The Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra – Really Big Hits

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There is no need to go into any detail about the songs in this album. Just a mere look at the titles will evoke memories of the great times you spent listening to them. I have chosen them carefully from a list of my own favorites, and the chorus and orchestra have done beautifully by them. Please note the sound quality we have achieved—it will come right out of the speakers and involve you completely. Big chorus and orchestra—big sound —really big hits. I know you will enjoy every one of them.



Columbia Records proudly presents on its Harmony label the most renowned artists in the world of musical entertainment in fine quality recordings. The artists and performances have either been newly recorded expressly for Harmony or have been carefully selected from Columbia’s vast library of great recordings. Every Harmony album is engineered and pressed in accordance with the highest manufacturing standards. The distinguished Harmony name has been associated with the recording industry for over 40 years, and the Columbia name on the Harmony label is your guarantee of superb artistry and quality at a price well within the means of every record collector.

The Ed Sullivan Singers and Orchestra - Really Big Hits

Label: Harmony HS 11387
Cover Photo: Columbia Records Photo Studio

1970 1970s Covers

The Glen Gray Casa Loma Orchestra – Sounds of the Great Bands in Latin

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The Glen Gray Casa Loma Orchestra generates more swinging excitement than ever before as it brings new Latin rhythms to authentic re-creations of America’s big-band favorites.

A String Of Pearls, Take The “A” Train, Casa Loma Stomp, Stardust, No Name Jive,
Frenesi, Collaboration, The Mole, Early Autumn, King Porter Stomp

The Glen Gray Casa Loma Orchestra - Sounds of the Great Bands in Latin

Label: Capitol ST 2131
Cover Photo: Capitol Photo Studio/George Jerman

1964 1960s Covers

20 Fab No I’s of the 60’s – Various Artists

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1. EDDIE COCHRAN — 3 STEPS TO HEAVEN (B & E Cochran) Palace Music Co. Ltd. ℗ 1960 Liberty Records Inc. Within a month of the tragic death of American Rock ‘n’ Roller Eddie Cochran in April 1960, this record entered the charts and got to No 1 in mid June. A mid tempo disc, after his rock anthem classics “Summertime Blues”, “C’mon Everybody” and “Somethin’ Else”.

2. ADAM FAITH — POOR ME (Van Dyke) Mills Music Ltd. ℗ 1960 The follow-up to Adam’s first hit “What Do You Want”, this also went to the top and firmly established Terry Nelhams in a successful career that has embraced many facets of show business.

*3. RICKY VALANCE — TELL LAURA I LOVE HER (Barry, Raleigh) Lawrence Wright Ltd. ℗ 1960 Every now and then a so-called “death disc” makes its mark in the charts — one of the most successful was this tale of young Tommy determined to win the money to buy his girl a diamond ring in a stock-car race. A classic ‘one-hit wonder’ — please pass the kleenex!

4. JOHNNY KIDD AND THE PIRATES — SHAKIN’ ALL OVER (Heath) Mills Music Ltd. 1960 Shakin’ All Over has become a rock classic over the years. Written by London-born Johnny, under his real name of Frederick Heath, this was his only No 1 in a career that was cut short by his untimely death in a car crash in October 1966. His act is always remembered for the hard-driving rock ‘n’ rdll which has inspired many of today’s heavy metal bands and the exotic pirate costumes complete with Johnny’s eye patch.

5. HELEN SHAPIRO — YOU DON’T KNOW (Schroeder, Hawker) Lorna Music Ltd. ℗ 1961 Helen’s first disc ‘Don’t Treat Me Like A Child’ had reached No 3 and this was soon surpassed by You Don’t Know—the first of two chart toppers for this 14 years old school girl from London’s East End. Voted Top British Female Singer for 1961 and 1962, she notched up a million sales with this worldwide hit.

*6. DANNY WILLIAMS — MOON RIVER (Mancini, Mercer) Famous Chappell with the Rita Williams Singers and Geoff Love and his Orchestra ℗ 1961 A Norman Newell discovery, this young black crooner scored a No 1 with his 3rd chart entry — the haunting song from “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” starring Audrey Hepburn. Moon River was the fourth Oscar winner to top the Pop charts. Known as Britain’s answer to Johnny Mathis, Danny had many hits in the early 60’s, returning in 1977 with Dancin’ Easy’, based on the Martini T.V. jingle.

