Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Sounds Like… (1967)

FrontCover1Herb Alpert (born March 31, 1935, in Los Angeles, California) is an American trumpeter who led the Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass in the 1960s. During the same decade, he co-founded A&M Records with Jerry Moss. Alpert has recorded 28 albums that have landed on the Billboard 200 chart, five of which became No. 1 albums; he has had 14 platinum albums and 15 gold albums. Alpert is the only musician to hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 as both a vocalist (“This Guy’s in Love with You”, 1968) and an instrumentalist (“Rise”, 1979).

Alpert has reportedly sold 72 million records worldwide. He has received many accolades, including a Tony Award, and eight Grammy Awards, as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006, he was inducted as into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Alpert was awarded the National Medal of Arts by Barack Obama in 2013. (wikipedia)

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Sounds Like… is a 1967 album by the instrumental group Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, the group’s eighth.

According to liner notes in the 2006 Shout!Factory CD release, the title theme for the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale was originally recorded with vocals, but Bacharach was dissatisfied with the recording. He sent the tapes to Herb Alpert, who overdubbed some trumpets and some Tijuana Brass instruments (most prominently marimba and percussion) and sent the song back to Bacharach. This version, with the Bacharach orchestra, rather than the Brass members, providing most of the backing, is the one included on the Sounds Like… album.

The song “Wade in the Water” was also a popular concert number, according to Alpert, and was featured in the group’s first television special in 1967 (wikipedia)

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For one week in June 1967, Sounds Like was able to break the Monkees’ 31-week hammerlock on the number one slot on the charts — just two weeks before the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper took over and changed the world. This shows, lest you forget — and many have — just how popular Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass were, still spanning the generations during the Summer of Love, still putting out records as fresh and musical and downright joyous as this one. Though not as jazz-flavored as S.R.O., Sounds Like does preserve the feeling, particularly in the extended vamps on an updated slave song, “Wade in the Water” (a hit single). “Gotta Lotta Livin’ to Do” settles you into the record with nothing but a long vamp — a daring production decision. Yet Alpert was on a roll; everything he tried in the TJB’s heyday seemed to work. The lesser-known tunes back-loaded on side two are a string of pearls — John Pisano’s appropriately titled bossa nova “The Charmer,” Roger Nichols’ tense “Treasure of San Miguel,” Ervan Coleman’s catchy “Miss Frenchy Brown.” Finally, Alpert takes a flyer and concludes the LP with an extravagant Burt Bacharach orchestration of his theme from the film Casino Royale — an artifact of ’60s pop culture, to be sure, but still a perfectly structured record. (by Richard S. Ginell)

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Personnel:
Herb Alpert (trumpet, vocals)
Nick Ceroli (drums, percussion)
Bob Edmondson (trombone)
Tonni Kalash (trumpet)
Lou Pagani (keyboards)
John Pisano (guitar, mandolin)
Pat Senatore (bass)

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01. Gotta Lotta Livin’ To Do (Strouse/Adams) 2.48
02. Lady Godiva (Leander/Mills) 2.07
03. Bo-Bo (Lake) 3.04
04. Shades Of Blue (Wechter) 2.44
05. In A Little Spanish Town (Wayne/Lewis/Young) 1.54
06. Wade In The Water (Alpert/Edmondson/Pisano) 3.04
07. Town Without Pity (Tiomkin/Washington) 2.15
08. The Charmer (Pisano) 2.13
09. Treasure Of San Miguel (Nichols) 2.14
10. Miss Frenchy Brown (Coleman) 2.27
11. Casino Royale (David/Bacharach) 2.35

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Julie London – The Best Of Julie London (1992)

FrontCover1Julie London (née Peck; 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. In addition to her musical notice, London was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1974 for her portrayal of nurse Dixie McCall in the television series Emergency!.

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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. London’s 35-year acting career began in film in 1944, and included roles as the female lead in numerous westerns, co-starring with Rock Hudson in The Fat Man (1951), with Robert Taylor and John Cassavetes in Saddle the Wind (1958), with Gary Cooper in Man of the West (1958) and with Robert Mitchum in The Wonderful Country (1959).

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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, but achieved continuing success playing the female starring role of nurse Dixie McCall in the television series Emergency! (1972–1979), in which she acted with her husband Bobby Troup. The show was produced by her ex-husband Jack Webb.

London was a chain smoker from the age of 16 and at times smoked in excess of three packs of cigarettes per day. She suffered a stroke in 1995 and remained in poor health for the following five years. In late 1999, she was diagnosed with lung cancer but forwent treatment due to her weakened physical state. On October 17, 2000, London was rushed from her home to the Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center after choking and struggling to breathe. She died in the hospital in the early morning hours of October 18 of what was later determined to be cardiac arrest; she was 74.

