1959: Today at the 30th Street Studio

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  1. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 21 (Thursday) 3 of 3:

    The final session today was from 7-10pm for Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, so no further knowledge of what went on.
     
  2. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    Just so you know, I have a very busy June coming up and will not be able to do these postings for that month, and will not be able to catch up, so I think that will be time to end this thread despite how interesting and fun it's been for me personally and I hope for you. I run out of Schedule in early August anyway, and that info adds a lot to our completeness.

    It has been fun and I'll savor the process of doing the remaining posts.
     
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  3. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

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    New York, NY, USA
    Actually, Epic from its early years until 1968 had a classical series which was their equivalent of Columbia Masterworks. (Notice the prefix LC, as opposed to LN for pop releases; stereo classical issues were prefixed BC.) Until the 1963 label design change, classical Epic LP's had a gold label; after the change it was blue (sort of on the order of Pantone 285), with the logo and rim print in white (almost a negative image of the pop labels which were yellow with black print, as would be the norm through 1973). One act that recorded on both labels was The Cleveland Orchestra when conducted by George Szell. Some classical Epic titles would later be reissued after 1968 on Columbia Masterworks - no doubt puzzling many classical record collectors when they saw an 'XSB' prefix rather than 'XSM' for matrix numbers on the stereo offerings.

    Oh, and no doubt Fred Plaut would have engineered. He was listed as a co-engineer on one of the last classical Epic albums ever issued, Mozart: The Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1 by Lili Kraus (BC 1382). (Volume 2, BC 1385, may well be the very last.)

    Also, Mr. Fleisher, despite the loss of use of his right hand, remained with Epic's classical division to near the end. His last on the label was with the Cleveland Orchestra.
     
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  4. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

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    New York, NY, USA
    We know The Dave Brubeck Quartet's Time Out sessions (whereby the version of "Take Five" issued as a single was a completely different recording from that on the album), and that for Percy Faith's chart-topping "The Theme From 'A Summer Place'," are among the more notable projects to burst out of 30th down the road in '59. As they say, when ya' get to 'em . . . :winkgrin:
     
  5. stereoguy

    stereoguy Its Gotta Be True Stereo!

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    Anyone remember "A Summer Place 1976" ??


    True story: Around 1977 , I was in a Disco in Brooklyn, and the DJ played this. I nearly wet my pants.


     
  6. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

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    New York, NY, USA
    Third version. In 1969 he cut a vocal version.
     
  7. stereoguy

    stereoguy Its Gotta Be True Stereo!

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    NYC


    WB: Thats interesting that Percy cut the Vocal version in 1969. In 1965, The Lettermen had a big hit with their vocal version of "A Summer Place", so one would think Percy would have covered their hit vocal version with his own in 1965, rather than 1969.
     
  8. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

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    New York, NY, USA
    I think Mr. Faith was waiting for the 10th anniversary of his definitive version to record a vocal version.
     
  9. John DeAngelis

    John DeAngelis Senior Member

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    No! Say it isn't so! I will miss these posts terribly! Thanks so much for doing them!
     
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  10. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 22 (Friday):

    Only 1 session today: from 10am-1pm Joe Wilder recorded the songs

    I Head Music (sic, obviously or not, it's "Hear")
    Caravan
    Guys And Dolls
    Autumn In New York


    No producer/A&R is listed in the schedule.

    Musicians employed

    Leader and Trumpet:
    Joe Wilder
    Trombone:
    Urban C. Green
    Bass:
    Milton J. Hinton
    Drums:
    John Cresci, Jr.
    Flute:
    Herbert J. Mann
    Piano:
    Hank Jones

    compiler was cut off on my picture. Darn, I thought we were going to get to the bottom of who insisted on the full formal names for most people.

    There are several bios of Joe Wilder that are each interesting and informative in their own way:

    Joe Wilder - Wikipedia
    Joe Wilder - Jazz Times (written by Joe's biographer)
    Joe Wilder - obituary from the LA Times

    The Wikipedia article has a discography that includes the album that today's songs are on, "The Pretty Sound", and it even has its own Wikipedia page.

    Here are Discog pictures of the front and rear covers

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    The two sessions that generated the rest of the songs were in December 1958.

    Both Caravan and Guys and Dolls were recorded in one of those sessions, too, so that should make today's recordings remakes, which are usually noted but aren't today for some reason.

    This is the released recording of Caravan

     
  11. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 23 (Saturday):

    No sessions today.
     
  12. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Seattle, WA USA
    I am certainly willing to do specific 1959 sessions by request as the dates come up.

    So far, we have

    Take Five
    Theme From a Summer Place
    Someone's birthday in November?

    What other 1959 sessions starting June 1 would you like to know more about? I'll keep the list.
     
  13. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

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    Milwaukee, WI
    I can't think of anything, but yes, this was the request:

     
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  14. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 24 (Sunday):

    From 10am to finish, the Original Broadway Cast of the musical "Gypsy", with Stephen Sondheim lyrics and Jule Stein score, recorded the definitive album. This is the Ethel Merman version.

