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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, June 30, 2012

Freddy Martin & His Orchestra - Most Requested

Since the New Vaudeville Band's 1966 No. 1 hit Winchester Cathedral was a tribute to British music hall entertainment (roughly equivalent to vaudeville in the U.S.), it was a natural fit for American bandleader Freddy Martin to record a cover version -- which he did for his 1967 album Most Requested.

After all, Martin began his recording career in 1932, just as the vaudeville era was winding down. Martin, a saxophonist, led one of the most popular sweet bands of the swing era. But he continued to front a band long after the heyday of big bands, not quitting until the early 1980s. Martin died in 1983 at age 76. From the link below, listen to (and download if you like) Winchester Cathedral.

Winchester Cathedral

None of the selections from Martin's Most Requested album appear to have been released on CD or are available as downloads.

From YouTube, here's Freddy Martin's 1948 hit The Dickey Bird Song.

And finally, Winchester Cathedral's original hitmakers, the New Vaudeville Band, perform a medley on a 1966 broadcast of the Hollywood Palace TV show. They're introduced by singer Kate Smith (!!!).

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