Tag Archives: 1960s

Tim Conway and Ernie Anderson: Are We On?

Tim was brought to my attention a few years ago by Rosemarie, who had just seen him on Station WJW-TV in Cleveland. I sent for a video-tape, watched literally two minutes of it, and immediately issued instructions to add Tim to our regular TV company. Since the only person in the room at the moment was the janitor, my instructions meant nothing, but Conway eventually came out to Hollywood anyway.

Twilight of Steam, Vol. 1

…the thrilling audio companion to the exciting and controversial deluxe hard cover edition entitled The Twilight of Steam Locomotives by Ron Ziel

Ira Ironstrings: The Best Damn Dance Band In the Land

Actually, it was a non-Ironstrings but a fast-friend — Lucy N. Fairweather, our percussionist and Moral Beacon — who inspired us to form our orchestra. that sweet, grey-haired old lady had been passed out in our setting-room rocker for eleven days, just a-rocking and eyeing the bougainvillaea. Came the fateful evening, April 11, 1930. A typical Ironstrings family scene at dusk: the sun falling behind the Ice House, scented breezes wafting in from Kissing Bog, and the whole Ironstrings clan gathered underneath the creeping veranda. Lucy looked up at us Ironstrings, rubbed her antimacassars (which had been ailing of late), smiled benignly, and said, “You Clydes oughta do something about Dance Music. It’s damn well going to the dogs, and tha’s a fact.”

Stereo Action Unlimited!

Stereo Action is a new concept of music in motion; a new dimension in recorded sound. Stereo Action brings you unmatched fidelity through the full sound spectrum, plus the exciting new illusion of sound in motion. Soloists and entire sections of the orchestra appear to move thrillingly back and forth across the room. Stereo Action is musical movement so real, your eyes will follow the sound.

The Organ in Stereo

And that’s all there is for this one — no liner notes at all. I’m guessing that this was a ‘60’s era ‘stereo recording is a new thing’ release, but haven’t been able to find any definitive information.

Party Songs Hawaiian Style

One of the most exciting things that can happen to a person is a real, honest-to-goodness Hawaiian party. It can happen any place, any time, and it’s very likely to be impromptu. Conviviality reigns. Food and drink are abundant. Everybody sings and dances. Most play one or more instruments. Ukuleles appear from nowhere, and if you’re very lucky there’s a slack key guitarist among the group…or someone rounds him up.

Salvation

Musicians as determinedly spontaneous as Salvation by necessity must make music that reflects their own personalities and Salvation’s music is joyous and ‘good timey.’ But perhaps the best comment on its flavor came from the Berkeley poet John Thompson who stopped by and chanced to hear the test pressing. He was fascinated and when it was over he murmured, ‘It’s like a birthday present!’ And it is, isn’t it?

Anything Goes! The Dave Brubeck Quartet plays Cole Porter

It’s been said it’s dangerous to put old wine in new bottles. But after several samplings of this album there seems to be some doubt about the statement, especially since the vino in question is splendidly aged Cole Porter and the vessel the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

The Banjo Barons: Banjos Back in Town

Listen for the startling clarity of the banjos as they strum their way through this happy music—36 all time favorites—in duets and trios of sparkling fun. Along the way there are occasional throbs from the organ and some doo-wacka-doo trumpet that add to the entertainment. Banjos are back in town, better than ever!

Hap Miller and his Sun Valley Lodge Orchestra: It Happened in Sun Valley

…a collection of the favorite songs of Sun Valley guests as played by Hap Miller and his Orchestra.