Walk Right In
"Walk Right In" is the title of a country blues song written by musician Gus Cannon and recorded by Cannon's Jug Stompers in 1929, released on Victor Records, catalogue 38611. It was reissued on album in 1959 as a track on The Country Blues. A revised version of the song by the Rooftop Singers, with the writing credits allocated to group members Erik Darling and Bill Svanoe, became an international hit in 1963. In 1962, the American folk trio the Rooftop Singers recorded a version of the song and released it as a single; the single spent two weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1963. It spent five weeks atop the Easy Listening chart, which would become known as the Adult Contemporary chart. In addition, "Walk Right In" reached both the R&B chart as well as the country music chart, peaking at number 23; the song reached number one in Australia on the Kent Music Report in 1963, it made the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 10. The song was included on the album Walk Right In, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Folk Recording.
Group member Erik Darling recruited two friends to record a folk version of "Walk Right In" after hearing the original Cannon recording. Darling wanted the record to have a distinctive sound, so he and group member Bill Svanoe both played twelve string guitars on the song, although they had some difficulty in acquiring the instruments. Darling is quoted as saying that prior to the making of this record, "you couldn't buy a 12-string guitar... I ordered one from the Gibson Company, but in order to record with two 12-strings, we had to wait for the company to build a second one for Bill!". The success of the song was a boon to Cannon, in his late 70s and had been forced to pawn his banjo the previous winter to pay his heating bill. Other acts who have recorded or performed "Walk Right In" include Chet Atkins, the Brothers Four, Sammy Davis, Jr. Ella Fitzgerald, Earl Grant, Glen Campbell, Al Hirt, Jan & Dean, Janis Joplin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Trini Lopez, the Johnny Mann Singers, Otis Taylor, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Ventures, Dave Alvin, Yvonne Elliman, Les Humphries Singers, José Feliciano, Dr. Hook.
The Rooftop Singers 1963 version and Dr. Hook's 1977 version both achieved the number one position in Australia; the Rooftop Singers' version appears on the soundtrack to the Tom Hanks film Forrest Gump. Roger Branigin's campaign adapted the song en route to his eventual victory in the 1964 Indiana gubernatorial race; the Moments release in 1964 charted. The French singer and composer Claude François became famous on his debut, thanks to this song that he sang in French as "Marche tout droit", he had recorded but had seemed doomed to never become famous. "Marche tout droit" was an important step for him on the path to success, which included composing the song, "Comme d'habitude" world-famous as "My Way". List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1963 List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1963 List of number-one singles in Australia during the 1960s Cannons Jug Stompers - Walk Right In
Gus Johnson (jazz musician)
Gus Johnson was an American swing drummer in various jazz bands, born in Tyler, United States. After learning to play drums from his next-door neighbor, Johnson played professionally at the age of ten in the Lincoln Theater, performed in various local groups, most notable McDavid's Blue Rhythm Band. Upon graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, Johnson moved to Kansas City, where he took up drumming full-time, he joined Jay McShann's Orchestra in 1938, with his music career being interrupted by his conscription into the military in 1943. In 1945, Johnson returned from his stint in the military, relocated to Chicago to perform in the Jesse Miller Band. Johnson played on Willie Dixon's debut album, ‘Willie’s Blues.’ He subsequently played alongside Count Basie and was recorded on the album Basie Rides Again in 1952. Following a recovery from appendicitis Johnson was featured in numerous groups and dozens of recordings in the 1960s. In 1972, his former bandmates from Jay McShann's Orchestra reconvened to record Going to Kansas City.
Although Johnson continued to tour into the 1980s, he developed Alzheimer's disease in 1989, which he struggled with until his death on February 6, 2000. With Manny Albam The Drum Suite with Ernie Wilkins Jazz Goes to the Movies With Count Basie The Count! Basie Jazz Dance Session Dance Session Album#2 Basie The Count Basie Story Get Together With Lawrence Brown Inspired Abandon With Ray BryantDancing the Big Twist With Buck Clayton Buck & Buddy Blow the Blues with Buddy Tate Jam Session With Al Cohn Son of Drum Suite Either Way with Zoot SimsWith Willie Dixon and Memphis Slim Willie's Blues With Ella Fitzgerald Ella at Juan-Les-Pins Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert With Coleman Hawkins Night Hawk With Johnny HodgesTriple Play With Willis Jackson Really Groovin' In My Solitude With Herbie Mann Salute to the Flute With Gerry Mulligan The Gerry Mulligan Quartet Spring Is Sprung Gerry Mulligan'63 With Joe Newman Salute to Satch With Chico O'Farrill Nine Flags With Oscar Pettiford The Oscar Pettiford Orchestra in Hi-Fi Volume Two With Zoot Sims The Modern Art of Jazz by Zoot Sims Tonite's Music Today with Bob BrookmeyerWith Rex Stewart and Cootie Williams The Big Challenge With Ralph Sutton and Ruby Braff R & R Remembered With Ralph Sutton and Jay McShann Last of the Whorehouse Piano Players - released on 2 LPs as The Last of the Whorehouse Piano Players: Two Pianos Vol.
