Gentle Is My Love

On my first trip to Garnick’s I really wasn’t sure what I had gotten myself into. I figured it may be a place to find hidden gems but had no idea what I’d find.

My roommate asked for Nina Simone and we were instantly handed this while one of the owners left to find Nina. The price was right and we picked this up while putting Nina on hold for the week. After moving last summer and the roomie’s illness, we hadn’t actually gotten around to hooking up our record player. Pathetic, I know, but we’re also of the digital era so it wasn’t like I was going without music! We listened to Nancy’s album today after setting everything up. I’ll admit, I was not familiar with Nancy Wilson before but now, I’m in love.

Nancy Wilson (born February 20, 1937) is an American singer with more than 70 albums, and three Grammy Awards. She has been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, cabaret and pop; a “consummate actress”; and “the complete entertainer.” The title she prefers, however, is song stylist.

Wilson’s debut single, “Guess Who I Saw Today”, was so successful that between April 1960 and July 1962 Capitol Records released five Nancy Wilson albums. Her first album, Like in Love, displayed her talent in Rhythm and Blues, with the hit R&B song “Save Your Love for Me.” In 1962, she collaborated with Cannonball Adderley, producing the album Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley, which propelled her to national prominence.

Between March 1964 and June 1965, four of Wilson’s albums hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top LPs chart. In 1963 “Tell Me The Truth” became her first truly major hit, leading up to her performance at the Coconut Grove in 1964 – the turning point of her career, garnering critical acclaim from coast to coast. In 1964 Wilson released what became her most successful hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am”, which peaked at No. 11.

After making numerous television guest appearances, Wilson eventually got her own series on NBC, The Nancy Wilson Show (1967–1968), which won an Emmy in 1975. In the 1980s, she recorded five albums for Japanese labels because she preferred recording live, and American labels frequently did not give her that option. She gained such wide popularity that she was selected as the winner of the annual Tokyo Song Festivals.

In the early 1990s, Wilson recorded an album paying tribute to Johnny Mercer with co-producer Barry Manilow entitled With My Lover Beside Me. In this decade she also recorded two other albums, Love, Nancy and her sixtieth album If I Had it My Way. In the late 1990s, she teamed up with MCG Jazz, a youth-education program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, nonprofit, minority-directed, arts and learning organization located in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1999, she hosted a show in honor of Ella Fitzgerald entitled Forever Ella. All the proceeds from 2001′s A Nancy Wilson Christmas went to support the work of MCG Jazz.


Gentle Is My Love

Nancy Wilson

Side One

Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
There Will Never Be Another You
If Love Is Good To Me
My One and Only Love
Funnier Than Funny

Side Two

Gentle Is My Love
At Long Last Love
Time After Time
If I Ever Would Leave You
When He Makes Music

You Don’t Have to Be Jewish

You Don’t Have to be Jewish is a 1965 comedy album written by Bob Booker and George Foster, the team behind the 1962 comedy album The First Family. The album features Lou Jacobi, Betty Walker, Jack Gilford, Joe Silver, Jackie Kannon, Bob McFadden, Frank Gallop, and Arlene Golonka,in a variety of roles, mostly Jewish, performing a mixture of jokes and comedy sketches. The album was highly successful, with syndicated columnist Walter Winchell calling the album “the No. 1 seller in Suburbia” and noting that as a popular gift “it has replaced the fountain pen at Bar Mitzvahs.”

You Don’t Have To Be Jewish

Various Artists

Side One

Scene 1: A Call From Long Island
Scene 2: Home From the Office
Scene 3: The Reading of the Will
Scene 4: The Diamond
Scene 5: Quickies
Scene 6: The Jury
Scene 7: The President
Scene 8: The Cocktail Party
Scene 9: Final Discussion
Scene 10: More Quickies
Scene 11: The Convicts

Side Two

Scene 1: The Housewarming
Scene 2: The Luncheon
Scene 3: Still More Quickies
Scene 4: Conversation In the Hotel Lobby
Scene 5: The Agony and the Ecstacy
Scene 6: My Son, The Captain
Scene 7: Secret Agent, James Bondstein
Scene 8: Enough Already with the Quickies
Scene 9: Goldstein

Which Dimension Are You In?

The 5th Dimension is an American popular music vocal group, whose repertoire also includes pop, R&B, soul, and jazz.

Originally known as The Hi-Fi’s, the group changed its name to The 5th Dimension in late 1966 and was best-known during the late 1960s and early 1970s for popularizing the hits like “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “One Less Bell to Answer”, “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All”, and The Magic Garden LP.

The five original members were Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ron Townson. They have recorded for several different labels over their long careers. Their first work appeared on the Soul City label, which was started by Imperial Records/United Artists Records recording artist Johnny Rivers. The group would later record for Bell/Arista Records, ABC Records, and Motown Records.


Greatest Hits on Earth

Side One

(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep At All
Stoned Soul Picnic
One Less Bell to Answer
Medley: Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)
Wedding Bell Blues

Side Two

Save the Country
Love’s Lines, Angles and Rhymes
Puppet Man
Up, Up and Away
Never My Love
Together Let’s Find Love

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Should have posted this yesterday for St. Patty’s Day! Ah well, better late than never right?!