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London was cremated and buried next to Troup in the Courts of Remembrance Columbarium of Providence at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.[62] Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (for recording) is at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. (wikipedia)

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And here´s a nice compilation:

Julie London´s ravishing beauty and warm, sultry voice made her a singing and acting sensation during the 1950´and 1960´s. Her 1955 recording of Cry Me A River, with its simple, intimate accompaniment of guitar and bass is widely regarded as the definitive interpretation. This album presents this all time classic, along with nineteen more of her most popular recorings (takefrom the linernotes)

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Tracklist:
01. Come On-A My House (Bagdasarian/Saroyan) 2.39
02. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (Mann/Hilliard) 2.51
03. Slightly Out Of Tune (Desafinado) (Jobim/Mendonca/Hendricks/Cavanaugh) 2.08
04. I Loves You Porgy (G.Gershwin/Heyward/I,Gershwin) 2.43
05. Hot Toddy (Flanagan/Hendler) 1.52
06. Cry Me River (Hamilton) 3.01
07. More (Theme From “Mondo Cane”) (Newell/Ortolani/Olivero) 2.48
08. Our Day Will Come (Hilliard/Garson) 2.25
09. A Taste Of Honey (Marlow/Scott) 3.23
10. My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Porter) 2.49
11. Love Letters (Young/Heyman) 2.54
12. Midnight Sun (Hampton/Burke/Mercer) 2.31
13. Must Be Catchin’ (Stanley) 2.10
14. Black Coffee (Webster/Burke) 3.00
15. Daddy (Troup) 2.16
16. Blue Moon (Roders/Hart) 2.35
17. Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home (Warfields/Williams) 2.16
18. Sway (Gimbel/Ruiz) 2.38
19. Never On Sunday (Towne/Hadjidakis) 2.25
20. Fascination (Manning/Marchetti) 1.57

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Various Artists – Greatest Love Songs (2001)

FrontCover1And here is one of these countless compilation albums with “Greatest Love Song” …

… Compilations of this kind are part of the music industry to earn a little more money with low budget productions.
Many of the songs are actually “sad love songs” and I think there is something for everyone on these two CDs.

My favourite songs are “Morning Has Broken “, “Island In The Sun”, “The Air That I Breathe”, “Light My Fire”, “When A Man Loves A Woman”, “Pretty Woman”, “Wonderful World”, “My Girl”, “Only You”, “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” and “Brown Eyed Girl” … they touch my soul.

Enjoy your sentimental side.

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Al Martino: Spanish Eyes (Kaempfert/ingleton/Snyder) 2.49
02. America: Sister Golden Hair (Beckley) 3.21
03. Art Garfunkel: Bright Eyes (Batt) 3.59
04. Barry White: You’re The First, The Last, My Everything (White/Sepe/Redcliffe) 3.26
05. Bellamy Brothers: If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me (D.Bellamy) 3.12
06. Cat Stevens: Morning Has Broken (Stevens/Farjeon) 3.19
07. Chicago: If You Leave Me Now (Cetera) 3.54
08. Commodores: Three Times A Lady (Richie) 3.38
09. Dean Martin: Everybody Loves Somebody (Lane/Coslow/Taylor) 2.46
10. Diane Warwick: Heartbreaker (B.Gibb/R.Gibb/M.Gibb) 4.18
11. Eric Carmen: All By Myself (Carmen) 4.54
12. Everly Brothers: All I Have To Do Is Dream (Bryant) 2.24
13. F. R. Davids: Words (Fetoussi) 2.51
14. Gary Pucket: Young Girl (Fuller) 3.08
15. Gary Wright: Dream Weaver (Wright) 4.18
16. Harry Belafonte: Island In The Sun (Belafonte/Burgess) 3.23

CD 2:
01. Hazlewood/Sinatra: Summerwine (Nayer/Mercer) 3.39
02. Hollies: The Air That I Breathe (Hammond/Hazlewood) 4.03
03. Jose Feliciano: Light My Fire (Morrison/Manzarek/Densmore/Krieger) 3.04
04. Leo Sayer: When I Need You (Hammond/Sager) 4.07
05. Pat Boone: Love Letters In The Sand (Kenny/Coots) 2.08
06. Paul Anka: Put Your Head On My Shoulder (Anka) 2.37
07. Percy Sledge: When A Man Loves A Woman (Lewis/Wright) 2.49
08. Righteous Brothers: Unchained Melody (Zaret/North) 3.37
09. Roy Orbison: Pretty Woman (Orbinson/Dees) 2.59
10. Sam Cooke: Wonderful World (Cooke/Adler/Alpert) 3.00
11. Temptation: My Girl (Robinson/White) 2.41
12. The Platters: Only You (Ram/Rand) 2.36
13. Them: It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Dylan) 3.48
14. Tom Jones: She’s A Lady (Anka) 3.36
15. Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl (Morrison) 3.03
16. Walker Brothers: The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Any More (Crewe/Gauido) 3.01

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James Last – Voodoo-Party (1971)

FrontCover1James Last born Hans Last; 17 April 1929 – 9 June 2015), also known as Hansi, was a German composer and big band leader of the James Last Orchestra. Initially a jazz bassist (Last won the award for “best bassist” in Germany in each of the years 1950–1952), his trademark “happy music” made his numerous albums best-sellers in Germany and the United Kingdom, with 65 of his albums reaching the charts in the UK alone. His composition “Happy Heart” became an international success in interpretations by Andy Williams and Petula Clark.

