Music Played12 items
Lee Wiley A Ghost Of A Chance
“Lee Wiley – Any Time, Any Day, Anywhere”
Retrospective, RTR 4147
Frank Sinatra And Duke Ellngton Follow Me
“Francis A & Edward K”
Reprise, REPRISE 1024-2
Mildred Bailey Don't Take Your Love From Me
Mildred Bailey: Complete Columbia Recordings Vol 2
Definitive Records, DRCD 11180
Dionne Warwick Promises, Promises
“The Burt Bacharach Songbook”
Connoisseur Collection, VSOP CD 128
Ben Selvin Orchestra: Helen Rowland, Vocal Cheerful Little Earful
Ben Selvin Volume 2
The Old Masters, MB 117
Benny Goodman Trio With Rosemary Clooney Memories Of You
Bg Carnegie Hall Concert + 1950’s Material (4 CDS)
Avid, AMBX 151
Jones-Smith Incorporated Evenin'
Count Basie: Original 1936-39 Recordings
Naxos Jazz Legends, 8.120662
Cab Calloway Jitter Bug
“Hi-De-Hi!” Cab Calloway 1930 - 1947
ASV, CD AJA 5397
Alma Cogan Blue Again
Alma Cogan – “Dreamboat” – Her 31 Finest 1953-56
Retrospective, RTR 4121
Banu Gibson Bojangles Of Harlem
‘Let’s Face The Music & Dance’
Swing Out, CD 112
Shirley Booth He Had Refinement
“Broadway Songs, Hits & Showstoppers”
Jasmine, JASBOX 18-4
Frank Sinatra The Way You Look Tonight
‘Sinatra – Nothing But The Best’
Reprise, 8122 79934 5
This Week's Show
So the voting procedure on our website is now closed – and we must apologise for the problems many of you experienced in registering your votes when something (don’t ask us what – we don’t understand such things!) went awry with the system and started telling folk they’d already voted when they hadn’t. We can, however, reassure those of you who resorted to simple email that your votes are being counted... and we only have to wait a week now to discover whose duet it is that you consider the finest.
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The book on Dorothy Fields that we mentioned in the show this week is “Pick Yourself Up – Dorothy Fields and The American Musical”, written by Charlotte Greenspan and published by OUP. A very thorough and well-researched treatment of a fascinating life, it stretches to nearly 300 pages, covering in detail her work not only as a songwriter but as a librettist and a writer of scenarios for Hollywood. The useful appendices include lists of all her songs and movie and theatre work.
Played In This Week's Show: Alma Cogan
We wonder what’s happened to the Retrospective label, which started so promisingly last year, after the demise of ASV, with a number of excellent albums, two of which featured in this week’s show: Since that initial flurry we’ve not heard from them – shame, because the standard of the ones we do have is high in every respect. “Lee Wiley – Any Time, Any Day, Anywhere” for instance, gives us 25 very well-chosen tracks from almost her entire recording career – from 1932 to 1954 and if you want one representative Wiley album, this could be it – and the cast of extras is one that money couldn’t buy: Johnny Green, Fats Waller, Berigan Hackett, Braff, Stacy – legends all, providing Miss Wiley with some perfect settings for her captivating vocalising. RTR 4147 is the number.
Jasmine’s “Broadway Songs, Hits and Showstoppers” (Jasbox 18-4) is a treasure-trove for lovers of the stage musical with well-chosen representatives from 76 shows! Sometimes they’ve picked just one stand-out number, (good to hear, for instance, the original ‘New Fangled Tango’ from ‘Happy Hunting’ sung by Merman, Virginia Gibson & Leon Belasco) sometimes two or three from the same show – ‘My Fair Lady’ gets four tracks - it’s a feast of Broadway glory by original casts, from 1927 with ‘Showboat’ and Paul Robeson, continuing over 90 tracks (4 CDs) to “The Music Man” and Robert Preston. No surprise, to find the indefatigable Geoff Milne in charge of this happy assemblage. A fine Christmas gift for a showbiz fan!