Monday, December 15, 2014

George Wright - "Tumbling Tumbleweeds/Brazilian Sleigh Bells"

Here is something a bit different from Dad's 45s and somewhat fitting for the holiday season.
George Wright (August 28, 1920 in Orland, California – May 10, 1998 in Glendale, California) was an American musician, possibly the most famous virtuoso of the theatre organ of the modern era.
Wright was best known for his virtuoso performances on the huge Wurlitzer theater pipe organs at the famed Fox Theater on Market Street in San Francisco and the ornate Paramount Theaters in both New York and Oakland. He was in constant demand during the 1940s, '50s and early '60s, playing at concerts and recitals around the world.
Here is side 1 of a 4-song E.P. that was released on the HiFi Record label in 1956.




Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - "Okie Dokie Stomp"

Happy Thanksgiving from Dad's 45s & 78s.
This one's no turkey from 1954 on the famous Peacock label. This is badass rhythm and blues guitar work from a master that inspired countless players. Rock composer, Frank Zappa credits Gatemouth, along with Guitar Slim and Johnny Guitar Watson, as important influences on his guitar playing.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hutch Davie - "Woodchopper's Ball"

Robert Bunyan Davie III (born c.1932), known as Bob "Hutch" Davie is an 
orchestra leader, arranger, pianist, and composer of popular music. He composed the song "Green Door", and led the orchestra which backed Jim Lowe on the best-selling version of the song in 1956. With record producer Bob Crewe, he also arranged Santo and Johnny's hit "Sleep Walk", and in 1958 had this #51 chart hit, as "Hutch Davie and his Honky Tonkers", with his version of Woody Herman's "Woodchopper's Ball"

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars - "The Duke You Say!"

Howard Rumsey is a Californian bassist primarily known for his leadership of the Los Angeles group the Lighthouse All-Stars in the 1950s.The Lighthouse CafĂ© is a nightclub located at 30 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, California. It has been active as a jazz showcase since 1949 and, under the name "The Lighthouse", was one of the central West Coast jazz clubs from the 1950s through the late 1970s.





The Lighthouse Then & Now



Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Fugitives - "Fugitive"

Remember this great post from 2011? Well here finally is the flip side to Freeway.
"Fugitive" by The Fugitives!



 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Four Tops - "I Can't Help Myself"

My introduction to the Motown sound of Detroit, came by way of this record from dad's black plaid box.
This song was one of two #1 hits the The Four Tops had in the mid-60s. The other being "Reach Out, I'll Be There." Both songs were penned by the highly successful songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Music from "The Man With The Golden Arm" by Elmer Bernstein

The 1955 Otto Preminger film, The Man With The Golden Arm starring Frank Sinatra, featured a riveting score written by Elmer Bernstein. The jazz sequences were arranged and performed by Shorty Rogers and His Giants with Shelly Manne on drums. Shorty plays a mean flugelhorn on the menacingly intense, "Frankie Machine."
Here is the "A" side of this Decca Extended Play (EP) 45.











"Frankie Machine"



"Desperation"