Saturday, 27 December 2014

LP Artwork: Piaf at The Paris Olympia

France's most popular and successful international singer of all time, Edith Piaf. This album was recorded in concert at The Paris Olympia on December 29th, 1960, with Orchestra and Chorus directed by Jacques Lesage.

This week's New Year 2015 Special includes a stunning version of her signature song, Non Je Ne Regrette Rien.



Series 3, Program 18

NEW YEAR SPECIAL
Celebrating singers, musicians and songwriters born 100 years ago in 1915

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Day In, Day Out - Billie Holiday: Songs for Distingue Lovers
This Time of Year - June Christy: This Time of Year
I Just Want to Make Love to You - Etta James: At Last!
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Mel Tormé: A New Album
A-Tisket, A-Tasket - Ella Fitzgerald (with Chick Webb & His Orchestra): 75th Birthday Celebration
Multi-Colored Blue - Roberta Gambarini: Easy to Love
Never Let Me Go - Irene Kral: Second Chance
Indiscreet - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel
No Moon At All - Anita O’Day: This Is Anita
Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien - Edith Piaf: Piaf at The Paris Olympia
Baubles, Bangles and Beads - Nina Simone: Nina Simone with Strings
Blue Skies - Bing Crosby & Les Paul: Swingin’ with Bing/Bing Crosby's Lost Radio Performances
Unforgettable - Peggy Lee: In Love Again
It Was a Very Good Year - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra at The Sands

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Thursday, 18 December 2014

LP Artwork: Christmas Albums

A few of the best Christmas album covers from this week's festive show, plus the single label artwork for the outstanding - and rare - release: The Secret of Christmas. An exquisite performance by Ella Fitzgerald with a beautiful arrangement by Russ Garcia.





















































Series 3, Program 17

THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

The Christmas Song - Mel Tormé: My Kind of Music
Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season - Andy Williams: The Andy Williams Christmas Album
The Secret of Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald: Jukebox Ella
Christmas Is - Lou Rawls: Ho! Ho! Ho!
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Chanticleer: Let It Snow
The Christmas Waltz (Awayteam Remix) - Nancy Wilson: Merry Mixmas (Christmas Classics Remix)
White Christmas - Tony Bennett & Dexter Gordon: Bennett/Berlin
Love Never Fails - Janet Seidel: Hooray for Christmas
Christmas Glow Worm - Johnny Mercer: Capitol Sings Johnny Mercer
Blue Christmas - Harry Connick Jr: Harry for the Holidays
Christmas Time Is Here - Diana Krall: Christmas Songs
Merry Christmas, Baby - B B King: Yule Be Miserable
Winter Wonderland - Clairdee: This Christmas
Jingle Bells - Lena Horne: Merry from Lena
Getting Ready for Christmas Day - Paul Simon: Single
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Todd Gordon: Single

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Friday, 28 November 2014

LP Artwork: Count Basie & The Mills Brothers - Board of Directors

The Mills Brothers meet Count Basie - what a combination. One of two great albums they recorded together.

Series 3, Program 16

THINKING...

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Thinking of You - Sarah Vaughan: After Hours
I Think I Like You - Sammy Davis Jr: Sings the Complete Dr Doolittle
I May Be Wrong (But I Think You’re Wonderful) - The Mills Brothers & Count Basie: The Board of Directors
I Think It’s Going to Rain Today - Cleo Laine: Born On a Friday
Sometimes I Think I Do - Jimmy Rushing: If It Ain’t the Blues
I Thought About You - Carmen McRae: The Great American Songbook
All I Think About Is You - Harry Nilsson: Knnillssonn
Think About Your Troubles - Lena Horne: Nature’s Baby
A Woman’s Intuition - Lee Wiley: Back Home Again
I Think of You - Perry Como: I Think of You
I Think of You - Frank Sinatra: Where Are You?
I’ll Only Miss Him When I Think of Him - Peggy Lee: Big Spender
It Ain’t What You’re Thinkin’ - Jimmy Witherspoon: Singin’ the Blues
The Very Thought of You - Shirley Horne: You’re My Thrill
Think How It’s Gonna Be - Tony Bennett: Tony Bennett’s Something 

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Friday, 21 November 2014

LP Artwork: The Blue Room

Arguably the finest release from Madeleine Peyroux. Wonderful arrangements by Larry Klein and Vince Mendoza on an eclectic selection of songs. Great cover artwork, too!

