Saturday, 28 May 2016

LP Artwork: I'm Shooting High

This week's celebration of Harry Warren, one of the unsung heroes of the Great American Songbook, includes the cheekily-titled, Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (For Somebody Else).

The recording is by Ann Richards - at the time, also known as Mrs Stan Kenton - from the Capitol album I'm Shooting High with very stylish artwork of its time.

Series 7, Prog 9


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

September In the Rain - Dinah Washington: September In the Rain
I Only Have Eyes for You - Carmen McRae: The Great American Songbook
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby - Peggy Lee: Somethin’ Groovy!
You’ll Never Know - Frank Sinatra Jr: That Face
The More I See You - Nancy Sinatra: Nancy In London
Serenade In Blue - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra & Swingin’ Brass
At Last - Etta James: At Last!
You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me - Eydie Gormé
The Rose Tattoo - Perry Como: Dreamer’s Holiday
I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes/I’d Love to Take Orders from You - Mildred Bailey: The Blues Singer, 1929-1937
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (For Somebody Else) - Ann Richards: I’m Shooting High
No Love, No Nothin’ - Richard Rodney Bennett: When Lights Are Low
You Let Me Down - Billie Holiday: The Real Billie Holiday
Lullaby of Broadway - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald Sings Sweet Songs for Swingers
Sweet and Slow - Ella Fitzgerald & Nelson Riddle: Ella Swings Gently with Nelson
You’re My Everything - Nat King Cole: I Don’t Want to Be Hurt Anymore 
This Is Always - Irene Kral: Better Than Anything
About a Quarter to Nine - Mavis Rivers: Take a Number
There Will Never Be Another You - Ernestine Anderson: Ernestine Anderson

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

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Series 7, Prog 8


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

Eleanor Rigby - Mark Murphy: Satisfaction Guaranteed
Rocky Raccoon - Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo: Watch What Happens!
Can’t Buy Me Love - Hanna Vasanth (aka H Dawg): Demo
Come Together - Michael Ruff Band: Michael Ruff Band
The Lond and Winding Road - Peggy Lee: Make It With You
Yesterday - Erroll Garner: Feeling Is Believing
And I Love Him - Lisa Lauren: Lisa Lauren Loves The Beatles
I Should Have Known Better - Muriel Zoe: Neon Blue
Here, There and Everywhere - Perry Como: Just Out of Reach
You Never Give Me Your Money - Sarah Vaughan: Songs of The Beatles
Norwegian Wood - Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66: Ye-Me-Le
For No One - Liza Minnelli: Liza Minnelli
In My Life - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel
Because - Venessa Mae/Sir George Martin: In My Life
Across the Universe - Fiona Apple: Pleasantville (Soundtrack)

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

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

LP Artwork: When Your Lover Has Gone

Here's a vintage cover: the 1958 release, When Your Lover Has Gone, by the young singer, Sue Raney, who was signed to Capitol at the tender age of just 17. Moreover, who was assigned to take care of the arranging and conducting? None other than Nelson Riddle, then at the peak of his popularity.

Miss Raney began her professional career in 1954 and even worked on American television as vocalist for Ray Anthony's orchestra prior to making this record.

Her most recent album, Listen Here: Alone with Alan Broadbent, was released in 2012.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Series 7, Prog 7


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

Here, There and Everywhere - Carmen McRae: Just a Little Lovin’
I Love Being Here with You - Ernestine Anderson: Ow! The Concord All Stars
Here We Go Again - Ray Charles: Ray Charles Invites You to Listen
As Though You Were Here - Lee Wiley: Manhattan Nights
Maybe You’ll Be There - Diana Krall: The Look of Love
Love (Your Spell Is Everywhere) - Dean Martin: Cha Cha de Amor
Here I Am In Love Again - Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap: Love Is Here to Stay
Stuff Like That There - Bette Midler: For the Boys
Here Comes the Night - Harry James & Frank Sinatra: The Complete Harry James & His Orchestra featuring Frank Sinatra
You Are There - Frank Sinatra: The World We Knew 
Wish You Were Here - Peggy Lee: Latin ala Lee
That’s Him Over There - Nina Simone: The Amazing Nina Simone
Here Come The British - Daryl Sherman & Jay Leonhart: Johnny Mercer - A Centennial Tribute
Here I’ll Stay - Sammy Davis Jr: I Gotta Be Me
Here Lies Love - Alice Ricciardi: Comes Love
If You Were There - Sue Raney: When Your Lover Has Gone

