Saturday, 2 December 2017

LP Artwork: Tell Her You Love Her / Frank Sinatra

The title track of this album was originally issued as the B-side of Frank Sinatra's hit single, Witchcraft - both with great Nelson Riddle arrangements.

This compilation album bearing its name came along in July 1963, and was one of a plethora of Sinatra albums that Capitol issued to try to scupper the launch of Sinatra's own label, Reprise, which he founded in 1960.

The tracks were culled from three of his concept albums (In the Wee Small Hours, A Swingin' Affair and Songs for Swingin' Lovers!) plus a couple of single releases, the other being Weep They Will which originally was the B-side of (Love Is) The Tender Trap.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Series 11, Prog 5

TELL TALES

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com 

I’ll Tell You What - Ronnie Whyte: Shades of Whyte
Something Tells Me (I'm Falling In Love) - Kristin Korb: Beyond the Moon
It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie - Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller: Fats Waller Plays and Sings
Tell Me Once Again - Carol Kidd & Nigel Clark: Tell Me Once Again
Someone to Tell It To - Nat King Cole: Looking Back
My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart) - Nat King Cole: The Very Thought of You
Tell All the World About You - Peggy Lee: Sugar & Spice
No One Ever Tells You - Frank Sinatra: A Swingin’ Affair!
Tell Her You Love Her - Frank Sinatra: Tell Her You Love Her
Tell Her (You Lover Her Each Day) - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra ’65
You Don’t Have to Tell Me - Carmen McRae: The Very Thought of You
You Tell Me Your Dreams, I'll Tell You Mine - The Mills Brothers: 78rpm Single
Tell Me - Bing Crosby & Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band: Bing with a Beat
Tell Me More And More, And Then Some - Ann Burton: New York State of Mind
Tell Me How Do You Feel - Ray Charles: Single
Tell Me the Truth - Nancy Wilson: single
What Will I Tell My Heart - Arthur Prysock & Count Basie: Arthur Prysock-Count Basie
Tell Mama - Etta James: Tell Mama

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com 

Monday, 27 November 2017

Series 11, Prog 4

STREET LIFE

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Central Avenue Boogie - Helen Humes: Today I Sing the Blues
Avenue C - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: Sing a Song of Basie
Lullaby of Broadway - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald Sings Sweet Songs for Swingers
The Long and Winding Road - Peggy Lee: Make It with You
The Lonesome Road - Morgana King: The Greatest Songs Ever Swung
A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet - Tony Bennett: Unplugged
Lonely Avenue - Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Clare Teal: Hey Ho (Clare Teal Tortures The Great British Song Book)
London By Night - Frank Sinatra: Come Fly with Me
On Green Dolphin Street - Carmen McRae: Carmen McRae at The Great American Music Hall (Vol 1)
Miracle Row - Janis Ian: Miracle Row
Streets of London - Cleo Laine: Born On a Friday
Manhattan - Todd Gordon & Jacqui Dankworth with the Royal Air Force Squadronaires: Evergreen
Basin Street Blues - Ray Charles: The Genius Hits the Road
Easy Street - June Christy: June Christy Recalls Those Kenton Days

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

LP Artwork: A Touch of Tobasco / Rosemary Clooney & Perez Prado

A Touch of Tabasco was Rosemary Clooney's second album for RCA Victor and, on its release in 1959, was promoted with bottles of Tabasco sauce! What's more, the liner notes where written by the singer's husband, José Ferrer.

It followed hot on the heels of one of my all-time favourite albums that Clooney recorded with her close friend, Bing Crosby, entitled Fancy Meeting You Here.

Sadly, it was the only pairing of Ms Clooney - George's aunt - with the famous Cuban bandleader.

Series 11, Prog 3

MAGIC

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

The Music Is the Magic - Sarah McKenzie: We Could Be Lovers
Mister Magic - Tony Bennett: The Complete Improv Recordings
Under the Spell of the Blues - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald & Chick Webb
That Old Black Magic - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Harold Arlen Song Book (Vol 1)
Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra: All the Way
If It’s Magic - Alison Burns & Martin Taylor: 1:AM
Magic Garden - Johnny Mathis: I’ll Buy You a Star
(You’ve Got) The Magic Touch - The Platters: The Fabulous Platters
It’s Magic - Keely Smith: Politely
He Cast a Spell On Me - Linda Hindmarsh: Hello Again
Magic Is The Moonlight (Te Quiero Dijiste; aka Muñequita linda - Cute Little Doll) - Rosemary Clooney & Perez Prado: A Touch of Tabasco
Under Your Spell Again - Bobby Darin: You’re the Reason I’m Living
The Magic Gift - June Christy: This Time of Year
It’s Not Magic - Barcelona Big Latin Band: Live recording
I Put a Spell On You - Nina Simone: I Put a Spell On You

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Friday, 10 November 2017

Series 11, Prog 2 (Repeat)

FEELING

I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling - Louis Armstrong: Satch Plays Fats
Feelin’ Good - Lena Horne: Feelin’ Good
Once More With Feeling - Billy Eckstine: Once More With Feeling
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling - Nancy Wilson: Today - My Way
That Old Feeling - Frank Sinatra: Nice ’n’ Easy
I Have the Feeling I’ve Been Here Before - Polly Gibbons: Many Faces of Love
It Takes a Whole Lot of Human Feeling - Carmen McRae: A Whole Lot of Human Feeling
That Funny Feeling - Bobby Darin: Ultra Lounge Artists Series/Bobby Darin
Feelings - Johnny Hartman: Boston Concert 1976 (Disc 2)
The Feeling of Jazz - Susannah McCorkle: The People That You Never Get to Love
Feelin’ Sad - Ray Charles: The Genius Sings The Blues
I’ve Got Those Feelin’ Too Good Today Blues - Peggy Lee: Mirrors
Feelin’ Lowdown - Andy Bey: Tuesdays In Chinatown
I Miss That Old Time Feeling - Sheila Jordan & Harvie Swartz: Old Time Feeling
The Feeling Sublime - Angeline Morrison: Are You Ready Cat?
I’ve Got a Feelin’ You’re Foolin’ - Helen O’Connell: Here’s Helen

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Sunday, 5 November 2017

LP Artwork: Turn Me Loose! / Frank Rosolino

A rare vocal outing for trombonist, Frank Rosolino. Turn Me Loose! was released on Frank Sinatra's fledgling label (Reprise Records) in 1962.

The song featured in this week's program is You're a Sweetheart written by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson as the title song for the Alice Faye movie in 1937. The other titles they wrote for the film didn't exactly become household hits: Broadway Jamboree, My Fine Feathered Friend, Who Killed Maggie? and Oh, Oh, Oklahoma...