Series 3, Program 15

GREAT ARRANGEMENTS (Vol 1)

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

When Day Is Done - Keely Smith: I Wish You Love
Stardust - Nat King Cole: Love Is the Thing
I’m Beginning to See the Light - Ella Fitzgerald: The Duke Ellington Song Book
Come Rain or Come Shine - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra & Strings
Brazil - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here
The Man I Love - Sarah Vaughan: Gershwin Live
Only a Girl - Randy Newman: Harps and Angels
Is That All There Is? - Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is?
Guilty - Madeleine Peyroux: The Blue Room
Nowhere With Love - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
How Insensitive - Diana Krall: From This Moment On
Unforgettable - Aretha Franklin: Unforgettable/A Tribute To Dinah Washington
Charade - Bobby Darin: Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Saturday, 15 November 2014

LP Artwork: The Astaire Story (Vol 4) and The Wham of Sam


Here's a couple of album covers from a brace of tracks from this week's show - So Near and Yet So Far, and Begin the Beguine. They're by two artists who were both highly successful singers and dancers: Fred Astaire and Sammy Davis Jr.

It does surprise me that The Wham of Sam doesn't warrant an exclamation mark! (Well, perhaps they're just overused these days...)

Series 3, Program 14

THE ART OF SONGWRITING: COLE PORTER

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

From This Moment On - Diana Krall: From This Moment On
So In Love - Carol Kidd & Brian Kellock: Carol Kidd Live (Sings Cole Porter)
So Near and Yet So Far - Fred Astaire: The Astaire Story (Vol 4)
Get Out of Town - Ian Shaw: The Abbey Road Sessions
Night and Day - Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66: Equinox
(You’d Be So) Easy to Love - Harry Connick Jr: Come By Me
You’re the Top - Jean Turner: From the Creative World of Stan Kenton Comes Jean Turner
What Is This Thing Called Love? - Frank Sinatra: In the Wee Small Hours
All Of You - Billie Holiday: The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945-1959 (Disc 10)
Just One of Those Things - Louis Armstrong: Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald: The Cole Porter Song Book
Begin the Beguine - Sammy Davis Jr & Mel Lewis: The Wham of Sam
Ridin’ High - Jeri Southern: Southern Breeze
Why Shouldn’t I? - Carmen McRae: Live at Century Plaza
My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Anita O’Day: Anita O’Day Swings Cole Porter

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Friday, 7 November 2014

LP Artwork: Tony Bennett Live at The Sahara, Las Vegas, 1964


Shelved for decades but now released on CD, this is Tony Bennett's 1964 recording made at the famous venue in the gambling and then entertainment capital of the world.


Series 3, Program 13

PRECIOUS TIME

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

I’m Havin’ a Good Time - Alberta Hunter: Downhearted Blues/Live at The Cookery
Once Upon a Time - Tony Bennett: Live at The Sahara, Las Vegas
Sleepy Time Gal - Dinah Shore: Dinah Sings, Previn Plays
Anytime- Margaret Whiting: Margaret
Anytime, Any Day, Anywhere - Nat King Cole: Welcome to the Club
‘Round Midnight - Linda Ronstadt & Nelson Riddle: For Sentimental Reasons
From Time to Time - Mark Murphy: A Swingin’, Singin’ Affair
By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Frank Sinatra: Cycles
I’d Like to Hear It Sometime - Lena Horne: Soul
Bidin’ My Time - Johnny Hartman: Boston Concerts 1976
Seems Like Old Times - The Four Freshmen: Freshmen Favourites
Time After Time - Sarah Vaughan: Sassy Swings The Tivoli
Night Time Is the Right Time - Big Joe Turner & Count Basie: The Bosses
A Time for Love - Morgana King: Gemini Changes
As Time Goes By - Jimmy Durante: Jimmy Durante’s Way of Life
Just In Time - Carmen McRae: Something Wonderful
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Dick Haymes: Dick Haymes Comes Home! (Live at The Cocoanut Grove)

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Saturday, 1 November 2014

LP Artwork: Golden Hits / Dusty Springfield


One of the most soulful British voices of all time was Dusty Springfield. And this week's "wishing" theme enabled us to include the singer's popular version of Wishin' and Hopin' which she recorded in January, 1964.

