Wayne’s Music Saturday 14 January 2012. Pop instrumentals of the 1960s.
Apache Jorgen Ingmann in 61. The Danish guitarist had a string of popular releases in Europe in the 60s. he loved to experiment with multi-tracking and other technical effects, and a performing partnership with his wife Grethe led to them gaining renown as the Danish equivalent of Les Paul and Mary Ford. Despite the Shadows making their debut with this tune, Ingmann cornered the American market with his version.
Asia Minor Kokomo is actually pianist Jimmy Wisner – he used the pseudonym because he was a jazz man and this was a rock and roll record. During a recording session he was inspired to put the melody from Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor to a rollicking rock beat.
La Paloma Billy Vaughn
Baja then there was the birth of instrumental surf music, another link in the long chain of of rock instrumentals.
Alley cat Bent Fabric with what started out as a theme song for a Danish TV programme called Around A Piano … and funnily enough, this was awarded a Grammy for Best Rock And Roll recording in 1962.
Hoots Mon from the 13 piece house band on TV’s top pop show in the late 50s “Oh Boy”. The masterminds behind the concept were TV Producer Jack Good and musical arranger Harry Robinson (who adds the broad Scottish one-liners on Hoots Mon, the first rock and roll instrumental to top the UK Hit Parade. )
No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) The T-Bones, a Liberty records studio creation, with producer Joe Saraceno in charge.
Il Silenzio Nini Rosso with his European #1 from 1965.
One Mint Julep one of the most influential guitarists of the 20th Century, and architect of the pop oriented Nashville Sound, Chet Atkins had several of his instrumental pieces reach great heights in the 60s.
Walk Don’t Run The Ventures, also commanded considerable influence on young musicians learning to play the guitar. This tune established the group and set the foundation for over a dozen hits to follow.
Walk On The Wild Side the eminent Hammond organ player in the swingin’ sixties, Jimmy Smith, with his wonderful rendition of Elmer Bernstein’s tune from the film Walk On the Wild Side.
The Shifting Whispering Sands Billy Vaughn’s hit with the voice of actor, voice-over artist and radio host Ken Nordine.
Pipeline The Chantays with the 62 instrumental cashing in on the growing surfing culture.
Music To Watch Girls By The Bob Crewe Generation, had a happy knack of turning advertising jingles into hit records … this was a theme for a campaign for Diet pepsi.
Tracy’s Theme orchestra leader Robert Mersey going under the name of Spencer Ross, and Vincent “Jimmy” Abato, an instructor at The Juilliard School Of Music who had twin careers in classical and jazz, played the smooth sax solo on “Tracy’s Theme”.mersey was a prolific arranger and producer who worked with a number of artists – Aretha Franklin, Marty Robbins,Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Andy Williams and Mel Torme.
Midnight In Moscow Kenny Ball and His jazzmen with the tune originally created in Russia as Leningradskie vechera (Leningrad Nights).
Mr Lucky Henry Mancini scored very well with this theme from the Cary Grant film “Mr Lucky” .
A Walk In The Black Forrest The German Pianist and arranger Horst Jankowski was, at 16, the accompanist and arranger for singer Caterina Valente on her world tours, befor he returned to the Berlin nightclub scene and established himself as a favourite jazz pianist.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 15 January 2012. 60s instrumentals. PART ONE.
Just A Closer Walk With Thee Pete Fountain with one of his two pop hits … it was also the title of his autobiography in 1972. (
I Was Kaiser Bill’s batman Whistling Jack Smith, who was in fact a fictional entity. Roger Greenaway and Roger Cook who recorded as David and Jonathan, conceived the whole idea and made a recording with an uncredited producer, anonymous studio musicians and The Mike Sammes Singers.
On The Rebound one of pop music’s best known pianists from Louisianna was Floyd Cramer - he played on countless sessions with the big names in the business in the 50s and 60s, but it wasn’t until he cut his own records, that people outside of the recording industry actually knew who he was.
Last Night The Mar-Keys w ere the American studio session band for The Stax label in Memphis, and their backing sound formed the foundation of The Stax Sound in the early 60s
Beautiful Obsession Sir Chauncey and His Exciting Strings was the easy listening pseudonymn of Ernie Freeman …
Peter Gunn Duane Eddy with the Spy Music theme from Henry Mancini’s Peter Gunn
Desafinado Stan getz and Charlie Byrd – the latter I think converted getz to the Bossa Nova cause in 61/62?
Mexico Bob Moore’s Orchestra … Moore was a noted session man (bass player for the stars, including Elvis, Pat Boone, Roy orbison, Brenda Lee) yet this is the only release with his name mentioned that reached the Top 40.
The Sundownders Billy Vaughn – his name is synonomous with DOT Records – he was the label’s musical director and he shaped the sound for many of the hit makers of the day.
Theme From Z cars Johnny Keating & The Z men.
Stranger on The Shore Acker Bilk Originally named "Jenny" (after his daughter) on his LP Sentimental Journey, the song's name was changed when Bilk played it as the theme song for a new children's TV show, Stranger On The Shore.
Night Theme The Mark 11 – two pianists, Wayne Cogswell and Ray Peterson
Diamonds Jet Harris and Tony Meehan
Route 66 Theme Nelson Riddle – with one of the great TV themes depicting the wide open road , and it’s every mood, as it stretches across the United States.
The William tell Overture Sounds Incorporated The group toured the world as the Beatles' opening act,
Foot Tapper The Shadows It went to number one in the UK and was the Shadows' last UK number-one hit.
Petite Fleur Chris Barber’s Jazz Band with the clarinet solo from Monty Sunshine
In The Mood The Ernie Fields orchestra
Wonderland By Night Bert kaempfert
Wipe Out The Surfaris with 15 year old Jim Fuller on lead guitar. This tune was actually a filler the band recorded at the end of a session – it took just two takes in ten minutes to nail it which Jim suggested they call “Stilletto” – but they opted for the surf title and introduced it with the sound of a breaking board.
Sail Along Silvery Moon Billy Vaughn
Nut Rocker B Bumble and The Stingers the house band of session musicians at Rendevous records in Los Angeles.
The Stripper David Rose, one time husband of Judy Garland for three years during the war years.
Water Melon man Herbie Hancock, created a life time annuity by composing this popular standard when he was 22 years of age – in 1962.
Theme From The Apartment Ferrante and Teicher more than just a twin-piano lounge act.
I Wanmt To be Happy Cha Cha Enoch Light and The Light Brigade – were playing sweet music on the hotel circuit in the 1920s, then things went quiet for a while, until he got some radio work, and cashed in on the Cha Cha dance craze that swept through in the late 50s.
March From The River Kwai Mitch Miller, in the early 1950s Miller recorded with Columbia's house band as "Mitchell Miller and His Orchestra".
Honky Tonk Bill Doggett
telstar The Tornadoes
james Bond Theme John Barry
The Swinging Shepherd Blues Moe Koffman’s Quartet with possibly the first real jazz hit of the rock age.
Skokiaan Bill Haley picked up on the African tune named after a strong home-brewed African beer … and he rocked it up somewhat.
Quentin’s Theme The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde
Comin In The Back Door The Baja Marimba Band – a 9 man ensemble off shoot of Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass … The Baja Marimba Band recorded 10 charting albums before disbanding in the early 70s.