The Ellington Showcase

“By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.” – Duke Ellington


Ellington Showcase

Duke Ellington

Side One

Harlem Air Shaft
Serious Serenade
Clarinet Melodrama
Theme for Trambean

Side Two

Gonna Tan Your Hide
Falling Like a Raindrop
La Virgen de la Macarena
Don’t Ever Day Goodbye
Big Drag

The Clooney Family Tree

Let’s take a few minutes to go through Rosemary’s family. There’s quite a number of successful members, including the one you’re all thinking of. I know it!

Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky. She was one of five children. Rosemary, Betty and Nick all became entertainers. In the next generation, some of her children and her nephew, George Clooney (yes, that handsome silver fox), also became entertainers. Her sister Betty sang in a duo with Rosemary for much of the latter’s early career.

Her sister Betty died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in 1976. Rosemary subsequently started a foundation in memory of and named for her sister. In 1983, Rosemary and her brother Nick co-chaired the Betty Clooney Foundation for the Brain-Injured.

Clooney was married twice to the movie star José Ferrer. They had five children: Miguel, Maria, Gabriel, Monsita, and Rafael. They divorced for the first time in 1961 then remarried in 1964, however, the marriage again crumbled for the last time in 1967. In 1997, she married her longtime friend, Dante DiPaolo.

A long-time smoker, Clooney was diagnosed with lung cancer at the end of 2001. Despite surgery, she died six months later on June 29, 2002, at her Beverly Hills home. George was a pallbearer at her funeral, which was attended by numerous stars.


Side One

Love Among the Young

Side Two

A Touch of the Blues

Rosemary Clooney’s Ole House

Up until now, Rosemary Clooney has only been on various artist LPs which does surprise me since she is pretty legendary. At least I have three 45s to represent her a little bit more on here. I’ll also be looking for a full LP on my crate digging adventures too!

Rosemary Clooney (May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002) was an American cabaret singer and actress. She came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit “Come On-a My House”, which was followed by other pop numbers, although she also had success as a jazz vocalist.

Her career languished in the 1960s, partly due to problems related to depression and drug addiction, but revived in 1977, when her White Christmas co-star Bing Crosby asked her to appear with him at a show marking his 50th anniversary in show business. She continued recording until her death in 2002.


Side One

This Ole House

Side Two

Hey There

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

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’

Roy Orbison’s Mean Woman Blues

It’s finally Friday! Woooo! With the holidays fast approaching, I’m getting absolutely slammed at work and my weekends working on this blog are what gets me through it all!

Since we had a full week of Roy, I figured we could end the week with two posts on Mr. Orbison. Another will be coming up later, but here’s one 45 until then! Check out the songs, links to YouTube are in the track listings.


Side One

Mean Woman Blues

Side Two

Oh, Pretty Woman