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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge Playlist: February 19, 2014
On this week’s show we celebrated the birthdays of just some of the fine musical artists who slid onto our planet during the fertile month of February.
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1) “Moani Ke'ala,” composed by the Hawaiian Prince Leleiohoku and appearing on the 1975 recording, The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band, Volume 1, featuring Birthday Boy Ry Cooder on Mandolin, Gabby Pahinui on Vocal, Steel and 12-String Guitars, and Bass.
2) “Ukulele Bounce,” the 1949 song taken from our Natal Luminary’s historical anthology: Roy Smeck Plays Hawaiian Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele & Guitar – 1926-1949.
3) “'Alekoki,” the music by Royal Hawaiian Band Singer Lizzie Alohikea and Words by Prince William Lunalilo or King David Kalakaua, performed by our Birthday Boy, the Slack-Key Guitar master Keola Beamer from his 1975 LP: Moe’uhane Kika – Tales From the Dream Guitar.
4) “Singin' the Blues,” composed by Con Conrad & J. Russel Robinson, recorded in 1927 by the Comely Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke and included on his righteous retrospective: In a Mist, featuring Birthday Boy Jimmy Dorsey on Clarinet and Eddie Lang on Guitar.
5) “Keep Movin'” performed by our February Birthday Celebrant on the CD: The Original James P. Johnson – 1942-1945 Piano Solos, composed by him for his 1923 hit Broadway show: Runnin’ Wild.
6) “I Want to Talk About You,” composed by Birthday Boy Tadd Dameron and singer Billy Eckstine, this 1945 recording appears on Eckstine’s eponymous album: Boppin’ With “B,” with February Birthday celebrant Dexter Gordon and Gene Ammons on Tenor Saxes, Dizzy Gillespie on Trumpet and Art Blakey on Drums.
7) The 1937 song by Count Basie, “One O'Clock Jump,” performed by Birthday Boy, Drummer and Band leader Chick Webb and Pianist Tommy Fulford live in 1939 at the Savoy Ballroom, where Webb’s orchestra was the house band, and appearing on his album: Standing Tall.
8) “While We're Young, composed in 1943 by Birthday Boy Alec Wilder, Morty Palitz and William Engvick, taken from the singer Jackie Ryan’s CD: You and the Night and the Music, accompanied by Larry Koonse on Guitar.
9) “Over the Rainbow,” composed by Birthday Boy Harold Arlen and Yip Harbug, which won the Academy Award after it debuted in the 1939 movie: The Wizard of Oz, strummed here by the renowned Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1949 live from the Club Saint-Germain in Paris and appearing on his copious compilation: Only the Best, featuring Stephane Grappelli on Violin.
10) “Struttin' With Some Barbecue,” the early jazz standard composed by our Birthday Celebrant Lil Hardin Armstrong, who also was a recognized pianist before she bacame Louis Armstrong’s first wife, from Pete Rugolo and His Orchestra’s 1961 LP: Ten Trumpets and Two Electric Guitars, featuring February Birthday Boys Don Fagerquist on Flugelhorn and Joe Mondragon on Bass.
11) The song written by our Birthday Boy Michel Legrand and Norman Gimbel, “Watch What Happens,” recorded by fellow Birthday Celebrant Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66 on their 1967 LP: Equinox, featuring Lani Hall -- the future wife of Herb Alpert – on Vocal.
12) “The Way You Look Tonight,” the Academy-Award winning song composed by Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields for the 1936 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers Movie: Swing Time, performed by Birthday Boy and Vibraphone Master Arthur Lyman on his 1959 album: Leis of Jazz, featuring Alan Soares on Piano.
13) “All I Do Is Dream of You,” the song written by our Natal Notable Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed for the 1934 movie: Sadie McKee, sung by Stacey Kent on her scintilacious CD: Hushabye Mountain, with David Newton on Piano, Colin Oxley on Guitar, Dave Chamberlain on Bass and Matt Home on Drums.
14) “Old Devil Moon,” composed by our February Birthday Boy Burton Lane and Yip Harburg for the 1947 Broadway musical: Finian’s Rainbow, appearing on the 1958 loquacious LP: It Could Happen to You – Chet Baker Sings, with Kenny Drew on Piano, Sam Jones on Bass and Philly Joe Jones on Drums.
15) The Gus Kahn and Walter Davidson song, “Love Me or Leave Me,” from the 1930 movie version of the 1928 Ziegfeld Broadway musical comedy: Whoopee!, recorded by Birthday Celebrant Nina Simone and appearing on her rigorous retrospective: My Baby Just Cares for Me.
16) “Out of This World,” composed by February Birthday Boy Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the 1945 Eddie Bracken-Veronica Lake movie of the same name, recorded in 1964 by Tony Bennett and found on his cool collection: Jazz, with Birthday Boy Stan Getz on Tenor Sax, Herbie Hancock on Piano, Ron Carter on Bass and Elvin Jones on Drums.