Bring Hugh Masekela Back Home

This album cover is pretty simple, but I find it strikingly elegant too. Beautiful (even with the wear)!

Hugh Ramopolo Masekela (born 4 April 1939) is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer.


Bring Him Back Home feat. Kalahari

Hugh Masekela

Side One

Bring Him Back Home – Extended Remix

Side Two

Bring Him Back Home – Instrumental

Duke Ellington’s 70th Birthday Concert

70th Birthday Concert is a live album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded in England recorded at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England and originally released on the Solid State label in 1970. The album was later reissued on CD on the Blue Note label in 1995.


70th Birthday Concert

Duke Ellington

Side One

Rockin’ in Rhythm
Take the “A” Train
Tootie for Cootie

Side Two

4:30 Blues
El Gato
Black Butterfly
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
Laying on Mellow

Side Three

Satin Doll
Azure Te (Paris Blues)
In Triplicate

Side Four

Medley: Prelude to a Kiss / I’m Just a Lucky So and So / I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart / Do Nothin’ til You Hear from Me / Just Squeeze Me / Don’t Get Around Much Anymore / Mood Indigo / Sophisticated Lady / Caravan
Black Swan
Closing Speech – End of Concert


McCartney May: McCartney Is So Bad

May is upon us and it just so happens I’ve reached Paul McCartney in the collection. Since it works so well, this month will be McCartney May with featured posts every weekend. From The Beatles to Wings to his solo projects, there’s a ton to cover!

Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer.

With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band’s break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine.

McCartney has been recognized as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist. A two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Beatles in 1988, and as a solo artist in 1999), and a 21-time Grammy Award winner (having won both individually and with the Beatles), McCartney has written, or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr received MBEs in 1965, and in 1997, McCartney was knighted for his services to music.

McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, land mines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education. He has married three times and is the father of five children.


Side One

So Bad

Side Two

Pipes of Peace

Baby, Come To Patti Austin

I’m sure if I bothered to turn off the trashy TV I’m currently watching while cataloging and got up to put this single on, I’d recognize it, but I’m ashamed to not be familiar with just the name Patti Austin. Yes, I do watch a lot of terrible, terrible TV while cataloging albums. It’s bad.

Patti Austin (born August 10, 1950) is an American R&B, pop and jazz singer.

Patti was born in Harlem, New York and grew up in Bay Shore on Long Island. Her father was a jazz musician. She made her debut at the Apollo Theater at age four and had a contract with RCA Records when she was five. Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington have proclaimed themselves as her godparents.

In 2008 she received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal album for “Avant Gershwin” recorded mostly live with The WDR Big Band in Germany.


Side One

Baby Come to Me

Side Two


From Genesis To Rebelation

Genesis are an English rock band formed in Godalming, Surrey in 1967, with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart as founding members. The band has had numerous line-ups throughout its history, of which eleven musicians became full time members.

Its most recent formation comprised two founding members–keyboardist Tony Banks and bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford–and drummer/singer Phil Collins, who joined in 1970. Genesis are one of the best selling music artists of all time with approximately 130 million records sold worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Formed by five pupils at Charterhouse School, Genesis were initially regarded as a “pop experiment” as evident by their debut album, From Genesis to Revelation (1969). The band’s name was omitted from the sleeve, because Decca had recently discovered that an obscure American act was also calling itself Genesis and asked the band to consider changing its name to avoid confusion, which King declined. The American “Genesis” in question was likely a Los Angeles based group that released In The Beginning on the Mercury label in 1967.


From Genesis to Rebelation


Side One

Where the Sour Turns to Sweet
In the Beginning
Fireside Song
The Serpent
Am I Very Wrong
In the Wilderness

Side Two

The Conqueror
In Hiding
One Day
In Limbo
Silent Sun
A Place to Call My Own

Everytime You Touch Patti Page

It does seem like every artist in the Ps has more than one single in the collection so it becomes tricky to figure out who I should give feature weeks or months to. Normally, Patti would qualify based on quantity but I’m opting to go with ones I can make clever names with. I stressed far too long over something for Patti when I should just be cataloging!

My dad had a ton of Ms. Page’s singles so for the first one, I figured we’d touch a little on her early life. I mean, how could I not cover how Clara Ann became Patti? We recently picked up one of her full LPs too and it has a lovely cover so I’m excited to enter that soon with the singles!

Patti was born Clara Ann Fowler on November 8, 1927, in Claremore, Oklahoma (although some sources give Muskogee) into a large and poor family. Her father, B.A., worked on the MKT railroad, while her mother, Margaret, and older sisters picked cotton. As she related on TV many years later, the family went without electricity, and therefore she could not read after dark. She was raised in Foraker, Hardy, Muskogee and Avant, Oklahoma, before attending Daniel Webster High School in Tulsa, from which she graduated in 1945.

Clara started off her career as a songstress with Al Clauser and his Oklahoma Outlaws at KTUL. She became a featured singer on a 15-minute program on the radio station at age 18. The program was sponsored by the “Page Milk Company” and on the air, Fowler was dubbed “Patti Page,” after the company.

In 1946, Jack Rael, a saxophone player and band manager, came to Tulsa to do a one-night show. He heard Page on the radio and liked her voice so he asked her to join the band he managed, the “Jimmy Joy Band.” Rael would later become Page’s personal manager, after leaving the band. Page toured with the “Jimmy Joy Band” throughout the country in the mid-1940s. The band eventually ended up in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947.

In Chicago, Page sang with a small group led by popular orchestra leader, Benny Goodman. This helped Page gain her first recording contract with Mercury Records the same year. She became Mercury’s “girl singer”.


Side One

Everytime You Touch Me

Side Two

No Aces

I’d Have To Share Diana With Young Lovers Paul Anka Said Hello To


Side One

I’d Have to Share

Side Two

Summer’s Gone


Side One

Hello Young Lovers

Side Two

I Love You in the Same Old Way


Side One


Side Two

Don’t Gamble with Love

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