    Goddard Lieberson was Producer/A&R, Teo Macero was Assistant Producer, and Fred Plaut was the engineer.

    There is no Report for it, but you can read a bit more at the Masterworks site, and there are pictures by Vernon Smith there as well, including one of legendary Broadway producer David Merrick.
     
  15. Pelvis Ressley

    Pelvis Ressley Down in the Jungle Room

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    Capac, Michigan
    Any of Roy Hamilton's sessions. He worked with Neal Hefti, Marion Evans, and Chuck Sagle in 1959. I'm not certain of dates.
     
  16. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    OK, I'll keep an eye open.

    You've made note of the dates we've seen already this year?
     
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  17. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Seattle, WA USA
    May 25 (Monday) 1 of 3):

    From 2:30-5:30pm, Leslie Uggams with Abe Osser and His Orchestra recorded the songs

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    You're Not Living In Vain
    I See God
    You'll Never Walk Alone


    Producer/A&R was Mitch Miller. I know that Frank Laico engineered some sessions with Leslie, so maybe he was on this one?

    Musicians employed

    Leader:
    Abe (Glenn) Osser
    Contractor:
    Arnold Eidus
    Violins:
    Max Cahn
    Harry Lookofsky
    Gene Orloff
    Ralph Silverman
    David Nadien
    Louis Graeler
    Leo Kahn
    Julius Held
    David Montagu
    Arcadie Birkenholz
    Anthony Di Girolamo
    Trombone:
    Urban Green
    Robert Byrne
    Charles Small
    William Byers
    Viola:
    Isadore Zir
    David Mankovitz
    Richard Dickler
    Harold Coletta
    Cello:
    George Ricci
    Morris Stonzek
    Drums:
    George Gaber
    Bass:
    Frank Carroll
    Guitar:
    Al Casamenti
    Harp:
    Margaret Ross

    compiler was ag

    Leslie Uggams was and probably is still America's sweetheart, making her debut as a teenager with a huge voice and remarkable performing aplomb.

    In fact, this album is her recording debut, and today was her 16th birthday, so I think Frank Laico is absolutely the engineer today, since he said he recorded her first album.

    Here are pictures of her album with a readable back cover from Amazon, and I'm going to post that one big so you can read it:

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    That's a cool story from her appearance on the Jack Paar show, huh? With that kind of response, you can see how she was destined for big things.

    This is the Philips European pressing and the clearest pictures I could find.

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    The only recordings I can find on Youtube are songs from another session for this album, so I'll post then.
     
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  18. Pelvis Ressley

    Pelvis Ressley Down in the Jungle Room

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    Capac, Michigan
    Yes, thank you.
     
  19. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Seattle, WA USA
    May 25 (Monday) 2 of 3:

    From 7-10pm, Marty Robbins recorded the songs

    She Was Young
    Cap And Gown
    Love Can't Wait


    apparently as part of his series of three-word-title songs. Mitch Miller was A&R/producer.

    Musicians employed

    Leader:
    Jimmy Carroll
    Contractor and Bass:
    Frank Carroll
    Drums:
    David A. Francis
    Guitar:
    Al Casamenti
    Don Arnone
    Barry Gailbreath (sic)
    John Pizzarelli

    compiler was ek

    Here's the first song, including a bonus studio shot that looks consistent with 30th St.:



    From the three word album "More Gunfighter Ballads".

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    Marty Robbins hit it big in 1957 with A White Sport Coat And A Pink Carnation. That Wikipedia entry has a lot of good info about his life.

    "More Gunfighter Ballads" wouldn't be released until 1960, undoubtedly so the album containing El Paso, "Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs", could run its very successful course.

    The other two songs from today's session seem to have been singles, and here they are

    Cap and Gown

    Love Can't Wait

    It's interesting how the elements are the same in these but the sounds are different.
     
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  20. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Seattle, WA USA
    May 25 (Monday) 3 of 3:

    The final session today was from 11:30pm-2:30am. The listing in the Schedule is for "The Physiques", with Producer/A&R Ernie Altschuler, and that's all I can find about it. No Report.

    Ernie Altschuler did a tremendous amount of work for Columbia/Epic, and you can see some of it here.

    EDIT: Shoot, I didn't think to look ahead in the Reports. They have this session as being on the 26th! So I'll start a new post because it's going to take a while to type it all and I'll miss the editing window.
     
  21. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Seattle, WA USA
    Either May 25 (Monday) 3 of 3 or May 26 (Tuesday) 3 of 3:

    From 11:30pm-2:30am either day, The Physiques with Anthony Alessandrini and His Orchestra recorded the songs

    Has She Got A Sister
    Stood Up
    I'm Awfully Strong For You
    Green With Envy


    Producer/A&R was Ernie Altschuler, as noted in the post above.

    Musicians employed

    Leader and Piano:
    Anthony V. Alessandrini
    Guitar:
    Kenneth Earl Burrell
    Joseph B. Galbraith
    Everett Barksdale
    Bass:
    Burgher William Jones
    Drums:
    David A. Francis

    compiler was ek

    Wow, having the song titles opens doors! Searching for "The Physiques Has She Got A Sister" comes up with

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    with the flip side

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    Here's the first song



    Wow, again, could that be Bob Welch, who was later in Fleetwood Mac??

