quinta-feira, 31 de janeiro de 2013

Robert Farnon and His Orchestra - Two Cigarettes In The Dark

  1. Two Cigarettes in the Dark
  2. Cocktails for Two
  3. The Touch of Your Lips
  4. Where or When
  5. By Candlelight
  6. The Very Thought of You
  7. Isn't it Romantic
  8. I'm in the Mood for Love
  9. The Way You Look Tonight
  10. Moonlight Becomes You
  11. A Door Will Open
  12. Love Walked In
  13. Come Dance With Me
Two Cigarettes In The Dark

quarta-feira, 30 de janeiro de 2013

Mantovani - Collector's Mantovani - Volume 2

  1. Tania
  2. Sail Away
  3. Summer Night
  4. Someone Nice Like You
  5. Far Away
  6. Mutiny On The Bounty
  7. Love Song From Mutiny On The Bounty - Follow Me
  8. Only Yesterday
  9. Non Dimenticar
  10. The Churchill March
  11. In The Spring
  12. Red Petticoats
  13. Rickshaw
  14. A Girl Named Tamiko
  15. Japanese Lullaby
  16. Willow Tree
  17. Games That Lovers Play
  18. The World's A Lovely Place
  19. Love Theme From "The Carpetbaggers"
  20. Taras Bulba
  21. March In 3-4
  22. Greengage Summer
  23. Anthony And Cleopatra
  24. The Orange Vendor
  25. Where Shall I Find Him
  26. Teddy Bears' Picnic
  27. Let Me Be Loved
Collector's Mantovani 2

terça-feira, 29 de janeiro de 2013

Leroy Holmes - Everybody's Talkin'

  1. The World That Only Lovers See  from "The Chairman"
  2. Midnight Cowboy
  3. Alice's Restaurant Massacree
  4. We From Me, Natalie
  5. Staircase
  6. Everybody's Talkin'
  7. They Call The Wind Maria  from "Paint Your Wagon"
  8. You and I  From "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"
  9. The Bridge at Remagen
  10. Justine
  11. Tomorrow Is My Friend  from "Gaily, Gaily"
  12. Theme from "The Madwoman of Chaillot"
Everybody's Talkin'

LeRoy Holmes (born Alvin Holmes September 22, 1913, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – July 27, 1986, Los Angeles, California) was an American songwriter, composer, arranger and conductor.

Holmes studied music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and the Juilliard School in New York, before working with a number of bandleaders during the 1930s and early 40s. These included Ernst Toch, Vincent Lopez, and Harry James.

After serving as a lieutenant in the US Navy during the Second World War, he moved to Hollywood, where he was hired by MGM Music Studios as a house arranger and conductor, before later moving to United Artists. During his time with MGM, he backed numerous vocalists, including Judy Garland, and in 1954 made what is possibly his best known recording, a version of the theme to the film The High and the Mighty. The song is known for its distinctive accompanying whistling, which was provided by Fred Lowery. Holmes provided the orchestration for Tommy Edwards epic 1958 hit "It's All In The Game", and tried rock and R&B with his backing to the Impalas "Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)". Holmes also wrote the theme song to the television series International Detective.

He moved to United Artists Records in the early 1960s, where he contributed to many compilations of movie themes, released albums under his own name and backed a succession of singers, notably Connie Francis, Gloria Lynne, Shirley Bassey and Puerto Rican singers like Tito Rodríguez and Chucho Avellanet. In addition, he produced albums for a number of United Artists acts, including the Briarwood Singers. He also worked on the music for the 1977 film The Chicken Chronicles (see 1977 in film).