It appeared on the album, Golden Hits, and released internationally on the Philips label as a single. 

First recorded by Dionne Warwick, as the b-side of her single This Empty Place in the spring of 1963; the track was also featured on Warwick's debut album, Presenting Dionne Warwick. Co-composer Burt Bacharach recalled, "I [think] I tried to talk her into releasing Wishin' and Hopin' [as a single] because she had some ambivalence about it."

Thankfully, his persuasive powers won the day and it went on to be a top 10 hit for Dusty on both sides of the Atlantic.


Friday, 31 October 2014

LP Artwork: My Kinda Love


We recently featured a track from Claire Martin's latest - and very classy - release, Time and Place, and this week there's a number from another new album by fellow British singer, Tina May.

Entitled My Kinda Love, it's received glowing reviews not only for Tina's performance but also the arranging skills of Frank Griffith.


Series 3, Program 12

WISHING...

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

I Wish I Were In Love Again - Frank Sinatra: A Swingin’ Affair!
I Wish I’d Met You - Nancy Wilson: RSVP
How I Wish - Carmen McRae: Live at Umbria Jazz
I Wish I Didn’t Love You So - Jimmy Scott: Falling In Love Is Wonderful
I Wish I Knew - Tina May: My Kinda Love
I Wished On the Moon - Billie Holiday: Songs for Distingue Lovers
Wish You Were Here - Glen Campbell: Ghost On the Canvas (bonus track)
When You Wish Upon a Star - Linda Ronstadt: For Sentimental Reasons
Wishing Will Make It So - Mark Murphy: Playing the Field
A Wish - Norma Winstone: Songs & Lullabies
Wish I Was Back In My Baby’s Arms - Lena Horne: Lena Sings Your Requests
More I Cannot Wish You - Clark Dennis: Guys and Dolls (Reprise Repertory Theater)
Wishin’ and Hopin’ - Dusty Springfield: Going Back
I Wish You Love - Blossom Dearie: May I Come In?
Mr Wishing Well - Nat King Cole: Thank You, Pretty Baby
I Wish - Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

LP Artwork: All Alone

This week's show features two very different versions of Irving Berlin's haunting All Alone. First up was a gently swinging rendition by Sarah Vaughan, from her album, Sassy Swings Again. I doubt that Mr Berlin (who like his songs to be sung as he intended) would have approved!

Fewer liberties were taken by Frank Sinatra when he used the song as the title for his 1962 release on the label his then-new Reprise label which he'd founded a year or so beforehand. Gordon Jenkins provided his trademark, lush string arrangement, including a coda featuring the soprano, Noelie Jean Norman. The album's cover was taken from a painting that hung in Sinatra's home.




















Friday, 24 October 2014

Series 3, Program 11

YOU DON’T WRITE, YOU DON’T PHONE!

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Gonna Buy Me a Telephone - Helen Humes: Today I Sing the Blues
Telephone Suite - Estelle Kokot: Information
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter - Nay King Cole: Let’s Face the Music and Dance!
Love Is Here to Stay - Billie Holiday: Songs for Distingue Lovers
Letter from a Dead Soldier - Ian Shaw: Lifejacket
Love Letters - Patti Austin: The Real Me
Wichita Lineman - Barb Jungr: single
PS I Love You - Frank Sinatra: Close to You
I Just Called to Say I Love You - Diane Schuur (with Herbie Hancock): Friends for Schuur
The Obscene Phonecall - Dory Previn: Dory Previn
All Alone - Sarah Vaughan: Sassy Swings Again
All Alone - Frank Sinatra: All Alone
Telephone Line - ELO: A New World Record
A Letter for Anna Lee - Carmen McRae: Carmen McRae at Ratso’s (Vol 1) 

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

LP Artwork: Time and Place

Claire Martin's latest release on Linn Records is entitled, Time and Place. It has provided this week's show with the beautiful song, She's Leaving Home, by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

First appearing on The Beatles' Sgt Peppers album, it was one of the rare recordings when none of the famous band members played any of the musical accompaniment.

As McCartney explained, "We'd seen a story in the newspaper about a young girl who'd left home and not been found - there were a lot of this at the time - and that was enough to give us a story line."

