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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, July 01, 2013

The RKO Orchestra - Music from Studio X

Where did the "discriminating listener" turn on the radio dial for "an uninterrupted flow of lovely melodies" in the mid-1950s?

Apparently the Mutual Broadcasting System didn't think there was much choice -- and so was born, on July 9, 1956, Music from Studio X. The program was broadcast daily from a specially constructed studio at WOR in New York -- between 9:05 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday to Saturday and from 1:30 p.m-5 p.m. on Sundays. The show lasted until 1959.

Music from Studio X's menu of lush instrumental and vocal arrangements included many tunes composed especially for the program, including theme music by arranger Joe Leahy (1916-1974). Some of the originals were gathered for an LP on RKO Records, with Leahy acting as music director.

For some reason, this obscure LP was released on CD in 1999 with the cover pictured at the top of this post. Below is a sample, something called Two Minute Melody, which is actually about 15 seconds short of that mark.

Two Minute Melody

If this type of mood music appeals to you, you can pick up a used copy of the Music from Studio X CD for $5-$8 from a number of online sources.

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