Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

You might recognize this name since I did an earlier post on a tribute to Tommy Dorsey by the The Hamburg Philharmonia Orchestra.

Thomas Francis “Tommy” Dorsey, Jr. (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was known as “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing”, because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. Although he was not known for being a notable soloist, his technical skill on the trombone gave him renown amongst other musicians. He led an extremely popular and highly successful band from the late 1930s into the 1950s.


Side One

There Are Such Things

Side Two

Star Dust


Side One

My Baby Just Cares for Me

Side Two

Tea for Two Cha Cha


Hmmm. Did my dad get this because of my mom? My mom’s father was Greek (please don’t ask me to spell her maiden name, she yells when I call to make sure I got the Os and Us in the correct order) and so that side of the family is like My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Well, minus the Windex.

Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου; born 29 March 1943), professionally known as Vangelis, is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock, and orchestral music. He is best known for his Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Antarctica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and Alexander, and the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.

Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s. Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis. His work has continued through to this day, working on music for events like the 2001 Mars Odessey and the 2002 World Cup.

In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack’s single, Titles, also reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners’ medal presentation ceremonies. In 2012, Vangelis re-tooled and added new pieces to the Chariots of Fire soundtrack, for use in Chariots of Fire, the 2012 stage adaptation of the 1981 film of the same title.

Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 52 albums, Vangelis is the world’s most celebrated creator of electronic music.


Side One

Chariots of Fire – Titles

Side Two

Eric’s Theme

Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

When entering this album, I went about my usual Wikipedia routine for info and about two seconds in, screamed in excitement. I’m a TV addict and Seth MacFarlane’s shows are some of my Sunday night regulars!

Walter Anthony Murphy, Jr. (born December 19, 1952) is an American composer, arranger, pianist, musician, and songwriter. He rose to fame with the hit instrumental “A Fifth of Beethoven”, a disco adaptation of passages from the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, in 1976, when disco was rising in popularity.

In a career spanning nearly four decades, Murphy has written music for numerous films and TV shows, including Stingray, Wiseguy, Hunter, The Commish, Profit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Channel Umptee-3, Changing Hearts, Looney Tunes, and Foodfight!. He has had a long association with Seth MacFarlane, composing the music for his films and TV shows such as Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, American Dad!, and Ted.


Side One

A Fifth of Beethoven

Side Two

California Strut

Liechtensteiner Polka

Will Glahé (February 12, 1902 – November 21, 1989), was a German accordionist, composer, and bandleader. Glahé was born at Elberfeld. In the 1930s, he was, along with Heinz Munsonius and Albert Vossen, one of the most successful accordionists in Germany. He led his own orchestra from 1932 and became successful particularly in popular music.

His “Liechtensteiner Polka” was also a hit in the U.S., hitting #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1957. The follow-up single “Sweet Elizabeth” (1958) appeared in all major U.S. charts, nearing the top 40 in Cashbox and Music Vendor.


Side One

Liechtensteiner Polka

Side Two

Schweizer Kanton Polka

Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra

You know what’s kind of funny? Leading up to getting the singles, the roomie actually picked up one of Xavier Cugat’s albums while on his international kick. You can find the first post HERE for the artist information. It was great that we did get the other album since it does have different songs on it.


Side One

Mambo at the Waldorf

Side Two

La Cumparsita
Mambo Retozon

Side Three

Mambo Gallego

Side Four

Mambo Gordo
Mambo en Espana

Side Five

Mambo No 8
Sax Cantabile

Side Six

Yo Quiero un Mambo