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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.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Papa Joe's Music Box - Closing Time (single)

Papa Joe's Music Box was the creation of Nashville pianist and producer Jerry Smith. Smith coined the group name from the Dixiebelles' 1963 hit (Down at) Papa Joe's, which Smith wrote and co-produced with Bill Justis.

Smith put his honky-tonk piano sound on wax for Sound Stage 7, Decca, Ranwood and Nuggett, both under his own name and as Papa Joe's Music Box. He was also behind some of The Magic Organ releases on Ranwood.

Closing Time came out on the Nuggett label in May 1968. It was the "B" side of a single that had something called Speakeasy 1929 as the "A" side that was promoted to disc jockeys. Billboard picked the 45 to make the Top 60 of the Hot 100 chart (it didn't). The trade magazine called the record, "A hot jukebox item with the old-timey feel of Bonnie & Clyde fever." Well, maybe...

In any case, you can grab Closing Time from the link below.

Closing Time

None of Jerry Smith's piano recordings seem to have made the transition to digital, although I believe some of The Magic Organ tracks made it on to CD. If you're a fan of skating rink organ, you can look it up.

Below, from YouTube, is the Dixiebelles' (Down at) Papa Joe's, with Jerry Smith on piano.

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