Last is reported to have sold an estimated 200 million albums worldwide in his lifetime (figures vary widely, for example British Hit Singles & Albums (2006) reports 100 million at that time), of which 80 million were sold by 1973 – and won numerous awards including 200 gold and 14 platinum discs in Germany, the International MIDEM Prize at MIDEM in 1969, and West Germany’s highest civilian award, the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) in 1978.

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His album This Is James Last remained a UK best-seller for 48 weeks, and his song “Games That Lovers Play” has been covered over a hundred times. Last undertook his final tour months before his death at age 86, upon discovering in September 2014 that an illness (the exact illness was never disclosed) had worsened. His final UK performance was his 90th at London’s Royal Albert Hall, more than any other performer except Eric Clapton.

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Last’s trademark sound employed big band arrangements of well-known tunes with a jaunty dance beat, often heavy on bass and brass. Despite at times being derided by critics and purists as the “king of elevator music” or “acoustic porridge”, his style and music were popular in numerous countries and cultures, including Japan, South Korea, the former Soviet Union, the US and UK, and his native Germany, where it became “the archetypal soundtrack of any German cellar bar party”,[8] and made him the “most commercially successful bandleader” of the second half of the 20th century. Last’s composition Jägerlatein is also widely celebrated in Ireland as “The Sound of Summer” due to use as the theme tune to The Sunday Game, a live sporting show which follows GAA hurling and Gaelic football All Ireland Championships since 1979. (wikipedia)

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And here´s another “party album” by James Last:

“A long time ago a cult of  very special kind developed beneath the burning sun of western Africa. In othe equatorial ares mime, gestures, dances, rhythms, taboos and other characteristics blended into one another to form a new facet in music.

At the beginning of the Colonial era negro slaves took the Voodoo-cult over to the American continent. Voodoo spread in the new world just as fast as the number of the coloured population, and then slowly vanished in those areas where it frist started.

Today the Voodoo-cult is only to be found on the Antilles, expecially on the islabd of Tahiti and as “Macumba” in Brazil.

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Most Europeans will never get a chance to experience Voodoo in the place of its origin. But listening to this record will make up for this loss. Accept James Last´s invitation to his Voodoo-party.

Among the beating rhyths of congas, bongos, rattles and drums you will experience the magic of Voodoo” (taken from the original liner notes)

And we hear some “Santana” tunes .. usually not the music James Lanst played otherwise.

Enjoy this very special party album !

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Tracklist:
01. 01. Se A Cabo (Chepito/Areas) 3.33
02. Sing A Simple Song (Stewart) 4.29
03, Heyah Masse-Ga (Traditional) 2.20
04.  Mamy Blue (Giraud/Trim) 4.31
05. Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (Olatunji) 3.52
06. Mr. Giant Man (Reeves/Last/Bendorff) 4.13
07. Everybody’s Everything (Santana/Brown/Moss)
08. Everyday People (Stewart) 3.17
09. U-Humbah (Traditional) 2.44
10. Inner City Blues (Gaye) 3.07
11. Babalu (Lecuona) 3.39
12. Voodoo Ladys Love (Reeves/Last/Bendorff) 3.23

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Billy Vaughan – Berlin Melody (1961)

FrontCover1Richard 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, while suffering from measles. He went on to learn a number of other instruments.

In 1941, Vaughn joined the United States National Guard for what had been planned as a one-year assignment, but when World War II broke out, he was in for the duration as a valued musician and composer at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Major General Daniel I. Sultan decided that Vaughn was too valuable to the base’s Thirty-Eighth Division big band, and kept him at Camp Shelby for the duration of the war. He decided to make music a career when he was discharged from the army at the end of the war, and on the GI Bill, attended Western Kentucky State College, now known as Western Kentucky University, majoring in music composition.

BillyVaughan02He had apparently learned barbering from his father, because he did some while studying at Western Kentucky to support himself financially, when he was not able to get jobs playing the piano at local night clubs and lounges. While he was a student there, three other students, Jimmy Sacca, Donald McGuire, and Seymour Spiegelman, who had formed a vocal trio, the Hilltoppers, recruited Vaughn to play the piano with them. He soon added his voice to theirs, converting the trio to a quartet. As a member of the group, he also wrote their first hit song, “Trying”, which charted in 1952.

In 1954, he left the group to join Dot Records in Gallatin, Tennessee, as music director. He subsequently formed his own orchestra which had a hit single in that same year with “Melody of Love.” It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He went on to have many more hits over the next decade and a half, and, based purely on chart successes, was the most successful orchestra leader of the rock era.

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).[2] 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.

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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).

The Billy Vaughn Orchestra began touring in 1965 with numerous sell-out tours throughout Japan, Brazil, and South Korea.