The song fits into our theme this week of Home Sweet Home. It is beautifully sung by Claire, with a highly sensitive arrangement and performance by the Montpelier Cello Quartet - not forgetting Joe Stilgoe on backing vocals.

Series 3, Program 10

HOME SWEET HOME

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Comin’ Home Baby - James Tormé: Love for Sale
A House Is Not a Home - Mel Tormé: Mel Tormé, Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass
Somewhere Called Home - Norma Winstone: Somewhere Called Home
She’s Leaving Home - Claire Martin: Time and Place
New York’s My Home - Ray Charles: The Genius Hits the Road
Come On Home - Shirley Horn: Where Are You Going?
Paddlin’ Madelin’ Home/Row, Row, Row - Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer: Two of a Kind
Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home - Cleo Laine: Born On a Friday
Come Home Baby - Jacqui Dankworth: Detour Ahead
Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home - Frank Sinatra: Where Are You?
There’s No Place Like Home - Nancy Sinatra: California Girl
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To - Daryl Sherman: Mississippi Belle/Cole Porter In The Quarter
Why Do You Have to Go Home? - June Christy: This Is June Christy
Bring It On Home To Me - Lou Rawls: I Can't Make It Alone/The Axelrod Years
I’ll Be Home - Barbra Streisand: Stoney End
I’m Coming Home Again - Carmen McRae: I’m Coming Home Again

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Sunday, 28 September 2014

LP Artwork: Drag

The album that inspired the "smoking" theme of this week's edition of Todd's Turntable: k d lang's 1997 release, Drag.


Saturday, 27 September 2014

LP Artwork: Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories

An album cover, and title, that epitomises a bygone era. Jeri Southern's 1959 release, Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories.

Arranged and conducted by Lennie Hayton, it was the last of three albums she recorded for the Roulette label.

Series 3, Program 9

SMOKING

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

My Last Cigarette - k d lang: Drag
Smoke Rings - The Mills Brothers: London Rhythm
Black Coffee - Julie London: Around Midnight
Smoking Gun - Mads Mathias: Free Falling
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Dinah Washington: Dinah
Don't Smoke In Bed - Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is?
These Foolish Things - Nat King Cole: Let's Face the Music
Smoke Dreams - k d lang: Drag
Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories - Jeri Southern: Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories
London By Night - Frank Sinatra: Come Fly with Me
Drinking Again - Aretha Franklin: Unforgettable (A Tribute to Dinah Washington)
When the World Was Young - June Christy: Gone for the Day
Dream - The Pied Pipers: Dream
I'm So Tired - The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album)
Gone with the Wind - Ella In Berlin
Smoke Rings - k d lang: Drag

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Saturday, 20 September 2014

LP Artwork: Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely


If ever an album deserved a Grammy, it was this one. And it did so - thought not for the singer nor the arranger, but for Nicholas Volpe's cover artwork... Someone was robbed!

Sinatra had planned to use Gordon Jenkins as arranger but, as he wasn't available, Nelson Riddle did the honours.

The inclusion of Jenkins' composition, Goodbye,  in this week's show is from the recently-released remastered, high fidelity, mono version.

Series 3, Program 8

SAYING GOODBYE

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Bye, Bye Blues - Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong: Bing & Louis
We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye - Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll
The House Is Haunted By the Echo of Your Last Goodbye - Mel Tormé: Tormé
To Say Goodbye - Janet Seidel: The Art of Loung (Vol 1)
Mama's Gone, Goodbye - Peggy Lee: I'm a Woman
Bye, Baby, Bye - Johnny Hartman: single
I Will Say Goodbye - Sarah Vaughan: Sarah Vaughan with Michel Legrand
Goodbye - Frank Sinatra: Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely (mono MFSL release)
Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye - Eydie Gormé: Eydie Gormé Vamps the Roaring 20s
Make This a Slow Goodbye - Vic Damone: My Baby Loves to Swing
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald: The Cole Porter Songbook
Don't Like Goodbyes - Tony Bennett: Art of Romance
Bye, Bye Love - Madeleine Peyroux: The Blue Room
Goodbye, Charlie - Bobby Darin: Hello, Dolly to Goodbye, Charlie
Goodbye (She Quietly Says) - Todd Gordon: Love dot com
Goodbye for Now - Barbra Streisand: The Movie Album