7. B. BUMBLE AND THE STINGERS—NUT ROCKER (Fowley) Ardmore & Beechwood Ltd./EMI ® 1962 Based on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and arranged by the legendary Kim Fowley this record was banned by the BBC but, in spite of this set-back, reached No 1 for a week in May 1962.

8. FRANK IFIELD — LOVESICK BLUES (Friend, Mills) Lawrence Wright Ltd. ℗1962 Born in the U.K. but achieving success in Australia where he grew up, Frank consolidated his first No 1 “I Remember You” with this more up tempo song with big band backing and his instantly recognisable yodel. A regular performer today, Frank has crossed to country music to great acclaim.

*9. GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS — YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE (from “Carousel”) (Rodgers, Hammerstein II) Chappell Music Ltd ℗ 1963 This likeable lad from Liverpool still holds the unique distinction of having hit the No 1 spot with his first 3 consecutive releases. First was “How Do You Do It?” then “I Like It” both written by Mitch Murray and for his 3rd release Gerry chose this beautiful ballad from “Carousel” that has since become the anthem of Liverpool Football Club or at least “The Kop”.

10. CLIFF RICHARD — BACHELOR BOY (from “Summer Holiday”) (Richard, Welch) Elstree Music Ltd./EMI ℗ 1962 A double A-side, coupled with ‘The Next Time’, Bachelor Boy came from Cliff’s highly successful movie follow-up to The Young Ones— “Summer Holiday” in which Cliff and The Shadows starred with Una Stubbs, Richard O’Sullivan and Melvyn Hayes. Co-written by Cliff and Shadow Bruce Welch who was to provide such a driving force in Cliff’s re-emergence in the late 70’s.

℗ Original Sound Recordings made by EMI Records except track 1 stereo


1. THE BEATLES — SHE LOVES YOU (Lennon, McCartney Northern Songs Ltd. ℗ 1963 The second No 1 from the Fab Four with its much imitated “Yeh, Yeh, Yeh” chorus. “From Me To You” their first chart-topper, held on to the top for 7 weeks in May 1963 but She Loves You entered the charts at the end of August, stayed at the top through September and remained in the charts for a total of 31 consecutive weeks — almost 7 months! even climbing back to No 1 for two weeks in December as if to mark the spot for the next single, USA conqueror “I Want To Hold Your Hand”.

2. BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS — BAD TO ME (Lennon, McCartney) Northern Songs Ltd. ℗ 1963 Written as was his first hit “Do You Want To Know A Secret” (No 2), by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Bad To Me took another clean cut scouse lad to the top. Teamed with Manchester group The Dakotas and signed to The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, Billy was a wow with the girls—their screams almost drowning the performance on his many successful package tours.

3. THE SHADOWS — DANCE ON (V & E Murtagh, Adams) S. Bron Music Co Ltd. ℗ 1962, The Fourth top pop for Cliff’s ‘backing group’, this tune will always be associated with the famous ‘Shadows Walk’. The top-selling records for eleven of the first fourteen weeks of 1963 were either by Cliff Richard or The Shadows or, indeed, by two ex-Shadows — Jet Harris and Tony Meehan. Dance On took over at No 1 from Cliff’s “Bachelor Boy”

*4. CILLA BLACK — YOU’RE MY WORLD (Bindi, Sigman, Paoli) Carlin Music Corp/MCPS ℗ 1964 Another Liverpool artist who was taken under the wing of Brian Epstein’s management, Cilla Black scored her second No 1 hit with this beautiful yet powerful rendition of a song originally an Italian ballad called “II Mio Mondo”. Cilia went on to have many hit records throughout the 60’s and also became a family favourite with her popular T.V. series.

*5. PETER & GORDON — WORLD WITHOUT LOVE (Lennon, McCartney) Northern Songs Ltd ℗ 1964 Another Lennon & McCartney composition which shot to the top but this time performed by Gordon Waller and Peter Asher, brother of Paul’s then girlfriend Jane. The duo enjoyed many successful years together before Gordon went into the theatre while Peter travelled Stateside where he is now a top record producer, particularly successful with Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor.

