Hit Parade Story - Il Leggendario Suono Wurlitzer (1999)

Miller, Garland, Brown, Fain, Ahbez, Khachaturian, Carmichael, Gallaghan, Waller, Rafaz, Brooks, Shavers, Whiting, Moret, Di Capua, Fibich, Bechet, Rogers, Williams, Gershwin

Glenn Miller And His Orchestra, Frank Sinatra With Orchestra, Frank Sinatra With The Jeff Alexander Choir, Woody Herman And His Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra, Louis Armstrong With The Louis Armstrong Orchestra, The Charlie Shavers Quintet, Earl Bostic And His Orchestra, Claude Luter Et Son Orchestre, Philippe Gerard Et Son Ensemble, Clyde Mc Coy And His Orchestra, The Hour Of Charm

We all have pleasant memories of juke boxes, and at least once in our lives we have bought a few moments of joy by putting a coin into the slot of one of these magical music dispensers. But only a few of us have really stopped to wonder about how the juke box began - that machine standing silently at the back of the cafe where we dash in for a quick drink.

Over the last decade, juke box collecting has become more and more popular. Charlotte Rampling has one in her bedroom and another in the bathroom, John Lennon had one in his New York apartment, Dustin Hoffman's holds pride of place in his living room and other proud owners are Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney.

The frenetic activity and intellectual vigor of the early part of this century brought the technological development of the juke box to its peak and in America, at the end of the twenties, the Great Depression contributed to the popularity of this fascinating music machine. Night spots and speakeasies which could not afford an orchestra installed a juke box: all you needed was a coin to listen to a song.

This era also saw the birth in America of the concepts of industrial design and style, the production of a range of objects where quality in design was emphasized; top  designers applied their creativity to the juke box too. Paul Fuller, in particular, created notable designs for Wurlitzer Co. combining music with light, color and movement. The cabinets were built in precious woods and illuminated phenolic resins with art deco friezes, which enticed the luxury nightclub patrons to put a coin in the slot to hear the latest hits.

The inspiration for this disc came during a meeting at the Turin Salone della Musica, where the music publisher Giulio Cesare Ricci met us, Elisabetta and Paolo De Angelis, owners of the Turin company OLD.  We spent a pleasant evening together listening to music on our juke boxes, and then Giulio Cesare Ricci said: "Why don't we try recording directly from the juke box with the legendary Neumann U47 microphones?"

We loved the idea and it led to the presentation of this album. We want to pass on the feeling which sparked our enthusiasm for the juke box. Our hope is to infect many with our enthusiasm for this musical tradition, not only collectors and connoisseurs, so that even those who don't possess a Wurlitzer juke box can feel the infinite pleasure of putting a nickel in a slot and listening to a recording of days gone by...

Elisabetta e Paolo De Angelis

English translation: Jane Elizabeth Read

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Glenn Miller And His Orchestra

Glenn Miller and His Orchestra was a swing dance band formed by Glenn Miller in 1938. It was arranged around a clarinet and tenor saxophone playing melody, while three other saxophones played the harmony. This arrangement was different from usual and allowed Miller to develop his own style and sound, which made him and his orchestra one of the greatest and well-known of the swing era.

Photo: from the website http://www.glennmiller.com/

The Charlie Shavers Quintet

Charles James Shavers (August 3, 1920[2] – July 8, 1971), known as Charlie Shavers, was an American swing era jazz trumpet player who played at one time or another with Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, Sidney Bechet, Midge Williams and Billie Holiday. He was also an arranger and composer, and one of his compositions, "Undecided", is a jazz standard. 

Earl Bostic And His Orchestra

Earl Bostic (April 25, 1912 – October 28, 1965) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and a pioneer of the post-war American rhythm and blues style. He had a number of popular hits such as "Flamingo", "Harlem Nocturne", "Temptation", "Sleep", "Special Delivery Stomp" and "Where or When", which all showed off his characteristic growl on the horn. He was a major influence on John Coltrane. Bostic's recording career was diverse and it included small group swing-based jazz, big band jazz, jump blues, organ-based combos and a string of commercial successes.

Photo: Universal Attractions / blackarchives.org 

Claude Luter Et Son Orchestre

Claude Luter (23 July 1923 – 6 October 2006) was a jazz clarinetist who doubled on soprano saxophone. Luter was born and died in Paris. He began on trumpet, but switched to clarinet. He might be best known for being an accompanist to Sidney Bechet when he was in Paris, but he also worked with Barney Bigard and French writer and musician Boris Vian. 

Frank Sinatra With Orchestra

Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. Sinatra's music has been considered timeless by many.

