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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.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Johnny Pearson - A Dreamer's Holiday

If you're a fan of classic easy listening instrumentals, you can do no better than to latch on to some of the box sets put out by Reader's Digest in the 1960s and '70s. Many of these turn up regularly in thrift stores or can be purchased online at reasonable prices.

Some of the material on these sets was specially recorded for Reader's Digest, often in Europe or Mexico. Other selections came from the catalogues of the major record companies like RCA Victor, Capitol and Columbia.

Stardust Memories, released in 1976, contains a lot of exclusive recordings, including A Dreamer's Holiday by British pianist Johnny Pearson. He's best known as the featured soloist with Sounds Orchestral, which had a big hit in 1962 with Cast Your Fate to the Wind.

Listen to and download A Dreamer's Holiday from the link below.

A Dreamer's Holiday

Pearson's recording of A Dreamer's Holiday has turned up on a couple of Reader's Digest CD compilations, but they're out of print. The song is available as an iTunes download, but only in several European countries and not in North America. However, both iTunes and eMusic have several of Pearson's albums available for download.

Pearson, who was the musical director for the British TV show Top of the Pops during its peak in the 1970s and who wrote the theme music for the series All Things Great and Small, died on March 20, 2011 at age 85.


  1. Try this album:

  2. Thanks for the tip. Always loved Pearson and Sounds Orchestral.