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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, September 01, 2012

Les Brown & His Orchestra - Boola

Les Brown (1912-2001), who led his jazzy dance band through seven decades, recorded hundreds of songs for major labels like RCA, Columbia, Coral and Capitol. So you'd think that just about everything of his would have turned up in the digital age, or at least on an LP when vinyl was still king.

Not so for Boola, a 45 single (Say It with Music was on the flip side) released by Coral in 1958. It never graced one of Brown's long-players and it hasn't turned up on CD or as a download either despite the declaration in Billboard magazine on Feb. 23, 1959 that "Boola by Les Brown and Happy People of Monterey by Dick Jacobs (both on Coral) are big [disc] jockey favorites."

But you can listen to, and download this hard-to-find Brown tune if you so desire, from the link below. The MP3 is taken from the original 45.


Brown is remembered by most people today for his 1944 hit Sentimental Journey, with Doris Day as the vocalist, and for his many years serving as the bandleader for Bob Hope. But he never really retired, making his last appearance in 2000, the year before he died at age 88.

Here, from YouTube, is a vintage Les Brown performance (date and venue not stated) featuring vocalist Butch Stone.

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