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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Vaughn lived in Palm Springs, California. He died of peritoneal mesothelioma at Palomar Hospital in Escondido, California, on September 26, 1991, aged 72. He and his wife Marion are buried at the Oak Hill Memorial Park in Escondido.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Billy Vaughn among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[6] The Billy Vaughn Orchestra, co-owned and managed by his son, Richard Smith Vaughn Jr., is still a touring big band. The Billy Vaughn Orchestra, produced by the Tate Corporation, Japan, toured Japan in 2013, 2014, and again in 2018 to sell-out audiences. (wikipedia)

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And this is a very nice Easy Listening album from this period, including a great gosepl tune called “Michael” and the German Folk Song “Muss i denn” (“Wooden Heart”); another hightlights are “Blue Moon” and “Serenade Of The Bells”.

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Tracklist:
01. Berlin Melody (Gaze) 2.27
02. Michael (Fisher) 2.21
03. Mexico (Bryant) 1.548
04. Wooden Heart (Weisman/Kaempfert/Wise/Twomey) 2.09
05. Together (DeSylva/Brown/Henderson) 2.03
06. It Happened In Adano (Pelosi/Fields/Feltz) 2.24
07. Autumn Love Songs (Version 2) (Vaughn/Wood)
08. Blue Tomorrow (Morris/Griffin) 2.20
09. Clair de Lune (Debussy/Rogers) 2.10
10. I Can’t Help It (Williams) 2.12
11. Blue Moon (Version 2) (Hart/Rodgers) 2.10
12. Till I Waltz Again With You (Version 2) (Prosen) 2.10
13. Serenade Of The Bells (Goodhart/Urbano/Twomey) 2.36
14. Come September (Darin) 2.28

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The Ray Charles Singers – Summertime (1957)

FrontCover1In June 1954, the Ray Charles Singers, a name bestowed on them by Perry Como, began recording a series of albums. Due to advances in recording technology, they were able to create a softer sound than had been heard before and this was the birth of what has been called “easy listening”. Record producer Jack Hansen used some of the singers to provide backing vocals for Buddy Holly’s last songs, which Holly had composed and recorded shortly before his death in February 1959. The singers’ close harmonies behind Holly’s lead vocals simulated the sound of Holly’s hit records with the Crickets. Six songs resulted from the Hansen sessions, led by the 45-rpm single “Peggy Sue Got Married”/”Crying, Waiting, Hoping”.

On a cruise in 1964, Charles heard a Mexican song called “Cuando Calienta el Sol”. He liked it, recorded it, under the English title “Love Me with All Your Heart”, and his recording became a hit, riding to #3 on Billboard Magazine, #2 on Cashbox Magazine. This was followed by “Al Di La”, also a very popular recording. The Ray Charles Singers were not one group of vocalists. They were different combinations of singers on records, tours and TV shows. What made them the Ray Charles Singers was the conducting and arranging of Ray Charles. He generally recorded with 20 singers (12 men and 8 women) and these vocalists appeared on Perry Como’s television show. The Ray Charles Singers also were the voices behind many commercial jingles.

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Charles decided to produce a “live” performing group to send on the road with Perry Como. The group of 12 singers opened in Las Vegas at the International Hotel and also opened the show for Como at Harrah’s in South Lake Tahoe.

Charles wrote the music and lyrics for an album produced by the Continental Insurance Company for the New York World’s Fair in 1964, titled Cinema ’76. It was a companion piece to a 30-minute show about unsung heroes of the American Revolution.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed the Ray Charles singers among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. (by wikipedia)

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And here is one of their nice Easy Listening album, it was their 7th album by The Ray Charles Singers and it´s of course a “summer” album … Ih weish all readers of this blog a very good summertime !

And don´t forget:

Although they were led by a man named Ray Charles, this group had no connection whatsoever to Ray Charles the famous soul singer, and certainly no connection whatsoever to soul music. The coincidence of two such different artists sharing the same name led the Ray Charles of the Ray Charles Singers, in fact, to bill himself as “The Other Ray Charles” when he was given a TV credit. (by allmusic)

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Tracklist:
01. Summertime (Gershwin/Heyward) 2.54
02. Mountain Greenery (Rodgers/Hart) 2.34
03. Summer Night (Warren/Dubin) 3.03
04. Breezin’ Along With The Breeze (Simons/Whiting/Gillespie) 2.34
05. Lazy Afternoon (Moross/Latouche) 2.56
06. In The Good Old Summertime (Evans/Shields) 2.45
07. Cruisin’ Down The River (Tollerton/Beadell) 3.11
08. Lullaby Of The Leaves (Petkere/Young) 3.02
09. Swingin’ In A Hammock (O`Flynn/Wendling/Seymour) 2.57
10. Picnic (Allen/Dunning) 2.44
11. Me And Marie (Porter) 2.20
12. Lazy River (Carmichael/Arodin) 2.50

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Alan Hawkshaw – Girl In A Sports Car – The Essential Lounge Music Collection (1997)

FrontCover1William Alan Hawkshaw (born 27 March 1937) is a British composer and performer, particularly of themes for movies and television programmes. Hawkshaw worked extensively for the KPM production music company in the 1960s and 1970s, composing and recording many stock tracks that have been used extensively in film and TV. In 2016, he was awarded a doctorate, officially giving him the title of Doctor for his contributions to the music industry.[citation needed]

As such, he is the composer of a number of familiar theme tunes including Channel 4 News, Grange Hill and Countdown. In addition, he is an arranger and pianist, and in the United States with the studio group Love De-Luxe scored a number 1 single on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with “Here Comes That Sound Again” in 1979.

