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Sunday 13 December 2020

Johnny Mathis....320 Kbps

Recorded in 1975 Johnny sings a selection of other singers hits....sung in the "Mathis" style but very close to the original hits....would have liked him to have done them different and given the songs a different slant !!!......Didnt scan the back cover because the track listing was in white against a yellow background and all you can see on the scan is 12 inches of yellow colour !!!

1. Mandy
2. Nice To Be Around
3. You're As Right As Rain
4. When Will I See You Again
5. Only You

1. Let Me Be The One / I Won't Last A Day Without You
2. The Way We Were
3. Laughter In The Rain
4. You And Me Against The World
5. The Things I Might Have Been

3. Laughter In The Rain

Caterina Valente....320 Kbps

Once again we have an excellent L/P of Caterina and her brother Silvio just with their guitars singing and playing in Spanish...Singing that is ...don't know how they could play their guitars in Spanish !!!....we never seem to get anything like this these days ??

1. La Mucura
2. Quizas Quizas
3. Cha Cha Cha Flamenco
4. Aquellos Ojos Verdes
5. Una Aventura Mas
6. Somebody Bad Stole De Wedding Bell

1. Casa Da Lolo
2. El Manicero
3. Noche De Ronda
4. Un Porquito De Tu Amor
5. Dos Cruces
6. Copacabana

      3. Cha Cha Cha Flamenco    

Jack Jones....320 Kbps

A while ago someone asked if I had got JJ version of "God Only Knows"...well its on this one !!.....another first class one from Mr Jones !!

1. You Make It Easy
2. L.A. Break Down
3. You Need A Man
4. Once In A While
5. Send In The Clowns
6. God Only Knows

1. Don't Be Scared
2. Yesterday's News
3. Try It Again
4. Love Story
5. Disney Girls
     2. LA Breakdown

Kiki Dee....320 Kbps

Kiki Dee is the only British Singer that has been signed by "Tamla Motown"..this 1970 L/P has her singing cover versions of Motown songs...and she does a darn good job of it....just listen to her version of "For Once In My Life"...I think that if it had been issued as a single it would have become a hit !!...this was a one and only session for the Motown label which is a pity because I think she could have done well working with the Motown Song Writers...

P.S. I think that this is one of Kiki's best L/P's

1. The Day Will Come Between Sunday And Monday
2. Johnny Raven
3. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
4. Jimmy
5. I Can't Bring Back The Love I Feel For You
6. More Today Than Yesterday

1. Love Makes The World Go Round
2. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
3. Love Is A Warm Kind Of Sorrow
4. For Once In My Life
5. My Whole World Ended
6. I Second That Emotion
     4. For Once In My Life

Friday 27 November 2020

John McCormack---Perry Como---Ava Gardner---Max Bygraves

The second helping of 78's...singers need no introduction !!... or maybe the first one does !!

1. The Rose Of Tralee......John McCormack
2. Ireland Mother Ireland......John McCormack
3. If......Perry Como
4. Zing Zing Zoom Zoom......Perry Como
5. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man......Ava Gardner
6. Bill......Ava Gardner
7. Big Head......Max Bygraves
8. Say Si Si......Max Bygraves

John McCormack, (born June 14, 1884, Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland—died September 16, 1945, near Dublin), Irish American tenor who was considered to be one of the finest singers of the first quarter of the 20th century.
He was celebrated for his performances of the operatic and popular song repertoires, and renowned for his diction and breath control. He was also a Papal Count. He became a naturalised American citizen before returning to live in Ireland.
McCormack won the prize at the National Irish Festival (the Feis Ceoil) in Dublin in 1903. Later he studied in Italy. He made his London operatic debut in 1907 at Covent Garden as Turiddu in Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana. He appeared at the Manhattan Opera House, New York City, in 1909 as Alfredo in Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata. 

      3. If

Harry Belafonte---Paul Whiteman & Orch---Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders---Vienna Philharmonic---Primo Scala Accordian Band

A double dip in the 78 rpm "Box of Nostalgia"

1. Mary's Boy Child......Harry Belafonte
2. Eden Was Just Like This......Harry Belafonte
3. Ramona......Paul Whiteman & Orchestra
4. The Sunrise......Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders
5. Overture "TheMerry Wives Of Windsor"(Part 1)......Vienna Philharmonic Orch
6. Overture "TheMerry Wives Of Windsor"(Part 2)......Vienna Philharmonic Orch
7. Six Hit Medley (Part 1)......Primo Scala & His Accordian Band
8. Six Hit Medley (Part 2)......Primo Scala & His Accordian Band

Harry Belafonte (born Harold George Bellanfanti Jr.; March 1, 1927) is a Jamaican-American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor. One of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Trinidadian Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) was the first million-selling LP by a single artist. Belafonte is known for his recording of "The Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O". 