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Series 3, Program 7

THE SUN

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Sunshine of Your Love - Ella Fitzgerald: Sunshine of Your Love
Midnight Sun - Carmen McRae: Live at Century Plaza
On the Sunny Side of the Street - Keely Smith: Politely
Golden Brazilian Sun - The Hi-Lo's: The Hi-Lo's Happen to Bossa Nova
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying - Janet Seidel: The Art of Lounge (Vol 1)
Canadian Sunset - Andy Williams: The Wonderful World of Andy Williams
Here Comes the Sun - Nina Simone: Here Comes the Sun
Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles: Revolver
At Sundown - Morgana King: The Greatest Songs Ever Swung
I Like the Sunrise - Mel Tormé: I Dig The Duke/I Dig The Count
I've Got the Sun in the Morning - Bing Crosby: The Complete Radio Duets
Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise - June Christy: Something Cool (stereo version)
Walking In the Sun - Barb Jungr: Walking In the Sun
Sunrise, Sunset - Johnny Hartman: The Voice That Is!
When the Sun Comes Out - Ann Richards: The Many Moods of Ann Richards
You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Ella Fitzgerald: Montreux '77


Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

LP Artwork: The Hi-Lo's Happen to Bossa Nova

The Hi-Lo's were an a cappella singing group founded in 1953 who went on to enjoy considerable chart success and critical acclaim. In many ways, the forerunners to The Manhattan Transfer, Take Six, etc.

I love the cover artwork for this release. The group recorded two albums for Reprise between 1962 and '63, both with the 'happen to' tag - the other being The Hi-Lo's Happen to Folk Songs with some great arrangements by Billy May.

There does appear to be an error on the LP label as the album was definitely released in 1963, not 1961 (the year in which Frank Sinatra launched Reprise Records).


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Series 3, Program 6

RAIN

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

September In the Rain - Frank Sinatra: Sinatra's Swingin' Session
Singin' In the Rain - Lena Horne: Lena In Hollywood
Yesterday I Heard the Rain - Tony Bennett: Yesterday I Heard the Rain
Walk Between Raindrops - Mel Tormé & The Marty Paiche Dek-tette: Reunion
Before the Rain - Nancy Wilson: A Touch of Today
After the Rain - Shirley Bassey: The Performance
Come In From the Rain - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel
A Garden In the Rain - Sarah Vaughan: The Explosive Side of Sarah Vaughan
Raining In My Heart - Liane Carroll: Ballads
I Get the Blues When It Rains - Big Joe Turner: Big Joe Rides Again
Here's That Rainy Day - Sue Rainey: All By Myself
I Can't Stand the Rain - Lowell George: Thanks, I'll Eat It Here
I Think It's Going to Rain Today - Maxine Weldon: Chilly Wind
Rain - The Four Freshmen: Four Freshmen & Five Guitars
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall - Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie: Ella & Basie!
Rainin' - Bobby Darin: Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow of Your Smile
Come Rain or Come Shine - Chet Baker: Embraceable You
Every Time It Rains - Jacqui Dankworth: Back to You


Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

LP Artwork: Yesterday I Heard the Rain

One of Tony Bennett's album releases on CBS in 1968, arranged and conducted by Torrie Zito who was Grammy nominated for his arrangement of the title song.

The melody for Yesterday I Heard the Rain was written by Mexican composer Armando Manzanero and English lyrics were added by Gene Lees.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

LP Artwork: Lee Wiley Sings Rodgers & Hart

One of Lee Wiley's best albums, originally released as a 10" album, with Ruby Braff, Jimmy Jones, Bill Pemberton, Jo Jones. Eight tracks: My Heart Stood Still / You Took Advantage of Me / My Romance / Glad to Be Unhappy / Mountain Greenery / My Funny Valentine / It Never Entered My Mind / Give It Back to the Indians.

For its 1956 re-release, four tracks (recorded later and with different personnel) were added: Thou Swell, Spring Is Here, Lover and the song included in this week's playlist, A Ship Without a Sail.



Sunday, 24 August 2014

LP Artwork: Ramblin' Rose

One of Nat King Cole's 1962 releases on Capitol Records was Ramblin' Rose. In the good old days, this would herald a few accompanying EP releases and singles from the album (as shown here).

Arranged and conducted by Belford Hendricks, Ramblin' Rose reached No 2 in the Billboard charts and the single sold over a million copies.





