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Pied Pipers: Dreams From The Sunny Side of the Street

Pistol Packin' Mama
Doin' What Comes Natur'lly
Dream
In The Middle Of May
Girl of My Dreams
Cecilia
Watcha Know Joe?
You've Got Me This Way
What A Deal
There's Good Blues Tonight
Mairzy Doats
My Happiness
My! My!
The Freedom Train
Sweet Potatoe Piper
Old Man River
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Nine Old Men
You And Your Love
You Won't Be Satisfied
I Love It So
I've Got the Sun In the Morning
It's Only A Paper Moon
Linger In My Arms
I'll Buy That Dream
Easy Street
Gotta Be This Or That
Jamboree Jones
Isn't That Just Like Love
Embraceable You
Deacon Jones
In the Moon Mist
My Sugar Is So Refined
My Gal Sal
Reckon I'm In Love
Personality
Winter Weather
Why Does It Get Late So Early
The Lady From 29 Palms
What Ya Gonna Do?
The Night We Called It A Day
The Trolley Song
You Might Have Belonged To Another
Gone To Chicago
Tallahassee
Sentimental Journey
We'll Be Together Again
Aren't You Glad You're You
Let's Get Away From It All
Kiss Me Goodnight

In the 1940s, in comparison to the rest of the world, Americans had it all-nylons, chewing gum and harmony groups like the Merry Macs, Modernaires and the Pied Pipers. Originally an octet when first hired by Tommy Dorsey, they were fired when his sponsors disapproved of "Hold Tight-Want Some Sea Food Mama" as unsuitable broadcast material (this is the first we've ever heard of this-possibly it had a hidden sexual connotation?). In any case, they reduced to a quartet and were on the verge of disbanding when they were hired back by Dorsey to join his new solo vocalist Frank Sinatra. With Sinatra the Pipers recorded quite a few hits including "I'll Never Smile Again," which was the very first #1 record on Billboard's Best Selling record chart, which began in 1940. The group's Jo Stafford also had solo hits, including "Yes Indeed." After an argument with Dorsey the group left for Hollywood and signed to newly-formed Capital Records. "Deacon Jones/Pistol Packin' Mama" was the first of a string of hits on their own and with Johnny Mercer and other solo artists, including "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive," "Personality," "Winter Wonderland," "The Trolley Song," "In The Moon Mist," "My Happiness" and "Dream." All songs are Swing-band accompanied. This is one of those 2-CD, 50-song collections we love so well because they are such a bargain and have so much great music. The Pipers were one of the most popular harmony groups of the Swing Era, and this is their "greatest hits" collection. What a treat from one of our favorite eras in American music!

Item code: 4622C | 2 CDs | $19.95 |add item to cart
Vocal Jazz  | Accompanied | Mixed | United States
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