50’s & 60’s Retro
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]
Louis Prima and wife Keely Smith released several collaborations, but this 1960 import reissue showcases one of their very best. Recorded for Dot Records in 1960, Louis and Keely features the duo performing swinging romantic tunes such as 'Night and Day', 'I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)', and 'And the Angels Sing'. Smith's vocal talents are at their peak (she overpowers Prima on several numbers), and the band is in top form. Prima was a master at ... [MORE]
I first heard these two artists on this recording (record) years and years ago when first released. I was hooked! Have been a fan of theirs all my life since then. This is the first chance I've had to buy it in CD format. Can't wait to recieve it! [MORE]
CheroKeely Swings has got to be one of her best works, originally recorded for the DOT label. This album features HOT swinging charts by Billy May, and some of Keely's most thrilling moments captured behind a microphone. 'My Heart Cries For You', which turned into a staple for her must surely make Guy Mitchell cry after he hears how Keely does it, 'That Lucky Old Sun', 'Stranger in Paradise', every track a gem. Billy May and Keely Smith - how COULD you go ... [MORE]
Keely Smith's velvety smooth voice, backed by fresh and jazzy arrangements in the tradition of Nelson Riddle. Smith sings timeless jazz standards such as Errol Garner's Misty, with ease and a highly appealing sense of jazz phrasing. Excellent CD, essential for fans of 50's jazz vocal albums. [MORE]
Some rip roaring music in tribute to the legendary Louis Prima - this one's for the fun loving among you!
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Howlin' Wolf was a primal force in the history of the blues and worthy to be labelled one the most important and influential blues artists of the past 50 years. This is the first time that his music has been presented in this way featuring the A and B sides from every single he released between 1951 and 1960. Fantastic and iconic tracks such as 'Smokestack Lighting', 'Spoonful' and 'How Many More Years' helped to inspire the British blues movement of the ... [MORE]
This superb package features the A and B sides of every single released between 1953 and 1960 for one of the most influential blues artists of the past 50 years, Muddy Waters. Includes such iconic hits as 'Got My Mojo Working', 'I Just Want to Make Love to You', 'Mannish Boy' and 'I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man'. These recordings influenced the Rolling Stones and the direction of popular music in the 1960s. Fully detailed liner notes cover his entire career. [MORE]
The Champs were propelled to stardom when they topped the US Pop, RnB and UK charts in the summer of 1958 with their debut single, the Latin-flavoured instrumental 'Tequila'. Spawning a plethora of covers, the song earned a Grammy Award in 1959 while the band - whose varying line-up reads like a who's who of early Californian rock music - went on to enjoy further hits into the early 1960s.This 2CD set comprises their first studio albums along with ... [MORE]
There have been many collections of these pre- Simon Garfunkel releases but this is the first chronological compilation to feature all of their commercially released singles between 1957 and 1961.
Includes tracks originally recorded as Tom Jerry, Jerry Landis, Artie Garr and Tico The Triumphs plus rare solo singles from both Art and Paul.
The music on this disc is a far cry from the music that Simon and Garfunkel produced over the last forty years ... [MORE]
This is the second release in our new series showcasing RnB vocal groups from different parts of the US. This collection features The Edsels from Ohio, The Eldorados from Chicago The Counts from Indianapolis, and The Turbans from Philadelphia. The set features the A and B sides of all The Counts early singles for the very first time on one CD in the UK. Plus all the hits and more you would expect from all of the groups including: 'Rama Lama Ding Dong', ... [MORE]
This is the first release in our series showcasing RnB vocal groups from different parts of the USA. This collection features The Willows, The Valentines and The Fiestas from New York and The Nutmegs from New Haven, Connecticut. It includes all the hits the four groups enjoyed including 'Church Bells May Ring' by The Willows, 'Lily Maebelle' and 'Woo Woo Train' by The Valentines, 'A Story Untold' and 'Ship of Love' by The Nutmegs and 'So Fine' and 'You ... [MORE]
The first ever CD collection featuring Jo Ann Greer, one of the most talented and distinctive vocalists of the 1950s, who toured with the Les Brown Orchestra for more than 30 years. 28 recordings, most on CD for the first time, including early singles with orchestral backing by: Dave Barbour Jerry Gray Dick Stabile and Ray Anthony, with whom she had the hits 'Wild Horses' and 'The Hokey Pokey', as well as 11 great tracks with Les Brown's Band of Renown ... [MORE]
Jasmine are pleased to issue this superb collection of 25 songs from The Cardinals who like many groups of the early RnB/doo wop era strangely never received the hits or following they deserved. Today they are considered one the greatest of the early doo-wop groups by fans and collectors alike. The set features the A and B sides of all their singles and includes their hits including 'Shouldn’t I Know', 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'The Door Is Still Open'.
Despite their comparative lack of chart hits, The Harptones are one of the most beloved doo wop groups of the ‘50s. This is by far the best collection ever of this superb group which includes hits and rarities with many of the tracks making their CD debut. The set features such classics as 'A Sunday Kind Of Love', 'Life Is but a Dream' and their biggest hit 'Why Should I Love You'.
Listening to the content of this 2CD set it is hard to believe that ... [MORE]
The Du Droppers were an early ‘50s RnB vocal group who were more influenced by blues and gospel than many groups of the time and are much revered by today’s collectors of early RnB. With 38 tracks this is the most comprehensive Du Droppers CD ever released and features their very rare EPs as well as all of their notable singles including their hits 'I Wanna Know' and 'I Found Out'.
This is a must for early RB fans and if you like The Dominoes, Clovers ... [MORE]
During the 1950s, Lonnie Donegan reigned as the undisputed 'King of Skiffle' and he is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of his era. This unique 58-track, 2CD collection contains all his singles, both As and B-sides issued between 1954-1961.
The set features 32 UK hits, including Lonnie’s four UK No. 1s Cumberland Gap, Gamblin’ Man, Putting On The Style and My Old Man’s A Dustman. Also included ... [MORE]
Don Rondo was amongst the finest of ballad singers during the late '50s but somehow - with just a few exceptions - chart success eluded him, despite a succession of fine recordings. However we at Jasmine recognise a fine baritone voice when we hear one. Features his hits: 'Two Different Worlds', 'White Silver Sands' and 'There's Only You' plus another 25 tracks that include 'While We're Young', 'Dormi, Dormi, Dormi', 'City Lights' and 'My Foolish Heart'. ... [MORE]
As the '50s moved into the '60s, Bert Kaempfert was one of the most successful conductors, arrangers and recording artists and through his great talent and ability he forged a distinctive sound of his own. Here we have four of his earliest albums: 'Wonderland by Night' (which kick started his career in the States and was No. 1 for 5 weeks) 'Dancing in Wonderland' 'The Wonderful World of Bert Kaempfert' and 'With a Sound in My Heart'.
We are fortunate ... [MORE]