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:

14 comments:

mel said...

Thank you for My Favorite Places. Being a long-time Scarf fan, I already have the others and a couple of his film scores too.

mel said...

Edit: Scharf

totalrod2 said...

I knew what you meant. ;) Your welcome.

Reza said...

truly wonderful especially "Passion" thanks so much

totalrod2 said...

Yup. Actually, "Dreams" was a bit of a disappointment the first time I heard it. I mean, the sleeve and the actual record itself looked SO clean! If it was a stereo copy it may have sounded better. Maybe I'm too fussy. If I ever decide to bite the bullet and buy cleanup software, most of the records on my blog will be re-ripped. But for now, this will have to do.

The Macs said...

If these recordings are straight from vinyl, they are in great condition! I rarely get them in this good of shape. They sound terrific. Enjoyed all the music, Thanks very much.

Yowp said...

Did I misunderstand you, B? You mentioned Jack Benny and posted an episode from Oct. 3, 1948. Benny isn't on that episode.

The "Rexall druggist" at the beginning is actor Griff Barnett. He carried on as the druggist when Rexall later sponsored Amos 'n' Andy.

Yowp

totalrod2 said...

Ok smart guy. It sounded exactly like Jack Benny to me. I DO listen to these old shows regularly. Nonetheless, this was still before my time (I was born in 1973). Next time I'm in doubt I'll consult you first. ;)

Pokey said...

Walter Scharf did a lot of great songs right there with those three albums! BTW he had BIUG success with Phil Harris on "The Thing" besides the radio collaborations mentioned, doing the songs for "Willy Wonka" and the title tune for "Ben" both in 1971.

totalrod2 said...

Hmm, it seems you're right. I have The Thing on 78 and sure enough, Walter Scharf's name is on there. He also conducted the orchestra on "Goofus" (side B on this same record). I never even noticed that before! Well, here's another little treat for y'all. Enjoy: http://www.mediafire.com/?hqxdiunjrny
"Goofus": http://www.mediafire.com/?tmnq20nw2zm
Incidentally, I don't see any mention of Walter Scharf's name in the liner notes. I'd be curious to know how many of these songs he was actually involved in.(?)

mel said...

Walter Scharf was responsible for composing/adapting/conducting music for many Hollywood movies.

See the list here:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0770127/

Pokey said...

Sorry, but the links don't work for your postings, Bryan..

Phillip said...

It has taken me ages to thank you for Scharf's 'Passion,' which I'm really enjoying. Light music at its best - and so well played.

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