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

segunda-feira, 28 de janeiro de 2013

Mantovani - Collector's Mantovani - Volume 1

  1. Toyshop Ballet
  2. When the Lilac Blooms Again
  3. Swedish Rhapsody
  4. American Gypsy
  5. The Heart of Budapest
  6. The Moulin Rouge Theme
  7. Vola Colomba
  8. Jamaican Rumba
  9. Valse Campestre
  10. Call of the West
  11. Dream Dust
  12. Edmundo Ros & Ted Heath Medley
  13. Almost in Your Arms
  14. Temple of Dreams
  15. Around the World
  16. The Road to Ballingarry
  17. Mandolin Serenade
  18. Souvenir D'Italie
  19. Theme From The Sundowners
  20. To My Love
  21. A Certain Smile
  22. The Valiant Years
  23. The Canary
  24. Evening in Capri
  25. The Spring Song
  26. Flamenco Love
  27. Theme From The Last Rhapsody
Collector's Mantovani Vol. 1

domingo, 27 de janeiro de 2013

Franck Pourcel - Edith et Pourcel

  1. Avant toi [Theme du film Edith et Marcel] (C.Aznavour, F.Lai)
  2. La vie en rose (Louiguy, E.Piaf)
  3. L'homme a la Moto (Lieber-Stoller, adapted by J.Drejac)
  4. Hymne a l'amour (M.Monnot-Edith Piaf)
  5. Non, je ne regrette rien (C.Dumont, M.Vaucaire)
  6. Medley: La Foule / L'accordeoniste / Padam padam / Les mots de'amour / Je connais pas la fin / L'aorgue des amoureux
  7. Mon Dieu (C.Dumont- M.Voucolro)
  8. Bravo pour le Clown (P.Louiguy-H.Conlet)
  9. Medley: C'est la Faute a tes Yeux / J'm'en Fous pas mal / Comme Moi / C'est un Gars
  10. Mea Culpa (H.Giraud- M.Rivogouche)
  11. Medley: La Goualante du Pauvre Jean / Mon Manege a Moi / Milord
Edith et Pourcel

sábado, 26 de janeiro de 2013

Esquivel - The Genius of Esquivel

  1. St. Louis Blues
  2. Agua de Beber
  3. Question Mark (Que Vas a Hacer)
  4. Perdon (Perdoname Mi Vida)
  5. Temptation (In Three Movements)
  6. Amor Amor
  7. Flower Girl From Bourdeaux
  8. La Bikina
  9. Surfboard
  10. Malaguena Salerosa (Sweetheart From Malaga)
  11. Besame Mucho (In Two Movements)
The Genius of Esquivel



Victor Silvester and His Silver Strings - Bewitched

  1. Shall We Dance
  2. Mountain Greenery
  3. Some Enchanted Evening
  4. If I Loved You
  5. The Lady Is A Tramp
  6. People Will Say We're In Love
  7. No Other Love
  8. Manhattan
  9. Bewitched
  10. Isn't It Romantic
  11. This Can't Be Love
  12. Dancing On the Ceiling
  13. Blue Moon
  14. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  15. I Could Write A Book
  16. My Heart Stood Still
Bewitched

sexta-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2013

Mantovani Orchestra - Film & Theatre Themes

  1. Flamingo
  2. Long Ago and Far Away
  3. Three Coins in the Fountain
  4. The Sound of Music
  5. Begin the Beguine
  6. Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme)
  7. Moulin Rouge
  8. Around the World in 80 Days
  9. Cavatina
  10. Tara's Theme (Gone with the Wind)
  11. Andrew Lloyd Webber Medley: Jesus Christ Superstar / Love Changes Everything / Don't Cry for Me Argentina / Memory / The Phantom of the Opera / All I Ask You / Jesus Christ Superstar (Reprise)
  12. Over the Rainbow
  13. Tonight
  14. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
  15. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  16. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  17. The Impossible Dream
  18. Smile
  19. Hello Dolly
  20. When You Wish upon A Star
Film & Theatre Themes

The Executive Producer of these recordings, Tony D'Amato, was born in New York and at the request of Sir Edward Lewis, then boss of Decca Records, was brought to Britain to record some of the top artists on the Decca label. Sir Edward was very kenn to improve the status of British talent in the American market, and as a result of Tony D'Amato's productions, enormous sales were achieved.

