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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge April 17, 2019

On this week’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we will celebrate the succulent season of spring and its reigning goddess – flora, in all of her blooming and blossoming glory.

Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge show is broadcast on Wednesdays, 5-6 pm Eastern Standard Time (2-3 pm on the West Coast and 10-11 GMT in Europe) at http://www.radiofairfax.org. Radio Fairfax also can be heard on Tune In Radio at tunein.com, and streamed on smartphones by downloading the Tunein app. It also can be streamed on Roku and Google TV at: http://tinyurl.com/3uqfsz9

Past shows are now available to listen to in their entirety by streaming them at: https://www.mixcloud.com/Flashfriend/

  1. The 1937 duet by Bing Crosby and Conee Boswell, “Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)” composed by Johnny Mercer and Bernie Hanighen, featuring the backing of John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra, and found on the blooming box set: Bing Crosby – Easy to Remember.

  2. The Johnny Mercer song, “Santa Claus Came in the Spring,” recorded in 1935 by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra, taken from the ringing retrospective: Bunny Berigan -- The Pied Piper, 1934-1940, featuring Berigan on Trumpet, Goodman on Clarinet and the Trombonist Joe Harris on Vocal.

  3. “If the Moon Turns Green,” written by George Cates and Bernie Hanighen, sung by Carmen McRae on her 1962 release: Lover Man, with Norman Simmons on Piano and Bob Cranshaw on Bass.

  4. “I’ll Remember April,” which was actually composed by Gene de Paul, Patricia Johnston and Don Raye for the 1942 Abbott & Costello movie: Ride ‘Em Cowboy, performed by the Jon Steiner Trio on their album, Live at 19 Broadway, with Jon Steiner on Electric Guitar Lead & Solos; Mark Armenta on Fender Bass; and Phil Knudsen on Drums.

  5. “Don't Be That Way,” written by Edgar Sampson, Benny Goodman and Mitchell Parish, recorded here in 1956 for the liberating LP: Pick Yourself Up With Anita O’Day, with Harry “Sweets” Edison on Trumpet; Larry Bunker on Vibes; Paul Smith on Piano; Barney Kessel on Guitar; Joe Mondragon on String Bass and Alvin Stoller on Drums.

  6. “Winchester in Apple Blossom Time,” composed by Blossom Dearie and her brother Walter Birchett, featured on her 1995 salubrious CD: Our Favorite Songs, accompanying herself on Electric Piano with Ron Carter on Bass.

  7. “April in Paris,” the classic written by Vernon Duke and Yip Harburg for the 1932 Broadway musical and 1952 movie: Walk a Little Faster, by Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis from his admirable album: Marsalis Standard Time, Volume 1, with Marcus Roberts on Piano, Robert Hurst III on Bass and Jeffrey "Tain" Watts on Drums.

  8. “It Could Happen to You,” by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke for the 1944 movie: And the Angels Sing, where it was introduced by Dorothy Lamour and Fred MacMurray, sung here by Ann Hampton Callaway on her 1995 scintilacious CD: Bring Back Romance, with Lee Musiker on Piano.

  9. “Avril au Portugal” (“April in Portugal,” also known as “Whisp’ring Serenade”) the 1947 song by composed by Raul Ferrao and recorded in 1953 by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his Orchestra, from her rigorous retrospective: Miss Kitt, To You.

  10. “Sweet Lilacs,” composed and performed on Piano by Barbara Carroll from her CD: This Heart of Mine, with Jerome Richardson on Alto Sax, Jay Leonhart on Bass and Joe Cocuzzo on Drums.

  11. “Mountain Greenery,” recorded by Tony Bennett and the Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet for their 1973 LP: The Rodgers and Hart Songbook, originally written for the 1926 musical: The Garrick Gaieties.

  12. “I’m Old Fashioned,” the song composed by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer for the 1942 movie: You Were Never Lovelier, from the 1988 album: Cassandra Wilson Sings Standards, with Mulgrew Miller on Piano, Lonnie Plaxico on Bass and Lyne Carrington on Drums.

  13. “Isn't This a Lovely Day?” from the 1958 Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook album, this song was composed for the 1935 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movie: Top Hat, with Paul Weston and His Orchestra, including Paul Smith on Piano.

  14. The Clifford Brown tune “Joy Spring” performed by the master Guitarist Joe Pass on his 1976 landmark LP: Virtuoso No. 2.

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