    Unfortunately, he lived in Southern California and was 13 years old on this day in 1959, so probably not. Couldn't find Joe Merlo anywhere back then.

    Or Bob Merlo or Joe Welch. Joe Walsh is even younger.

    Clearly they changed the group name to something more catchy between recording and release...
     
  22. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Seattle, WA USA
    May 26 (Tuesday) 1 of 3:

    Mitch Miller and His Gang with Jimmy Carroll and His Orchestra recorded from 10am-1pm the songs

    Jine The Cavalry
    Sing Along
    (English Version)
    Sing Along (German Version)

    Producer/A&R was Mitch Miller, of course. Chances are the engineer was Frank Laico.

    Musicians employed

    Leader:
    Jimmy Carroll
    Contractor and Bass:
    Frank Carroll
    Guitar:
    Barry Gailbreath (sic)
    Howard Collins
    Hy White
    Trumpet:
    Robert Cusumano
    Carl Severinsen
    Joseph Ferrante
    Mal Davis
    Harmonica:
    Eddy Manson
    Accordion:
    Dominic Cortese
    Drums:
    Ed Shaughnessy

    compiler was ek

    Were the two Sing Along songs the TV show's theme song? Probably not, since the show wasn't to first appear on the air for another year.

    I feel like we've seen the Cavalry song before, so I won't get into albums.

    Feel free to correct mistakes.
     
  23. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Seattle, WA USA
    May 26 (Tuesday) 2 of 3:

    The Mariners with Lee Erwin at the Organ
    recorded these songs from 7-10pm:

    Fariest Lord Jesus (sic)
    Jesus Lover Of My Soul
    Just As I Am
    Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus


    Jim Foglesong was A&R/Producer.

    The only musician was Lee Erwin on the organ.

    compiler was ek

    TheMariners were a racially-integrated vocal quartet who appeared on Arthur Godfrey's radio and then TV shows until he summarily fired them in 1955. They continued performing and recording for a while, obviously.

    Here's another bio with some pictures.

    Three of these four songs were released; the only labels I could find were from a Netherlands-printed small-spindle four-song 45

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    There certainly are a lot of Mariners/Lee Erwin videos on Youtube which are blocked in my country for some reason.

    Here is one that will play that is otherwise unrelated to this session

     
  24. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Seattle, WA USA
    May 27 (Wednesday) 1 of 4:

    From 10am-1pm, Ernest S. Kardos & His Orchestra (AKA The Kardos Trio) recorded the songs

    Autumn Leaves
    Hora Staccato
    The Gypsy Fiddle Plays No More
    Zuguiener


    Ernie Altschuler was A&R/Producer.

    Musicians employed

    Leader and Violin:
    Ernest S. Kardos
    Organ:
    Lucille C. Kardos
    Bass:
    Rufus R. Smith
    Harp:
    Alice C. Rideout

    compiler was ek

    This album came up right away in a quick search

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    But other than the information printed on the rear cover (nice sharp pictures from Amazon), I can't find anything else about them. Here is the back cover large

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    And the label

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    It's nice that the recording order is the album order, too.

    The second session for side 2 is tomorrow.

    Interesting that the trio has four musicians...
     
  25. DMortensen

    DMortensen Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Seattle, WA USA
    May 27 (Wednesday) 2 of 4:

    Leslie Uggams with Abe (Glenn) Osser and His Orchestra
    did their second session for the Eyes of God album from 2:30-5:30pm, recording the songs

    Someone Is Watching
    The Door Is Open
    The Eyes Of God
    His Servant


    Producer/A&R was again Mitch Miller, and I bet that Frank Laico was engineering again, too.

    Musicians employed ( [ ] indicates present at previous session two days ago, but absent from this one; replacement's name is adjacent. Total count and instrumentation the same as last session.)

    Leader:
    Abe (Glenn) Osser
    Contractor:
    Arnold Eidus
    Violins:
    Max Cahn
    Harry Lookofsky
    Gene Orloff
    Ralph Silverman
    David Nadien
    [Louis Graeler] Mac Ceppos
    Leo Kahn
    Julius Held
    [David Montagu] Sylvan Shulman
    [Arcadie Birkenholz] Emanuel Green
    Anthony Di Girolamo
    Trombone:
    [Urban Green] Russel William Rauch
    Robert Byrne
    Charles Small
    William Byers
    Viola:
    Isadore Zir
    David Mankovitz
    [Richard Dickler] Archie Levin
    Harold Coletta
    Cello:
    George Ricci
    Morris Stonzek
    Drums:
    [George Gaber] Artie Marotti
    Bass:
    [Frank Carroll] Felix Giobbe
    Guitar:
    Al Casamenti
    Harp:
    Margaret Ross

    compiler was ag

    Looks like there will be another session to record the remaining three songs on the album.
     

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