The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Are Hooked On Classics

Oof, this one was a bit of a doozy to enter. Each side is a medley of different classical artists so there’s a ton to take in despite it being a single.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), based in London, was formed by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946. In its early days the orchestra secured profitable recording contracts and important engagements including the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the concerts of the Royal Philharmonic Society. After Beecham’s death in 1961 the orchestra’s fortunes declined steeply; it battled for survival until the mid-1960s, when its future was secured after an Arts Council report recommended that it should receive public subsidy.

In 2004 the orchestra acquired its first permanent London base, at the new Cadogan Hall in Chelsea. The RPO also gives concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and venues around the UK and other countries. From its earliest days the orchestra has been active in the recording studios, making film soundtracks and numerous gramophone recordings; many of the LP recordings conducted by Beecham and others have been reissued on compact disc.


Hooked on Classics

Side One

Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1

Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the Bumble Bees

Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G Minor

Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue

Sibelius – Karella Suite

Mozart – Aria from The Marriage of Figaro

Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet

Clarke – Trumpet Voluntary

Handel – Hallelujah Chorus

Grieg – Piano Concerto in A Minor

Bizet – March of the Toreadors

Side Two

Sibelius – Karella Suite

Beethoven – Symphony No. 5

Bach – Toccata in D Minor

Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Beethoven – Symphony No. 9

Rossini – William Tell Overture

Mozart – Aria from The Marriage of Figaro

Bizet – March of the Toreadors

Japanese Melodies for Flute and Harp


Japanese Melodies for Flute and Harp

Various Artists

Side One

Haru No Umi – Michio Miyagi
Chugoku Chiho No Komori Uta – Kosaku Yamada
Aka Tombo – Kosaku Yamada
Chin-Chin Chidori – Hidemaro Konoe
Nambu Ushi Oi Uta – Traditional
Defune – Haseo Sugiyama

Side Two

Kono Michi – Kosaku Yamada
Hanayome Ningyo – Haseo Sugiyama
Kojo No Tsuki – Rentaro Taki
Jogashima No Ame – Tadashi Yanada
Hana – Rentaro Taki
Sakura Sakura – Traditional

Here Comes That Song Again In Dreams

As a previous post mentioned, Roy Orbison’s career did have lull but Orbison’s career was fully revived by 1987. He lost some weight to fit his new image and the constant demand of touring, as well as the newer demands of making videos. Around this time Orbison confided in Johnny Cash that he was having chest pains and said he’d have to have something done, but he never did.

Orbison went to Europe where he was presented with an award and played a show in Antwerp. A few days later a manager at a club in Boston was concerned that he looked ill, but Orbison played the show to another standing ovation. Roy played at The Front Row Theater in Ohio on December 4, which would be his last performance. Finally, exhausted, he returned to his home in Hendersonville to rest for a few days before flying again to London to film two more videos for the Traveling Wilburys. On December 6, 1988, he spent the day flying model airplanes with his sons; then, after having dinner at his mother’s home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, he died of a heart attack at the age of 52.

The tabloid The National Enquirer suggested on its cover that Orbison had worked himself to death. A memorial was held in Nashville, and another in Los Angeles; he was buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.


Side One

Here Comes That Song Again

Side Two

Only the Lonely


Side One

In Dreams

Side Two

I’m Hurtin’