Saturday, 23 August 2014

LP Artwork: Things Ain't What They Used to Be (And You Better Believe It)

One of the first Ella Fitzgerald albums I bought with my hard-earned pocket money. And one of only two Ella releases on Reprise Records.

With more contemporary arrangements by Gerald Wilson, and produced by Norman Granz, the featured soloists were typical of the top-drawer line up that befits a singer of Ella's standing (Harry "Sweets" Edison, JJ Johnson, Joe Sample, Victor Feldman, Ernie Watts, etc).

Friday, 22 August 2014

Series 3, Program 4

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Ramblin' Rose - Nat King Cole: Ramblin' Rose
Misty Roses - Irene Kral: Second Chance
Roses of Picardy - Bobby Darin: Oh! Look at Me Now
The Rose - Bette Midler: The Rose (Soundtrack)
One Dozen Roses - The Mills Brothers: One Dozen Roses
Red Roses for a Blue Lady - Wayne Newton: Red Roses for a Blue Lady
Honeysuckle Rose - Maxine Sullivan: A Tribute to Andy Razaf
Lollipops and Roses - Perry Como: By Request
Second Hand Rose - Barbra Streisand: Funny Girl (Soundtrack)
Bouquet of Roses - Vic Damone: Country Love Songs
Days of Wine and Roses - Ella Fitzgerald: Things Ain't What They Used to Be (And You Better Believe It)
American Beauty Rose - Frank Sinatra: Come Swing with Me!
Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie/Everything's Coming Up Roses - Rosemary Clooney: Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie
Hot-House Rose - Lee Wiley: Cole Porter Songs By Lee Wiley
Love and the Rose (O Amor e a Rose) - The Hi-Lo's: The Hi-Lo's Happen to Bossa Nova
La Vie en Rose - Marlene Dietrich: In London
Mighty Like a Rose - Mark Murphy: This Could Be the Start of Something
A Rose Is Still a Rose - Aretha Franklin: A Rose Is Still a Rose
Georgia Rose - Carmen McRae: By Special Request (bonus track)


Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

LP Artwork: Give Him the Ooh-La-La

I have to admit to being more than partial to album artwork from the Verve catalogue. And in keeping with this week's All Things French theme, here we have Blossom Dearie's Give Him the Ooh-La-La, recorded in September 1957.

Of course, Verve founder and impresario, Norman Granz, was a serious art lover. Indeed, he later sold his collection of Picasso paintings to fund his last label - Pablo Records - a decade after he'd sold Verve to MGM.

Pablo was launched in 1973 with a lavish 3-LP boxed set entitled, Jazz at the Santa Monica Civic - recorded at a special concert notable for its line-up including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Ray Brown, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Tommy Flanagan, Al Grey and Roy Eldridge.


Top 10 for Todd's Turntable

Where are you listening? The top ten countries are currently:

1  UK
2  USA
3  Russia
4  Germany
5  Netherlands
6  France
7  Spain
8  Ukraine
9  Sweden
10  Brazil

Saturday, 16 August 2014

LP Artwork: You've Got a Date with the Blues

This week, Todd's Turntable is all about France and things French: destinations, performers and composers - especially Michel Legrand

The opening track is Vous M'Eblouissez, sung by Helen Merrill. To many, it will be better known as You Go to My HeadIt comes from her 1959 album for the Metrojazz label, You've Got a Date with the Blues, which features arrangements by Quincy Jones.

Series 3, Program 3

ALL THINGS FRENCH

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

You Go to My Head (Vous M'Eblouissez) - Helen Merrill: You've Got A Date With The Blues
I Love Paris - Long John Baldry: Looking at Long John B
Milord - Edith Piaf: single
La Vie en Rose - Tony Bennett & k d lang: A Wonderful World
The Good Life - Shirley Horn: Shirley Horn with Horns
The Summer Knows - Frank Sinatra: Some Nice Things I've Missed
I Will Wait for You - Lena Horne & Michel Legrand: Lena & Michel
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life - James Tormé: Love for Sale
Autumn Leaves - Mel Tormé: At The Crescendo
Give Him the Ooh-La-La - Blossom Dearie: Give Him the Ooh-La-La
The Last Time I Saw Paris - The Four Freshmen: Four Freshmen and Five Trombones
C'es Si Bon - René Marie: I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Ertha Kitt)
C'est Magnifique - Patricia Barber: The Cole Porter Mix
Summer Me, Winter Me - Sarah Vaughan: Sarah Vaughan with Michel Legrand
The Windmills of Your Mind - Mark Murphy: North Sea Jazz Sessions (Vol 5)
Watch What Happens - Peggy Lee: Big Spender

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Saturday, 9 August 2014

LP Artwork: Philadelphia

It's the first time I've included a Neil Young track on Todd's Turntable, and it has to be one of the most hauntingly sad songs ever written. The plaintive, yet resigned delivery is amazingly effective. 

