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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge: October 18, 2017
On today’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we will once again celebrate the birthdays of a solid selection of musical artists who were born in the salubrious month of September.
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1) “Kaulana O Hilo Hanakahi,” a song composed by our Birthday Girl Lena Machado, known as the Hawaiian Songbird, performed in 1946 by The Kalima Brothers and found on the historical document, Territorial Airwaves – Radio Hula. The lyrics refer to the beauty of Hilo and the majesty of the Mauna Kea mountain on the Big Island.
2) “Wa’ahila” was composed and performed by our Birthday Boy, the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Master Ray Kane on his 1998 apt album of the same name. The song is about a ridge between the Manoa Valley and St. Louis Heights in Honolulu.
3) “Kona Wind,” the name given to strong winter winds in Hawaii that come in out of the West, played by our Natal Notable Herb Ohta Sr. (a/k/a Ohta-San) in 1970 and found on the ample anthology: Legends of the Ukulele – Hawaiian Masters.
4) “Here's That Rainy Day” with lyrics written by our October Birthday Boy Johnny Burke and music by Jimmy Van Heusen, came from the 1953 Broadway musical: Carnival in Flanders, and was recorded in 1998 by the Ukulele Master Lyle Ritz for his scintillacious CD: Time – Ukulele Jazz With Bass, Drums and Percussion, including Byron Yasui on Bass and Noel Okimoto on Vibes, Drums & Percussion.
5) “Lei Lokelani,” which describes the making of a flower lei, was composed by Charles E. King and sung and played on guitar by our Birthday Girl Owana Salazar on her incomparable compact disc: Hula Jazz, with Alan Alaka, Casey Olsen and Greg Sardinha on Steel Guitars, Kit Ebersbach on Piano, Noel Akimoto on Drums and and Stephen Jones on Bass.
6) “Blue Hawaii,” was composed by our Natal Luminary Ralph Rainger with lyrics by Leo Robin for the 1937 Bing Crosby movie: Waikiki Wedding, and was later sung by Elvis Presley in the 1961 movie and album also called Blue Hawaii. It also became the name of one of the most famous Tiki cocktails. This version was recorded by the Hawaiian Ukulele Master Troy Fernandez on his superb CD: Hawaiian Style Ukulele, supported by Tazra Vega on Acoustic Guitar and Bass; Salaam Tillman on Percussion; and Carole Atem on Keyboards.
7) “The Blue Room”, written for the 1926 Broadway musical: The Girl Friend, was drawn with tongs from the copious collection: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook, recorded in 1957 and featuring our Birthday Boy Barney Kessel on Electric Guitar, also including Paul Smith on Piano, Joe Mondragon on Bass; and Alvin Stoller on Drums.
8) “In a Sentimental Mood,” the 1931 composition by Duke Ellington, was waxed in 1955 by our Natal Notable Art Tatum on his appropriately titled production: 20th Century Piano Genius, which was recorded at parties at the Beverly Hills home of Warner Brothers Studios musical director and multiple Academy Award nominee and three-time winner Ray Heindorf.
9) “Down with Love,” composed by Harold Arlen and E.Y “Yip” Harburg for the 1937 Broadway musical: Hooray for What! sung by our Birthday Girl Lee Wiley, coming from the treasure: Live On Stage, Town Hall, New York, with this track actually recorded at New York’s Ritz Theater, with Billy Butterfield on Trumpet, Gene Schroeder on Piano, Eddie Condon on Guitar and Sid Catlett on Drums.
10) “Portrait of Jenny” was inked by our Natal Numinary John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, and performed by another triumphant trumpeter and October Birthday Baby on his 1955 album: Clifford Brown With Strings, which includes Richie Powell on Piano; Barry Galbraith on Electric Guitar; George Morrow on Bass and Max Roach on Drums, arranged and conducted by Neil Hefti.
11) “Bill's Bit,” composed by Bill Holman, comes from the comely LP: Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, recorded by the married vocal duo of Jackie & Roy, who were Jackie Cain and our Birthday Boy Roy Kral, with Ms. Cain on Piano, October Birthday Celebrant Barney Kessel on Electric Guitar, Red Mitchell on Bass and Shelley Manne on Drums.
12) “Well You Needn't” was written and played on piano by Birthday Baby Thelonious Monk in 1947 and is found on his aptly titled album: Genius of Modern Music, Volume One, with Gene Ramey on Bass; and Art Blakey on Drums.
13) The 1949 song “Capitolizing” comes from our Birthday Celebrant’s righteous retrospective called: Real Crazy – A Proper Introduction to Babs Gonzales, featuring vital vocalist Babs Gonzales & His Orchestra, with J.J. Johnson on Trombone; Sonny Rollins on Tenor Sax and Jack “The Bear” Parker on Bass.
14) “Saxophobia,” written by Rudy Wiedoeft, comes from the 1961 lush LP: Ten Saxophones and Two Basses, recorded by Pete Rugolo and His Orchestra, including our Birthday Boy Howard Roberts on Banjo, although he is primarily known for his guitar work. The other musicians are Jimmy Rowles on Piano; Ronnie Lang, Arthur “Skeets” Herfurt and Bud Shank on Alto Saxes; Buddy Colette on C-Melody Sax; Bob Cooper, Plas Johnson and Gene Cipriano on Tenor saxes; Bill Perkins on Tenor & Baritone Saxes; Bill Hood on Baritone Sax; Chuck Gentry on Bass Sax; Red Mitchell and Joe Mondragon on String Basses; and Shelley Manne on Drums.
15) “A Woman Alone With the Blues,” was composed by Willard Robson and sung by our October Birthday Girl Anita O’Day on her 1961 ambitious album: All the Sad Young Men, with the orchestra arranged and conducted by Gary McFarland and Ms. O’Day’s vocals dubbed in later. The other musicians were Hank Jones on Piano, Jerome Richardson and Zoot Sims on Tenor Sax, Walter Levinsky on Alto Sax, Phil Woods on Alto Sax and Clarinet, Doc Severinsen, Bernie Glow and Herb Pomeroy on Trumpet, Bob Brookmeyer on Valve Trombone, Billy Byers and Willie Dennis on Trombone, Barry Galbraith on Electric Guitar, George Duvivier on Bass and Mel Lewis on Drums.
16) “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” composed by George and Ira Gershwin/ for the 1937 Fred Astaire, George Burns and Gracie Allen movie: Damsel in Distress, played by our October Birthday Boy on his salutary CD: Bill Charlap Plays George Gershwin -- The American Soul, with Mr. Charlap on Piano, backed by his trio mates Peter Washington on Bass and Kenny Washington on Drums, along with Slide Hampton on Trombone, Nicholas Payton on Trumpet; Frank Wess on Tenor Sax and Phil Woods on Alto Sax.