2 LPs on 1 CD
The eldest of Bing Crosby’s sons, Gary (1933-1995), became, almost inevitably, part of the entertainment business from his early teens, performing for quite a few years with considerable success as an actor and singer. Unfortunately, from the late 60s his career began to decline due to personal problems and never recovered. But in the late 50s, while he was still enjoying the limelight, he recorded these two albums, singing with swing, conviction and the benefit of some exceptionally crisp and driving jazz backing.
On the first, “G.C. Belts the Blues,” an eleven-piece band conducted and arranged by Marty Paich provides the swinging framework to Crosby’s interpretations of well known, bluesy tunes.
On the second, “The Happy Bachelor,” arranger Bunny Botkin uses a quartet with guitar, with the occasional addition of a trumpet or a vibist to make it a quintet. The group’s support adds zest to a collection of pleasant tunes, while Crosby’s charm and personality reveal an artist of style and individuality.
GARY CROSBY (vocals on all tracks)
(1-12) from the Verve album "Gary Crosby Belts the Blues" (MG VS-6018).
Orchestra arranged and conducted by Marty Paich.
Don Fagerquist, Al Porcino (tp), Frank Rosolino (tb), Bud Shank (as)
Bob Enevoldsen, Bill Holman (ts), Bill Pitman, Al Viola (on ##1,8,11 & 12)
Al Hendrickson (g on ##2-7,9 & 10), Claude Williamson (p), Joe Mondragon (b), Mel Lewis (d).
Recorded in Hollywood at Radio Recorders, on December 15 (##1,8,11 & 12);
December 17 (##2,4,5 & 7); and December 18 (##3,6,9 & 10), 1959.
(13-24) from the Verve album "The Happy Bachelor" (MG VS-6067).
Orchestra arranged and conducted by Bunny Botkin.
(19-22) Paul Smith (p), Howard Roberts (g), Joe Mondragon (b), Larry Bunker (d).
(17-18, 23 & 24) Paul Smith (p), Gene Estes (vib), Howard Roberts (g), Joe Mondragon (b), Bill Richmond (d).
(13-16): Pete Candoli (tp), Paul Smith (p), Howard Roberts (g), Joe Mondragon (b), Larry Bunker (d).
Recorded in Hollywood at Radio Recorders, on April 8 (##19-22); April 9 (##17,18,23 & 24);
and April 10 (##13-16), 1959.
01. Sentimental Journey (Green-Brown-Homer) 3:09
02. What’s Your Story, Morning Glory? (Williams-Lawrence-Webster) 3:09
03. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Hilliard-Mann) 3:18
04. Breeze (Blow My Baby Back to Me) (MacDonald-Goodwin-Hanley) 2:51
05. After the Lights Go Down Low (White-Lovett) 2:54
06. St. Louis Blues (handy) 3:38
07. Miss You So (Henderson-Scott-Robin) 2:23
08. Night Train (Washington-Simpkins-Forrest) 3:14
09. Baltimore Oriole (Webster-Carmichael) 2:50
10. I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town (Jacobs-Weldon) 3:40
11. Mood Indigo (Ellington-Mills-Bigard) 3:32
12. Blues in the Nigh (Mercer-Arlen) 3:33
13. The Happy Bachelor (Mercer-DePaul) 1:57
14. Glow Worm (Mercer-Lincke) 1:34
15. Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (Roberts-Fisher) 1:27
16. This Little Girl of Mine (Charles) 2:24
17. Side by Side (Woods) 2:33
18. You Won’t Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart (James-Stock) 1:46
19. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Berlin) 2:54
20. Mañana (Lee-Barbour) 2:32
21. I’ll Never Be Free (Weiss-Benjamin) 2:47
22. Ole Buttermilk Sky (Carmichael-Robin) 1:50
23. Undecided (Shavers-Robin) 1:41
24. I’m Beginning to See the Light (James-Ellington-Hodges-George) 2:16
Total time: 65:00 min. aprox.
Stereo 24-Bit Digitally Remastered