He is the father of singer-songwriter Kirsty Hawkshaw, who was a member of the dance music group Opus III from 1991 to 1995, and has also worked with artists such as Tiësto, Delerium, BT, Seba, and Paradox.

Born in Leeds, Hawkshaw worked as a printer for several years before becoming a professional musician, first joining the pop group The Crescendos. In the early 1960s, he was a member of rock and roll group Emile Ford and the Checkmates. He also formed the Mohawks band and Rumplestiltskin with some session musicians. At that time, Hawkshaw was an exponent of the Hammond organ, heard in the Mohawks’ music, and also on the UK recording of the musical Hair. In 1965 Hawkshaw played piano on The Hollies group composed album track; “Put Yourself in My Place” included on the EMI/Parlophone album; Hollies (1965) being featured on a piano solo during the song.

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Hawkshaw was also featured playing with David Bowie on the Bowie at the Beeb album, in a performance recorded for the “John Peel in Top Gear” show on 13 May 1968, in which he played a solo on “In The Heat of the Morning”.

In 1969, Hank Marvin recruited Hawkshaw into The Shadows to tour Japan in which one concert was recorded and subsequently released in Japan, The Shadows Live in Japan (1969), taking a featured lead on piano on “Theme from Exodus”. In 1970, Hawkshaw recorded one more studio album with The Shadows, Shades of Rock before leaving this band.[citation needed] He also did appear as keyboardist on The Shadows’ spin-off vocal group Marvin, Welch, & Farrar’s self-titled debut and follow-up Second Opinion albums both released on EMI’s reactivated Regal Zonophone label in 1971.

In the 1970s, he played in The Shadows; he worked for Olivia Newton-John, Jane Birkin, and Serge Gainsbourg (including on “L’homme à tête de chou”) as a musical director, arranger and pianist and was a keyboard player for Cliff Richard, for whom he also co-wrote (with Douggie Wright) “The Days of Love”, one of six shortlisted songs which Richard performed in A Song for Europe that year. He also played keyboards on Donna Summer’s 1977 double album Once Upon A Time. One of his best-known compositions is “Blarney’s Stoned” (originally recorded for KPM in 1969 under the title “Studio 69”) which was used as the theme tune for Dave Allen’s television shows The Dave Allen Show and Dave Allen at Large. In 1975, he wrote the theme tune to the BBC’s On the Move educational programme, which featured Bob Hoskins as an illiterate lorry driver. The song was sung by The Dooleys. In 1977, he composed “New Earth Parts 1 & 2” for Hank Marvin’s Guitar Syndicate LP project. This was subsequently sampled over 30 years later by Jay-Z for his song “Pray”.

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Hawkshaw also performed the music The Night Rider (the theme for Cadbury’s Milk Tray adverts). He also composed “Best Endeavours”, which has been the theme for Channel 4 News since 1982, and was used for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s The National news and current affairs programme from 1984 to 1987. His tune “Chicken Man” was used as the theme for Grange Hill from its start in 1978 until 1989, and revived for the final series of Grange Hill in 2008. Another recording of Chicken Man was used contemporaneously with the original Grange Hill version for the ITV quiz show Give Us A Clue. The Countdown “Chimes” jingle used on Channel 4’s Countdown game show was also composed by Hawkshaw. He composed all the music for the Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World series, and the theme “Technicolour”, which was used for the BBC Midlands Today programme from 1984 to 1988, following which was replaced with a remix of this tune from 1989 to 1991.

In the United States, he also scored a number 1 single on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with “Here Comes That Sound Again”, as part of Love De-Luxe With Hawkshaw’s Discophonia in 1979.

Also in 1979, he released a disco album under the moniker “Bizarre” which was essentially a solo project with the help of executive producer Barry Mason. It was released in the UK on Polydor Records (cat. no. 2383 553) in 1979 – tracks: Get Up/Don’t Move/Hot Hollywood Nights/You Make My Life So Beautiful/Let Me Fill Your World With Love/Take The Money And Run. he also once more appeared with The Shadows guesting on their 1979 UK chart-topping album String of Hits playing piano on a cover of Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.

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Hawkshaw is credited with the co-composition (with B. Henry) of “I Feel So Good”, a 1966 release by Manchester’s Playboys (Fontana TF745).

The Alan Hawkshaw Foundation in conjunction with the Performing Rights Society has since 2003 supported young underprivileged music students and Media composers to gain degrees and scholarships at both the Leeds College of Music and the National Film and Television School.

