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Gene Puerling

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Gene Puerling

There certainly is no more influential and revered a cappella arranger than the brilliant Gene Puerling. From his auspicious beginnings as a founding member of the vocal jazz group the Hi-Lo's, with whom he recorded thirteen albums between the years of 1953-1964, Gene revealed the talent and promise that would later be fully realized with his work as director, arranger and performer with the Singers UnLimited.

Gene was born in Wisconsin in 1929. Though his family was musically inclined (various members of the family played violin, piano and clarinet) Gene himself had no formal musical training! He was a working professional musician from the age of seventeen, and simply did not have the time to devote to a formal musical education.

The Hi-Lo's, who recorded their first record in 1953 when Gene was 24, garnered accolades for popular renditions of classic jazz tunes such as "Fascinatin' Rhythm" and "Skylark." Gene was developing the trademark style with which he would become so uniquely identified. Subsequent to the demise of the Hi-Lo's, Gene was working in the busy recording studios of Chicago's commercial and jingle industry, where he met studio vocalists Len Dresslar and Bonnie Herman. Len and Bonnie, along with fellow ex-Hi-Lo Don Shelton, joined together under the moniker of "Singer's Unlimited" in 1967.

The group's purpose was to garner lucrative commerical work, and to that end they produced a demo including the Beatles song, "Fool On the Hill." This demo ultimately came to the attention of German producer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, via pianist Oscar Peterson. Schwer had founded MPS Records, and had, in his studio in Villengen, Germany, the only sixteen track recording console in Germany at the time. Schwer was immediately taken with the Singers Unlimited and proposed that they come to Germany to record.

The results of that recording, which took place in 1971, were released as the album "In Tune." The group went on to record fourteen albums, the last of which was "Easy To Love." The group's extensive studio experience was vital, as Gene's arrangements would employ all of their range and skill, and utilized the burgeoning studio techniques of overdubbing and mixing to create their inimitable sound. Given the complexity of the arrangements, the The Singers Unlimited did not perform live, feeling that the studio was their ideal medium of expression.

Songbooks and Collections (See Individual Arrangements)

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Gene Puerling : Puerling Charts I : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music : 

Gene Puerling : Puerling Charts I

Review: A collection of mostly a cappella arrangements from quite possibly the greatest vocal jazz arranger ever.

Songlist: The Fool On The Hill, Here, There, Everywhere, Michelle, We've Only Just Begun, Yesterday, Try to Remember, On a Clear Day, Emily, Where Is Love?, My Ship

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4210b | Sheet Music $9.98 | Mixed 5-8 Parts add item to cart Vocal Jazz Arrangements


Gene Puerling : Puerling Charts II : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music : 

Gene Puerling : Puerling Charts II

Review: Includes the Grammy Award winner "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square" as recorded by The Manhattan Transfer. The note-for-note arrangement matches the original recording!

Songlist: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Deck The Halls, Am I Blue?, Silent Night, Snowfall , April in Paris, Autumn in New York, Dancing in the Dark, Indian Summer

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4211b | Sheet Music $13.98 | Mixed 5-8 Parts add item to cart Vocal Jazz Arrangements


Gene Puerling : The Best Of Gene Puerling : Mixed 5-8 Parts : 01 Songbook :  : 029156057072  : 00-SVB00105

Gene Puerling : The Best Of Gene Puerling

Review: There certainly is no more influential and revered a cappella arranger than the brilliant Gene Puerling. From his auspicious beginnings as a founding member of the vocal jazz group the Hi-Lo's, with whom he recorded thirteen albums between the years of 1953-1964, Gene revealed the talent and promise that would later be fully realized with his work as director, arranger and performer with the Singers UnLimited. SATB, accompanied with optional rhythm section

Songlist: Button Up Your Overcoat, Georgia On My Mind, Rockin' Chair, The Shadow of Your Smile, Small Fry

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4407b | Songbook $5.95 | Mixed 5-8 Parts add item to cart Vocal Jazz Arrangements


Singers Unlimited : The Complete A Cappella Sessions

Review: It doesn't get any better than this! After years of being available only on the box set here is a 2 CD release of all 33 a cappella recordings (not including Christmas) of quite probably the best vocal jazz group ever. The arrangements of Gene Puerling are simply exquisite and his ability to transform a song to completely new heights is astounding. We carry many thousands of a cappella CDs and this release is, in our opinion, the most essential CD for the collection of any serious fan of a cappella music!

