordings 1924-1928


The Charleston is a dance named for the harbor city of Charleston, South Carolina. The rhythm was popularized in mainstream dance music in the United States by a 1923 tune called "The Charleston" by composer/pianist James P. Johnson which originated in the Broadway show Runnin' Wild and became one of the most popular hits of the decade. Runnin' Wild ran from 29 October 1923 through 28 June 1924. The peak year for the Charleston as a dance by the public was mid-1926 to 1927.

While the Charleston as a dance probably came from the "star" or challenge dances that were all part of the African-American dance called Juba, the particular sequence of steps which appeared in Runnin' Wild were probably newly devised for popular appeal. "At first, the step started off with a simple twisting of the feet, to rhythm in a lazy sort of way (this could well be the Jay-Bird). When the dance hit Harlem, a new version was added. It became a fast kicking step, kicking the feet, both forward and backward and later done with a tap." Further changes were undoubtedly made before the dance was put on stage.

The Charleston was one of the dances from which Lindy Hop and Jazz Roots developed in the 1930s. A slightly different form of Charleston became popular in the 1930s and '40s, and is associated with Lindy Hop. In this later Charleston form, the hot jazz timing of the 1920s Charleston was adapted to suit the swing jazz music of the '30s and '40s. This style of Charleston has many common names, though the most common are Lindy Charleston, Savoy Charleston, '30s or '40s Charleston and Swing(ing) Charleston. In both '20s Charleston and Swinging Charleston, the basic step takes eight counts and is danced either alone or with a partner.

This compilation captures the sounds of the 20's craze about as well as anything. Great titles, especially by Paul Whiteman, "I'd Rather Charleston" by Fred and Adele Astaire with George Gershwin accompanying, "South Wind", by Roger Wolfe Kahn's Orchestra, a great arrangement and spirited playing, plus tracks from Jelly Roll Morton and George Olsen among others. A well remastered collection of hard-to-find recordings.

1    Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra–    Charleston
2    Nat Star & His Orchestra–    Chili Bom Bom
3    Ben Selvin & His Orchestra–    Don't Bring Lulu
4    Manhattan Dance Makers–    Brown Eyes, Why Are You Blue?
5    Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra–    Sweet And Low Downdon parker
6    Don Parker–    My Cutey's Due At Two-To-Two Today
7    Roger Wolfe Kahn And His Orchestra–    Down And Out Blues
8    Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra–    Sweet Child (I'm Wild About You)
9    Sam Lanin, Broadway Bell-Hops–    Let's Talk About My Sweetie
10    Debroy Somers–    Fascinating Rhythm
11    Fred Astaire and Adele Astaire–    I'd Rather Charleston
12    George Olsen's Music–    Lucky Day
13    Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders–    Black Bottom
14    Jan Garber And His Orchestra–    Baby Face
15    Jack Hylton And His Orchestra–    By The Tamarisk
16    Frank Raymond's Dance Orchstra–    Meadow Lark
17    Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers–    The Chant
18    Jay Whidden And His Band–    Let's All Go To Mary's House
19    Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra–    It All Depends On You
20    Irving Aaronson And His Commanders–    Crazy Words, Crazy Tune (Vo-Do-De-O)
21    Roger Wolfe Kahn And His Orchestra–    South Wind
22    Carroll Gibbons And The Orpheans–    The Blue Room
23    Ted Weems And His Orchestra–    Miss Annabelle Lee (Who's Wonderful, Who's Marvellous?)
24    George Olsen's Music–    Because My Baby Don't Mean "Maybe" Now
25    Savoy Havana Band–    At Sundown

 Vintage Charleston

Friday, February 25, 2022

Dorothy Dandridge ‎– Smooth Operator - rare 1958 sessions with Oscar Peterson Trio


Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965) was an American actress, singer and dancer. She is the first African-American film star to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, which was for her performance in Carmen Jones (1954). Dandridge performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater. During her early career, she performed as a part of The Wonder Children, later The Dandridge Sisters, and appeared in a succession of films, usually in uncredited roles.

In 1959, Dandridge was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Porgy and Bess. She is the subject of the 1999 HBO biographical film, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. She has been recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Dandridge first gained fame as a solo artist from her performances in nightclubs, usually accompanied by Phil Moore on piano. Although she was known for her renditions of songs such as "Blow Out the Candle", "You Do Something to Me", and "Talk Sweet Talk To Me", she recorded very little on vinyl. It is unknown whether her lack of recording was due to personal choice or lack of opportunity. 

This release is her only recording session as a leader and features an augmented Oscar Peterson Trio. Most tracks were from this 1958 session with 4 tracks recorded in 1961 with an orchestra.