Mitchell William “Mitch” Miller (July 4, 1911 – July 31, 2010) was prominent in the American music industry. Miller was involved in almost all aspects of the industry. He was one of the most influential people in American popular music during the 1950s and early 1960s, both as the head of A&R at Columbia Records and as a best-selling recording artist with an NBC television series, Sing Along with Mitch. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in the early 1930s, Miller began his musical career as an accomplished player of the oboe and English horn, and recorded several highly regarded classical albums featuring his instrumental work, but he is best remembered as a conductor, choral director, television performer and recording executive.


22 Beautiful Memories

Mitch Miller and The Gang

Side One

It’s Only a Paper Moon
I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
I’ll See You In My Dreams
Peg O’ My Heart
Beer Barrel Polka
Bye Bye Blackbird
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Moonlight Bay
In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
Happy Days Are Here Again

Side Two

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Goodnight, Irene
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now
The Yellow Rose of Texas
Goodnight Sweetheart
Singin’ in the Rain
When I Grow Too Old to Dream
Silver Threads Among the Old
In the Good Old Summer Time
Moonlight & Roses
The Gang That Sang “Heart of My Heart”

The Best of ZZ Top

ZZ Top is an American rock band from Houston, Texas. Formed in 1969, the group consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar and vocals), Dusty Hill (bass and vocals), and Frank Beard (percussion). ZZ Top’s early sound was rooted in blues but eventually grew to exhibit contemporary influences. Throughout their career they have maintained a sound based on Hill’s and Beard’s rhythm section support, accentuated by Gibbons’ guitar and vocal style. Their lyrics often gave evidence of band’s humor and thematically focus on personal experiences and sexual innuendos.

Maintaining the same members for over forty years, ZZ Top has released 14 studio albums and are among the most popular rock groups, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide,half of this figure concerning the United States alone. They have won three VMAs, and in 2004, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Best of ZZ Top

Side One

Waitin For the Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Just Got Paid

Side Two

La Grange
Blue Jean Blues
Backdoor Love Affair
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers
Heard It On the X

Who Is The Father Of Diva, Moon Unit, Dweezil and Ahmet?

Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, singer-songwriter, electric guitarist, recording engineer, record producer and film director.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.

He was a self-taught composer and performer, and his diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often impossible to categorize. His 1966 debut album with the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, combined songs in conventional rock and roll format with collective improvisations and studio-generated sound collages. His later albums shared this eclectic and experimental approach, irrespective of whether the fundamental format was one of rock, jazz or classical. His lyrics—often humorously—reflected his iconoclastic view of established social and political processes, structures and movements. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship.

Zappa was a highly productive and prolific artist and gained widespread critical acclaim. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and for most of his career was able to work as an independent artist. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.


200 Motels

Zoot Allures

Close To the Edge

Yes are an English rock band who achieved worldwide success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. Regarded as one of the pioneers of the progressive genre, Yes are known for their lengthy songs, mystical lyrics, elaborate album art, and live stage sets.

Formed in 1968 by Squire and singer Jon Anderson, the first line-up also included guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford, Yes began to enjoy success after the release of The Yes Album (1971) and Fragile (1971), which featured new arrivals Howe and Rick Wakeman. They achieved further success with Close to the Edge (1972).

Close To the Edge

Side One

Close To the Edge: The Solid Time of Change / Total Mass Retain / I Get Up I Get Down / Seasons of Man

Side Two

And You and I: Cord of Life / Eclipse / The Preacher, The Teacher / Apocalypse

The Third Woody Allen Album

Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg, December 1, 1935) is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician whose career spans over half a century.

He began as a comedy writer in the 1950s, penning jokes and scripts for television and also publishing several books of short humor pieces. In the early 1960s, Allen started performing as a stand-up comic, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes. As a comic, he developed the persona of an insecure, intellectual, fretful nebbish, which he insists is quite different from his real-life personality.

The Third Woody Allen Album

Collector’s Records of the 50′s and 60′s

Collector’s Records of the 50′s and 60′s: Vol. 3

Variousr Artists

Side One

The Mystics – Star Crossed Lovers
The Four Epics – Again
The Four Graduates – Candy Queen
Billy Vera & The Contrasts – My Heart Cries
The Five Discs – Baby I Love You
Dion & The Belmonts – No One Knows
The Emotions – Starlit Night
Larry & The Standards – Where Is She?

Side Two

The Chiffons – Up On the Bridge
Carlo – 5 Minutes More
Dion & The Belmonts – Come Take a Walk with Me
The Ray-Vons – Judy
The Five Discs – Gypsy Woman
The Four Pennies – My Block
Randy & The Rainbows – Happy Teenager
The Jarmes – Little Lonely One

Collector’s Records of the 50′s and 60′s: Vol. 4

Various Artists

Side One

The Skyliners – star Dust
Dion – Lovers Who Wander
Carlo – Stranger In My Arms
The Mystics – All Through the Night
The Del Satins – Best Wishes Goodby
The Chiffons – Open Your Eyes
Jimmy Clanton – Tell Me
Bernadette Carroll – Party Girl

Side Two

Curtis Lee – Pretty little Angel Eyes
The DelRons – Your Big Mistake
Dion & The Belmonts – A Lover’s Prayer
The Four Pennies – When the Boy’s Happy
Dion – Lonely World
Ernie Maresca – Rockin’ Blvd Street
The Demilles – Donna Lee
Dion & The Belmonts – I Got the Blues