50’s & 60’s Retro
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme are known for performing together as well as being popular solo artists in their own right. Here for the first time in one compilation we largely focus our attention on their solo singles and hits and feature 25 tracks new to CD. Includes Eydie's chart entries 'Love Me Forever', 'Your Kisses Kill Me', 'You Need Hands', 'The Voice In My Heart' plus the outstanding film tracks 'Separate Tables' and 'Let Me Be Loved' from the ... [MORE]
The Four Lads were experts at close harmony and a cappella and were very much influenced by spiritual and gospel music. They scored an incredible number of pop Top 100 hits during the early '50s. Containing all of their major hits including 'Moments To Remember', 'Skokiaan', 'No Not Much', 'Who Needs You', 'Standing On The Corner', 'The Bus Stop Song'. Collaborations with Frankie Laine, and Jill Corey plus many full production numbers with esteemed ... [MORE]
Jimmy Boyd was one of the most successful child singing stars of the 1950s. Young Jimmy was responsible for one of the biggest ever selling Christmas album which included 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' which sold 2 million copies in less than two months!
Duets are also featured with Rosemary Clooney, Frankie Laine and Jimmy's female child star equivalent Gayla Peevey. With many tracks new to CD plus previously unreleased tracks makes this a must ... [MORE]
In the 1940s and early 50s a young girl called Eve Young was making waves in the UK charting with some big hits. Across the pond in America there was a young singing sensation also taking the charts by storm called Karen Chandler. Unbeknown to most people was that they were one and the same! Featured are two of Britain's biggest No. 1 songs 'If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake' and 'Silver Dollar', and the U.S hit 'Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me'. ... [MORE]
Billy Eckstine was one of the greatest male pop stars to emerge from the 1940's and was a star of the concert stage, radio, television, recordings, films and night clubs. The distinguished orchestras of Nelson Riddle, Hugo Winterhalter and Pete Rugolo are featured. Plus all four selections from his Duke Ellington EP and his sessions with the great George Shearing.
Many tracks are debuting on CD along with the major hits 'I APOLOGISE', 'MY FOOLISH ... [MORE]
The complete and only collection of studio recordings by these two legends of music together! In the past these recordings have been subject to intrusive audience overdubbing but here they are free from this and are in genuine stereo and wonderfully remastered. The warm, husky tenor of Tony Bennett with his jazz phrasing and spontaneity lends himself perfectly to the ultra swinging sound of Basie's orchestra on classics such as 'Pennies From Heaven', ... [MORE]
It is fair to say that Lambert, Hendricks and Ross set standards in style and musical ability. The trio's contribution to jazz vocal cannot be underestimated and their vocal gymnastics dramatically changed the sound of other vocal groups. They were voted best vocal group in downbeats readers poll 5 years in a row.
Two complete albums on one! The first features a rhythm section based on Count Basie's New Testament band with the vocalese ... [MORE]
In 1954, famous Hollywood bombshell Jane Russell embarked on an unexpectedly successful singing venture with singers Connie Haines, Beryl Davis and Della Russell. Together they were part of The Hollywood Christian Group and later they would be joined by another acting icon Rhonda Fleming. One of the best and most unique Gospel groups to come out of the 1950's backed by the brilliant orchestral arrangements of Van Alexandra and Lyn Murray. Including the ... [MORE]
From her first national prominence with Les Brown's Orchestra through her compelling solo releases and also featuring songs from the motion pictures 'Romance On The High Seas', 'Young Man With A Horn' and 'My Dream Is Yours' this is Doris Day as you remember her. Dozens of million-selling hits, including 'SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY' with Les Brown, 'QUE SERA, SERA', 'A GUY IS A GUY', 'EVERYBODY LOVES A LOVER' and duets with Frank Sinatra, Buddy Clark and Dinah ... [MORE]
This CD is by the most successful organist of the 1950s, Ken Griffin. Featuring the three million seller 'Cuckoo Waltz' and the popular 'You, You, You Are The One'. Ken Griffin was a successful musician in skating rinks across the United States and recorded in excess of 20 albums. Together with his charting hits Ken composed many great tunes such as 'Bumble Bee On A Bender' and 'Lonesome'. This is a veritable feast of old favourites, novelties, hits, the ... [MORE]
It's the late 50's and there is a revolutionary new genre growing in the music industry known as 'Rock n' Roll' and Alan Freed was at the forefront of it with his pioneering radio and TV show! The popular rock n' roll classics 'Rock Around The Clock', 'See You Later Alligator' and 'Ooh Wee' are performed with great aplomb by Alan Freed's Rock n' Roll band. With the LP's 'Rock N' Roll Dance Party Volume 1' and 'Rock N' Roll Dance Party Volume 2' in their ... [MORE]
This stunning 2CD set features 61 tracks which cover all of her original Polygon 78s lovingly re-mastered for the first time in one collection. In addition there are rare sides from Columbia and Decca, as well as rare overseas releases. From child star to her heyday and still performing today, six decades later! Petula Clark is a true icon of the music business. [MORE]