6. THE HOLLIES — I’M ALIVE (Ballard Jnr) S. Bernstein & Co. Ltd. ℗ 1965 The Hollies from Manchester showed the world that Liverpool was not the centre of the musical universe with a string of Top 10 hits through the 60’s including “Just One Look”, “Here I Go Again”, “I Can’t Let Go” and “Bus Stop”. But it was this Clint Ballard Jnr song on George Martins’s Parlophone label that gave these five fresh faces their only No 1 — so far!

*7. MANFRED MANN — PRETTY FLAMINGO (Barkan) S. Bernstein & Co. Ltd./Heath Levy Music ℗ 1966 On this, the Group’s second No 1, bass player Tom McGuiness had been replaced by Jack Bruce who can also be heard on backing vocals. Johannesburg-born Manfred had so developed the group over the preceding 3 years that their stage act and albums could reflect both their more ‘popular’ songs from the charts and the R & B classics which had been their early inspiration.

8. THE BEACH BOYS—GOOD VIBRATIONS (B. Wilson, M. Love) Rondor Music (Ldn) Ltd. ℗1966 Capitol Records Inc. The Beach Boys – brothers Carl, Brian and Dennis Wilson, cousin Mike Love and family friend Al Jardine put California on the musical map through their surf in’ songs, eulogising the free and easy way of life and “California Girls”. Good Vibrations however, was their first No 1 and reflected Brian’s efforts to combat the powerful influence that The Beatles were exerting on popular music.

9. PETER SARSTEDT — WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) (Sarstedt) United Partnership Ltd. ℗ 1969 United Artists Inc. This highly memorable and melodic story song with a haunting accordian backing was performed and written by Peter Sarstedt, brother of early 60’s pop star Eden Kane and 70’s crooner Robin Sarstedt. A beautifully drawn word-picture of La Dolce Vita it held the top spot for 4 weeks in March 1969.

*10. THE SCAFFOLD — LILY THE PINK (trad. MT. Gorman, McGear, McGough) Noel Gay Music Ltd. ℗ 1968 This surreal masterpiece, conceived by group members Roger McGough (poet), Mike McGear (vocalist and brother of Beatle Paul) and John Gorman (general loon!), stayed at the top over Christmas 1968 and helped to pave the way to a wider appreciation for a burgeoning art form —Liverpool poetry!

℗ Original Sound Recordings made by EMI Records except tracks 8,9 *stereo
This compilation 1984 Music for Pleasure

20 Fab No I's of the 60's - Various Artists

Label: MFP 41 5657 1

1984 1980s Covers

Harry James and His Orchestra – Laura

Sleeve Notes:

Once Harry James’s band was on tour and delayed by a snowstorm. Harry picked up a group of local musicians and went on the aft. A listener observed, “The audience heard that trumpet and they never knew the difference!” His great, honeyed horn always cuts a very wide swath — it’s a powerhouse. Even in the midst of the great sidemen in the Goodman band of the late Thirties and early Forbes where he played, James stood out like a jewel. He was “born in a circus trunk” where his mother was a trapeze artist and his father a bandleader. His full name is Henry Haag James, the Haag from the circus of the same name where his parents worked. In this album, we’ve chosen some of his greatest recordings — they’re danceable and very listenable and they include some of the finest songs in recent years. As an added bonus, two of the numbers feature the marvelous voice of Doris Day, who was once the band vocalist for Harry — her first big break. When you add it all up, it’s a package you should be proud to take home and play.

Harry James and His Orchestra - Laura

Label: Columbia HS 11326
Cover Photo: Horn/Griner

1969 1960s Covers

Big Band in HiFi Stereo

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Max Greger – Java, Kurt Edelhagen – Up And Away, Kai Warner – Whispering, Max Greger – Superstar, Kurt Edelhagen – Sunshower, Kai Warner – Flamingo, Max Greger – Time Is Tight, Kurt Edelhagen – Again, Kai Warner – Work Song, Max Greger – Aquarius, Kurt Edelhagen – I Am I Said, Kai Warner – Silence Is Golden