Among the many artists that Tony D'Amato has produced are the Ted Heath Band, Ronnie Aldrich, Stanley Black, Dame Vera Lynn, Edmundo Ros, Robert Farnon and his Orchestra, Harry James, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman and of course, the famous Mantovani Orchestra.

Looking back over the 20th Century, some of the greatest songs have been composed for films or Broadway shows. All the songs in this very delightful recording have sold over a million in sheet music sales and they are as popular today as when they were originally composed. They are performed on radio stations throughout the entire world and their popularity today is greater than ever.

Jerome Kern, Max Steiner, Lerner & Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Rogers, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, have all contributed to the wonderful music on this recording played in the distinctive style of the world famous Mantovani Orchestra.

(From the original liner notes)

quinta-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2013

Violines Magicos de Villafontana - 100 Años de Música - Disc 1

  1. Popurri Mexicano
  2. Nunca Volvere A Enamorarme
  3. Mosaico Italiano
  4. Valses Europeos
  5. El Amor Es Una Cosa Esplendorosa
  6. Zorba El Griego
  7. El Amor Es Triste (Love Is Blue)
  8. Tema De Lara (Lara's Theme)
  9. Amor De Estudiante
  10. Popurri Strauss
  11. Las Hojas Muertas
  12. Fiesta Para Cuerdas (Holiday For Strings)
  13. Vals De La Musetta
  14. Un Viejo Amor (Aca De Este Lado)
  15. Laura
  16. Acuario (Aquarius)
  17. Rodolfo El Reno De La Nariz Roja
  18. Gigi
  19. A Traves De Los Anos (As Time Goes by)
  20. Ramona
Villafontana 1

Harry James - Especial

  1. If I Loved You
  2. Serenade in Blue
  3. I Need You Now
  4. September in the Rain
  5. You Go to My Head
  6. That Old Feeling
  7. Serenata
  8. Embraceable You
  9. Smile
  10. Oop Shoop
  11. Little Things Mean A Lot
  12. The Touch
Especial


O fôlego e a liderança de Harry James

Harry James é uma legenda na história da música instrumental norte-americana, destes nomes que se elevaram entre a constelação de timbres musicais consolidando-se como um dos mais famosos e dedicados músicos do mundo.

A princípio ele dividiria seu tempo entre o golfe e o baseball com seus primeiros namoros com a música. Se o esporte, no entanto, ofereceu-lhe o tipo atlético que hoje ostenta, a música penetrou em sua vida como a água pura em uma esponja. Quem já teve o privilégio de assisti-lo ao vivo, diz sem titubear: "Quando flui a melodiosidade de seu trumpete, quando Harry solta sua rara virtuosidade, não há paralelo para esse instrumento em todo o mundo".

Com oito anos de idade começou a aprender o instrumento que o projetaria no mundo musical, incentivado por sua família, que possuía pessoas ligadas ao mundo do circo. Assim, quando completou dez anos de idade, solava trumpete para um bizarro contorcionista de 65 anos. Aos 15 começou a tocar em Beaumont, Texas, numa orquestra local, acompanhando o nomadismo de sua família circense. Depois chega em Dallas, procurando novas experiências musicais e é convidado para atuar na orquestra de Ben Pollack. Grava com este alguns discos, e pela primeira vez é percebido por Benny Goodman, um fanático curtidor de discos de orquestras, que não sossegou enquanto não descobriu que num determinado disco, o insinuante trumpete que o encantava era interpretado por um jovem chamado Harry James. Foi dessa maneira que Harry James estreou na excelente orquestra de Goodman, destacando-se na antológica Deep Elm.

Harry tocou com Goodman durante três anos, conquistando uma excelente reputação e seu devido lugar como trumpetista. Em 1939, com apoio mas também tristeza de Benny Goodman, Harry, então com 23 anos, decide formar seu próprio grupo, principiando uma outra carreira sólida, desta feita como band leader.

