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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, January 27, 2014

George Fischoff - Pretty Kitty

Indiana-born pianist and composer George Fischoff has the distinction of writing two big hits of the 1960s -- Lazy Day for Spanky and Our Gang and 98.6 for Keith.

Fischoff also composed the music, with lyrics by Carole Bayer, for the 1970 Broadway show Georgy, a musical based on the novel and subsequent film Georgy Girl. It closed after just four performances, although it did garner Tony nominations for actresses Dilys Watling and Melissa Hart.

As a recording artist, Fischoff had a number of hits on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart (meaning he got lots of airplay on easy listening stations), beginning in 1974 with Georgia Porcupine and ending in 1983 with several tunes off his album Pretty Kitty (Moss Music Group, 1982). This was by far his most popular release. A sample track, taken from a cassette copy of the album, is below.

Rhapsody in Ivory

No less than four tracks from Pretty Kitty -- Carnival Island, Piano Power, Summer Love and the title tune -- got enough radio exposure to make the Adult Contemporary chart.

Pretty Kitty apparently did not receive a CD release, but the album is available as a download from all the major sources.

Here's George Fischoff first airplay hit from 1974.

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