In July 2016, Hawkshaw was awarded a doctorate for his contributions to the music industry, adding the title of Doctor to his name.[citation needed]
Personal life
After a brief early marriage, Hawkshaw married German-born Christiane Bieberbach in 1968; they have two children; singer, composer and musician Kirsty (b.1969), and Sheldon (b.1971) (by wikipedia)

29/10/2008: at the Gold Badge Awards 2008, The Park Lane Hotel, London.

And here´s a nice compolation with many of his early compositions;

This retrospective album is entirely devoted to the wearly worj of Alan Hawkshaw and it represents only one of the variety of styles for which he is known. For example, nothing could be a diverse as the piece “!Girls In A Sports Car”and say “The Champ” from the group Mohawks in which Hawkshaw played organ and is known as “Morris Hawk”.

The original names of these instrumental appear in bold but new titels have been assigned to each and are indicated in brackets. They were originally published as libary pieces and thesetendto adopt the nmes of the particular programme for which they are used. (taken from the original liner notes.)

Enjoy this more or less happy sounds of Alan Hawkshaw !

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Personnel:
Alan Hawkshaw (keyboards)
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many, many unknown studio musicians

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Tracklist:
01. Girl In A Sports Car (Clarissa) (Hawkshaw) 2.44
02. Scooter Girl (Tanta) (Hawkshaw) 2.42
03. Sunflower (Sunbird) (Hawkshaw) 2.24
04. Warm Hearts (Love On A Summer’s Day) (Hawkshaw) 2.30
05. Bluebird (Hummingbird) (Hawkshaw) 2.17
06. Midnight Rhapsody (Melody At Midnight) (Hawkshaw) 3.08
07. Happy Rainbow (Colours In the Rain) (Hawkshaw) 2.30
08. Amour (Love In Paris) (Hawkshaw) 2.15
09. Blue Note (Deep Blue) (Hawkshaw) 4.26
10. Grange Hill (Back To School) (Hawkshaw) 2.07
11. Brush Off (Cold Shoulder) (Hawkshaw) 2.14
12. Playmate (Great Pals) (Hawkshaw) 2.03
13. Flapjack (Dessert Storm) (Hawkshaw) 1.58
14. Knock About (Hang About) (Hawkshaw) 2.05
15. Lazy Evening Blues (Lay-Back Blues) (Hawkshaw) 4.41
16. Cruising (Cruise Around) (Hawkshaw) 4.27
17. A Man Alone (In Solitude) (Hawkshaw) 4.21
18. Sky Train (The Shuttle) (Hawkshaw) 2.36
19. Man Of Means (In the Money) (Hawkshaw) 3.14
20. Love At First Sight (Dumbstruck) (Hawkshaw) 2.36
21. Beauty Spot (The Mole) (Hawkshaw/Parker) 1.58
22. Moody (Dreamy) (Hawkshaw) 3.18
23. Sheer Elegance (Suave & Sophisticated) (Hawkshaw) 3.37
24. Blue Haze (Smokey) (Hawkshaw/Parker) 3.28
25. Piccadilly Night Ride (On Oxford Street) (Hawkshaw/Mansfield) 1.50
26. Beat Boutique (Mary Quant) (Hawkshaw/Mansfield) 1.52
27. Dave Allen At Large (Irish Gnome) (Hawkshaw) 1.51
28. Destination Venus (Jupiter Bound) (Hawkshaw) 2.41

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Acker Bilk – Great Themes From Great European (Foreign) Films (1964)

UKFrontCover1Bernard Stanley Bilk, MBE (28 January 1929 – 2 November 2014), known professionally as Acker Bilk, was an English clarinettist and vocalist known for his breathy, vibrato-rich, lower-register style, and distinctive appearance – of goatee, bowler hat and striped waistcoat.

Bilk’s 1962 instrumental tune “Stranger on the Shore” became the UK’s biggest selling single of 1962: it was in the UK charts for more than 50 weeks, peaking at number two, and was the first No. 1 single in the United States by a British artist in the era of the modern Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

Bilk was born in Pensford, Somerset, in 1929. He earned the nickname “Acker” from the Somerset slang for “friend” or “mate”. His parents tried to teach him the piano but, as a boy, Bilk found it restricted his love of outdoor activities, including football. He lost two front teeth in a school fight and half a finger in a sledging accident, both of which he said affected his eventual clarinet style.

Acker Bilk02On leaving school Bilk joined the workforce of W.D. & H.O. Wills’s cigarette factory in Bristol; he stayed there for three years, putting tobacco in the cooling room and then pushing tobacco through a blower. He then undertook three years of National Service with the Royal Engineers in the Suez Canal Zone. He learned the clarinet there after his sapper friend, John A. Britten, gave him one bought at a bazaar and for which Britten had no use. The clarinet had no reed, so Britten fashioned a makeshift one for the instrument from scrap wood. Bilk later borrowed a better instrument from the army and kept it after demobilisation. After National Service, Bilk joined his uncle’s blacksmith business and qualified in the trade.