Released in 1993 on the soundtrack album for the groundbreaking film, Philadelphia, it was going to be the theme song for the opening titles. However, on hearing the melancholic song for the first time, the director, Jonathan Demme, switched it to the ending.

Series 3, Program 2

CITY TO CITY

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Calcutta - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans - Rosemary Clooney: Dedicated to Nelson
Sunday In New York - Bobby Darin: Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie
London By Night - Frank Sinatra: Come Fly with Me
Chicago - Eydie Gormé: Eydie Gormé Vamps the Roaring '20s
Dayton, Ohio 1903 - Randy Newman: Sail Away
When In Rome - Tony Bennett & Bill Evans: The Tony Bennett & Bill Evans Album 
I Love Paris - Esther Phillips: Confessin' the Blues
Kansas City - Mark Murphy: Mark Murphy's Hip Parade
First We Take Manhattan - Jennifer Warnes: Famous Blue Raincoat
Madrid - Nat King Cole: single 
Baltimore - Nina Simone: Baltimore
Houston - Dean Martin: Houston
It Happened In Monterey - Mel Tormé: Back In Town
My Cousin In Milwaukee - Ella Fitzgerald: The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook (Vol 2)
Philadelphia - Neil Young: Philadephia (Soundtrack)
Istanbul - Bing Crosby & Ella Fitzgerald: Swingin' with Bing: Bing Crosby's Lost Radio Performances 


Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Monday, 4 August 2014

LP Artwork: Serene Renegade


One of the outstanding singers working today: René Marie. Her new album pays homage to songs associated with the late, great Ertha Kitt but the opening track in this week's show comes from her 2004 album, Serene Renegade.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Series 3, Program 1

SINGERS WE SHOULD HEAR MORE OFTEN

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

A Hard Day's Night - René Marie: Serene Renegade
Walk On By - Morgana King: Gemini Changes
(You'd Be So) Easy to Love - Patricia Barber: The Cole Porter Mix
It's Tomorrow's World - Jacqui Dankworth: Live to Love
Reminiscing In Tempo - James Tormé: Love for Sale
A Sleepin' Bee - Toni Harper & Marty Paich Orchestra: Night Mood
Everybody Knows - Barb Jungr: Hard Rain (The Songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen)
Where Do the Children Play? - Jess Abrams: Cat Stevens Reconstructed 
Stairway to the Stars - Toni Lincoln: Toni Lincoln
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Spencer Day: A Day's Work
I Get Along Without You Very Well - Clare Teal, Grant Windsor & Pee Wee Ellis: In Good Company
Make Someone Happy - Rebecca Kilgore: A Further Remembrance of Maxine Sullivan - Vol 2 
Only a Girl - Randy Newman: Harps and Angels
Across the Universe - Fiona Apple: Pleasantville (Soundtrack) 


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

LP Artwork: I'm a Woman & Mirrors


As we've featured two animal-related tracks by Peggy Lee in this show, here's there artwork from the respective albums. The Alley Cat Song was one of the best tracks on her I'm a Woman release and, of course, in keeping with the times, it found its way on to an EP as well as a single release. Ah, the record-buying heyday!

The other cover design was for the ambitious and commercially-challenged 1975 album: Mirrors. All selections, including Professor Hauptmann's Performing Dogs, were written by the great and highly successful team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The artwork even had a hint of aluminium foil about it... Very reflective!




















Saturday, 19 July 2014

Series 2, Program 20

ANIMAL CRACKERS!