                                                                 Whiteman conducting his orchestra
in the 1940 MGM motion picture "Strike Up the Band" 

  Paul Samuel 'Pops' Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was an American bandleader, composer, orchestral director, and violist.
As the leader of one of the most popular dance bands in the United States during the 1920s and early 1930s, Paul Whiteman produced recordings that were immensely successful, and press notices often referred to him as the "King of Jazz". His most popular recordings include "Whispering", "Valencia", "Three O'Clock in the Morning", "In a Little Spanish Town", and "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers". Whiteman led a usually large ensemble and explored many styles of music.

Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders was a US jazz and dance band, active from the late 1910s through the 1920s. The group was known simply as The Serenaders until Johnny Hamp became the band leader. Johnny Hamp was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and should not be confused with British television producer Johnnie Hamp. 
The group toured in the eastern United States and toured England in 1930. In 1931, the group was renamed Johnny Hamp and His Orchestra.
The group made most of its recordings in New York City on the Victor label. Their biggest hit was "Black Bottom" recorded in 1926, which led to a dance fad.

The Vienna Philharmonic, founded in 1842, is an orchestra considered to be one of the finest in the world.
The Vienna Philharmonic is based at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. Its members are selected from the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. Selection involves a lengthy process, with each musician demonstrating his capability for a minimum of three years' performance for the opera and ballet. After this probationary period, the musician may request an application for a position in the orchestra from the Vienna Philharmonic's board.

Henry "Harry" Bidgood (1898 – 15 November 1957), was an English composer, dance band leader and musical director for films.
Born in London, he studied at The Royal College of Music. Bidgood released dance band music under various names, mostly notably Primo Scala and his Accordion Band. Over the course of 20 years he would frequently broadcast on the BBC. Bidgood was also the musical director for numerous films including several George Formby films. Apart from the many recordings made under his own name, he also recorded as 'Rossini' and 'Don Porto'. As 'Primo Scala' he broadcast regularly on 'Music While You Work' until just before his death in November 1957.

      4.The Sunrise

Sunday 22 November 2020

Digno Garcia Trio Del Paraguay.

Now we have a slice of "Spain" via "Belgium"....some well known Latin Songs !!...If you have not heard of this Trio (or Quartet) according to the front picture !! before give it a listen its very different and good !!..well recomended I would give it 5***** !!!! (Stars) !!......Thanks Bob !!

     3. Cielito Lindo Y Carnavalito

Cleo Laine & Tubby Hayes

A very young Cleo from the 60's....enjoy some great Jazz Nostalgia !!

     6. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter 

Billy Cotton.320 Kbps

Now here's a bit of a rarity...its a EP at 33 and a third RPM from the back of a book about "Billy Cotton"...usually EP's are recorded and played back at 45 RPM...size wise I guess you couldn't get an L/P in the back unless it was a giant of a book !!!
the content of this EP seems to be have been taken from some of "Billy Cottons" Radio Shows that was very popular in the 50's + with guests as you can see...
Its interesting because I doubt whether it would have been commercially released and I wonder how many of these are still with the book !!!!...This one and the next couple of posts we can Thank "Jenny " fron the Gym...cheers "Jenny" !!!!

     1. Side One

Anna Maria Alberghetti

Alberghetti was a child prodigy. Her father was an opera singer and concert master of the Rome Opera Company. Her mother was a pianist. She had a brother named Gorge. At age six, Anna Maria sang in a concert on the Isle of Rhodes with a 100-piece orchestra. She performed at Carnegie Hall in New York at the age of 13. At 15, she was introduced to American film audiences in Frank Capra's 1951 musical Here Comes the Groom, which starred Bing Crosby. At 16, she was Red Skelton's opening act during his Sahara Hotel engagement in Las Vegas.

A pleasant selection of standards sung well by the gal with the three barrelled name !

Thanks John for the above selection they were great !!!..Have a Good Day !!! 

     5. My One And Only Love

Monday 16 November 2020

Dennis Waterman.320 Kbps

 For those of you out there in the wonder of "Cyber Space" and across the pond and in the land of perpetual snow...and not forgetting the upside down land !! who don't know who "Dennis Waterman" is here's a little bio'...He started his career as a child actor he was "Just William" in the BBC TV version... In the early 1960's he was "Oliver" in the stage show "Oliver" He then went on to star in TV's "The Sweeny" with "John Thaw"....then "Minder" with "George Cole"....singing the theme songs for a few TV series including the ones he was in... at the moment he is in a TV series called "New Tricks"soooooooooooo bio done so will get back to this L/P...It has a slight country feel to it with a Dolop of Rock a pleasant enuff set of the only way to agree or disagree with me is have a listen !!!

