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

Friday, December 31, 2021

Mum's the Word....60 Fabulous Songs Your Mother Should Know by various artists


1-1    Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra*–    Your Mother And Mine
1-2    Eddy Arnold–    Mother's Prayer
1-3    Flatt & Scruggs–    Mother Prays Loud In Her Sleep
1-4    Bill Haley & His Comets*–    Teenager's Mother
1-5    Jimmie Rodgers –    Whisper Your Mother's Name
1-6    The Stanley Brothers–    Memories Of Mother
1-7    Al Jolson–    My Mammy
1-8    Hank Williams–    I Heard My Mother Praying For Me
1-9    Roy Acuff–    Mother's Prayers Guide Me
1-10    Nat King Cole–    Unforgettable
1-11    Roy Smeck–    My Mom
1-12    Lefty Frizzell–    Mom And Dad's Waltz
1-13    The Sons Of The Pioneers–    Gold Star Mother With Silvery Hair
1-14    George Formby–    Oh Dear Mother
1-15    Charlie Poole And The North Carolina Ramblers–    Write A Letter To My Mother
1-16    The Original Irish Boys–    Gentle Mother
1-17    Five Blind Boys Of Alabama–    Living On Mother's Prayer
1-18    Nina Simone–    My Baby Just Cares For Me
1-19    The Carter Family–    There's No One Like Mother To Me
1-20    Anne Shelton–    My Yiddishe Momme

2-1    Carmen Miranda–    Mama Yo Quiero
2-2    Eddy Arnold–    I Wouldn't Trade The Silver In My Mother's Hair
2-3    Frank Sinatra–    Young At Heart
2-4    Charlie Poole And The North Carolina Ramblers–    Mother's Last Farewell Kiss
2-5    Nat King Cole–    My Mother Told Me
2-6    Morton Downey–    I'll Always Be My Mother's Boy
2-7    Dean Martin–    Memories Are Made Of This
2-8    Peerless Quartette–    I Just Want A Girl Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad
2-9    Ella Fitzgerald–    Dream A Little Dream Of Me
2-10    Jim Reeves–    Have I Told You Lately That I Love You ?
2-11    Rosemary Clooney–    This Ole House
2-12    Roy Harvey And Leonard Copeland–    Mother's Waltz
2-13    Sammy Davis Jr.–    Someone To Watch Over Me
2-14    Paul Robeson–    Songs My Mother Taught Me
2-15    The Original Irish Boys–    Your Mother's Eyes
2-16    Bing Crosby–    You Are My Sunshine
2-17    Earl King–    A Mother's Love
2-18    Sister Rosetta Tharpe–    I Heard My Mother Call My Name
2-19    Arthur Tracy–    It's My Mother's Birthday Today
2-20    Al Jolson–    Remember Mother's Day

3-1    Bing Crosby–    My Mother's Waltz
3-2    Ella Fitzgerald–    The Nearness Of You
3-3    Elvis Presley–    Love Me Tender
3-4    Charlie Monroe's Boys–    Once I Had A Darlin' Mother
3-5    Nat King Cole–    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
3-6    Dinah Washington–    Embraceable You
3-7    Little Richard–    Thinkin' 'Bout My Mother
3-8    Nina Simone–    Summertime
3-9    Vera Lynn–    This Is My Mother's Day
3-10    Ernest Tubb–    My Mother Must Have Been A Girl Like You
3-11    Jewel King–    I Broke My Mother's Rule
3-12    Judy Garland–    Over The Rainbow
3-13    John McCormack –    Mother My Dear
3-14    Arthur Tracy–    To Mother, With Love
3-15    Sammy Davis Jr.–    The Way You Look Tonight
3-16    Jeri Southern–    Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
3-17    Eddy Arnold–    That Wonderful Mother Of Mine
3-18    Frank Sinatra–    I Get A Kick Out Of You
3-19    The Pilgrim Travelers–    Mother Bowed
3-20    Bobby Breen–    M-O-T-H-E-R