Songlist: Both Sides Now , London By Night, Here, There And Everywhere, Lullabye, Michelle, The Fool On The Hill, Emily, Since You Asked, More I Cannot Wish You, Try To Remember, Clair, Killing Me Softly with His Song, Yesterday, My Romance, Lost In The Stars, April In Paris, Girl Talk, Nature Boy, I Don't Know Where I Stand, Autumn In New York, and more.

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7612c | 2 CDs $29.95 add item to cart Sweet Adelines Music


Singers Unlimited : Christmas

Review: This 1972 recording continues to set musical precedent almost thirty years later. The combined voices of Don Shelton, Len Dresslar, Bonnie Herman and Gene Puerling are a sound so distinctive and recognizable that they have yet to be improved. From the six Alfred Burt carols to "Deck The Halls," "Good King Wenceslas" and Oh, Come All Ye Faithful," each song is beautifully constructed, a marriage of the traditional with the inimitable personality of Gene Puerling's arrangements. The result is accessible enough for the mainstream listener, and will also satisfy those hungry for heartier fare. Bonnie Herman frequently assumes the lead vocal duties, as on "Carol For Russian Children," her warm tone a sunbeam on a wintry day - listen to the pedal note (uncharacteristically in the treble part) she holds during the coda - amazing color and control. One of our most recommended selections.

Songlist: Deck The Halls, Ah Bleak & Chill The Wintry Wind, Bright, Bright The Holly Berries, Jesu Parvule, Caroling, Caroling, What Are The Signs, Nigh Bethlehem, While By My Sheep, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Silent Night, Joy To The World, Wassail Song, Carol Of The Russian Children, Good King Wenceslas, Coventry Carol, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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4203c | 1 CD $14.95 add item to cart Vintage Christmas


Singers Unlimited : Feelings : 00  1 CD : 

Singers Unlimited : Feelings

Review: Happiness is listing to a Gene Puerling arrangement as sung by these maestros. Sit back and soak it in. Enough said!

Songlist: Sleep Loved, We Could Be Flying, I'm Shadowing You, Where and When, Feelings, Impossible, Wave, So Many Stars, Ecstasy, She Was Too Good To Me, Look Around, Invitation, You've Got A Friend, The Trouble with Hello is Goodbye, Laura, Where Is The Love?, Eventide, We've Only Just Begun

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7629c | 1 CD $16.95 add item to cart Vocal Jazz CDs


Singers Unlimited with Oscar Peterson : In Tune : 00  1 CD :  : VRVB000539802.2

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Singers Unlimited with Oscar Peterson : In Tune

Review: A Classic Reissued! Legendary vocal group The Singers Unlimited, for their third album on Germany's MPS label, recorded a collaboration with the Oscar Peterson Trio. Grammy-winning arranger Gene Puerling wrote the charts and the musicians recorded this remarkable session in 1971 at the storied Villingen studios in the Black Forest. The then latest breakthroughs in studio technology, and the masterful engineer and MPS Records owner Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer, allowed the artists to overdub vocals creating the layered vocals the Singers Unlimited are famous for. Using a sixteen-track deck Brunner-Schwer had bought for the occasion, the group layered on chords, melody lines and solos which we often sung in four or eight part pieces that were later assembled almost magically. The CD sleeve includes rare photos from the session plus both the original LP liner notes and extensive new notes, including many new quotes from Puerling, by noted jazz musicologist James Gaven. A gem of a recording!

Songlist: Sesame Street, It Never Entered My Mind, Children's Game, The Gentle Rain, A Child Is Born, The Shadow of Your Smile, Catherine, Once Upon a Summertime, Here's That Rainy Day

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4753c | 1 CD $11.95 add item to cart Vocal Jazz CDs

Individual Arrangements (See Songbooks and Collections)