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Harry Aaron Finkelman, known professionally as Ziggy Elman, was an American jazz trumpeter associated with Benny Goodman, though he led his group Ziggy Elman and His Orchestra. Elman was born in Philadelphia, but his family settled in Atlantic City, New Jersey when he was four, his father was a violinist. Although he did learn to play violin, he preferred brass instruments, he began playing for Jewish weddings and nightclubs at age 15. In 1932 made his first recording, playing the trombone. At some point in the decade he adopted the name "Ziggy Elman". Elman is a shortening of Finkelman. In 1936 Elman joined the Benny Goodman orchestra as a trumpet player after playing with Alex Bertha's local big band at Steel Pier in Atlantic City, where Goodman heard him and was impressed, his 1939 composition "And the Angels Sing" with lyrics by Johnny Mercer became the number one song in the nation. In 1956 he was asked to recreate his famous klezmer solo along with the original vocalist Martha Tilton for the movie, the Benny Goodman Story, but was unable to, his technique having since withered away.
Elman appeared performing it in the film, but another trumpeter, Manny Klein, played the solo on the soundtrack. After his work with Goodman, Elman joined Tommy Dorsey's band and played as a member of the military during the war, he loved frailach music known as klezmer, made a few recordings of such with Mickey Katz. In the period from 1940 to 1947 he was honored in Down Beat magazine's Readers Poll six times, he led his own bands from 1947. By the 1950s, the music had changed. Big bands had declined and for a time he switched to entertainment work. In this decade he appeared in films as himself. In 1956 he had a heart attack. By the end of the 1950s he had to work for a car dealership. In 1961 it was revealed at an alimony hearing that he was bankrupt, he worked in a music store and taught trumpet to some up-and-coming musicians. He was buried at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. With Tommy Dorsey What Is This Thing Called Love? With Benny Goodman The Complete RCA Victor Small Group Recordings Ziggy Elman on IMDb Ziggy Elman at AllMusic Interview with his son at the Big Band library
Jimmy Van Heusen
James "Jimmy" Van Heusen was an American composer. He wrote songs for films and theater, won an Emmy and four Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Born in Syracuse, New York, Van Heusen began writing music while at high school, he renamed himself at age 16, after the shirt makers Phillips-Van Heusen, to use as his on-air name during local shows. His close friends called him "Chet". Studying at Cazenovia Seminary and Syracuse University, he became friends with Jerry Arlen, the younger brother of Harold Arlen. With the elder Arlen's help, Van Heusen wrote songs for the Cotton Club revue, including "Harlem Hospitality", he became a staff pianist for some of the Tin Pan Alley publishers, wrote "It's the Dreamer in Me" with lyrics by Jimmy Dorsey. Collaborating with lyricist Eddie DeLange, on songs such as "Heaven Can Wait", "So Help Me", "Darn That Dream", his work became more prolific, writing over 60 songs in 1940 alone, it was in 1940. Burke and Van Heusen moved to Hollywood and wrote for stage musicals and films throughout the 1940s and early 1950s, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Swinging on a Star".
Their songs were featured in many Bing Crosby films including some of the Road films and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. He was a pilot of some accomplishment. Joe Hornsby sponsored Jimmy into an exclusive pilots club called the Quiet Birdmen which held meetings at Proud Bird restaurant at LAX and these men were lifelong friends until the 1970s. Jimmy worked, using his birth name, as a part-time test pilot for Lockheed Corporation in World War II. Van Heusen teamed up with lyricist Sammy Cahn, their three Academy Awards for Best Song were won for "All the Way" from The Joker Is Wild, "High Hopes" from A Hole in the Head, "Call Me Irresponsible" from Papa's Delicate Condition. Their songs were featured in Ocean's Eleven, which included Dean Martin's version of "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," and in Robin and the 7 Hoods, in which Frank Sinatra sang the Oscar-nominated "My Kind of Town." Cahn and Van Heusen wrote "Love and Marriage", "To Love and Be Loved", "Come Fly with Me", "Only the Lonely", "Come Dance with Me" with many of their compositions being the title songs for Frank Sinatra's albums of the late 1950s.