 Mum's the Word...one...two...three

Monday, December 20, 2021

Have Yourself An Easy Listening Christmas - various artists


1    Bing Crosby–    Christmas Is Here To Stay    4:07
2    Connie Francis–    Baby's First Christmas    2:26
3    The Platters–    White Christmas    2:24
4    The Harry Simeone Chorale–    Little Drummer Boy    3:00
5    David Essex–    A Winter's Tale    4:10
6    The Harry Simeone Chorale–    Sleigh Ride    2:42
7    Roger Whittaker–    Little Shepherd    2:50
8    The Swingles–    I Believe In Father Christmas    2:41
9    Isla St Clair–    The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)    3:23
10    John Gregory Strings & Voices –    The Holy And The Ivy    2:29
11    Peters & Lee–    Mary's Boy Child    5:02
12    The Beverley Sisters–    And Kings Came A-Calling    2:19
13    Tommy Steele–    Must Be Santa    2:24
14    The Anita Kerr Singers–    The First Noel    3:06
15    The Springfields–    Bambino    2:30
16    The Statler Brothers–    Christmas Eve (Kodia's Theme)    3:12
17    Sweet Substitute–    A Musical Christmas Card    3:01
18    The Blue Diamonds–    Christmas Day Is Coming    2:42
19    Sari Martin–    Greensleeves    3:58
20    New Jordal Swingers–    Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer    1:51

 An Easy Listening Christmas

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Various Artists – What A Wonderful World: Hits Of Yesteryear...popular hits from the 50's and 60's


An eclectic mix of popular and classic hits from the 50's and 60's covering rock and roll, jazz-pop, soul, popular, crooners, swing, calypso, reggae and lounge.

1-1    Carl Perkins–    Shake, Rattle And Roll
1-2    The Crickets –    Oh Boy!
1-3    Jerry Lee Lewis–    Great Balls Of Fire
1-4    Elvis Presley–    Suspicious Minds
1-5    The Crystals–    Da Doo Ron Ron
1-6    Neil Sedaka–    Oh! Carol
1-7    Del Shannon–    Runaway
1-8    The Isley Brothers–    Should (Part 1 & 2)
1-9    Ben E. King–    Stand By Me
1-10    The Drifters–    Under The Boardwalk
1-11    Dion –    The Wanderer
1-12    Everly Brothers–    Bye Bye Love
1-13    Chris Montez–    The More I See You
1-14    Bobby Darin–    Dream Lover
1-15    Paul Anka–    Put Your Head On My Shoulder
1-16    Bing Crosby–    Dream A Little Dream Of Me
1-17    Frank Sinatra–    When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
1-18    Bobby Vinton–    Blue Velvet
1-19    The Righteous Brothers–    Unchained Melody
1-20    Percy Sledge–    When A Man Loves A Woman
1-21    Rosemary Clooney With Perez Prado And His Orchestra–    Sway

2-1    Sammy Davis Jr.–    Mr Bojangles
2-2    Jimmy Durante–    As Times Go By
2-3    Doris Day–    Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)
2-4    Buddy Greco–    One For My Baby
2-5    Charlie Rich–    The Most Beautiful Girl
2-6    Lesley Gore–    It's My Party
2-7    Mel Tormé–    I've Got You Under My Skin
2-8    Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes–    If You Don't Know Me By Now
2-9    Etta James–    At Last
2-10    Perry Como With Mitchell Ayres And His Orchestra–    Young At Heart
2-11    Ray Peterson With Shorty Rogers–    The Wonder Of You
2-12    Screamin' Jay Hawkins–    I Put A Spell On You
2-13    The Chordettes–    Lollipop
2-14    The Champs–    Tequila
2-15    Chuck Berry–    Johnny B. Goode
2-16    Johnny Nash–    I Can See Clearly Now
2-17    Mario Lanza–    O Sole Mio
2-18    Tony Bennett–    I Left My Heart In San Francisco
2-19    Johnny Ray & The Four Lads–    Cry
2-20    Harry Belafonte–    Banana Boat (Day-O)

 Wonderful World one Wonderful World two

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Julie London...Wild, Cool and Swingin'..the Artist Collection


Julie London (September 26, 1926 – October 18, 2000) was an American singer and actress whose career spanned more than 40 years. A torch singer noted for her sultry, languid contralto vocals, London recorded over thirty albums of pop and jazz standards between 1955 and 1969. Her recording of "Cry Me a River", a track she introduced on her debut album, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.

