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The Rhythm Makers Transcriptions: There are 50 tracks in the NBC series of transcriptions that have been identified as being by the Goodman Orchestra. To provide so large a number, even over a period, would tax any organisation and thus it was for Goodman. The band book at the time was growing steadily but could not be stretched to provide the number of tunes that were needed. Goodman combed his archives and his arrangers got to work to produce what was ... [MORE]
This two disc collection is a celebration of good music, Billy May's music. His genius as an arranger of top quality popular music is showcased throughout the 48 recordings he made between 1939 and 1952. You will hear music that swings with a beat that is bold and vibrant, music that respects the melody and, very notably, music that has imagination and humour. That last ingredient is so typical of Billy May the man because he was a fun person who looked ... [MORE]
It is inevitable that every account of Billie Holiday's life focuses on the prolonged addiction to drink and drugs that culminated in her premature death at the age of 44 on the 17th July, 1959. This compilation, however, is entitled 'Happy Holiday' and thus attempts to concentrate on the upbeat side of her career. Having said that, although many of the songs included here are upbeat musically, lyrically or both, Billie's voice is so plaintive and her ... [MORE]
In the 1930s and 40s, America was awash with dance bands, all vying to make a decent living in difficult times. To stay ahead of the competition, the more dynamic bandleaders knew they needed a trademark, some kind of distinctive sound or gimmick which distinguished them from the others. All the top bands had one or more great vocalists and some were led by superlative musicians - Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Gene Krupa. Vaughn Monroe made his ... [MORE]
Benny Goodman possessed a rare gift, one shared with only a handful of other jazz musicians. Duke Ellington had it. Miles Davis had it, as did Art Blakey. It would probably be too perfunctory to describe it as a talent for leadership, and far too pretentious to call it something as ornate as a transcendent catalytic ability. The truth lies somewhere between the two. Like Ellington, Davis and Blakey, Goodman was able to consistently pull together musicians ... [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]
TWO CDs FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! SPECIAL PRICE Everyone has a favourite Glenn Miller number, usually one of the hugely popular hit recordings from the early 1940s - 'In The Mood', 'String Of Pearls', 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', or maybe one of the sentimental ballads, 'I Know Why' and 'At Last', or the most famous of all, 'Moonlight Serenade', penned by Glenn himself and which became the band's wonderfully haunting theme song. These successful numbers ... [MORE]
The legendary Doc Pomus was one of the most important songwriters of the early sixties and in the history of American popular music. For the first time ever we have compiled a mesmerising 56 track 2CD set coupling his early recordings as a blues singer with his hits as a songwriter.
Includes such great acts as: The Drifters, Ben E. King, Dion, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles and features iconic songs such as: 'Save The Last Dance For Me', 'Teenager In ... [MORE]
After assembling albums titled THE LADIES SING JASCD390 and THE GROUPS SING JASCD393 it was incumbent upon us to give equal attention to the male vocalists from the Big Band Era and beyond, sampling in many instances both their Big Band performances and then their later starring roles as featured solo singers. We knew at the outset, of course, that both Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra should be given top billing and they've each been placed at the beginning ... [MORE]
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians were one of the leading dance bands of their day. They had 218 hits of their own on the American Charts, of which 50 can be found here The recordings on this collection were all made for Decca, for whom Guy recorded in 1934 1935, then from 1938 to the end of his hit-making career in the 1950's.Even if you are new to Guy's music, fans of the music of that era will recognise some of the songs. In those days, it was ... [MORE]
Benny Goodman - The King Of Swing. Benny was awarded this accolade as a result of the popularity of his big band in the 1930s. But his was not the first big band and not the first swing band. There had been big bands around for some years and included the Paul Whiteman Orchestra which numbered more than fifty musicians in its concert performances. The accent was on the concert aspect of music but the orchestra was reduced to a more manageable dozen or so ... [MORE]
Featuring The Ink Spots, The Mills Brothers, The Modenaires, The King Sisters, The Andrews Sisters and many more...see track listing for full details.
Ever since people began to recognise the concept of different notes in music, there have been groups gathered together to sing. Religious choirs, rural folk passing on traditional stories in musical form, cowboys around the campfire, soldiers shouting words to match their marching cadence, school ... [MORE]
Ask a hundred or more devotees of Bing Crosby to compile a list of their fifty best recordings and you would have a hundred or more different ideas about what should be chosen from the many hundreds of songs he committed to disc. His twenty plus million sellers might serve as a basis on which to build the fifty, or perhaps some of the numbers he warbled to such good effect in the upwards of fifty movies in which he starred - there's plenty of scope there. ... [MORE]
Featuring Doris Day, Judy Garland, June Christie, Helen Forrest, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and many more. See track listing for full details.
At the time in the late 1930s and early 1940s when instrumental Big Band recordings were the most popular (the top three best-sellers in Big Band history were all instrumentals), the 'girl' singers were also attracting a great deal of attention. Even though the singers in that time were thought of as part of ... [MORE]
Over fifty years ago there was a song popularised by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians entitled 'Get Out Those Old Records'. It was co-written by Guy's brother Carmen, together with John Jacob Loeb, and could well have been a family commercial, so successful were the Lombardos (hear Guy Lombardo and Co. on JASMINE JASCD396, 'Get Out Those Old Records - Fifty Of His Many Greatest Hits'). However, there were other versions of the song, not least by the ... [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]
If you already have most of the obvious songs and enjoy them enough to want more, then you will love this collection.
The sisters frequently recorded duets and there are plenty of those here. Danny Kaye is featured on three tracks including Amelia Cordelia McHugh - McWho and Big brass band from Brazil. Carmen Miranda features twice. Bing Crosby also guests on two tracks, one of which also features Nat King Cole. Other guests include Burl Ives 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]
They were raised in the South - Oklahoma. However, it was only after they moved to Chicago that they achieved success. By then, they had absorbed pop and jazz influences, and these are the focus of this double-CD, although they never lost their roots. There's an old saying - you can take the singer out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the singer. The only actual country song here is San Antonio rose, but Jasmine have released a ... [MORE]
The Big Band era was a unique time in musical history, for it was a time when quality and public taste coincided to encourage memorable performances, many of which were captured on recordings. This collection seeks to recall some of the highlights of those years. Tommy Dorsey acquired the arranging services of Sy Oliver from Jimmie Lunceford, promising him five thousand dollars more a year than he was earning, Kay Kyser reached forty million listeners ... [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]
Jimmy Payne is undoubtedly one of the greatest story-telling songwriters in country music history as this keepsake collection conclusively reveals. There have been over 200 recordings of Jimmy Payne songs. Jimmy was born in Leechville, Arkansas, into a large family of two brothers and six sisters. Leaving Arkansas for Gideon, Missouri, to become cotton share croppers, Jimmy worked on his father's farm until the age of nineteen. Then he moved to St. Louis ... [MORE]
Bea Wain's major successes were as Larry Clinton's band singer, most famously with My reverie, one of four American number one hits. This compilation contains some of her Larry Clinton tracks and some of her solo music after she quit Larry's band, all in chronological order. Her solo tracks are not that different in style from her band music. Like so many of the band singers of the time, Bea could swing, though she could also do the love songs. The songs ... [MORE]
'Memories, memories' said the introduction to the earlier All Aboard The Runaway Train JASMINE JASCD 360 and here we have some more of those wonderful memories whilst we take another ride on that runaway train. Another ride? Well, why not. After all, when you go somewhere you usually have to come back. Anyway, this time we have a different driver. On the journey out, he was Carson Robison - to speed us home it's Vernon Dalhart's hand on the throttle and ... [MORE]