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Wayne’s Music 9/10 June 2010. Classic Pop Instrumentals.

Bye Bye Blues                         Bert Kaempfert, one of the Kings Of Easy Listening – the German multi-instrumentalist, orchestra-leader and songwriter had his first hit in 1960 (Wonderland By Night), but many of his tunes became better known as hits for other artists. 

S’Wonderful                          Ray Coniff after years as a trombone player for some of the Big name swing bands developed his magic formula for conducting and arranging.

Theme From Shane           a very simple arrangement of the great film theme done in classic Shadows style.

Coulin (Irish Melody)                                James Last in St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1984  - another German composer and orchestra leader who gave a lot of “happy music” to the world.

begin The Beguine            from a feature album this weekend where Enoch Light salutes the BIG Bands by recreating the original scores from tunes made famous by the various bands -  Artie Shaw’s Begin The Beguine for example. 

The Dis-Advantages Of You    The Brass Ring was a studio group of musicians who got together for a series of easy listening instrumentals in the late 60s. 

Summer Samba            Walter Wanderley with his late entry in the Bossa Nova wave that swept the album market in the mid-sixties.   

In-Go               Chuck Berry would often lay down an instrumental for the B-side of his records …

Midnight In Moscow                the Russian tune best known outside of its homeland -   It’sstill one of the classic trad jazz tracks from Kenny Ball and His Jazzers who picked up on the tune in 1961.

A String Of pearls                  Al Klink on the tenor sax recreates his original solo he recorded with Glenn Miller – this time with Enoch Light’s Light Brigabe.  

Cannonball Rag                Merle Travis with his staggering guitar technique which would influence every generation that followed. 

Last Night                this comes from the first LP released by The Stax label in 1961.  As a resident house band for the label the Mar-Keys formed the foundation of the early Stax records sound.  

March From The River Kwai                  Mitch Miller recorded with the Columbia studios house band in the early 50s – he also made a string of successful albums and singles featuring a male chorale and his own distinctive arrangements, under the name “Micth Miller And The Gang”                                          

Vide Cor Meum              a complete contrast now with a piece from the movie soundtrack of “Hannibal”   This is soprano Danielle De Niese, tenor Bruno Lazzaretti with the ensemble Libera conducted by Rupert Gregson-Williams and The Lyndhurst orchestra. 

 Number 21                        Tom Parker and The New London Chorale.

tequila            The Champs .

Canadian Sunset            this groundbreaker combined elements of jazz with symphonic splendour.  It’s actually Eddie Heywood’s composition, so it’s fitting that he should star playing the keyboard melody with Hugo Winterhalter’s orchestra.  Somehow this sound managed to sit alongside the rock and roll tunes on the charts in 1956.

Woodchppers Ball                  Woody Herman’s history-making theme song.  This was The band That Played The Blues biggest hit – a bit of a sleeper at first but DECCA kept releasing it, and over a period of three or four years, it became a million-seller.


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Airport Love Them                 Vincent Bell with his exotic, shimmering beauty of his guitar and what he called his “water sound” set against the big orchestra of strings and voices for the disaster movie theme in 1970.

Nut Rocker           B Bumble and The Stingers, the name of the house band at Rendevous Records, doing rock versions of classical pieces. 

Main Theme From Bilitis                  Francis Lai’s beautiful soundtrack from the 1977 French Film subtitled “The Loves Of A Young Woman”.

Guitar Boogie    Arthur Smith didn’t achieve the global fame of other guitar heroes, but he should always be remembered as the man who recorded the original guitar boogie for MGM in 1948. 

Theme Without A Name              The Dave Clark Five came up with this for their Session album in 1964.   


 El Bimbo                      Bimbo Jet.     

 Lisbon Antigua            Nelson Riddle, another arranger/conductor/orchestra leader who was behind most of the BIG names in the 40s through until the 80s – a remarkable musical career. 

Let’s Dance                   The Saturday Night Radio music programme Let’s Dance broadcast by NBC at the start of the 30s was a turning point for Benny Goodman.

The Hustle             Van McCoy with his best known tune – The Hustle – a generic term for several disco dances – a line dance which was called Hustle became an international dance craze in 1975 following McCoy and the Soul City Symphony’s rendition. 

because They’re Young             the man with the twang played the theme from the movie starring James Darren and Tuesday Weld – and it became one of the all time great instrumentals of its time.

Walkin With Mr lee        the New Orleans sax man lee Allan probably played on more hit records than you could shake a stick at, then in 1958 he emerged with his surprise hit “Walkin With Mr lee.                   

 Il Silenzio                             Nini Rosso with his popular Italian instrumental, which he co-wrote in 1965.      

Sail Along Silvery Moon          Billy Vaughn with his trademark “twin sax” sound he used almost exclusively. 

Dolanne’s Melody                     Jean Claude Borelly 

Blue Comet Blues            Bill Haley and The Comets changed the course of music history with their stream of well-crafted rock hits in the 50s – instrumentals were a big part of their stage show – here’s one from 1956.                         

mexico                              Bob Moore the bass player who really introduced the mariachi horn sound to an unsuspecting public a good year before Herb Alpert rekindled it in his string of hits. 

Five Finger Boogie                   Winifred Atwell, was a seriously accomplished pianist who studied the art of boogie piano. 

Yellow Bird                     Hawaiin born Arthur Lyman with his sensual sounds of exotica.  A one time vibes player for Martin Denny in Honolulu – he formed his own group to play “beyond the reef” type sounds – his biggest hit was this Caribbean number in 1961.

Love Them From Romeo And Juliet                   henry Mancini 

Stranger On The Shore             the tune that set trad jazz man Acker Bilk up for life. 

TSOP                     the theme for the American musical TV programme Soul Train  - the Philly Soul sound was a concept created by writers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff  …

The Lonely Bull              the first release on A & M records for herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.  All recorded in California featuring the sounds of a crowd cheering “Ole” inside a bullfight arena in mexico.                

How Do I Love Thee           The Shadows.