Photo: from his website sinatra.com

Woody Herman And His Orchestra

Woodrow Charles "Woody" Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) was an American jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd", Herman was one of the most popular of the 1930s and 1940s bandleaders. His bands often played music that was experimental for its time.

Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra

Thomas Francis "Tommy" Dorsey, Jr. (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist, composer and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing", because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. Although he was not known for being a notable soloist, his technical skill on the trombone gave him renown amongst other musicians. He was the younger brother of bandleader Jimmy Dorsey. After Dorsey broke with his brother in the mid-1930s, he led an extremely popular and highly successful band from the late 1930s into the 1950s. He is best remembered for standards such as "Opus One", "Song of India", "Marie", "On Treasure Island", "The Music Goes 'Round and Around" and "You".

Louis Armstrong With The Louis Armstrong Orchestra

Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra was one of the most popular bands in Jazz history and one of the driving forces of Swing style that came to dominate popular music of the 1930s and 1940s. In 1928 Armstrong began fronting Carroll Dickerson's Orchestra and traveled east from Chicago to New York. The band became known as the Louis Armstrong Orchestra, with Dickerson acting as musical director. In 1929 Louis Armstrong was hired to play in the pit band of the popular all Black musical revue Hot Chocolates, which featured the music of Andy Razaf and Fats Waller. The show was a great success and Armstrong stole the show with his singing of Ain't Misbehavin' which became his biggest selling record to date. After each night's show he would then join the Dickerson crew at Connie's Inn and finish the evening at the Lafayette Theater (7th Avenue at 132nd Street) next door. In 1929 he started to record quite a few of Hoagy Carmichael's songs. Armstrong had known Carmichael back in the King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band days in Chicago through Bix Beiderbecke and they teamed up on Hoagy's Rockin' Chair. In 1931 he recorded three more of Carmichael's songs, Stardust, Lazy River, and Georgia On My Mind. In 1934 Armstrong took over the Luis Russell Orchestra and from then on they became known as the Louis Armstrong Orchestra with Russell acting as musical director.

Clyde Mc Coy And His Orchestra

Clyde Lee McCoy (December 29, 1903 – June 11, 1990), was an American jazz trumpeter whose popularity spanned seven decades. He is best remembered for his theme song, "Sugar Blues", written by Clarence Williams and Lucy Fletcher, and well as the co-founder of Down Beat magazine in 1935. The song hit in 1931 and 1935, in Columbia and Decca versions, and returned to Billboard magazine's Country (Hillbilly) chart in 1941. It was also played with vocals, by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Fats Waller and Ella Fitzgerald. Johnny Mercer had a vocal hit in 1947. McCoy was a member of one of the families of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, and was based at various times in Los Angeles, New York City, and at Chicago's Drake Hotel, where he first performed "Sugar Blues" in 1930. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6426 Hollywood Boulevard.

The Hour Of Charm

Phil Spitalny (November 7, 1890, Tetiev, Ukraine (territory of Russian Empire) – October 11, 1970, Miami Beach, Florida) was a musician, music critic, composer and bandleader heard often on radio during the 1930s/40s. He rose to fame after he brought together an orchestra with only female musicians, a novelty at the time. Spitalny's 22-piece band was known as the Hour of Charm Orchestra during the time it appeared on the radio program, The Hour of Charm, hosted by Arlene Francis. 

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Hit Parade Story - Il Leggendario Suono Wurlitzer (1999)

Miller, Garland, Brown, Fain, Ahbez, Khachaturian, Carmichael, Gallaghan, Waller, Rafaz, Brooks, Shavers, Whiting, Moret, Di Capua, Fibich, Bechet, Rogers, Williams, Gershwin

Glenn Miller And His Orchestra, Frank Sinatra With Orchestra, Frank Sinatra With The Jeff Alexander Choir, Woody Herman And His Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra, Louis Armstrong With The Louis Armstrong Orchestra, The Charlie Shavers Quintet, Earl Bostic And His Orchestra, Claude Luter Et Son Orchestre, Philippe Gerard Et Son Ensemble, Clyde Mc Coy And His Orchestra, The Hour Of Charm

Microphones: Neumann U47
Producer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Recording Engineer: Giulio Cesare Ricci
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog to DSD64

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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Moonlight Serenade
Miller
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American Patrol
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In The Mood
Garland
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That Old Feeling
Brown,Fain
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Nature Boy
Ahbez
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Sabre Dance
Khachaturian
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Wash Board Blues
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Ain'T Mishehavin'
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Dizzy'S Dilemma
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She'S Funny That Way
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O Sole Mio
Di Capua
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Poeme
Fibich
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River Boat Shuffle
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Temptation Rag
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Lover
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Basin Street Blues
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Rhapsody In Blue
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