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Song NameArrangerComposerArtistItem TitleFormatTrax
A Child Is BornGene PuerlingSingers Unlimited with Oscar PetersonIn Tune 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
A Foggy Day (In London Town)Gene PuerlingGladA Cappella Gershwin 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley SquareGene PuerlingManning SherwinGene PuerlingPuerling Charts IISheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley SquareGene PuerlingManning SherwinManhattan TransferManhattan Transfer Complete Vol 2Sheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley SquareGene PuerlingPacific Mozart EnsembleJazz and Pop A Capella, Vol. 3 Live! 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley SquareGene PuerlingAmerican River College Vocal Jazz EnsembleSo Near So Far 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
All The Things You AreGene PuerlingJerome Kern / Oscar HammersteinSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Am I Blue?Gene PuerlingGene PuerlingPuerling Charts IISheet Music (SSAATTBB)MORE DETAILS 
Anything GoesGene PuerlingCole PorterSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
April In ParisGene PuerlingVernon Duke / HarburgSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
April in ParisGene PuerlingGene PuerlingPuerling Charts IISheet Music (SSAATTBB)MORE DETAILS 
Autumn In New YorkGene PuerlingVernon DukeSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Autumn in New YorkGene PuerlingGene PuerlingPuerling Charts IISheet Music (SSAATTBB)MORE DETAILS 
Both Sides NowGene PuerlingVoice TrekAn A Cappella Trek 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Both Sides Now Gene PuerlingJoni MitchellSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Brahms' Lullaby Gene PuerlingJohannes BrahmsCantabile - The London QuartetMadrigal to McCartney 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Brahms' LullabyGene PuerlingPuerlingPacific Mozart EnsembleA Cappella Jazz & Pop Vol. 2 Live! 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Breathe on Me, Breath of GodGene PuerlingAcoustixO Worship The King 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
But Not For MeGene PuerlingGladA Cappella Gershwin 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
CatherineGene PuerlingSingers Unlimited with Oscar PetersonIn Tune 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Children's GameGene PuerlingSingers Unlimited with Oscar PetersonIn Tune 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
ClairGene PuerlingGilbert O' SullivanSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Dancing in the DarkGene PuerlingGene PuerlingPuerling Charts IISheet Music (SSAATTBB)MORE DETAILS 
Deck The HallsGene PuerlingTraditional Welsh CarolGene PuerlingPuerling Charts IISheet Music (SSAATTBB)MORE DETAILS 
Deck the HallsGene PuerlingVoice TrekThe Spirit Of Christmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Du Ar Det Vackra Jag Ser I Mitt LivGene PuerlingReal GroupVarfor Far Man Inte Bara Vara Som Man Ar? 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Embraceable YouGene PuerlingGladA Cappella Gershwin 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
EmilyGene PuerlingJohnny MercerSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
EmilyGene PuerlingGene PuerlingPuerling Charts ISheet Music (SSAATBB)MORE DETAILS 
Fairest Lord JesusGene PuerlingGladHymns 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Georgia On My MindGene PuerlingHoagy CarmichaelReturn 2 ZeroReturn 2 Zero 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Girl TalkGene PuerlingBobby TroupSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Here's That Rainy DayGene PuerlingSingers Unlimited with Oscar PetersonIn Tune 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Here, There And EverywhereGene PuerlingLennon / McCartneySingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Here, There, EverywhereGene PuerlingGene PuerlingPuerling Charts ISheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
I Don't Know Where I StandGene PuerlingJoni MitchellSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
I Wish You LoveGene PuerlingCharles TrenetSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
I'll Never Smile AgainGene PuerlingGold Company25 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Indian SummerGene PuerlingVictor HerbertSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Indian SummerGene PuerlingGene PuerlingPuerling Charts IISheet Music (SSAATTBB)MORE DETAILS 
It Never Entered My MindGene PuerlingSingers Unlimited with Oscar PetersonIn Tune 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair Gene PuerlingStephen FosterChanticleerSilver Jubilee AnthologySongbookMORE DETAILS 
Jeanie With the Light Brown HairGene PuerlingStephen FosterChanticleerPortrait 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Jeanie With The Light Brown HairGene PuerlingStephen FosterSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair Gene PuerlingStephen FosterChanticleerOur American Journey 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Johnny One NoteGene PuerlingP.M. SingersJubilee 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Just In TimeGene PuerlingSoundsationSugar & Spice 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Killing Me Softly with His SongGene PuerlingFox / GimballSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Like Someone In LoveGene PuerlingVan Huesen / BurkeSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
London By NightGene PuerlingCarol CoatesSingers UnlimitedThe Complete A Cappella Sessions 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
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