Tag: 1959

Various Artists: The Great Tragedy: Winter Dance Party 1959 (Bear Family)

To honor the 60th anniversary of “The Day The Music Died,” German label Bear Family compiled a thorough and compelling scrapbook that encompasses and highlights of the talents lost that day, performers who appeared on the tour, musical tributes to the victims, and an in-depth booklet with super-rare photos and historical background of that fateful winter tour.

Song Of The Day: Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans, “Why Does The Sun Shine? (The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas)”

Taken from the forthcoming Modern Harmonic release, Space Songs.

Bernard Herrmann: The Fantasy Film World of Bernard Herrmann (él Records)

This compilation highlights the best of the best science fiction soundtrack work from one of Hollywood’s masterful soundtrack composers.

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.

Wes Montgomery Featuring The Eddie Higgins Trio: One Night In Indy (Resonance Records)

This live set, taken from 1959, finds Montgomery performing with pianist Eddie Higgins, and is an enjoyable recording of a master at play.

3AM Eternal: Buddy Holly, “Raining In My Heart” (1959)

Death couldn’t stop Buddy Holly from releasing new music; this fine single was but the first of many great posthumous releases.

Twilight Music: Bob Brookmeyer & Bill Evans, “As Time Goes By” (1959)

This one-off collaboration was an experiment in sound. Don’t let the oddly phallic album cover scare you; this is a beautiful, unique take on a pop standard

Twilight Music: Louis Armstrong In Concert (1959)

An hour of Louis Armstrong in his prime on film? Go on, you’ve earned it.

3AM Eternal: Santo & Johnny “Sleepwalk” (1959)

A haunting little instrumental concludes this month of gloomy June songs.

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 ›