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

Sunday, 8 May 2016

LP Artwork: Storyville Presents Miss Teddi King / Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely / A Ghost In Every Bar (Ian Shaw Sings the Lyrics of Fran Landesman)

Our eclectic mix of songs this week comes from interesting albums with stylish and vintage artwork. Here are three examples: the debut LP by the rather long-forgotten jazz/pop singer, Teddi King; Frank Sinatra's superb 1958 release which deserved more than one Grammy - which it received, for the artwork! - and, hailing from Wales, the highly-talented Ian Shaw and his homage to the lyricist, Fran Landesman.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Series 7, Prog 6


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

It’s Anybody’s Spring - Lena Horne: Songs by Burke & Van Heusen
It Might As Well Be Spring - Bill Charlap & Sandy Stewart: Love Is Here to Stay
Another Spring - Sammy Davis Jr: That’s All
A Fine Spring Morning - Blossom Dearie: Blossom Dearie
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most - Ian Shaw: A Ghost In Every Bar (The Lyrics of Fran Landesman)
Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year - Carol Sloane: We’ll Meet Again
Spring Is Here - Frank Sinatra: Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely
They Say It’s Spring - Marlene VerPlanck: Once There Was a Moon
Spring Won’t Be Around This Season - Teddi King: Storyville Presents Miss Teddi King
Spring, Spring, Spring - Elaine Delmar: But Beautiful
You Must Believe In Spring - Tony Bennett: Tony Bennett & Bill Evans Together Again
Some Other Spring - Billie Holiday: The Lady Sings
Suddenly It’s Spring - June Christy: The Intimate Miss Christy

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

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

LP Artwork: Shirley Horn - Travelin' Light

Here we have a memorable photo of Shirley Horn surrounded by her fine array of matching luggage!

The album's title - Travelin' Light - is The rarely-heard Johnny Pate number, Yes, I Know When I've Had It, that features in this week's program is from this album which was recorded over two separate sessions (February 9th and October 19th) in 1965.

Although the album's title was based on the Johnny Mercer lyric to the opening number, Trav'lin' Light, I wonder why the label wasn't faithful to it, by adding the extra "e"?
Here are two examples of the cover artwork, one that probably resembles the original more accurately, and the other in glorious, bold technicolor!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Series 7, Prog 5


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

Yes Sir, That’s My Baby - Frank Sinatra: Strangers In the Night (Deluxe Edition, Alternate Take)
Yes - Doris Day & André Previn: Duet
Yes - Liza Minnelli: Liza with a “Z”
Yes - Merry Clayton: Dirty Dancing (Soundtrack)
Yes We Can Can - Harry Connick Jr: Oh My Nola
(Yes) I’m a Believer - Barb Jungr: The Men I Love
Yes Indeed! - Dinah Shore: Dinah, Yes Indeed!
Yes It Is - The Beatles: B-side of Ticket to Ride single
I Love You, Yes I Do - Chris Connor: I Miss You So
Yes, I Know When I’ve Had It - Shirley Horn: Travelin’ Light
Yes, Indeedy - Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra: Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Soundtrack)
Yes, I Can - Sammy Davis Jr: If I Ruled the World
The Tea Break (Monologue, Extract) - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra at The Sands
Yes, I Can - Jack Jones: My Kind of Town
She Didn’t Say Yes - Margaret Whiting: Margaret Whiting Sings The Jerome Kern Song Book (Vol 2)
Oh Yes, Take Another Guess - Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb & His Orchestra: 78rpm Single
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah - Peggy Lee: The Singles Collection
Yes Sir, That’s My Baby - Clairdee: Music Moves

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

LP Artwork: Billie Holiday - Stay With Me

Billie Holiday's recording of the Irving Berlin standard, I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, comes from the album, Stay With Me.

The album was recorded in one session on February 14th, 1955 and produced by jazz impresario Norman Granz. She was accompanied by a top notch rhythm section with featured soloists, Charlie Shavers (trumpet), Budd Johnson (tenor sax) and Tony Scott (clarinet).