Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Back to Dad's Musical Finds

Between some regular searching through my late dad Edward's musical collection, getting the records (33s, 45s and 78s) ready to move here and to sell where possible, discard where necessary, I've found more fun and standout discoveries, and gotten behind in describing them.
So, here are the contents of one of those old, thick volumes of records, a red leather and cardboard one embossed "Record Album" on the front cover containing 10 78s. I'll mention them in order of their appearance, with things getting better as they progress.
The first record is "Leap Frog," b/w "Show Me the Way to Go Home," by Les Brown and His Orchestra, Columbia 36857; next is "Twelfth Street Rag," b/w "Somebody Else, Not Me," by Pee Wee Hunt and His Orchestra, Capitol 15105; next, "Blue Bird of Happiness," b/w "Sunset to Sunrise," by Art Mooney and His Orchestra, MGM 10207; this is followed by "Swedish Rhapsody," b/w "Song of the Vagabonds," David Rose and His Orchestra, MGM 30196; next, "Bolero in Boogie," b/w "Production on Melody," Earl Spencer and His Orchestra," Black & White (B&W) 795; then, "That Lucky Old Sun," b/w "I Get Sentimental Over Nothing," Frankie Laine (with Harry Geller and His Orchestra and Carl Fischer on piano), Mercury 5316.
Then, a record you might have heard of, "Take the 'A' Train," b/w "The Sidewalks of New York," Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, RCA Victor 27380; next,"Hong Kong Blues," b/w "Stardust," Hoagy Carmichael at the Piano, Decca 18395; "How High the Moon," b/w "The Night Is Young and You're So Beautiful," Ziggy Elman and His Orchestra," MGM 10332; "Mule Train," b/w "Carry Me Back to Old Virginney," Frankie Laine (with the Muleskinners on song one, Carl Fischer's Orchestra on song two), Mercury 5345.
I hope you fine readers are enjoying this exploration of my father's musical collection as much as I am, and there is more to come.


Anonymous Cal Zone! said...

Lucky Ol Sun, is a great, great, vocal by Frankie Laine, and is one of Jerry Lee Lewis's favorite records. He considers Frankie Laine to be one of the 'great fucking stylists' and a huge influence on Jerry's vocal style. Frankie Laine was a huge star in his time, on par with contemporaries like Sinatra, but today is largely forgotten.

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