Born in Santa Rosa, California to vaudevillian parents,London was discovered while working as an elevator operator in downtown Los Angeles, and she began her career as an actress. In the mid-1950s, she signed a recording contract with Liberty Records, marking the beginning of her professional musical career. She released her final studio album in 1969.

1        Come On-A My House
2        My Heart Belongs To Daddy
3        Girl Talk
4        You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
5        You're My Thrill
6        Makin' Whoopee
7        Black Coffee
8        'Tain't What You Do
9        Blues In The Night
10        Comin' Thro' The Rye
11        Night Life
12        You And The Night And The Music
13        Nice Girls Don't Stay For Beautiful
14        Watermelon Man
15        Go Slow
16        Wives And Lovers
17        I Must Have That Man
18        Let There Be Love
19        Mad About The Boy
20        Daddy
21        Love For Sale
22        Mickey Mouse March

 Julie London

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

50’s Rock'n'Roll/Doo Wop Trio Johnny & The High Jives release ‘Teddy Boy Rock’


Birmingham, UK outfit Johnny & The High Jives recently released their first single "Teddy Boy Rock", a hot rockin' number that sounds straight out of the 1950's with a toe-tappin' beat, hot saxophone and enough jive to get you up and dancing from the first notes.

So who are these guys? Let founding member Jack Chetwynd tell the story:

"After playing in several rock/Mod/blues/soul bands over the years..and becoming slightly disillusioned with music, I decided to form a band playing the music that I first remembered hearing and loving as a child. The music that I learned to dance to in my Grandma’s front room and the music that inspired me to be a musician. The Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, The Drifters, The Platters and Roy Orbison to name just a few.

Around 5 years ago, I enlisted my old Friends ‘Champagne’ Charlie (guitar) & Phil ‘The Count’ (Drums) And ‘Johnny & The High Jives was born.Since then, we have played gigs up and down the country, filling dance floors & making new friends as we go. To me, that is what music is all about. If we make people smile, laugh, dance & have a good time…then we’ve done our job! 

We have no burning ambitions/dreams in relation to our record, we just hope that people will give it a listen and enjoy what they hear."
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Monday, November 1, 2021

The Green Hills Of Ireland...Vintage Irish Songs...Original 1920's-1940's recordings


The rolling hills, gentle mountains and lush fields, the breathtaking natural wonders, the welcoming warmth of the pubs, the smell of the sea and the charm of the locals: all the very best of the Emerald Isle reaches out to our hearts through Celtic song. Cast your ears back to the tunes of the old country with this collection of vintage Irish songs. The Green Hills of Ireland is sure to rouse the nostalgia, the tradition, the emotions and the cheekiness of the Irish character.

From Galway to Tipperary, Belfast to County Down, from the lanes of Dublin to the Giants Steps, The Green Hills of Ireland is an experience not to be missed. Whether you’ve been enjoying these songs from your earliest years or are discovering them now for the first time, this album will bring alive one of the world’s richest musical cultures and landscapes. Singers Irish-born like John McCormack, James McCafferty and Delia Smith, together with those who embraced Ireland as a spiritual home, including Peter Dawson and Dame Maggie Teyte, bring to life some of the all-time classic Celtic ballads and folk songs enjoyed back home and in the adopted lands of the vast Irish diaspora in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

You’ll be sure to be whistling along to this grand celebration of vintage Irish song!

1 A Little Bit of Heaven 

2 The Kerry Dance

3 The Lark in the Clear Air

4 Off to Philadelphia

5 The Meeting of the Waters

6 That’s How I Spell I-R-E-L-A-N-D

7 Kathleen Mavourneen

8 That Tumbledown Shack in Athlone

9 The Garden Where the Praties Grow

10 Macushla

11 When They Sing ‘The Wearin’ o’ the Green’

in Syncopated Blues

12 The Last Rose of Summer

13 The Rose of Tralee

14 Rory O’More

15 The Dawning of the Day

16 The Mountains o’ Mourne

17 Oft in the Stilly Night

18 Mother Machree

19 The Star of the County Down

20 The Spinning Wheel

21 The Green Hills of Ireland

22 She Moved thro’ the Fair

23 The Pride of Tipperary

24 Danny Boy

25 Ireland, Mother Ireland

 The Green Hills Of Ireland

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Swingin' Talkin' Verve...various artists jazz/swing