Big Band in HiFi Stereo

Label: Polydor 2482 289

1972 1970s Covers

The Stylistics – You Are Beautiful

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Funky Weekend, Jenny – Featuring Airrion Love, Russell Thompkins, Jr.
That Don’t Shake, MeNa-Na Is The Saddest World, Michael Or Me, The Day The Clown Came To Town, You Are Beautiful, To Save My Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul, If You Are There , We Just Can’t Help It

The Stylistics - You Are Beautiful

Label: Avco 9109 006
Album Art Direction: Michael Mendel, Maurer Productions
Photography: Si Chi Ko
Back Liner Art: Carlo Creatore

1975 1970s Covers

Harry James and his Orchestra – Soft Lights, Sweet Trumpets

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The instruments of the brass choir, by their nature, seem predetermined for use in brilliant, flaring music. Largely developed for use on occasions of military or high festive significance, they have to some extent carried that usage through to the present, and are most often heard when the music lends itself to (or requires) a bright, edgy tone. That this is a patent misuse of a versatile group of instruments has been demonstrated again and again, as musicians keep hacking away at the idea. The enormously subtle and vigorous variations of Bix Beiderbecke on the cornet, the cool, fluid trombone of Tommy Dorsey and the velvety trumpet of Harry James have whittled no little chunks away from the feeling that brass must be brassy, and in this collection the inventive James trumpet is heard in a further exploration.

Among the most polished of popular musicians, Harry James has virtually lived with popular music all his life. Arriving on the commercial scene just too late for first-hand absorption from the great jazz masters, he worked with most of the swing greats, who had already culled the best of the jazz techniques and adapted them to their own styles. James’ first important job in popular music was with Benny Goodman and his Orchestra in the late thirties, where he brought to its peak the shining trumpet mastery that is his trademark. Learning from the brilliant musicians of the Goodman orchestra, and supplementing their work with his own fresh ideas and expert technique, he swiftly became one of the top-ranking stars in an orchestra of stars.

That he was already a musician upon joining the group is no accident : he was born into music, for his father was bandmaster with the Mighty Haag Circus. The rousing brass of the circus band was part of his daily routine, and he worked with the band frequently during his early years, until the family re-tired to Texas. There, in Beaumont, he continued to study, and in his ‘teens he played with local orchestras and supplied them with an occasional original number. One of these numbers got recorded, Benny Goodman heard it, and sent for the young composer.

After a number of fruitful years with Goodman, James started his own orchestra, and found the going at first a little difficult. The swing era like everything else at the time, was going into a recession, and he found, with the changing mood of the country, that audiences wanted to dance rather than listen : the clusters of avid youngsters around the bandstand grew smaller. So he brought out the smooth, warm ballad technique that is so uniquely his, and, with a group of hit re-cords, found himself the leader of one of the most successful orchestras in the land. The formula was not only commercial—his group is one of the very few big orchestras still in existence—but musical, and it produced music that is still listened to on records and still very much a part of the popular scene.

In this collection, Harry James plays twelve evergreen popular songs, each so familiar that it requires something extra to make it catch fire. That vibrant extra some-thing is present throughout in some of James’ finest playing, singing through the arrangements clear, strong and sweet. From 1925’s Manhattan to 1946’s If I’m Lucky the trumpet is heard weaving in and out of the orchestra in fascinating patterns of sound, keyed to a mood of romance and relaxation. This is the sweet trumpet of Harry James … the soft lights are at your command.

Other Columbia Records by Harry James include:

Dancing in Person with Harry James at the Hollywood Palladium : Palladium Party • Bye Bye Blues • Please Take a Letter, Miss Brown • Ain’t She Sweet • Sugar Foot Stomp • How Could You Do a Thing Like That to Me • Moonlight Bay • Midnight Sun • Moan-in’ Low • Flash. “Lp” CL 562 • Extended Play Set B-428 (abridged)

One Night Stand : Ultra • Blues from “An American in Paris” • Mani Bongo • Memphis Blues • The Flight of the Bumble Bee • There They Go • Jackpot Blues • You Go to My Head • Don’t Stop • Feet Draggin’ Blues • Back Beat Boogie. “Lp” CL 522 • Extended Play Sets B-385, B-390

