Lester Lanin – At The Country Club (1966)

FrontCover1Nathaniel Lester Lanin (August 26, 1907 – October 27, 2004) was an American jazz and pop music bandleader.

Lanin’s brothers, Sam and Howard, were also both bandleaders; they came from a family of ten (of which Lester was the youngest) born to a family of Russian Jewish immigrants. He originally attended South Philadelphia High School but quit at the age of 15 to play music with his brothers abandoning his plans to be an attorney. Beginning in 1927, he led ensembles that were paid to play at the houses of wealthy socialites in Philadelphia and New York, continuing after the 1929 stock market crash.

LesterLaninIn 1930, Lanin was hired to play at a gala for Barbara Hutton, and the event garnered so much press in New York newspapers that it made Lanin a star as well as the young heiress. Lanin became a major star of the dance music world, and was hired worldwide to play for kings and queens, in addition to a recurring invitation to play at White House inaugural balls from the Eisenhower administration to the Carter administration. Lanin was managed for much of his career by New York socialite music promoter Al Madison.

Famous for long, smooth medleys, Lanin’s popularity increased upon the advent of the LP era. Starting with Epic Records in the middle of the 1950s, he recorded a string of albums for several labels, many of which hit the US Billboard 200. He continued performing well into the 1990s. In 1999 Lester Lanin played himself in the black-and-white film comedy Man of the Century, where he was the favorite musician of lead character Johnny Twennies.

Lester Lanin died at age 97 in 2004.(by wikipedia)

LinerNotesThis is an excellent album … a great mix between Big Band Jazz and superb Easy Listening music with a lot of George Gershwin and Cole Porter. One of the funniest track is a very spcecial verion Dylan´s “Mr. Tambourine Man” !

Lester Lanin Orchestra


Love (Medley)  2.42
01.1. Love Is Sweeping The Country (Gershwin)
01.2. What Is This Thing Called Love (Porter)
01.3. The Man I Love (Gershwin)

Love Moods (Medley) 2.56
02.1. Body And Soul (Green/Sour/Heyman/Eyton)
02.2. Embraceable You (Gershwin)
02.3. As Time Goes By (Hupfeld)

Flirtation (Medley) 3.03
03.1  Love For Sale (Porter)
03.2. I’ve Got A Crush On You (Gershwin)
03.3. You Do Something To Me (Porter)

04. Quando, Quando, Quando (Testa/Renis) 2.13

Happy (Medley) 2.09
05.1. I Want To Be Happy (Caesar/Youmans)
05.2. Sometimes I`m Happy (Caesar/Youmans)
05.3. Get Happy (Arlen/Koehler)

06. Dancing Tambourine (Polla/Ponce) 2.05
07. La Bamba (Traditional) 2.17

Another Medley (Medley) 2.37
08.1. Anything Goes (Porter)
08.2. Mack The Knife (Weill)
08.3. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie/Pinkard/Casey)

You’re The Top (Medley)  2:49
09.1. I Like The Likes Of You (Harburg/Duke)
09.2. I Get A Kick Out Of You (Porter)
09.3. You’re The Top (Porter)

Film (Medley) 3.35
10.1. Tara’s Theme (Steiner)
10.2. Theme From “A Summer Place” (Discant/Steiner)
10.3. Al Di Là (Donida/Mogol/Drake)
10.4. Secret Love (Fain/Webster)

11. La Vie En Rose (Louiguy/Piaf) 2.09
12. In An 18th Century Drawing Room (Scott/Lawrence) 2.06

Love Lost (Medley) 2.40
13.1. Don’t Take Your Love From Me (Nemo)
13.2. It’s All In The Game (Sigman/Dawes)
13.3. But Not For Me (Gershwin)

14. Blues In The Night (Arlen/Gershwin) 2.27
15. Mr. Tambourine Man (Dylan) 2.34

Another Medley (Medley) 2.23
16.1. Oh Lay Be Good (Gershwin)
16.2. Blue Room (Rodgers/Hart)
16.3. Bei mir bist du schön (Secunda/Cahn/Chapöin/Jacobs)


GermanCoversFront + backcover from Germany