Siebzehn Jahr, Blondes Haar, Strangers In The Night, Er Ist Wieder Da Traumerei’n, A Taste Of Honey, Lara’s Theme From ‘Dr. Zhivago’, In Un Fiore, Spanish Eyes, Beat-Special No. 1, Michelle, I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Ab Und Zu, Kinki, Edelweiss From The Musical ‘The Sound Of Music’
BACK OFF BOOGALOO SON OF MY FATHER COME WHAT MAY STORM IN A TEACUP JUNGLE FEVER BLUES FOR RED COULD IT BE FOREVER RAINDANCE BLUES FRANKIE AND JOHNNY SONG SUNG BLUE
What could be better for swinging party sounds than a programme of familiar hits played by Big Jim ‘H’ and his Men of Rhythm. All the ‘Let’s Dance’ mood in the exciting pulse of the original hits dressed in the sparkling Hammond Organ colours of the keys and pedals of Big Jim ‘H’. One of Americas first organ players with big band and rhythm sections.
Medley: In A Little Spanish Town, Benita, Wheels Medley: Letkiss, Norskejenka Medley: Cavaquinho, Cumana, Sambarita Medley: Red Roses For A Blue Lady, Bye, Bye Blackbird, Farewell Home Medley: Skokiaan; Stars In Your Eyes, It’s A Wonderful Life Medley: Dance Ballerina Dance, Strawberry Cha-Cha-Cha, If I Were A Rich Man Medley: I Could Have Danced All Night, When You’re Smiling, Isabell Medley: The Impossible Dream; Autumn Medley: Brazilian Love Song, Maruzzella, Lovely Friday Medley: It Had To Be You, Sweet Caroline, Green Dungarees
Hello, Dolly, Milord, C’Est Magnifique, In A Little Spanish Town, Benita, Wheels. Sole, Sole, Sole. Ich Möcht’ So Gern Mit Dir Nach Hause Geh’n, Goody-Goody, True Love, Moon River, Letkiss, Norskejenka, America, If I Had A Hammer, Lucky Lips, Du, Du, Du, Blue Moon, Makin’ Whoopee, Cavaquinho, Cumana, Sambarita, Melancolía (Melancholie), La Mamma, Red Roses For A Blue Lady, Bye, Bye Blackbird, Auf Wiederseh’n Bei Dir
SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT, LONG, LONG AGO, NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I’VE SEEN CAMPTOWN RACES, DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE, CARRY ME BACK TO OLD VIRGINNY, LONDONDERRY AIR, GUANTANAMERA, GREENSLEEVES, WHEN THE SAINTS COME MARCHIN’ IN
BIG JIM H IS THE PARTY MASTER OF SWINGIN’ HAMMOND. HERE IS A PROGRAMME OF WELL-KNOWN MELODIES FROM BLUES TO POP STANDARDS-ALL DONE UP IN THAT SPECIAL KEYBOARD STYLE OF BIG JIM H. RECORDED IN A REVOLUTIONARY STEREO MULTI-TRACK TECHNIQUE THE SOUND IS AS BIG AS A HOUSE – EVEN YOURS.
Once, a distinguished orchestral leader, used to having scores of instruments at his command, was asked which instrument he would choose if (Desert Island Discs fashion) he was castaway with only one. The Hammond organ was his immediate reply. It was so versatile, satisfying in result yet challenging in approach.
Just how satisfying it can be is well demonstrated here by Harold Smart (we nearly said Hammond Smart because the two are inseparable) who launches into a tip-top medley of tip-top tunes with happy-go-lucky zest. They are tunes to set your toes a-tapping, your pulse racing. All your favourites are here and your favourite man at the organ playing them! Harold started playing the Hammond organ at the age of 14. He was inspired to learn after hearing the pre-war stars, the Milt Herth Trio making marvellous music at such instruments.