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Talk to the Animals - Sammy Davis Jr: Dr Doolittle
Alley Cat Song - Peggy Lee: I'm a Woman
White Horses - Dean & Britta: Back Numbers
Swinging On a Star - Mark Murphy: Playing the Field
Let's Do It - Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington Orchestra: Côte d'Azur Concerts (Disc 6)
Underneath the Apple Tree - Carmen McRae: Live at Bubba's
Bye Bye Blackbird - Esther Phillips: Confessin' The Blues
Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear - Randy Newman: Sail Away
Taking a Chance On Love - Frank Sinatra: Swing Easy
Gimme a Pigfoot - Teresa Brewer & Count Basie: The Songs of Bessie Smith
Lonesome Polecat - Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer: Two of a Kind
Professor Hauptmann's Performing Dogs - Peggy Lee: Mirrors
I'm Gonna Go Fishin' - Mel Tormé: I Dig the Count, I Dig the Duke
At the Zoo - Simon & Garfunkel: Bookends
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening - Todd Gordon: Moon River to the Days of Wine 
and Roses/The Genius of Johnny Mercer
Blackbird - Sarah Vaughan: Songs of The Beatles

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

LP Artwork: Nature's Baby


From this Changing with the Times show playlist, here is the now-hard-to-find 1971 release by Lena Horne. Its cover features an amazing image of the highly-photogenic singer/actress. Interesting and eclectic selection of songs by composers such as Paul McCartney, Leon Russell, Joe Raposo, Harry Nilsson, Bernie Taupin and Elton John.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Series 2, Program 19

CHANGING WITH THE TIMES

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

The Way You Make Me Feel - Paul Anka: Rock Swings
A Song for You - Rosemary Clooney: Live at The London Paladium
Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree - Bing Crosby: single
If - Frank Sinatra: Some Nice Things I've Missed
Get Ready - Ella Fitzgerald: Ella
New York State of Mind - Tony Bennett & Billy Joel: Playing with My Friends
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Peggy Lee: Bridge Over Troubled Water
Feelings - Johnny Hartman: Boston Concert 1976
Think About Your Troubles - Lena Horne: Nature's Baby
And I Love You So - Perry Como: And I Love You So
Bein' Green - Mark Murphy: Once to Every Heart
The Girl from Tiger Bay - Shirley Bassey: The Performance
Somewhere In My Heart - Todd Gordon: Love dot com
Let's Love (reprise) - Peggy Lee: Let's Love

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Where are you?

In this age of the internet it's amazing how we can all connect so easily, and it was interesting to see the top ten countries where people tune into Todd's Turntable:

UK
USA
Russia
Germany
Netherlands
France
Ukraine
Sweden
Brazil
Spain

Sunday, 6 July 2014

LP Artwork: Songs for Swingin' Lovers!


The seminal Songs for Swingin' Lovers! The very first Frank Sinatra album I ever heard. My mother only had two of his LPs (this one and a re-issue of Close to You). Sitting doing my homework while this played in the background, I very quickly became hooked!

Here are the two covers most closely associated with this timeless Sinatra release.

This week's theme is each artist's version of a sad song in contrast with a more melancholy number. I took the small liberty of including Swinging Down the Lane as a happy song; the upbeat arrangement camouflages the song's actual sentiment.



Series 2, Program 18

DOWN IN THE DEPTHS/ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

I'm Sitting On Top of the World - Aretha Franklin: The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin
Today I Sing the Blues - Aretha Franklin: Aretha with the Ray Bryant Combo
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home - Della Reese: Della
Come-on-a My House - Della Reese: Della Cha, Cha, Cha
Only the Lonely - Frank Sinatra: Only the Lonely
Swinging Down the Lane - Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
Say It Isn't So - Peggy Lee: If You Go
I've Got Those Feelin' Too Good Today Blues - Peggy Lee: Mirrors
Day By Day - Carmen McRae: The Great American Songbook
All By Myself - Carmen McRae: Can't Hide Love
Yes Indeed! - Dinah Shore: Dinah, Yes Indeed!
I'll Be Seeing You - Dinah Shore: Dinah Sings, Previn Plays
Help Me Make It Through the Night - Johnny Hartman: Today
Isn't It Romantic? - Johnny Hartman: Unforgettable
Russian Lullaby - Ella Fitzgerald: The Irving Berlin Songbook
Old MacDonald - Ella Fitzgerald: Whisper Not
Down In the Depths (On the Ninetieth Floor) - Syliva Syms: Sylvia Syms Sings 


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