Saturday, 17 March 2018

Series 11, Prog 20


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

A Rockin' Good Way - Dinah Washington & Brook Benton: The Two of Us
Blue and Sentimental - The Mills Brothers & Count Basie: Annual Report
I'm Confessin' - Tony Bennett & k d lang: A Wonderful World
Calcutta - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here
Am I Blue? - Carmen McRae & Betty Carter: Duets
Turkey In the Straw - The Hi-Lo's: The Hi-Lo's Happen to Folk Songs
Silly Habits - Mel Tormé & Janis Ian: Mel Tormé & Friends
Who? - The Pied Pipers: The Song Is You (Capitol Sings Jerome Kern)
I Like Your Kind of Love - Andy Williams & Peggy Powers: Single
Don't Worry 'Bout Me - The Four Freshmen: Four Freshmen & Five Guitars
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
Bei Mir Bist du Scon (Means That You're Grand) - The Andrews Sisters: In HiFi
Stompin' at the Savoy - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Ella & Louis Again
Somethin' Stupid - Frank & Nancy Sinatra: Nancy Sinatra/For My Dad
Cheek to Cheek - Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine: Sing the Best of Irving Berlin

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com

Sunday, 11 March 2018

LP Artwork: Thanks for Nothing / Rosemary Clooney

Rosemary Clooney was signed to Reprise Records in 1963 during the company's infancy. Later that year he would sell it to Warner Bros and Thanks for Nothing proved to be her only Reprise album project.

It's her version of the Irving Berlin song, All Alone, that opens this week's program. This standard has been recorded by luminaries ranging from Connee Boswell and Julie London to Frank Sinatra and (would you believe) Miss Piggy!

Saturday, 10 March 2018

LP Artwork: It's a Blue World / Mel Tormé

The Bethlehem label had signed Tormé in 1955 and, probably to ride on the success of Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours release, asked him for a ballads album. The 15-piece orchestral accompaniment was assembled by pianist and clarinetist Al Pellegrini with subtle and suitably romantic arrangements by Pellegrini, André Previn, Sandy Courage, Marty Paiche and Russ Garcia.

When I purchased the Japanese pressing of the album, it had the lighter blue cover but I'm unsure whether the darker blue cover was the original.

Series 11, Prog 19

Part 1

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

All Alone - Rosemary Clooney: Thanks for Nothing
All In Fun - Margaret Whiting: Margaret Whiting Sings The Jerome Kern Song Book - Vol 1
All I Need Is the Girl - Vic Damone: Live from Las Vegas
All My Love - Dena DeRose: A Walk In the Park
All or Nothing at All - Morgana King: Let Me Love You
All of Me - Frank Sinatra: Classic Sinatra II
All the Way - Keely Smith: Politely
All the World Is Green - Tom Waits: Blood Money
All Blues - Ernestine Anderson: Ow! The Concord All Stars
All This and Heaven Too - Mel Tormé: It’s a Blue World
All His Children - Bing Crosby & Count Basie: Bing ’n Basie
All Gone - Cleo Laine: The Servant (Soundtrack)
All I Could Do Is Cry - Etta James: At Last!
All These Things - Harry Connick Jr: Only You
All Is Quiet - Jacqui Dankworth: Live to Love

Outro: Come In from the Rain - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Series 11, Prog 18


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

Hard-Hearted Hannah - Ella Fitzgerald: Pete Kelly's Blues (Soundtrack)
The Shadow of Your Smile - Peggy Lee: That Was Then, This Is Now
Just In Time - Dean Martin: This Time, I'm Swingin'
It Had Better Be Tonight - Janet Seidel: The Art of Lounge - Vol 2
Moon River - The Four Freshmen: In Person - Vol 2
Moonlight Serenade - Frank Sinatra: Moonlight Sinatra
Seems Like Old Times - Diane Keaton: Annie Hall (Soundtrack)
Cheek to Cheek - Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine: Sing the Best of Irving Berlin
I Won't Dance - Fred Astaire: The Astaire Story - Vol 1
Change Partners - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
That Old Black Magic - Carmen McRae: Live at Bubba's
The Rhythm of Life - Sammy Davis Jr: Sweet Charity (Soundtrack)
Maybe This Time - Liza Minnelli: At Carnegie Hall (Disc 2)
Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall (Disc 2)
The Windmills of Your Mind - Mark Murphy: North Sea Jazz Sessions - Vol 5

Outro: Come In from the Rain - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Series 11, Prog 17


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

The Moon Got In My Eyes - Mildred Bailey: Harlem Lullaby
Through the Eyes of Love - Peggy Lee: Close Enough for Love
Close Your Eyes - Doris Day & André Previn: Duet
Angel Eyes - Frank Sinatra: Only the Lonely
I Only Have Eyes for You - Ella Fitzgerald & Nelson Riddle: Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Nancy Wilson: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Right Under My Eyes - Kristin Korb: Beyond the Moon
Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Girl) - Bing Crosby: Radio broadcast (November, 1950)
His Eyes, Her Eyes - Sarah Vaughan: Sarah Vaughan with Michel Legrand
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes - Irene Kral: Second Chance
Man with the Child In His Eyes - Kate Bush: The Kick Inside
I Never Want To Look Into Those Eyes Again - June Christy: This Is June Christy
Sunset Eyes - Ernie Andrews: In the Dark with Ernie Andrews
Star Eyes - Clairdee: Destination Moon
Them There Eyes - Billy Holiday: 78rpm single
When I Look In Your Eyes - Diana Krall: When I Look In Your Eyes
Black-Eyed Blues - Esther Phillips: Black-Eyed Blues
I’d Rather Listen to Your Eyes - Mildred Bailey: The Blues Singer (1929-1937)

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

LP Artwork: Rosie Solves the Swinging' Riddle! / Rosemary Clooney & Nelson Riddle

Ace arranger Nelson Riddle became rather jaded with all the plays on his surname when it came to album titles. This one, along with the contrived artwork, perhaps takes the biscuit!