Monday, July 27, 2009

Walter Scharf, 1957-58

Today we feature the music of New York native, Walter Scharf. You can see from the liner notes that Mr. Scharf already had quite a resume at this point in his musical career (and this was waaay before his more well-known television/film scores of the 1960's-70's). He also arranged for singer, Helen Morgan (the lady featured in the Jimmy Durante video from my last post) On a related note, I uploaded an original episode of the Phil Harris & Alice Faye show which you can hear below (see samples). This radio show was heard by millions of Americans every Sunday night and helped make Walter Scharf somewhat of a household name by the late 1940's-early 50's. I bought the mp3 discs of this show off eBay a few years ago (yes, I collect old radio shows too) but I see someone else is now offering them for free HERE. Maybe I should've waited....grrr. Anyhow, not to stray too far off topic here, the only album NOT ripped by myself is "My Favorite Places". The other 2 records are from my own personal collection. In my opinion, "Passion" is the best sounding of the bunch. This LP is in near-mint condition. Hear samples from each album at the bottom of this post. Click on the pics to read liner notes.Dreams by the Dozen (1957) JLP-1033 - TRACKS: 1-Jean, 2-Debbie, 3-Rita, 4-Mary, 5-Joan, 6-Vickie, 7-Katherine, 8-Toni, 9-Virginia, 10-Patricia, 11-Beck, 12-Alice DOWNLOAD LINK My Favorite Places (1958) SDJLP-1050 - TRACKS: 1-Las Vegas, 2-Palm Springs, 3-The Cannes Festival, 4-Boulder Dam, 5-Bermuda, 6-Acapulco, 7-Saville, 8-California Redwoods, 9-Jamaica, 10-Lake Lacerne - DOWNLOAD LINKPassion (1958) JLP-1079 - 1-Tango of Love, 2-Love with Maracas, 3-Moonlight Tango, 4-Fantastic Rhumba, 5-Tango of Hope, 6-Trumpetina, 7-Tango of Desire, 8-Congo Flute, 9-Tango of Fire, 10-Sub Rhumba, 11-Tango of Emotions, 12-Mardi Gras Samba - DOWNLOAD LINK SAMPLES:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Roadhouse Nights

I don't usually post stuff like this, but what the heck. Jimmy Durante has been one of my all time favorite comedians for years. I just got Roadhouse Nights (1929) on DVD a few days ago and thought I'd post a clip on YouTube (don't worry, it's public domain). This movie is special not only because it was Durante's first film, but it's the only film that features the comedic teamwork of "Clayton, Jackson & Durante" (Lou Clayton, Eddie Jackson and Jimmy Durante). BACKGROUND: New York, late 1923, during the days of prohibition, Jimmy Durante opened a night club. The Club Durant on 58th Street near Broadway only lasted two years, but it made Durante a star. One of the most popular speakeasies, it featured a good band, comics, dancing girls, and always a scattering of celebrities in the crowd. It also brought together Jimmy with Eddie Jackson and another song-and-dance-man, Lou Clayton. The team of Clayton, Jackson, & Durante, known as "The Three Sawdust Bums", became the sensation of New York in the mid-1920s. "I doubt if a greater combination ever lived," said Broadway chronicler Damon Runyon. When the Club Durant was padlocked by the Feds in 1925, the team took off for even greener pastures, performing their loud, corny songs and comedy at The Dover, The Parody, and finally, The Palace Theater. "We was collosial!" Jimmy recalled. In the late 1920s, the team toured in vaudeville, to the distress of his home-loving wife, Jeanne Durante. By this time, much of Jimmy Durante’s stage persona was formed. His fracturing of the English language ("It’s a catastrostrophe!"), his asides to the audience ("Surrounded by assassins!", "Everybody wants ta get into th’ act!", and his signature "hotcha-cha!").

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


The lounge has been getting quite few visits lately. I figured I'd take this opportunity to try and find 3 albums I've been looking for since 2005. I have every album from Reg Tilsley's "Tilsley Orchestral" series except: No. 3 "Strings and Things" (DWLP 3099), No. 4 (DWLP 3118) and No. 5 (DWLP 3124). Every so often I'll check online or on Soulseek. But there doesn't seem to be anything new uploaded from the Tilsley Orchestral series other than the De Wolfe stuff I shared on Paul Durango's old library emporium site a few years ago. If anyone has Tilsley Orchestral numbers 3, 4, or 5 could you please email me? I'll gladly pay for a CD-R copy! More music will be posted here this coming weekend. Until then....