Trumpet After Midnight: Autumn Leaves • Judy • The Moon of Manakoora • How Deep Is the Ocean • Symphony • Moanin’ Low • If I Loved You • I Had the Craziest Dream • Theme for Cynthia • Lush Life • Bess, You Is My Woman • I Never Knew. “Lp” CL 553 • Extended Play Set B-410

Hollywood’s Best—Rosemary Clooney and Harry James: You’ll Never Know • On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe • Ruby • It Might as Well Be Spring • Come on-a My House • Over the Rainbow • Sweet Lei-lani • The Continental • Stella By Starlight • When You Wish Upon a Star • Red Garters • In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening. “Lp” CL 585 • Extended Play Set B-319

Harry James Juke Box Jamboree: Little Things Mean a Lot • Hernando’s Hideaway • Three Coins in the Fountain • The High and the Mighty • The Touch • 0, Mein Papa • Ruby • Serenata • Smile • I Need You Now • Oop Shoop • Muskrat Ramble. “Lp” CL 615 • Extended Play Singles B-1864, B-1881

All-Time Favorites by Harry James: Ciri biribin • Sleepy Lagoon • One O’Clock Jump • Two O’Clock Jump • You Made Me Love You • Music Makers • The Flight of the Bumble Bee • Concerto for Trumpet • Don’t Be That Way • Flatbush Flanagan • September Song • Sleepy Time Gal. “Lp” CL 655 • Extended Play Set B-117 • Extended Play Single B-2014

Harry James and his Orchestra - Soft Lights, Sweet Trumpets

Label: Columbia CL 581
Dirone Photography

1954 1950s Covers

Having Wonderful Time, Wish You Would Hear… – Various Artists

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Michel Legrand And His Orchestra – Love Paris, Frank Sinatra – Over The Rainbow, Art Van Damme Quintet – I Saw Stars, The Norman Luboff Choir – Colorado Trail, Les Elgart And His Orchestra – Alice Blue Gown, Frankie Laine, Buck Clayton – That Old Feeling, Andre Kostelanetz And His Orchestra – Emperor Waltz, Percy Faith And His Orchestra – The Loveliest Night Of The Year, Paul Weston And His Music From Hollywood – I’m Comin’ Virginia, Swing And Sway With Sammy Kaye – You’ve Got Me Crying Again, Erroll Garner – Summertime, Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars – Aunt Hagar’s Blues

Having Wonderful Time, Wish You Would Hear... - Various Artists
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Label: Columbia CZ 1
Cover photograph courtesy of Esso Engineering and Research

1956 1950s Covers

The Melachrino Strings and Orchestra – You and The Night and The Music

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About the time the first part of this century was slipping into the second, a distinctive new orchestral sound was in the process of turning the music world on. A veritable cascade of strings. Not just strings, though. STRINGS! A 46-piece ensemble weaving through and enhancing the sonics of the regular orchestra.

Familiar standards were given a startling new quality. All-time favorites were regally packaged in lush arrangements. It was music for doing things—for dining, for reading, for relaxing, for listening to Kern and Porter and Rodgers & Hart and Dietz & Schwartz by. The well-known melodies, part of our popular musical heritage, were being reintroduced and were being heard as if for the first time.

The man behind all those strings—or, in this case, in front of them—was George Melachrino. Composer. Conductor. Arranger. His enticing, provocative, romantic, impeccable musical charts became the trademark of The Melachrino Strings. And those three words together comprised the first name in mood music, setting the standard for the instrumentalists who followed during the ’50s and ’60s.

YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC provides a diverse account of the creative orchestrations unique to George Melachrino. The spectrum of this collection encompasses the music of the Broadway stage, the world of films and the just plain enduring standards, all from the giants of songwriting.

It once was suggested that words are not entirely necessary to enjoy the mood(s) set by The Melachrino Strings and Orchestra. For, as Melachrino furnished the music, expert accompaniment as it were, the listener automatically—perhaps subconsciously—supplies the lyrics. Try only listening to the lovely Melachrino interpretations of Blue Moon or Fascination or Stairway to the Stars without reciting, even silently, the poetic lyrics. You’ll discover in quick order why these melodies and Melachrino’s orchestral magic mesh so well into one musical tapestry.


The Melachrino Strings and Orchestra - You and The Night and The Music

Label: RCA Camden CXS-9028

1972 1970s Covers