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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, August 31, 2013

Bobby Munro - Piano Country

Canadian pianist Bobby Munro was a native of Truro, Nova Scotia, and was active on the country scene in his native land in the 1960s and '70s. He backed many Canadian country artists including Dick Nolan, Myrna Lorrie and the group Eastwind.

Soon after Piano Country came out in 1974 the company that issued it, Marathon Music, went bankrupt and was sold to another Canadian company, Boot Records. Other than the fact that he apparently played some gigs in Hawaii, I could find no more information about Mr. Munro.

Among the tracks on Piano Country was Truck Stop, which had been a minor hit for Nashville pianist Jerry Smith in 1969. Munro has a more robust approach to the tune, which you can listen to below.

Truck Stop

All the tracks from the 1974 LP, plus 12 more, are included on a Piano Country CD, apparently available only from the Canadian mail order firm Country Music

To conclude, here's Jerry Smith playing the original version of Truck Stop.

1 comment:

  1. Actually, after the Bankruptcy, Marathon was re-organized into the Condor label. Jack Boswell, who had run the Marathon label, eventually regained full control of the Condor label. His son now runs it, and these CDs are available from many independent retailers and mail order outfits across Canada.

    Later in the 1970s, Bobby Munro did a second Country Piano album for the Kodiak label, which was somehow (IDK how tho), tied in with Marathon/Condor...... the second album was titled "88 Country Keys"...... The "Piano Country" CD contains both albums.