1    Quincy Jones–    Air Mail Special    2:34
2    Louis Jordan–    Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens    2:32
3    The Lionel Hampton Big Orchestra*–    Flying House    3:14
4    Buddy Rich And His Orchestra–    Dateless Brown    3:16
5    Gene Krupa Big Band* With Anita O'Day And Roy Eldridge–    Let Me Off Uptown    3:20
6    Harry James And His Orchestra–    Crazy Rhythm    3:23
7    The Lionel Hampton Big Orchestra*–    The Blues Ain't News To Me    2:54
8    Buddy Rich Quartet–    Jumpin At The Woodside    10:04
9    Harry James And His Orchestra–    Back Beat Boogie    2:23
10    Louis Jordan–    Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?    3:16
11    Benny Goodman And His Orchestra–    Sing, Sing, Sing (Parts I and II)    14:25
12    Clarence Brown*–    Caldonia    4:31

 Swingin' Talkin' Verve

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Dutch Swing College Band...Collectors Items


The Dutch Swing College Band "DSCB" is a traditional dixieland band founded on 5 May 1945 by bandleader and clarinettist/saxophonist Peter Schilperoort.

Highly successful in their native home of The Netherlands, the band quickly found an international following. It has featured such musicians as Huub Janssen (drums), Henk Bosch van Drakestein (double bass), Kees van Dorser (trumpet), Dim Kesber (saxes), Jan Morks (clarinet), Wout Steenhuis (guitar), Arie Ligthart (banjo/guitar), Jaap van Kempen (banjo/guitar), Oscar Klein (trumpet), Dick Kaart (trombone), Ray Kaart (trumpet), Bert de Kort (cornet), Bert Boeren (trombone), Rod Mason, Rob Agerbeek (piano) - among many others.

The band provided the interval act for the Eurovision Song Contest 1976 presented live from Den Haag.

The band continues to tour extensively, mainly in Europe and Scandinavia, and record directed by Bob Kaper, himself a member since 1967, following the former leader, Peter Schilperoort's death on 17 November 1990. Schilperoort had led the band for more than 45 years, albeit with a five-year sabbatical from 13 September 1955, when he left to pursue an engineering career before returning to lead the band again officially on 1st January 1960. 

With a recording history from 1945 to the present day in 2012 many albums and singles have been recorded. Recording media from 78 rpm discs, 33 and 45 rpm records and CDs and DVDs on variety of labels, including Philips and the band's own DSC production label.

As well as recording on its own, recordings were made with a number of notable US solo artists beginning in 1951 with Sidney Bechet and continuing into the 1970s with the likes of Jimmy Witherspoon in 1970, Joe Venuti in 1971, Teddy Wilson in 1972 and 1973, Billy Butterfield in 1973, Bud Freeman in 1975 and Wild Bill Davison in 1976.

Tracks recorded over the history of the band include amongst many others "Tin Roof Blues", "Apex Blues", "Panama", "Shake Rag", "Everything's Wrong, Ain't Nothing Right", "Freeze n' Melt", "Strange Peach", Royal Garden Blues, Jazz Me Blues, High Society, Out of the Gallion, At the Jazzband Ball, That's a Plenty, Nobody Knows When You Are Down and Out, Annie Street Rock, Figety Feet, "Margie". 

1        Oh, Baby     2:26
2        New Orleans    2:52
3        Milenberg Joys    3:53
4        Muskrat Ramble    3:11
5        Rockin' Chair    3:51
6        St. Louis Blues    2:35
7        Mandy, Make Up Your Mind    4:13
8        Aunt Hagar's Blues    3:23
9        I've Found A New Baby    3:08
10        Big City Blues    2:58
11        Stomp Meeting    2:49
12        East St. Louis Toodle-oo    3:42
13        From Monday On    3:17
14        Bei Mir Bist Du Schön    5:58
15        Flying East    3:20
16        Chinatown, My Chinatown    3:26
17        Blues For Pete    3:50
18        Fly Me To The Moon    2:21
19        Desiree    3:05
20        Flying Home    2:36

 Collectors Items

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