Dono de uma suavidade cativante e de um equilíbrio harmônico que define os grandes músicos, Harry James apresenta-se no Brasil armado de todo um passado rico em discografia, espetáculos e participações dignificantes que incluem de Si Zentner, Buddy Rich e Stan Kenton, Ray Anthony e Woody Herman, Dave Stone e outros parceiros ou influenciadores que agigantaram sua obra.

O respeitado saxofonista Quin Davis, que como tantos outros "cobras" atuou nas orquestras de Harry James, confessa numa capa de recente disco do exímio trumpetista e chefe de orquestra: "Tocar com Harry foi a melhor experiência de minha vida musical, pois foi com ele que encontrei a chance de trabalhar com várias e grandes orquestras, tanto em bailes de interior, como em quartéis, em teatros lotados, como nas primeiras orquestras dançantes que viajaram pelos Estados Unidos.

Harry James é um dos grandes responsáveis pela conquista de uma consciência de classe por parte dos músicos de orquestra norte-americanos, pois foi um pioneiro e amou como a um deus as bandas com as quais trabalhou, sendo além de maestro um músico exemplar e até mesmo um verdadeiro "mestre-de-obras", como conjucturou o conceituado saxofonista Pat Longo.

Sua filosofia musical desenvolveu-se nas inúmeras viagens e diversas orquestras com que atuou, criando com músicos de todas as procedências, idades e formações. A este esquema ele aplicava sua disciplina de trabalho, uma inspiração notadamente lírica e cheia de nuances, fatores que resultaram nestas palavras do célebre baixista Dave Stone: "Harry é um grande músico, sempre respeitado aqui ou em qualquer lugar onde seja ouvido, e tem seu nome garantidamente afixado entre os maiores músicos de todos os tempos".

No tempo de suas orquestras de dança, antes de 1941, muitos músicos saíram de suas cidades de origem em busca de aprimoramento, e quase sempre a orquestra de James era o troféu mais ambicionado, a escola mais procurada.

Sua marca pode ser encontrada tanto em composições próprias, como a belíssima Blues For Sale, ou também em recriações marcantes de nomes como Count Basie (Corner Pocket), Thad Jones (Cherokee), até a magistral Sweet Georgia Brown, de Bernie, Casey e Pinkard. Histórico é seu disco de 1941, intitulado A Sinner Kissed An Angel, no qual aparecia como vocalista Dick Haymes. No lado B, Harry incluiu um velho tema de 1913, intitulado You Made Me Love You, com um leve sabor "country". Ao sucesso da gravação se deveu sua temporada no Paramount Theatre, de New York, sendo que na estréia, uma hora antes do início do espetáculo, a polícia foi chamada a intervir de vido à multidão de jovens que forçava a entrada do teatro, já superlotado.

Em 5 de julho de 1943, o primeiro trumpetista e líder de orquestra dos Estados Unidos casa-se com a "pin-up girl" Betty Grable, que o brinda com duas crianças: Victoria Elizabeth e Jessica.

Pela 20th Century Fox aparece pela primeira vez no cinema na película Do You Love Me, com Maureen O'Hara e Dick Haymes. Com essa abertura ele viria a participar, como ator ou músico, em filmes como I'll Get By, Springtime in the Rockies, Best Foot Forward, Two Girls and A Sailor, além de outros créditos em If I'm Lucky, Carnegie Hall e A Miracle Can Happen. Não podemos esquecer também que foi ele quem desenvolveu e executou os temas do filme Young Man with A Horn.

Durante sua frenética e equilibrada carreira, Harry James emprestou seu talento a nomes como Frank Sinatra, Helen Forrest, Dick Haymes, Kitty Kallen e inúmeros outros, e mais recentemente estrelou uma série para a TV com sua orquestra, atuando como ator, trumpetista e homem americano que curte o baseball, o hot-dog e o clima de You Made Me Love You.