Van Heusen wrote the music for five Broadway musicals: Swingin' the Dream. While Van Heusen did not achieve nearly the success on Broadway that he did in Hollywood, at least two songs from Van Heusen musicals can legitimately be considered standards: "Darn That Dream" from Swingin' the Dream, he became an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971. Van Heusen composed over 800 songs. Van Heusen songs are featured in over twenty films. Although not considered handsome by conventional standards, Van Heusen was known to be quite a ladies' man. James Kaplan in his book Frank: The Voice wrote, "He played piano beautifully, wrote gorgeously poignant songs about romance...he had a fat wallet, he flew his own plane. Van Heusen was once described by Angie Dickinson, "You would not pick him over Clark Gable any day, but his magnetism was irresistible." In his 20s he began to shave his head. He once said "I would rather write songs than do anything else -- fly." Kaplan reported that he was a "hypochondriac of the first order" who kept a Merck manual at his bedside, injected himself with vitamins and painkillers, had surgical procedures for ailments real and imagined.
It was Van Heusen who rushed Sinatra to the hospital after Sinatra, in despair over the breakup of his marriage to Ava Gardner, slashed one of his wrists in a suicide attempt in November 1953. However, this event was never mentioned by Van Heusen in any print interviews given by him. Van Heusen married for the first time in 1969, at age 56, to Bobbe Brock one of the Brox Sisters and widow of the late producer Bill Perlberg. Van Heusen retired in the late 1970s and he died in Rancho Mirage, California, in 1990 from complications following a stroke, at the age of 77, his wife, survived him. Van Heusen is buried near the Sinatra family in Cathedral City, California, his grave marker reads Swinging on a Star. Van Heusen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song 14 times in 12 different years, won four times: in 1944, 1957, 1959, 1963. Wins1944 – "Swinging on a Star" for Going My Way 1957 – "All the Way" for The Joker Is Wild 1959 – "High Hopes" for A Hole in the Head 1963 – "Call Me Irresponsible" for Papa's Delicate ConditionNominations1945 – "Sleigh Ride in July" from the film Belle of the Yukon 1945 – "Aren't You Glad You're You?" from the film Bells of St. Mary's 1955 – " The Tender Trap" introduced by Frank Sinatra in the film The Tender Trap 1958 – "To Love and Be Loved" for the film Some Came Running 1960 – "The Second Time Around" for the film High Time 1961 – "Pocketful of Miracles" for the film
Ella at Duke's Place
Ella at Duke's Place is a 1965 studio album by Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by the Duke Ellington Orchestra. While it was the second studio album made by Fitzgerald and Ellington, following the 1957 Song book recording, a live double album Ella and Duke at the Cote D'Azur was recorded in 1967. For the 1965 Verve LP album, Verve V6-4070. Side One: "Something to Live For" – 3:35 "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" – 5:00 "Passion Flower" – 4:39 "I Like the Sunrise" – 3:26 "Azure" – 6:48Side Two: "Imagine My Frustration" – 4:49 "Duke's Place" – 4:13 "Brown-skin Gal" – 5:05 "What Am I Here For?" – 5:35 "Cotton Tail" – 3:41All songs composed by Duke Ellington, with the exception of "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" and "Passion Flower". Lyricists indicated. Recorded October 18,19,20 1965 at United Recorders, Los Angeles: Tracks 1-10 Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals Duke Ellington - Conductor, lyricist, piano Jimmy Jones - Arranger, piano Cat Anderson - Trumpet Mercer Ellington - Trumpet Herb Jones - Trumpet Cootie Williams - Trumpet Lawrence Brown - Trombone Buster Cooper - Trombone Chuck Conners - Bass trombone Johnny Hodges - Alto saxophone Russell Procope - Alto saxophone Paul Gonsalves - Tenor saxophone Jimmy Hamilton - Tenor saxophone, clarinet Harry Carney - Baritone saxophone, bass clarinet John Lamb - Bass Louis Bellson - DrumsAlbum produced by Norman Granz Engineering by Val Valentin
Albany Leon "Barney" Bigard was an American jazz clarinetist known for his 15-year tenure with Duke Ellington. He played tenor saxophone. Bigard was born in New Orleans to a family of Creoles; the son of Alexander and Emanuella Bigard, he had Alexander Jr. and Sidney. His uncle, Emile Bigard, was a jazz violinist, he studied music and clarinet with Lorenzo Tio. In the early 1920s he moved to Chicago, where he worked with others. During this period, much of his recording, including with clarinetist Johnny Dodds, was on tenor saxophone, which he played with great lyricism, as on Oliver's "Someday Sweetheart". In 1927 Bigard joined Duke Ellington's orchestra in New York, where he was part of the Harlem Renaissance, he played with Ellington until 1942. They played at the Cotton Club until 1931 toured nonstop for over a decade. With Ellington, he was the featured clarinet soloist, while doing section work on tenor saxophone. After leaving Ellington's orchestra, Bigard moved to California, he did soundtrack work for Hollywood film studios and had an onscreen featured role with an all-star band led by Louis Armstrong in the film New Orleans.