 1. Jamaica Woman
2. Wasn't Love Strong Enough 
3. Holding On To Love
4. What You See Is What You Get
5. Gone Wrong Song

1. Love's Left Me Bleeding
2. Nothing At All
3. Love Is Like A Rainbow
4. I Could be So Good For You
5. The Lady's Up To No Good

    4. I Could Be So Good For You

Dennis Waterman...320 Kbps

 Another set of songs from the TV actor...none of the songs are well known but they are very interesting and well worth a listen !!

1. If Ever I Had To Say Goodbye To You 
2. It Ain't Easy 
3. Fly Away Little Bird
4. Louise
5.They Can't Take My Love Away
6. Smokie Joe

1. Heartbeat
2. Growing Old
3. Something Called Love
4. Yesterdays Papers
5. Cockney Cowboy
6.Another Whiskey Sour

       5. They Can't Take My Love Away.

Thursday 5 November 2020

Tony Christie

A fine selection of songs from an underrated Singer that seemed to do beter on the continent !!
What an uncomfortable pose for his cover !!

     5. Walk Like A Panther

Monday 2 November 2020

40 Supergreats.320 Kbps

A great "Super" Compilation of 40 Tracks from the 70's....Its great to hear some of the minor Top hits of yesteryear !! as well as the popular ones ....Notably  "Susan Cadogan's" "Hurt So Good" & "Stealers Wheel" "Stuck In The Middle"
So come with me for a walk down "Memory Lane "!!!

    7. Hurts So Good

     8. Stuck In The Middle

4 more from the 78 rpm box...including a singer that is in The Guinness World Records Book !!
A nice aprox 24 mins listening experience !

1. I'll Come When You Call......Ruby Murray
2.It's The Irish In Me......Ruby Murray
3. I'll Walk Beside You......John McHugh
4. You Are Mine......John McHugh
5. In A Monastery Garden......Court Symphony Orchestra
6. Destiny Waltz......Court Symphony Orchestra
7. Men Of Harlech......The Royal Welsh Male Choir
8. LLef......The Royal Welsh Male Choir
                                                Ruby Murray
Ruby Florence Murray (29 March 1935 – 17 December 1996) was a Northern Irish singer and actress. One of the most popular singers in the British Isles in the 1950s, she scored ten hits in the UK Singles Chart between 1954 and 1959. She also made pop chart history in March 1955 by having five hits in the Top Twenty in a single week.
The 1950s was a busy period for Murray, during which she had her own television show, starred at the London Palladium with Norman Wisdom, appeared in a Royal Command Performance (1955), and toured the world. In a period of 52 weeks, starting on 3 December 1954 and lasting until the end of November 1955, Murray constantly had at least one single in the UK charts – this at a time when only a Top 20 was listed.

The Royal Welsh Male Choir sings to you from the land where fine singing is a tradition. It was founded in 1883 and two years later was accorded the right to use the Royal prefix following a command performance at Windsor Castle before Queen Victoria.

John McHugh was born on July 23, 1911 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England. He is known for his work on I'll Turn to You (1946), I'll Walk Beside You (1943) and The Ken Dodd Show (1959). He died on June 5, 2004 in Penn, Buckinghamshire, England.

3. I'll Walk Beside You

Saturday 31 October 2020

Kay Starr

Some vintage Kay Starr is always great to get the feet tippy tappin' !!

1. A Hundred Years From Today
2. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
3. Glad Rag Doll
4. Fit As A Fiddle
5. My Buddy
6. You Can Depend on Me

1. I Want A Boy
2. I'll Never Say Never Again Again
3. The Prisoner's Song
4. Once More
5. Georgia On My Mind
6. Jump For Joy

     6. You Can Depend On Me

Nippers Greatest Hits..The 30's

 A stroll down memory lane when times were calmer than they are now !! at least till the 1st September 1939 !!!......Music courtesy of "Nipper" the HMV / RCA Dog

     14. I Can't Get Started

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Davy Graham

If you like guitar music then this one should delight you !!..with only the drums for accompaniment this show how good he plays the guitar !!
 Though Graham is commonly referred to as a folk musician, the diversity of his music shows strong influences from many genres. Elements of blues, jazz, and Middle Eastern music are evident throughout his work...There are three extra tracks. 7.8 & 9

1. Don't Stop The Carnival
2. Sermoette
3. Take Five
4. How Long How Long Blues
5. Sunset Eyes
6. Cry Me a River

1. The Ruby And The Pearl 
2. Buffalo
3. Exodus
4. Yellow Bird
5. Blues For Betty
6. Hallelujah
7. Angi
8. Davy's Train Blues
9. 3 4 AD

     13. Angi