Uma discografia rica, apesar de praticamente inédita no Brasil, conferem-lhe o mérito e a liderança que sua sensibilidade apurada e seu talento lhe garantiram. Chamado de King James em um de seus discos, onde o séquito musical é composto de grandes "feras" da música instrumental americana, Harry James chega para mostrar a perfeita fusão de seus brilhantes metais, distribuídos entre pistons (4), trumpetes (1), sax tenor (2), sax alto (2), sax barítono (1), trombones (3), magicamente dosados com piano, baixo e bateria, além de um vocalista, que nesta excursão é o correto e sutil Francis Dennis.

Para os bons ouvidos apreciadores da melhor música instrumental, o fôlego e a sensibilidade criativa inigualáveis de Harry James, além de músico, um raro líder de orquestra.

(Extraído das notas originais do álbum)

quarta-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2013

Mantovani - Hollywood

  1. Born Free
  2. Lara's Theme
  3. Goldfinger
  4. Ben Hur
  5. A Taste of Honey
  6. This Is My Song
  7. You Only Live Twice
  8. The Magnificent Seven
  9. Tara's Theme
  10. Lawrence of Arabia
  11. Zorba the Greek
  12. The Bible
Hollywood

terça-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2013

Floyd Cramer - Favorite Country Hits

  1. Last Date
  2. Sweet Dreams
  3. Walking the Floor over You
  4. It's Only Make Believe
  5. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
  6. I Fall to Pieces
  7. Singing the Blues
  8. Behind Closed Doors
  9. She Thinks I Still Care
  10. Friends in Low Places
  11. Always On My Mind
  12. For the Good Times
  13. Lovesick Blues
  14. King of the Road
  15. Please Help Me, I'm Falling
  16. Have I Told You Lately
  17. Hey, Good Lookin'
  18. Forever and Ever, Amen
Favorite Country Hits

segunda-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2013

The Johnny Douglas Orchestra - Easy Orchestra

  1. Bird Brain
  2. Hi Jacker
  3. I Cover The Waterfront
  4. I Want To Be Happy
  5. I'm Confessin'
  6. Look For A Star
  7. Love Will Find A Way
  8. Midnight In Moscow
  9. Skaters Waltz
  10. Smooth One
  11. Soft Sugar
  12. Strait Laced
  13. Sucu Sucu
  14. Vilia
Easy Orchestra

sábado, 19 de janeiro de 2013

Percy Faith and His Orchestra and Chorus - Those Were The Days

  1. Those Were The Days
  2. I Love How You Love Me
  3. Both Sides Now
  4. Promises, Promises
  5. My Special Angel
  6. Zorba
  7. For Once In My Life
  8. Stormy
  9. Little Green Apples
  10. The Fool On The Hill
  11. A Quiet Day
Those Were The Days


sexta-feira, 18 de janeiro de 2013

Love & Orchestra - Big Orchestras Play Best Love Themes - Various Artists

  1. Autumn Concerto - Norrie Paramor
  2. Are You Lonesome Tonight - Larry Dalton
  3. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The 101 Strings Orchestra
  4. Put On A Happy Face - Victor Silvester and His Silver Strings
  5. Que Reste-t-il de Nos Amours - Living Strings
  6. April in Portugal - The Melachrino Strings
  7. Georgia on My Mind - The Romantic Strings
  8. More - Masterworks Strings
  9. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing - Jean Corbin and The Magic Strings
  10. Moon River - Royal Albert Orchestra
  11. Smile - Bert Kaempfert
  12. As Time Goes By - Kenny Ball Orchestra
  13. You Are So Beautiful - Fantastic Strings
  14. Over The Rainbow - Frank Chacksfield
  15. Midnight Rhapsody - The 101 Strings Orchestra
  16. Love Is Blue - The Romantic Strings
  17. Habanera - The International Harp Ensemble
  18. My Prayer - Henri Rene
  19. Manhattan Serenade - Andre Kostelanetz
  20. Memory - Boston Symphony Orchestra
Love & Orchestra

