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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, May 05, 2012

Billy Vaughn - Dance Music

In the last post, you were able to hear Benny Goodman's version of Glenn Miller's hit, A String of Pearls. This time around you can listen to a much more recent version of the tune, courtesy of Billy Vaughn.

Vaughn did record this song for Dot when he was churning out album after album, and it appeared in 1960 on the LP Great Golden Hits. But this is a later version that comes from a 1984 CD for Japanese Victor called simply Dance Music. Vaughn apparently recorded a bunch of tracks specifically for the Japanese label. Some of them appeared on a Dance Music LP in 1979 so that's probably pretty close to the time they were recorded. Vaughn is said to have used his original Dot arrangements on some of the selections.

In any case advances in recording technology, and some superb musicians, make this a more vibrant recording.

A String of Pearls

Great Golden Hits, including Vaughn's original version of A String of Pearls, is available as part of a three-CD set, Long Play Collection: The Top Ten Albums.

Downloads of Vaughn doing big band hits, including A String of Pearls, are available. I suspect these are the Dot recordings -- possibly sourced from vinyl -- so tread cautiously.

Vaughn's Japanese recordings do not appear to be readily available.

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