It's Easy To Remember     2:24
What Is There To Say?     3:11
That Old Feeling     3:05
The Touch Of Your Lips     2:58
When Your Lover Has Gone     2:59
The Nearness Of You     3:17
(In This World) I'm Glad There Is You     4:02
I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face     1:48
Body And Soul     3:38
How Long Has This Been Going On?     3:30
I've Got A Crush On You     2:28
I Didn't Know What Time It Was     2:37
Somebody     2:48
Stay With It     2:35
It's A Beautiful Evening     2:38
Smooth Operator     3:06

 Smooth Operator


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Columbia Country Classics - Hank Williams Songbook 1946-1960 by various artists


Has anyone so dominated Country music from an early grave as Hank Williams? Even today, he is the benchmark by which success in the field is measured. Seemingly every aspect of his professional and private life has been dissected. If one sidebar to Hank’s career remains murky, it’s his prolificacy as a custom songwriter. This collection goes a great distance toward addressing that shortfall. The first fourteen songs were mostly written by him for other artists while he was alive; the remainder are among the first attempts to reinterpret his legacy after his death.

Those who knew him say Hank Williams was resolute about keeping what he considered his best material for himself, but what we find in his custom-written songs are not so much rejects as songs that didn’t fit his needs at the time. As an added fillip, there are five songs here that haven’t even surfaced in demo form by Hank. They highlight a collection that illuminates one more corner of Hank Williams’ brief, incendiary career.

1    Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks–    When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels    2:49
2    Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks–    On The Evening Train    2:51
3    Roy Acuff And His Smoky Mountain Boys–    I Saw The Light    2:42
4    Molly O'Day & The Cumberland Mountain Folks–    I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)    2:52
5    Curley Williams & His Georgia Peach Pickers–    No, Not Now    2:36
6    Carl Smith –    There's Nothing As Sweet As My Baby    2:21
7    Curley Williams & His Georgia Peach Pickers–    Honey Do You Love Me, Huh?    2:35
8    George Morgan –    A Stranger In The Night    3:27
9    Carl Smith –    Me And My Broken Heart    2:56
10    Ray Price–    Weary Blues From Waiting    2:59
11    Little Jimmy Dickens–    I Wish You Didn't Love Me So Much    2:33
12    Ray Price–    I Lost The Only Love I Knew    2:36
13    Curley Williams & His Georgia Peach Pickers–    When You're Tired Of Breaking Other Hearts    2:35
14    Ray Price–    I Can't Escape From You    2:30
15    Anita Carter–    There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight    2:51
16    Marty Robbins–    Long Gone Lonesome Blues    2:31
17    Little Jimmy Dickens–    I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)    2:53
18    Marty Robbins–    Moanin' The Blues    2:01
19    Marijohn Wilkin–    Cold Cold Heart    2:42
20    Johnny Cash–    I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry    2:38

 Hank Williams Songbook


Saturday, February 5, 2022

Louis Levy & The Gaumont British Symphony – Music From The Movies

Louis Levy (20 November 1894 – 18 August 1957) was an English film music director and conductor who worked in particular on Alfred Hitchcock and Will Hay films.

He started his career in 1910 arranging and performing music for silent films. In 1916, he became musical director for the New Gallery Cinema in London. In 1921, he became Music Chief at the Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion and is credited with being the first to develop the theme song in movies, and one of the first musicians to tackle difficulties that were holding back the progress of sound recording in films.

At the beginning of talkies, he joined the Gaumont British studios at Shepherd’s Bush, where he was musical director for Gaumont's earliest sound picture, High Treason (1929). He became the head of the music department for all Gainsborough Pictures productions from 1933 onwards. The rich sounds emanating from his large orchestra are all the more impressive when one realises that electrical sound industry was barely ten years old. He worked in particular on Alfred Hitchcock and Will Hay films, directing the music for The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes.

Through the sheer necessity of having to produce so much music he established his own studios (The Levy Sound Studios at 73 New Bond Street) in the 1930s. He later had a long running BBC radio series Music From the Movies, which started in 1936 and lasted until the 1950s, and also toured the provincial theatres with his orchestra. The Music From the Movies March, reputedly composed by Levy, was the theme tune for the radio show, and opened all of the Gaumont newsreels of the time. He is also said to have composed the orchestral piece Maltese Entr’Acte.

1        Strike Up The Band
        It's Love Again    
2        It's Love Again/Tony's In Town
3        Got To Dance My Way To Heaven/Nearly Let Love Go Slipping Through My Gingers
        Swing Time    
4        The Waltz In Spring Time/A Fine Romance
5        Never Gonna Dance/The Way You Look Tonight
        Broadway Melody Of 1938    
6        Your Broadway And My Broadway/I'm Feeling Like A Million
7        Everybody Sing/Yours And Mine
8        Gangway/Lord And Lady Whoozls
9        When You Gotta Sing/Moon Or No Moon
        Pennies From Heaven    
10        So Do I/One, Two, Button Your Shoe
11        Pennies From Heaven/Let's Call A Heart A Heart
        Gone With The Wind    
12        Battle Hymn Of The Republic/My Old Kentucky Home/Marching Through   Georgia/Massa's In The Cold Cold Ground
13        Camptown Races/Old Folks At Home/When Johnny Comes Marching Home/Dixie
14        Give A Little Whistle/Turn On The Old Music Box
15        Little Wooden Head/When You Wish Upon A Star
        Alexander's Ragtime Band    
16        Alexander's Ragtime Band/When The Midnight Choo Choo Leaves For Alabama/Blue Skies/Everybody's Doing It
17        Easter Parade/Now It Can Be Told/Alexander's Ragtime Band
18        Farewell Sweet Senorita/Whistling Waltz
19        Stay A While/Celebratin'
        Shall We Dance    
20        Shall We Dance/Let's Call The Whole Thing Off/They All Laughed
21        They Can't Take That Away From Me

