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Tag: 1956

Ella Fitzgerald: Ella At Zardi’s (Verve Records)

To celebrate the centennial of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald’s birth, Verve Records has given the world a delightful treat–a 1956 recording of the legendary singer in a tiny jazz club. It’s a loose, fun set that’s an exciting, delightful listen.

The Johnny Mann Singers: Night (El Records/Cherry Red)

Johnny Mann was a masterful orchestra and choral arranger, who with his Johnny Mann Singers made some fine easy listening music. These three albums highlight the group’s masterful handling of American Popular Song.

Michel Legrand: Bonjour Paris (El Records)

French-born jazz composer’s 1956 album, Bonjour Paris, was a stunning declaration of intent by a young composer who would go on to great heights. Sixty years later, it’s still a helluva record.

The Platters: The Platters/The Flying Platters (Hoodoo Records)

Doo Wop group The Platters have stood the test of time, still sounding fresh sixty years later. This twofer offers their first two albums, with the added bonus of their iconic, non-album singles that made them a household name.

3AM Eternal: The Louvin Brothers, “Knoxville Girl” (1956)

A haunting Appalachian murder ballad from the fine debut album by The Louvin Brothers.

3AM Eternal: Nervous Norvus, “Transfusion” (1956)

A novelty song about car accidents is actually a much more graphic number than its silliness makes it seem.

Various Artists: Exotica Classics (El Records)

The sound known as “exotica,” while diverse, can be defined by a few elements. It is mostly instrumental, performed by an orchestra, rooted in jazz and classical, and often featuring themes and melodies based upon African or Pacific cultures. What exotica recordings have in common, though, is a quest for the perfect mood, and that… Read More ›

3AM Eternal: Sister Rosetta Tharpe “Down By The Riverside”

      Mark 1:1-11 1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaias the prophet: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare the way before thee. 3 A voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord,… Read More ›