Andre Kostelanetz e Sua Orquestra - Voce, a Noite e a Música

  1. My Funny Valentine
  2. Thou Swell
  3. Nocturne
  4. My Romance
  5. Serenade
  6. Entrance of The Little Fauns
  7. Dancing on The Ceiling
  8. To A Wild Rose
  9. I Could Write A Book
  10. Poeme
  11. Blues in The Night
  12. You and The Night and The Music
You and the Night and the Music

quinta-feira, 17 de janeiro de 2013

The Three Suns - Having a Ball with The Three Suns

  1. You Are My Lucky Star / How about You / Hello! Ma Baby / Stompin' at the Savoy
  2. I'm in the Mood for Love / I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder / That Old Feeling / A Kiss to Build a Dream On
  3. Linda Mujer (You Never Say Yes - You Never Say No!)
  4. Hi Lili, Hi-Lo
  5. You Were Meant For Me / Just You, Just Me / Doll Dance / Elmer's Tune / Johnson Rag
  6. I Cried for You / Something's Gotta Give / Goofus / Coquette / Don't Be That Way
  7. If I Had You / I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) / Honey / Should I
  8. Three O'Clock in the Morning
  9. Walter Winchell Rhumba
  10. I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You) / When You Wore A Tulip / Sing, Sing, Sing / Tiger Rag
Having a Ball with The Three Suns

The postwar-era pop trio the Three Suns comprised vocalist/organist Artie Dunn, guitarist Al Nevins and accordionist Morty Nevins. Although formed in 1939, the group did not achieve widespread success until their 1944 Top 20 rendition of "Twilight Time," co-written by the trio with Buck Ram, sold over a million copies. In 1947 the Three Suns topped the charts with "Peg o' My Heart," but by the 1950s line-up shuffles plagued the group -- first Al Nevins was replaced by Johnny Buck, who later gave way to Joe Negri, while brother Morty Nevins was replaced by accordionist and pianist Joe Vento in 1955. After disbanding, Dunn reformed the trio in 1957 with guitarist Johnny Romano and accordionist Tony Lovello; a largely-forgotten curio for several decades, by the 1990s the Three Suns had accrued hipster cache thanks to the lounge-music revival, and their original recordings resurfaced on any number of exotica and "space-age bachelor pad" reissues. Al Nevins also etched his name in pop history as the co-founder, with Don Kirshner, of Aldon Music, the songwriting house which served as the epicenter of the Brill Building music factory. 

(By Jason Ankeny from allmusic.com)

terça-feira, 15 de janeiro de 2013

Cyril Stapleton and His Orchestra - Great Movie Hits vol. 2

  1. Around The World
  2. Anniversary Song
  3. Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
  4. Theme From Limelight
  5. Theme From Moulin Rouge
  6. The High And The Mighty
  7. True Love
  8. No One But You
  9. The Loveliest Night Of The Year
  10. Tammy
  11. Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
  12. Be My Love
Great Movie Hits 2

segunda-feira, 14 de janeiro de 2013

Cyril Stapleton and His Orchestra - Great Movie Hits vol. 1

  1. April Love
  2. Young At Heart
  3. September Song
  4. A Certain Smile
  5. Unchained Melody
  6. Friendly Persuasion
  7. Secret Love
  8. Hold My Hand
  9. Love Me Tender
  10. The Harry Lime Theme
  11. Three Coins In The Fountain
  12. I'll Never Stop Loving You
Great Movie Hits 1

Cyril Stapleton was a ubiquitous figure in English pop music across three decades, initially by way of the BBC and later as an independent bandleader. Born on the last day of the year 1914 in Mapperley, Nottingham, he took to music easily and early in life, taking up the violin at age seven, and he made his first local radio appearance at age 12. He made regular appearances on the BBC as a boy, from their Birmingham studios. In his early teens -- which coincided with the tail-end of the silent movie era -- he frequently played in movie theater orchestras, playing accompaniment to silent films. He later attended Trinity College of Music in London on a scholarship, and during this time he auditioned for and won a spot in a new dance band being formed by leader Henry Hall under the auspices of the BBC. In addition to broadcasts, Stapleton played on several of Hall's recordings for EMI's Columbia label. Stapleton eventually lost the spot, however, owing to his youth, and returned to Nottingham. He then had ambitions as a bandleader himself, however, and formed his own group, which got work locally in theaters. 

