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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Caterina Valente....320 Kbps

Re-Post


All the tracks on this L/P have been re-recorded by Caterina about 10 years after the originals....Glad she used the same Werner Muller Orch as the original tracks....The difference is the "Stereo"sound....The originals on The "Polydor" label as far as I know where only recorded in "Mono"...unless somebody out there knows different !!!...The tracks are good but you can hear how much her voice had changed over the 10 years.....There are several tracks that definatly don't come under the title "Greatest Hits".....The vocal gymnastics that she does on "The Breeze And I "are different on this version.....Although this is a great L/P I think I prefer her in her "Polydor" Days !!


1. Malaguena
2. Poinciana
3. More
4. La Paloma
5. The Peanut Vendor
6. What A Difference A Day Made

1. The Breeze And I
2. La Golondrina
3. Amapola
4. Estrellita
5. Besame Mucho
6. My Shawl



Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Shirley Bassey.....320 Kbps



 

This one from "Dame Shirl"was recorded in "Vancouver"or at least the vocals were
and it seems that the music was recorded and mixed in "Hollywood"...so it tells us on the back sleeve !!!......Now that to me is a bit disillusioned....I always imagine that a great singer like Shirley would want to have the orchestra at the back of her and record it "Live".....But I suppose that this goes on quite a bit when the two factors can't be in the recording studio at the same time.....It does not deter the fact that this is still a great L/P with some great tracks and "Shirl" in in a quieter mode.....Hey Ho !!...the wonders of technology go on and on and on !!!
 
  
1. All By Myself
2. This Masquerade
3. If And When
4. He's Out Of My life
5. New York State Of Mind
1. Can You Read My Mind
2. Only When I Laugh
3. Solitaire
4. New York Medley
5. We Don't Cry out Loud


Monday, 12 August 2013

Eydie Gorme....

Hi Folks....Just heard about the sad passing of one of my favourite singers "Eydie Gorme"
I'm sure that this fine singer will be missed world wide....there are not many of the "Greats" around anymore and I doubt whether we will see or hear the likes of them again !!
I would like to share with you a "Tribute" to "Eydie Gorme" that has been posted to me via  a "Daily Mailer" from a fellow blogger.....that gives some insight to her vocal achievements and life......


Eydie Gormé (also spelled as Eydie Gorme; August 16, 1928 – August 10, 2013) was an Americansinger who performed solo as well as with her husband, Steve Lawrence, in popular ballads and swing. She earned numerous awards, including a Grammyand an Emmy. She retired in 2009 and is survived by Lawrence who continues to perform as a solo act.
Gormé was born as Edith Garmezano in The Bronx, New York in 1928, the daughter of Fortuna and Nessim Garmezano. Her father was a tailor. She is a cousin of singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka. Her parents were Sephardic Jewish immigrants, her father from Sicily and her mother from Turkey.
She graduated from William Howard Taft High School in 1946 (film director Stanley Kubrick, also born in 1928, attended the school at the same time), and worked for the United Nations as an interpreter, using her fluency in the Ladino and Spanishlanguages. She made her recording debut in 1950 with the Tommy Tucker Orchestra and Don Brown. She made a second recording which featured Dick Noel. MGM issued these two recordings on 78 rpm vinyl.

Early releases

Powder And Paint
Original Issue: On 78 rpm vinyl only on MGM 10758
Cherry Stones..Original Issue: On 78 rpm vinyl only on MGM 10767

Tonight Showstart

In 1953, Gormé caught both her big break, and her future, lifelong husband, when she and singer Steve Lawrence were booked to the original The Tonight Show, then hosted by Steve Allen.

Big Band Years

She first worked in Tex Beneke's band. In 1951 she made several radio recordings that have been re-issued on vinyl LP and recently on CD, in 1952 Gormé went on to record solo and her first recordings were issued on the Coral label.
Gormé and Lawrence were married in Las Vegas on December 29, 1957. They became famous on stage for their banter, which usually involved tart, yet affectionate, and sometimes bawdy, references to their married life, which remained a feature of their live act. They had two sons. In 1995, Gormé and Lawrence were honored for their lifetime contribution to music by the Songwriters Hall of Fame


Gormé enjoyed hit singles of her own, none selling bigger than 1963's "Blame It on the Bossa Nova", which was also her final foray into the Top 40 pop charts. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. In the UK, "Yes, My Darling Daughter" reached #10.[8]She won a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance in 1967, for her version of "If He Walked Into My Life", from Mame. The latter made #5 on the Billboard magazine Easy Listening chartin 1966, despite failing to make the Billboard Hot 100. Indeed, most of Gormé's singles chart success from 1963 onward were on the Easy Listening/Adult Contemporary charts, where she placed 27 singles (both solo and with her husband) from 1963 to 1979 (of which "If He Walked Into My Life" was the most successful). As a soloist, her other biggest hits during that period included "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever(#17 Easy Listening, 1966) and "Tonight I'll Say a Prayer" (#45 Pop and #8 Easy Listening, 1969, also her last Hot 100 entry as a solo artist).

She gained crossover success in the Latin musicmarket through a series of albums she made in Spanish with the famed Trio Los Panchos. In 1964, the two acts joined forces for a collection of Spanish-language standards called Amor. "Sabor a Mí" became closely identified with Gormé and emerged as one of her signature tunes. The disc was later reissued as "Canta en Español". In 1965, a sequel appeared called More Amor (later reissued as "Cuatro Vidas"). Her last album with Los Panchos was a 1966 Christmas collection, "Navidad Means Christmas", later reissued as "Blanca Navidad". Gormé also recorded other Spanish albums in her career, including the Grammy-nominated La Gormé (1976), a contemporary outing. The 1977 release Muy Amigos/Close Friends, a duet collection with Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera, also received a Grammy nomination

As a duo with her husband, the act was billed as Steve and Eydie. In 1960, Steve and Eydie were awarded the Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group for the album, "We Got Us". Their biggest hit single as a duo, "I Want to Stay Here", was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and reached #28 in 1963. Under the pseudonym "Parker and Penny", Lawrence and Gormé achieved their last chart single (#46 on the Adult Contemporary chart) with a cover of the 1979 Eurovision song contest winner, "Hallelujah". The song most closely identified with the duo, the Steve Allencomposition "This Could Be the Start of Something", never reached the charts, though it remained a staple in their live act
Gormé and Lawrence had two sons, David, a composer, and Michael, who died suddenly from ventricular fibrillation resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition in 1986, at the age of 23. Michael was an assistant editor for a television show at the time of his death and was apparently healthy despite a previous diagnosis of slight arrhythmia.
Gormé and Lawrence were in Atlanta, Georgia at the time of his death, having performed at the Fox Theater the night before. Upon learning of the tragedy, Frank Sinatra, a friend, sent his private plane to pick up the couple so that they could fly to New York to meet their other son, David, who was attending school at the time. Following their son's death, the couple took a year off before touring again
Gormé died on August 10, 2013, six days shy of her 85th birthday, at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas following a brief, undisclosed illness. Her husband was at her bedside, along with their son, when she died. She was 84 and is survived by her husband Steve Lawrence, her son David and a granddaughter




                                                       Eydie Gorme
                                   R.I.P