A fantastic double CD covering various aspects of Gordon MacRae's career including two full-length LP's and one EP, with many duets with Jo Stafford. The orchestrations of Van Alexander, Paul Weston, Frank DeVol and George Greeley. In addition are many show tunes, country and western favourites and inspirational seasonal songs. Featuring 'Stranger In Paradise' which was one of the most popular songs in 1954 remaining in the billboard charts for nineteen ... [MORE]
Another double CD offering from Jasmine. Featuring three Kay Starr albums in their entirety for the first time, 'Song By Kay Starr', 'The Kay Starr Style' and 'Kay Starr In A Blue Mood' Plus more!. Boasting the big hits 'Side By Side', 'When My Dreamboat Comes Home' and the original 'Rock And Roll Waltz'. Also featuring hits that are making their CD debut along with much sought after rarities like 'Honeymoon', 'There Ain't No Sweet Man Worth The Salt Of ... [MORE]
Boasting 29 tracks from his early recordings with the King and Coral labels. 22 of these are making their debut on CD. Steve’s first Coral album About That Girl is here in its entirety including such gems as My Romance and the hit singles Long Before I Knew You and Banana Boat Song. [MORE]
Walk up New York's Fifth Avenue until you reach 70th Street, then pause. A short distance into Central Park is the Rumsey Playfield and the Naumburg Bandshell, and a little to the left, the Mall. Imagine, if you can, the scene in 1929, a scene that was very different. Overlooking the Mall was the Casino which, after years of dereliction (and at enormous cost to Mayor Jimmy Walker and his musical-comedy mistress Betty Compton had been transformed into a ... [MORE]
Here are Teresa's long-lost initial recordings for London, including the original 'Music! Music! Music!' taken at a much slower pace than you might remember. Her material, and the recording quality, on London doesn't compare to her work on Coral, where the producers, orchestrators and engineers knew exactly how to best showcase her talents. But these recordings remain interesting, particularly the ballads, which reflect her abilities as a serious and ... [MORE]
This high-quality, bargain priced, two-disc set is chock full of rare delights from the unparalleled Connie Boswell. Connie was not only a singer of otherworldly beauty, with an impossible sense of swing, she was also a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, actor, composer and humanitarian. Ella Fitzgerald famously named Connie as her main influence, and as leader of the immortal hot-jazz vocal group, The Boswell Sisters, Connie influenced other artists ... [MORE]
The two Compact Discs that make up this set prove beyond any doubt that Frankie Laine is A JAZZ SINGER - that's correct, A JAZZ SINGER. Don't forget, he recorded one of the greatest Jazz albums of all time, 'Jazz Spectacular', with Buck Clayton in 1956 and this was in the middle of his 'Soundtrack period for Western movies'. That album is now considered a classic of its kind and features such great jazz musicians as J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding amongst ... [MORE]
Although it was not Pearl Bailey's lot in life to be a huge commercial success in terms of record sales and international acclaim, like her peer Ella Fitzgerald, she was nevertheless a very classy singer with a large stage presence. Indeed, it would not be unfair to Ella to say Pearl had the greater personality, but whether by luck or ill health, Miss Bailey never quite achieved the dizzy heights of Miss Fitzgerald. One strange coincidence linked them: ... [MORE]
BURL IVES, SHIRLEY TEMPLE, PERRY COMO, DANNY KAYE AND MORE...
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By the end of the 1960s, it might have seemed that Lonnie Donegan's career was going nowhere - but that career to date had been startling. Through the mid-1950s he had been the banjo player with Chris Barber's Jazz Band, with moments of glory as singer/guitarist of that band's 'Skiffle' unit. By the end of 1956, he was Britain's biggest 'Pop' sensation and as the decade finished, he had progressed from being 'King Of Skiffle' to an all-round entertainer ... [MORE]
Whether having a famous parent in the music business is an asset to any aspiring offspring is debatable. Consider having to live up to expectations, reaching the heights reached by one's mother or father - not an easy task if that person is, say, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra or Judy Garland. The Crosby brood did not ultimately succeed, and who could compete with Frank? But lucky for us, Miss Garland's girl, Liza Minelli, made the grade, and even if you ... [MORE]
Della Reese is the ultimate performer. Her voice is beyond description:amazingly powerful, expressive with flawless elocution and most original articulation, that requires much taste to be appreciated by real connoissers! Each song is a unique composition and none is like the other. After you listened to Della, the other blues or jazz stars seem colourless, despite their own qualities, they all are outcasted by Della's incredible temperament and talent. ... [MORE]
Perennieal Christmas favourites arranged for Keely Smith by orchestral master Goerge Greely. Keely picks the finest crop of Christmas songs, from favourite carols like Silent Night and Adeste Fideles to novelty items like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer as well as the most famous Christmas song of all White Christmas. This is a CD for all the family - the perfect accompaniment to the season of peace and good-will. [MORE]