He subsequently toured South Africa with Jack Payne's orchestra, and played on records by Payne's group. In the second half of the '30s, Stapleton's band moved to London, and by March of 1939 they'd made their BBC debut. He still occasionally worked in other bands, including the Jack Hylton Orchestra, however, and the outbreak of the Second World War late in 1939 forced Stapleton to abandon his career -- he served in the Royal Air Force for the duration. Although he was initially an air gunner, he was eventually able to put his musical abilities to work organizing entertainment, and by the end of the war he'd become a member of the RAF Symphony Orchestra.  

Stapleton continued working in his field after leaving the RAF, and in the period immediately after the war he played with the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the newly founded Philharmonia Orchestra. He soon wearied of the limited repertory in the classical field, and re-formed his own band in 1947. In short order he was also back on the BBC, and one of the singers he featured in those broadcasts was Dick James, the future music publisher, immortalized by his signing of members of the Beatles as songwriters in 1962. 

In 1952, Stapleton was appointed leader the BBC Show Band, the radio service's most prestigious performing unit for popular music, with its biggest audience -- in addition to featuring top homegrown talent, only the biggest visiting American singers -- including Frank Sinatra -- appeared with this orchestra. Stapleton became a ubiquitous presence in English entertainment and popular culture across the mid-'50s -- his mere selection of a song could make or break it, and like Sinatra (and, later, Elvis Presley) among singers in America, Stapleton as a bandleader was given first refusal on new tunes by profit-minded publishers. He was also able to make the leap to the big-screen by way of the widescreen feature Just for You (1955). By that time, the orchestra had become so successful that several members, including Bill McGuffie and Tommy Whittle, had started their own separate careers as bandleaders in their own right, and the band had introduced one huge star, Matt Monro, to his first national exposure.  

And then, in the spring of 1957, for reasons that have never been clear, the BBC decided to disband the orchestra. Stapleton was cut loose from his longtime employers, but he never broke stride, organizing his own orchestra again and going out on the road, in addition to cutting more records and still appearing on radio. Surprisingly, even amid the rise of rock & roll, he didn't find any interruption in his work, and he tried to understand the new music. In the mid-'60s, he occasionally tried to record and sign promising rock bands that crossed his path. In 1965, he became the head of A&R (artists and repertory) at Pye Records, one of England's three major recording organizations. His audience was still there, however, and in the early '70s he resumed recording and touring with a re-formed orchestra. Stapleton passed away in early 1974, at the age of 59. 

(By Bruce Eder from allmusic.com)


Liberace - Songs My Mother Taught Me

  1. Romance (Anton Rubinstein)
  2. Come Back To Sorrento
  3. O Sole Mio
  4. Tritsch Tratsch Polka
  5. Songs My Mother Taught Me
  6. La Paloma
  7. Londonderry Air
  8. Minute Waltz
  9. Estrellita
  10. Theme From Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony
Songs My Mother Taught Me


domingo, 13 de janeiro de 2013

Harry James - The Hits of Harry James

  1. The Mole
  2. You Made Me Love You
  3. I've Heard That Song Before
  4. Trumpet Blues
  5. Cherry
  6. I'm Beginning To See The Light
  7. Sleepy Lagoon
  8. Two O'Clock Jump
  9. I Cried For You
  10. Music Makers
  11. Velvet Moon
  12. Ciribiribin
The Hits of Harry James

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