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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge July 25, 2018
On this week’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we celebrated the musical artists who were born in the joyous month of July.
Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge show is broadcast on Wednesdays, 5-6 pm Eastern Standard Time (2-3 pm on the West Coast and 10-11 GMT in Europe) at www.radiofairfax.org.. Radio Fairfax also can be heard on Tune In Radio at tunein.com, and streamed on smartphones by downloading the Tunein app. It also can be streamed on Roku and Google TV at: http://tinyurl.com/3uqfsz9
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1) “Kananaka,” a traditional Mele Hula, was performed by our Birthday Boy, the slack-key guitar master Sonny Chillingworth on his 1999 righteous recording titled: Endlessly. The song’s lyrics refer to the Ma’a’a Wind of Lahaina, the moon, gathering delicious seaweed and love.
2) “Suck ‘Em Up” was composed by our Natal Notable Kui Lee and was recorded live by his musical partner in 1966 and can be drawn with swizzle sticks from the contented compact disc: Don Ho Again!
3) Also written by Kui Lee, “Lahaina Luna” refers to the name of famous high school on Maui, and comes from the auspicious album: Hawaiian Touch, by George Kuo on Slack Key Guitar and our Birthday Boy Alvin “Barney” Issacs Jr. on Lap Steel Guitar.
4) “Chocolate Shake” refers to a dance fad and was waxed by our Birthday Girl Ivie Anderson with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1941 and comes from her fond look back: I've Got the World on a String.
5) “Stardust,” the 1929 classic song by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish, was taken from radio transcriptions made by clarinetist Benny Goodman’s band between 1939 and 1941, and comes from the pioneering jazz guitarist and our July birthday celebrant’s recording of rarities: Charlie Christian -- On the Air, featuring Jo Jones on Drums.
6) “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie” was written by Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling and Milt Gabler, refers the straightened situation facing soldiers returning from World War II. It was a huge hit in 1946 for our Birthday Boy Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five, and is finely found on the Box Set of the same name.
7) “Detour Ahead” was inked by Lou Carter, Herb Ellis and Johnny Frigo and was recorded in 1951 by Billie Holiday, and is drawn from the German 10-CD Box Set: Lady Sings the Blues. She is supported by our July Birthday Boy Tiny Grimes on Guitar.
8) “The Bird” was the track laid down in 1947 by the legendary Alto Sax Master Charlie Parker and his quartet, appearing on the Bodacious Box Set: Boss Bird – Studio Recordings, spotlighting our Birthday Boy Hank Jones on Piano, Ray Brown on Bass and Shelly Manne on Drums.
9) “The Jitney Man,” written by Earl “Fatha” Hines was recorded by our Birthday Boy Billy Eckstine in 1946 and is included on dancing disc: Boppin’ With “B,” including Fats Navarro on Trumpet, Gene Ammons on Tenor Sax and Art Blakey on Drums.
10) “Cuando, Cuando, Que Sera?” was composed by our Natal Notable Cal Tjader, who performs it on Vibes on his 1967 lapidarial LP: Along Comes Cal, produced by Creed Taylor, arranged and conducted by Chico O’Farrill with Chick Corea on Piano, Ray Barretto and Armando Peraza on Percussion, Bobby Rodriguez on Bass and Grady Tate on Drums.
11) “I've Got the World on a String,” the American songbook standard was written by Harold Arlen with lyrics by our Birthday Celebrant Ted Koehler for the 1932 Broadway revue: Cotton Club Parade, sung for us by the superlatitious Sarah Vaughan and found on her dotting disc: The Divine One.
12) “Vaya Hombre Vaya,” created by Bill Holman comes from the 1957 dual album by Alto Sax Master Art Pepper and our Birthday Boy, the Trumpeter Conte Candoli called, Mucho Calor, with Bill Perkins on Tenor Sax, Russ Freeman on Piano, Ben Tucker on Bass, Chuck Flores on Drums, and Mike Pacheco and Jack Costanzo on Bongos.
13) “Wave” or “Vou Te Contar, the 1967 song by Antonio Carlos Jobim, was vocalized by our July Birthday Girl Helen Merrill – whose birth name was Jelena Ana Milcetic – gently lifted from her 1980 singular CD: Casa Forte, arranged by her husband Torrie Zito, who also appears on Piano.
14) “Ballad of Pancho Villa,” composed and played on Piano by our Natal Notable Vince Guaraldi on his 1965 duetical album with the Brazilian Guitarist Bola Sete, titled: From All Sides, with Fred Marshall on Bass and Jerry Granelli on Drums.
15) “18 Carrots for Rabbit” was composed by the Baritone Sax legend and appears on his 1959 dualistic disc: Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges, the Alto Sax Master and July Birthday Baby who played for many years with Duke Ellington. The title of the track refers to Hodges’ nickname of “Rabbit.” Also included are Claude Williamson on Piano, Buddy Clark on Bass and Mel Lewis on Drums.