He began working with trombonist Kid Ory's group during the late 1940s. He worked with Armstrong's touring band, the All Stars, others. Bigard appeared and played in the movie St. Louis Blues, with Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey and Eartha Kitt. Bigard wrote an autobiography entitled With The Duke, he is credited as composer or co-composer on several numbers, notably the Ellington standard "Mood Indigo". The first version of the song "Caravan" was recorded in Hollywood, 18 December 1936, performed as an instrumental by Barney Bigard and His Jazzopators. Two takes were recorded and were issued, although L-0373-2 is by far the more found take; the band members were Cootie Williams, Juan Tizol, Barney Bigard, Harry Carney, Duke Ellington, Billy Taylor, Sonny Greer. All of the players were members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, drawn upon to record small-group sides. Though Ellington was present at the recording date, the session leader was Bigard. In keeping with Ellington's formation of small groups featuring his primary soloists, Bigard continued to be featured under his own name on Variety and subsequently Vocalion Records and OKeh through 1940.
When Ellington signed with Victor in 1940, Bigard recorded for Bluebird under his own name. He sat in with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for some of their biggest hits, such as "Moonlight Serenade", "Little Brown Jug", "Tuxedo Junction". Bigard was a member of Louis Armstrong's All Stars before and after Edmond Hall joined. Bigard can be seen with the All Stars in the movie The Glenn Miller Story. After World War II, Bigard recorded under his own name for Signature Records, Black & White, Selmer Records, Keynote in 1944–45, he recorded an album for Liberty in 1957 and an album for French Vogue Records as "Barney Bigard-Claude Luter Quintet" in 1966. Bigard died on June 1980, in Culver City, California, he was 74. With Louis and The Duke – Barney Bigard's autobiography Barney Bigard on IMDb Barney Bigard at the Internet Broadway Database
Matthew Loveland Dennis was an American singer, band leader and writer of music for popular songs. Dennis was born in Seattle, United States, his mother was a violinist and his father a singer, the family was in vaudeville, so he was early exposed to music. In 1933 he joined Horace Heidt's orchestra as a pianist. On, he formed his own band, with Dick Haymes as vocalist, he became vocal coach and accompanist for Martha Tilton, worked with a new vocal group, The Stafford Sisters. Jo Stafford, one of the sisters, joined the Tommy Dorsey band in 1940 and persuaded Dorsey to hire Dennis as arranger and composer. Dennis wrote prolifically, with 14 of his songs recorded by the Dorsey band in one year alone, including "Everything Happens to Me", an early hit for Frank Sinatra. After four years in the United States Air Force in World War II, Dennis returned to music writing and arranging, getting a boost from his old friend Dick Haymes, who hired him to be the music director for his radio program. With lyricist Tom Adair he wrote songs for Haymes' program.
Dennis made six albums. Pianist Dave Brubeck and his quartet recorded an entire album of Dennis's compositions, released as Angel Eyes in 1965. In 2012, Jasmine Records re-released four of Dennis' records as "Welcome Matt"; the collection included "Plays and Sings Matt Dennis", a 1958 live performance by Dennis' piano trio, of twelve tunes that Dennis had co-authored. Dennis died in Riverside, California at the age of 88. "Angel Eyes" "Compared to You" "Everything Happens to Me" "It Wasn't the Stars" "Junior and Julie" "Let's Get Away from It All" "Little Man with a Candy Cigar" "Love Turns Winter to Spring" "Show Me the Way to Get Out of This World" "The Night We Called It a Day" "Violets for Your Furs" "Will You Still Be Mine" Biography of Matt Dennis Matt Dennis and Angel Eyes Matt Dennis at AllMusic Matt Dennis discography at Discogs Matt Dennis on IMDb