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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, February 08, 2014

Sid Bass - Funny Bone (45 single)

Orchestra leader and composer Sid Bass (1913-1993) worked for the Muzak background music service before signing with RCA Victor in the 1950s. He released several albums under his own name, including Sound and Fury, From Another World and With Bells On, mostly on the budget Vik and Camden labels.

In the 1960s Bass returned to Muzak, pumping out hundreds of elevator music versions of popular songs and also worked for the Carlton label, where he remained pretty much in the background except for a couple of 45s. One of them was Funny Bone (b/w The Giggling Girls of Greece), a slice of cutesy space age pop that has long since been forgotten and probably was similarly ignored in 1961 when it was released.

Funny Bone

The few sides that Sid Bass recorded for Carlton have not surfaced in a digital format. The only one of his RCA recordings that made it to CD was From Another World (Vik, 1956), released on disc by RCA in 2000, but only in Spain. From Another World is also available almost everywhere as a download in several versions, all of which are likely sourced from vinyl.

Here's Stormy Weather from that album.

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