22        Joy Of Living (What's Good About Goodnight/You Couldn't Be Cuter)
23        Music From The Movies March

 Louis Levy

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Josephine Baker – Bonsoir My Love - recordings from 1930-1937


Josephine Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald, naturalised French Joséphine Baker; 3 June 1906 – 12 April 1975) was an American-born French entertainer, French Resistance agent and civil rights activist. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. She was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film Siren of the Tropics, directed by Mario Nalpas and Henri Étiévant.

During her early career, Baker was among the most celebrated performers to headline the revues of the Folies Bergère in Paris. Her performance in the revue Un vent de folie in 1927 caused a sensation in the city. Her costume, consisting of only a short skirt of artificial bananas and a beaded necklace, became an iconic image and a symbol both of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties.

Baker was celebrated by artists and intellectuals of the era, who variously dubbed her the "Black Venus", the "Black Pearl", the "Bronze Venus", and the "Creole Goddess". Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she renounced her U.S. citizenship and became a French national after her marriage to French industrialist Jean Lion in 1937. She raised her children in France.

She aided the French Resistance during World War II. After the war, she was awarded the Resistance Medal by the French Committee of National Liberation, the Croix de Guerre by the French military, and was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by General Charles de Gaulle. Baker sang: "I have two loves, my country and Paris."

Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States and is noted for her contributions to the civil rights movement. In 1968, she was offered unofficial leadership in the movement in the United States by Coretta Scott King, following Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. After thinking it over, Baker declined the offer out of concern for the welfare of her children.

On 30 November 2021, she entered the Panthéon in Paris, the first black woman to receive one of the highest honors in France.

This compilation is from recordings she made from 1930-1937 where she is accompanied by various artists including the Orchestra Melodic Jazz of the Casino De Paris, Adrien Lamy, Pills and Tabet, The Comedian Harmonists, Lecuona Cuban Boys and the Wal-Berg Orchestra.

1        J'Ai Deux Amours 3:09
2        La Petite Tonkinoise    2:37
3        Voulez-Vous De La Canne A Sucre    2:55
4        Dis-Moi Josephine    3:06
5        Ram-Pam-Pam 2:38
6        Si J'Etais Blanche    2:39
7        Madiana    2:58
8        Les Mots D'Amour    2:51
9        C'est Lui    2:59
10        Haiti    3:14
11        Sous Le Ciel D'Afrique    3:17
12        Espabilate    2:47
13        Partir Sur Un Bateau Blanc    3:03
14        Nuit D'Alger    2:50
15        Doudou    3:09
16        Nuits De Miami    2:51
17        Mayari    3:15
18        La Conga Blicoti    2:24
19        Vous Faites Partie De Moi    3:04
20        C'est Si Facile De Vous Aimer    2:58
21        C'est Un Nid Charmant    3:07
22        Comme Une Banque    3:08
23        J'ai Un Message Pour Toi    3:05
24        Bonsoir My Love    2:51

Josephine Baker

Monday, January 17, 2022

The Ink Spots - Swing High Swing Low


The Ink Spots were an American vocal jazz group who gained international fame in the 1930s and 1940s. Their unique musical style presaged the rhythm and blues and rock and roll musical genres, and the sub-genre doo-wop. The Ink Spots were widely accepted in both the white and black communities, largely due to the ballad style introduced to the group by lead singer Bill Kenny.

In 1989, the Ink Spots (Bill Kenny, Charlie Fuqua, Deek Watson, Jerry Daniels and Orville Jones) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1999 they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Swing High Swing Low



Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Berlin Comedian Harmonists - Ein Lied geht um die Welt (A song goes around the world )


Internationally successful German vocal group, founded in December 1927, split up in March 1935.

Originally created in imitation of the American The Revelers and called "The Melody Makers," the "Comedian Harmonists," a vocal quintet accompanied by a pianist, developed their own close harmony style. The five singers blended their voices so closely together that there was usually no more than an interval of a twelfth between top and bottom voices; individual singers would emerge from this close vocal texture for solos, and tenor buffo Frommermann, in particular, would contribute comical voice imitations of instruments. The ensemble's repertoire ranged from German Schlager ("Veronika, Der Lenz Ist Da," 1930) and German versions of jazz-tinged American pop songs ("Wochenend Und Sonnenschein" = "Happy Days Are Here Again," 1930) and a vocalized version of Duke Ellington's "Creole Love Call" (1933) to German folk songs ("In Einem Kühlen Grunde," 1932). The Comedian Harmonists recorded first for Odeon (1928-1929), from October 1929 to March 1935 for Electrola. 

 Ein Lied geht um die Welt