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Johnny Mercer Button Up Your Overcoat
Mosaic Select: Johnny Mercer 
Beverly Kenney The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
Beverly Kenney Sings For Johnny Smith
Roost [LP], LP 2206
Beverly Kenney The More I See You
“.. Sings With Jimmy Jones & The Basie-Ites”
Roost [LP], LP 2218
Frank Sinatra Prisoner Of Love
Sinatra & Strings [Arranged By Don Costa]
Reprise, 9 27020-2
Lennie Niehaus This Love Of Mine
Bing Crosby Through The Years Vol 9: 1955-6
Sepia, Sepia 1185
Mel Tormé I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
“Mel Tormé With Marty Paich & Dave Barbour”
Giants Of Jazz, CD 53343
Frankie Laine It Ain't Gonna Be Like That
“Frankie Laine – The Young Master”
Flapper, PAST CD 7826
Anita O'Day We'll Be Together Again
“Anita O’day: Four Classic Albums”
Avid, AMSC 963
Benny Goodman Sextet W. Rickey [Vocal] Oh! Babe
“ Benny Goodman – Ode To Swing”
Columbia, SEGC 11 [EP]
Nellie Lutcher Hurry On Down
“Hurry On Down – Nellie Lutcher”
Memoir, CDMOIR 562
Ella Fitzgerald You Don't Know What Love Is
“Ella Fitzgerald – The War Years 1941-1947“
MCA/GRP, GRP 26282
Lorraine Feather & Stephanie Trick Pour On The Heat [Based On 'Caprice Rag']
Pre-Release Provided By Lorraine Feather
Nouveau Stride, 001
Jeri Southern When The Sun Comes Out
“Jeri Southern Meets Johnny Smith”
Columbia, SX 1155
This Week's Show:
The game of building a programme by making a progressive link using performer B singing performer A’s song and following this by performer C singing performer B’s and so on is one we’ve attempted before – and it has taken us into some strange places: Try it yourself: It’s quite fun and you can sometimes discover (usually in desperation) some quaint material you might otherwise not come across before! But you’ll seldom be able to get much beyond half a dozen links. If you CAN – and they’re not too obscure – let us know!
The Victor Young/Herman Hupfeld recording of “Goopy Geer (He Plays Piano and he plays by ear) backed with ‘Down The Old Back Road’ might have helped in such a construction if we’d been able to find a copy of that elusive disc. Our sleuths are, even as we write this, still combing the world for a copy but none has yet materialised. We’ve been hunting for it for so long that we’re now fearful it’ll be a terrible disappointment if we ever DO run it to earth.
A word of encouragement now to the record companies still bravely (and thankfully!) continuing to produce plenty of great CDs for our delectation – more, it seems than ever from the smaller companies and especially in the re-issue field. Who’d have imagined, a few years back, what past delights we’d be able to enjoy today, from old classics to precious forgotten albums. We hope very much that one of the companies will soon turn their attention to the small but superb output of the late-lamented Beverly Kenney.
Featured In This Week's Show: Bing Crosby
This week, a little catch-up on the boxes we’ve received for review and which haven’t yet made our programme play-list: As usual, Jasmine leads this particular field and here are two excellent collections we hope to find an excuse to include in the near future:
Rosemary Clooney: “Mixed Emotions” is a 4 CD set that covers almost all of Rosie’s hits, excerpts from top albums and covers of her film work during the ‘50s and ‘60s. So, from ‘Come On-A My House’ and ‘Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me’ are here as are much of the Clooney-Ellington collaboration – in fact the roll-call of orchestras alone is impressive - it’s an almost ‘all you need to know’ collection and is rightly entitled “Clooney Defined”. JASBOX 27-4 is the number.
A similar set is devoted to Margaret Whiting on “There Goes That Song Again – The Songbook And The Legacy” and continues the story begun in an earlier Jasmine box (“My Ideal”) from the early ‘40s (‘Moonlight in Vermont’, ‘That Old Black Magic’) to the period after she left Capitol and signed with DOT. A wealth of good quality standards compensate for the occasional cheesy pop number (‘Good Morning Mr Echo’ and the like). 4 CDs, well re-mastered: JASBOX 26-4.
Which leaves not enough room to tell about the great 4 CD from JSP of “Selected Sides by Dinah Shore” (JSP 967 recorded between 1939 and 1957 and comprising no less than 111 tracks with a huge cast of supporting musicians and numerous guest collaborations: Doris Day, Woody Herman, Tony Martin etc.