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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

David Seville - Almost Good

Almost everyone who knows anything about the history of pop music knows that David Seville, the man behind the Chipmunks series of novelty recordings (cute or annoying, depending on your point of view), was a pseudonym for musician and songwriter Ross Bagdasarian.

As a songwriter, Bagdasarian was responsible for co-writing Come On-A My House, which was a huge hit for Rosemary Clooney in 1951.

He came up with the idea for the Chipmunks in 1958 and put out The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) on Liberty Records in time for the holiday season. Bagdasarian provided the voices of Alvin and the other Chipmunks by varying the speed of the playback tapes.

The record proved to be a phenomenal success, selling an estimated four million copies and topping the the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Chipmunk Song has become a perennial Christmas favorite, surfacing in one form or another every year.

Its success spawned a whole series of Chipmunk recordings, a couple of animated TV series, several movies and a host of other products.

On some of the Chipmunks original singles, the flip side featured an instrumental by "The Music of David Seville." In the case of The Chipmunk Song it was Almost Good, a quirky little number that you can listen to and download from the link below.

Almost Good

Watch the spinning turntable in the best of several versions of Almost Good available on YouTube.

If you're among the select few who simply must have Almost Good on a 45 single, you're in luck. It can be had quite cheaply from a variety of sources.

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