His father gave him the early lessons—with such good result that before the year was out, 14-year-old Harold was making his first broadcast. It turned out to be the first of many. In recent years, he has delighted radio listeners with a regular spot in the popular “Showband Show” . . . a spot he held for six tuneful years. His playing was a regular feature of the “Sing It Again” programmes—and how they sang when his fingers touched the keyboards. And for five years, his music highlighted the “Take Your Pick” quiz show.
Even war did not stop him playing. He served for four and a half years in the Royal Army Medical Corps, seeing service in North Africa, France and Norway, and it was as a soldier he did a number of broadcasts in Oslo. The tunes he plays now are the ones he has had most demands for through his broadcasts and appearances. You can tell by the way they sound that he loves playing them. And there is no doubt you’ll love listening to them, too.
Wondering what all the fuss was about with Harold and his organ? Wonder no more, listen to his “Green Cockatoo” here:
Klaus Wunderlich was a German “easy listening organist”, as described by Wikipedia. His organ of choice of course being the Hammond Organ. Quite why this organ spawned so many great covers is a mystery – you can see a few of them here – but it did and as a result we have a legacy of beauty for our enjoyment. Klaus has his own website, though he is sadly deceased, and you can view it there in all its 2007 glory. If you’d like to sample some of this album’s sounds head over to this Klaus Wunderlich YouTube recording – I wonder if like me you’ll be transported to a wet and cold English seaside pier, the entertainment for the bored pensioners being served up by the shrill sounds of a Hammond or similar organ!
River Kwai Marsch, Cecilia, Gartenzwerg-Marsch, Von Den Blauen Bergen Kommen Wir, Bonanza, Geisterreiter, Über Den Wellen, Fahr Mich In Die Ferne, Cielito Lindo, Wenn Die Elisabeth, Yes Sir, That’s My Baby, Tchiou, Tchiou, Baila La Bamba, Cerneval Brasil, Herz-Schmerz-Polka, Pennsylvania Polka, Liechtensteiner Polka, Rusticanella, Perpetuum Mobile, Donkey-Serenade, Anuschka, Blau Blüht Der Enzian, Mein Vater War Ein Wandersmann, Der Mann Am Klavier, Wer Soll Das Bezahlen, Tiroler Holzhackerbuam, Geh’ Alte, Schau Mi Net So Teppert An, Schnaps, Das War Sein Letztes Wort
The influence of country music on the British charts over the past few years has been more substantial than many people realise. From the ‘King’ of country music Hank Williams Jnr came three of his greatest million sellers namely “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “Jambalaya” and “Hey, Good Lookin.”; these form the basis of a very interesting collection of classic country melodies arranged specially for the Hammond organ.
More contemporary country ballads are included such as the Engelbert Humperdinck smash “Release Me” and the Tom Jones hit “Detroit City”; from the pen of John Hartford comes the much-recorded “Gentle On My Mind” which is most readily associated with Dean Martin; “He’ll Have To Go” will always bring back memories of the late and much-lamented Jim Reeves, whilst “King Of The Road” belongs entirely to its writer Roger Miller.
When Ray Charles recorded his now-classic album of “Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music” in the early sixties, he included the song that gave him a single success, “Take These Chains From My Heart”. More recently, “Little Green Apples” has appeared on countless albums but probably the O.C. Smith version comes out on top.
You don’t have to be a country and western fan to enjoy this album as it is styled to suit all tastes. If you were not certain of the origins of these songs this will serve as a tribute to the contemporary country writers whose material falls into many categories.
Gerry Butler was taught the rudiments of music at the age of six by his father, a notorious “pub” pianist in the Stockton-on-Tees area. Such was Gerry’s musical ability that several “breaks” in his schooling were caused by the objections of his headmaster to his playing in a dance band. After completing his National Service with the R.A.F. he has played with the following orchestras:- The Blue Rockets, Teddy Foster, Vic Lewis, Oscar Rabin and before going freelance, ten years with Bob Miller as staff arranger.