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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge December 5, 2018
On this Wednesday’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we celebrated the birthdays of just a few of the musicians who were born in the diademical month of December.
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1) “Hanohano Wailea” was composed by Kīhei de Silva and our Birthday Boy Moe Keale, and performed on piano by Robert Cazimero on his scintillacious CD: Hula 2.
2) “Hana No Ka Oi,” the song written and sung by our Birthday Celebrant John Piʻilani Watkins & His Heavenly Hawaiians in the 1950s appears on the Aloha album: Songs to Remember – Hana-Maui.
3) “Jazz Lips” was waxed in 1926 and is daringly derived from The Best of Louis Armstrong: The Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings, featuring Mr. Armstrong on Cornet, his wife Lil (Hardin) Armstrong on Piano, Johnny Dodds on Clarinet and Baby Dodds on Drums along with Christmas Day Birthday Baby Kid Ory on Trombone.
4) “Swing, Swing, Swing,” the 1936 song by our December Natal Notable Louis Prima was recorded by our Christmas Day Birthday Baby, appearing on his righteous retrospective: Cab Calloway & His Orchestra -- Volume 2 – 1935-37.
5) The 1940 recording of “Blues in Third” is fondly found on the comely clarinetist Sidney Bechet’s production: Perdido Street Blues, spotlighting the talents of our Birthday Boy Earl “Fatha” Hines on Piano.
6) “I Had The Craziest Dream” was written by Mack Gordon and our Natal Notable Harry Warren and was introduced by Helen Forrest in the 1942 movie: Springtime in the Rockies. It was pianistically rendered and sung for us by another December Birthday Baby Bob Dorough on his 1956 LP: Devil May Care, with Warren Fitzgerald on Trumpet, Jack Hitchcock on Vibes, Bill Takas on Bass and Jerry Segal on Drums.
7) “I'm Going Mad for a Pad” was composed by our Birthday Boy Stan Kenton with help from Joe Greene and Jack Lawrence, and was sung in 1944 by Anita O’Day fronting the Stan Kenton & His Orchestra and appears Young Anita, highlighting the talents of a young Stan Getz on Tenor Sax.
8) “Stardust,” inked in 1929 with words by Mitchell Parish is performed on Piano in 1942 and a few years later appeared on one of the earliest 33 1/3 rpm long-playing records, titled: Hoagy Sings Carmichael, featuring Artie Bernstein on Bass and our Birthday Boy Spike Jones on Drums (Yes, that Spike Jones, better known for his comedy musical recordings).
9) “Do It the Hard Way” comes from the 1940 Rodgers & Hart Broadway musical: Pal Joey, and is vocally rendered by our December Birthday Baby and trumpeter on his 1958 labial LP: It Could Happen to You – Chet Baker Sings, with Kenny Drew on Piano, George Morrow on Bass and Philly Joe Jones on Drums.
10) “There is No Greater Love,” the 1936 song by Isham Jones and Marty Symes, was performed by the ineffable Peggy Lee in 1957, with the orchestra arranged by Nelson Riddle and conducted by our Birthday Boy Frank Sinatra, appearing on Ms. Lee’s fond look back: The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection.
11) Also written by Rodgers & Hart for Pal Joey, the song “I Could Write a Book” was laid down in 1955 Dinah Washington and appears on the singer’s comely collection: Compact Jazz. Included in the ensemble is December Birthday Celebrant Clark Terry on Trumpet, along with Barry Galbraith on Electric Guitar, Paul Quinchette on Tenor Sax, Jimmy Cleveland on Trombone, Wynton Kelly on Piano, Cecil Payne on Baritone Sax, Keter Betts on Bass and Jimmy Cobb on Drums.
12) “Peanut Vendor (El Mancicero)” came from the pen of Cuban musician Moises Simons in 1927 and is credited with starting the Rumba craze in the United States. This 1956 version was recorded by our Birthday Boy Perez Prado & His Orchestra on their Latinesque LP: Havana 3 a.m., featuring Maynard Ferguson on Trumpet.
13) “Misty,” the classic song composed in 1954 by Erroll Garner with lyrics by Johnny Burke, was vocalized by our Natal Notable on his accomplished album: Sammy Davis Jr. Sings and Laurindo Almeida Plays, accompanied by the famed Brazilian guitarist.
14) “Carnival of Venice” comes from the 1961 LP: Ten Trumpets and Two Electric Guitars by our Natal Notable born on Christmas Day Pete Rugolo and His Orchestra, spotlighting the talents of guitarists Howard Roberts and Al Viola, with Cappy Lewis on Trumpet, Don Fagerquist on Flugelhorn, Larry Bunker on Vibes, Joe Mondragon on Bass and Alvin Stoller on Drums.
15) “There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York” from Porgy and Bess was composed by George Gershwin featuring lyrics by our Birthday Boy Ira Gershwin and is sung Sachal Vasandani on his 2011 high-fidelity production titled: Hi-Fly, with Jeb Patton on Piano, Ambrose Akinmusire on Trumpet, David Wong on Bass and Kendrick Scott on Drums.