Bilk played with friends on the Bristol jazz circuit and in 1951 moved to London to play with Ken Colyer’s band. Bilk disliked London, so returned west and formed his own band in Pensford called the Chew Valley Jazzmen, which was renamed the Bristol Paramount Jazz Band when they moved to London in 1951. Their agent then booked them for a six-week gig in Düsseldorf, Germany, playing in a beer bar seven hours a night, seven nights a week. During this time, Bilk and the band developed their distinctive style and appearance, complete with striped-waistcoats and bowler hats.

Acker Bilk03After returning from Germany, Bilk became based in Plaistow, London, and his band played in London jazz clubs. It was from here that Bilk became part of the boom in trad jazz in the United Kingdom in the late 1950s. In 1960, their single “Summer Set” (a pun on their home county), co-written by Bilk and pianist Dave Collett, reached number five on the UK Singles Chart, and began a run of 11 chart hit singles. In 1961 “Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazz Band” appeared at the Royal Variety Performance.

Bilk was not an internationally known musician until 1962, when the experimental use of a string ensemble on one of his albums and the inclusion of a composition of his own as its keynote piece won him an audience outside the UK. He had composed a melody, entitled “Jenny” after his daughter, but was asked to change the title to “Stranger on the Shore” for use in a British television series of the same name. He went on to record it as the title track of a new album in which his deep and quavering clarinet was backed by the Leon Young String Chorale.

The Leon Young String Chorale

The single was not only a big hit in the United Kingdom, where it stayed on the charts for 55 weeks, helped by Bilk being the subject of the TV show This Is Your Life, but also topped the American charts. As a result, Bilk was the second British artist to have a single in the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. (Vera Lynn was the first, with “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” in 1952.) “Stranger on the Shore” sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. At the height of his career, Bilk’s public relations workers were known as the “Bilk Marketing Board”, a pun on the Milk Marketing Board.

At the height of his international fame in 1962, he appeared in two theatrical motion pictures. It’s Trad, Dad! (released in the United States by Columbia Pictures as Ring-a-Ding Rhythm) was a Richard Lester musical combining dixieland and rock-and-roll specialties; “Mr. Acker Bilk” and his band were the best represented, with three songs and a speaking role for Bilk. The second picture, Band of Thieves, was a comedy starring “Mr. Acker Bilk” and his group as musicians in prison.

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Bilk recorded a series of albums in Britain that were also released successfully in the United States (on the Atlantic Records subsidiary Atco), including a collaboration, Together, with the Danish jazz pianist and composer Bent Fabric (“The Alley Cat”). Bilk’s success tapered off when British rock and roll made its big international impact beginning in 1964 and he shifted direction to the cabaret circuit. (by wikipedia)

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Another nice album from this period is this album (In UK: “Great Themes From Great European Films”in US : “Great Themes From Great Foreign Films “) .. A sweet and gentle mixture of soundtrack tunes …

And Mr. Acker Bilk … celebrates this music with his very unique way he plays he clarinet … what a beautiful sound …

Listen and enjoy …  and yes, heré´s another sentimental journey …

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Personnel:
Acker Bilk (clarinet)
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his ensemble

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Tracklist:
01. The Good Life – ‘The Seven Capital Sins’ (Reardon/Distel) 2.27
02. More – ‘Mondo Cane’ (Oliviero/Newell/Ortolani) 2.32
03. La Ronde (Straus) 2.38
04.Non Dimenticar – ‘Anna’ (Redi) 2.45
05.Canto D’Amore – ‘Divorce Italian Style’ (Rossi/Rustichelli) 2.40
06. Theme from Billy Liar (Hart/Bennett) 2.23
07. Warsaw Concerto – ‘Dangerous Moonlight’ (Addinsell) 2.40
08. Firestar – ‘To Bed Ot Not To Bed’ (Piccioni) 2.45
09. La Strada (Rota) 2.43
10. From Russia With Love (Bart) 2.51
11. Autumn In Rome – ‘Indiscretion Of An American Wife’ (Cicognini/Weston/Cahn) 2.27
12. Never On A Sunday (Hadjidakis) 2.42

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Johnny Rivers – Rewind (1967)

FrontCover1Rewind is the third studio album by the American musician Johnny Rivers, released in 1967 by Imperial Records. The album includes cover versions of “Baby, I Need Your Lovin'” and “The Tracks of My Tears”. Produced by Lou Adler with arrangements by Jimmy Webb, who wrote eight of the songs, the album peaked at #14 on the Billboard albums chart.

