Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tab Smith - You Belong To Me

The alto saxophonist Talmadge (Tab) Smith was born in Kinston, North Carolina, on January 11, 1909, and made his professional debut with the Carolina Stompers in 1929. In 1931 he joined Eddie Johnson and his Crackerjacks in St. Louis, and in later years he worked with Lucky Millinder and Count Basie. By the time he began recording, with Millinder in 1936, he was a saxophonist of high technical accomplishment working in the tradition of Johnny Hodges; he would keep his idol's signature portamento for the rest of his life. From 1944 through 1949 he fronted his own combo, recording for various small labels in New York area, including J. Mayo Williams' Southern company. Then he moved his base of operations back to St. Louis. Tab Smith enjoyed a little success with the faltering Premium label in early 1951 (the remnants were cannily snapped up by Chess when Premium went out of business). As soon as he could, Simpkins brought him over to the new label. When Smith joined United Records, his skill as an alto saxophonist was fully matured, and the result was a fine series of ballads, blues, and novelty numbers all superbly realized in full lush tone and masterful phrasing.
Smith released "You Belong To Me" on United Records in 1953.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gogi Grant - The Tide Is High

Gogi Grant had a string of hits in the 50s with Hollywood, CA label Era Records and had her first top ten hit with "Suddenly There's a Valley." The next year, she had an even bigger hit, reaching Billboard 's #1 position, with "The Wayward Wind" and holding there for a then record eight weeks. The song sold over one million copies in the United States alone, and peaked at #9 in the UK Singles Chart. She was voted the most popular female vocalist by Billboard magazine. This single returned to the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961.
From 1956, Here is "The Tide Is High."

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Carmen Cavallaro And His Orchestra - Warsaw Concerto

Carmen Cavallaro (May 6, 1913 – October 12, 1989) was an American pianist. He established himself as one of the most accomplished and admired light music pianists of his generation.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Vido Musso - Vido's Boogie

Here is another great Vido Musso side. For more info on Vido, check out the post from August.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Richard Hayman - Vera Cruz

In addition to RnB 78s, dad's collection included the occasional orchestral record.
Richard Hayman (born March 27, 1920) is an American arranger, harmonica player, and conductor.
Hayman started out as a player and arranger for the Borrah Minnevitch Harmonica Rascals before becoming an arranger for Metro-Goldwyn-MayerGirl Crazy, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Thousands Cheer. From 1945-1950, he was musical director for the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra. studios during the early 1940s. He did arrangements (often uncredited) for the MGM films
In the 1950s and 60s, Hayman recorded a series of records for Mercury.