With a big, clean production, and quality L.A. session musicians, Rewind is a great collection of blue-eyed soul and rock. The album’s two Motown covers, “Baby I Need Your Loving” and “Tracks of My Tears,” are more similar to tributes than attempts to outshine the originals. Rivers sounds like a well-adjusted Southern hipster on tracks like “The Eleventh Song,” which makes him sound like a cooler version of Sonny Bono. “Rosecrans Boulevard” showcases superb vocal harmonies and horn playing. The most interesting track would have to be “Sidewalk Song/27th Street,” which is pretty mediocre as a song, but are the bizarre sound clips possibly attacking commercialism? No one really knows. Produced by Lou Adler, arranged by Jimmy Webb, featuring Joe Osborne on bass, Larry Knechtel on piano, and Hal Blaine on drums, this record is a solid, tight recording, with excellent production and inventive arrangements provided by Webb. (by Zach Curd)

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Personnel:
Hal Blaine (drums)
Mike Deasy Jr. (vocals)
Mike Deasy Sr. (guitar)
Larry Knechtel (piano)
Joe Osborn (bass)
Johnny Rivers (vocals guitar)
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Tracklist:
01. The Tracks Of My Tears (Moore/Robinson/Tarplin) 2.57
02. Carpet Man (Webb) 3.06
03. Tunesmith (Webb) 3.14
04. Sidewalk Song (27th Street) (Webb) 2.28
05. It’ll Never Happen Again (Hardin) 3.30
06. Do What You Gotta’ Do (Webb) 2.26
07. Baby I Need Your Lovin’ (L.Dozier/Holland/E.Holland) 3.12
08. For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her (Simon) 2.50
09. Rosecrans Boulevard (Webb) 2.35
10. The Eleventh Song (Webb) 2.28
11. Sweet Smiling Children (Webb) 2.15

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Connie Francis – Who´s Sorry Now (1958)

LPFrontCover1.jpgWho’s Sorry Now? is the first studio album recorded by U. S. Entertainer Connie Francis.

By 1957, none of Connie Francis’ first nine solo singles had charted. Her duet single with Marvin Rainwater, “The Majesty Of Love”, b/w “You, my Darlin’ You” had only been a minor hit, peaking at # 93 (though it sold over one million copies). As a result of these failures, the managers at MGM Records had decided not to renew her contract after the last scheduled single release.

During what was supposed to be her last recording session for MGM Records in October 1957, Francis recorded a cover version of the song “Who’s Sorry Now?”. For quite some time, Francis’ father, George Franconero, Sr., had wanted his daughter to record this song with a contemporary arrangement, but the discussion had become heated and Francis had refused to record it, considering the song old fashioned and corny. Her father persisted and Francis agreed.

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As her father had predicted, “Who’s Sorry Now?”, released as MGM Records Single K 12588, became a huge hit. With this success, MGM Records renewed the contract with Francis. The recording sessions for a new album, which would include the breakthrough hit, began in March 1958 and were completed in April 1958.

The album’s formula is clearly inspired by the arrangement of its title song: Choose Standards from the time between the 1910s and 1940s, but present them in a contemporary arrangement. To give the album some diversity in music styles, there were two exceptions: “My Melancholy Baby” and “How Deep is the Ocean,” which featured grand orchestra arrangements. When the album was released in May 1958, it failed to chart. The album was re-packaged with a new cover design and re-released in March 1962. (by wikipedia)

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The music for the brilliant song Who’s Sorry Now? was written by Ted Snyder with lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, and published in 1923. Snyder (1881-1965) gave Irving Berlin his start in the music business by hiring him in 1909 as a song plugger for his publishing company, as I wrote here. Kalmar (1884-1947) ran away from his home in New York at the age of ten and worked in a travelling tent show as a magician. He performed in vaudeville mainly as a comedian and began writing material for his own and other performers. He did not have much success until he met Ruby and they began working together. Ruby (1895-1959), also from New York, failed at his early ambition to become a professional baseball player. He then toured the vaudeville circuit as a pianist. Kalmar and Ruby were a successful songwriting team for nearly three decades.

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Who’s Sorry Now? was featured in the 1946 Marx Brothers film A Night in Casablanca, but was best known as a hit for Connie Francis. She had released nine records which all flopped when she went into the studio in October 1957 for the last session in her ten-record contract with MGM. Her father wanted her to record Who’s Sorry Now? but she didn’t like the song, and deliberately took so long at the session with other numbers that there was almost no time left. She recorded Who’s Sorry Now? with just a few seconds to spare on the tape. In April 1958, it reached No 4 in the US and No 1 in Britain. (am-records.com)

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Personnel:
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Joe Lipman Orchstra

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Tracklist:
01. Who’s Sorry Now (Snyder/Kalmar/Ruby) 2.20
02. I’m Nobody’s Baby (Davis/Ager/Santly) 2.24
03. It’s The Talk Of The Town (Livingston/Neiburg/Symes) 2.55
04. I Miss You So (Henderson/Robin/Scott) 2.35
05. I Cried For You (Arnheim/Freed/Lyman) 2.59
06. Heartaches (Hoffman/Klenner) 2.34
07. I’m Beginning To See The Light (Ellington/Hodges/James/George) 2.41
08. My Melancholy Baby (Burnett/Norton) 3.54
09. You Always Hurt The One You Love (Fisher/Roberts) 2.26
10. How Deep Is The Ocean (Berlin) 2.25
11. If I Had You (King/Shapiro) 2.48
12. I’ll Get By (Ahlert/Turk) 2.48
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13. Too Young (Dee/Lippman) 2.56
14. That´s My Desire (Kressa/Loveday) 3.22
15. April Love (Webster/Fain) 3.57

(taken from the Connie Francis album “One For The Boys” (1959)

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