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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge April 24, 2019

On this week’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we celebrated just a handful of the musical artists who were born in the apt month of April.

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

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  1. “Wai O Ke Aniani (Crystal Water)” was performed by our Birthday Boy, the legendary Gabby Pahinui on his landmarkable LP: Gabby. The song refers to the cold mountain water of Ke Aniani, a ridge in Moanalua Valley on the island of Oahu. Other musicians include Sons Cyril, Philip, Martin and James “Bla” Pahinui on Guitars.

  2. “Blue Hawaii,” the song composed by Ralph Rainger with lyrics by our Birthday Boy Leo Robin for the 1937 Bing Crosby movie: Waikiki Wedding and was rendered by Eddie Bush on Ukulele using the classic old “elegant” mandolin-like strumming style playing technique. This appears on the creative compilation: Legends of the Ukulele – Hawaiian Masters.

  3. “St. Louis Blues,” a composition attributed to W.C. Handy, was sung by Eartha Kitt, supported by our Birthday Boy, the Trumpeter Shorty Rogers & His Orchestra and is drawn from the lady’s fond look back: Miss Kitt, To You.

  4. This version recorded in 1939, “Backwater Blues” was written by our Natal Notable Bessie Smith and is found on the righteous retrospective: Albert Ammons 1936-1939.

  5. “Cuban Pete,” the 1936 song by Joseph Norman (who called himself Jose) for the Mambo dancer Pedro Aguilar was used in the 1946 Desi Arnaz movie of the same name and was featured in the 1994 Jim Carrey movie: The Mask. This version is daringly derived from the 1959 lively LP by our April Birthday Boy, the British Vibes master and band leader Victor Feldman titled: Latinsville!

  6. “April in Paris” was composed by Vernon Duke with lyrics by our Natal Celebrant E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, and was used in the 1932 Broadway musical and 1952 movie: Walk A Little Faster, and was pianistically rendered by Bud Powell in 1950 supported by Curley Russell on Bass and Max Roach on Drums. It can be found on Mr. Powell’s ample anthology: Jazz Giant.

  7. The classic song “Charade” was created by our Birthday Boy Henry Mancini and with words by Johnny Mercer for the 1963 Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn movie of the same name. It was sung, pianistically performed, arranged and conducted by Harry Connick Jr. on his 1999 apt album: Come by Me.

  8. “Ridin' High” comes from our April Birthday Girl’s pluperfect production: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook, waxed in 1966 with the support of Buddy Bregman’s Orchestra. It had been composed for the 1936 Broadway Musical: Red, Hot and Blue.

  9. “The Ballad of the Shape of Things” was composed by Sheldon Harnick and was recorded live at live at New York City’s Reno Sweeney nightclub by our Birthday Girl, the singer and pianist Blossom Dearie on her alliterative album: Our Favorite Songs.

  10. “Forever & Eve” was pianistically rendered by our Birthday Boy, the famed Exotica pioneer, Martin Denny and was featured on their superlatitious CD by his fellow Hawaiian popular practitioners of the form titled: The Forbidden Sounds of Don Tiki.

  11. “Voodoo” was written by our Natal Notable and Baritone Sax innovator on his 1957 labial LP: The Jimmy Giuffre 3, including Jim Hall on Electric Guitar and Jim Atlas on Bass, and produced by Nesuhi Ertegun.

  12. “Try a Little Tenderness,” the classic 1932 song by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods was sung by our Birthday Girl Carmen McRae on her 1973 out-of-print landmark album recorded at a famed Japanese nightclub, titled: As Time Goes By – Live at the Dug.

  13. “Barquinho (The Little Boat)” was composed by the Brazilian musicians Roberto Menescal and Ronaldo Boscoli and was waxed on the 1969 loquacious LP: Aquarela do Brasil, recorded by the singer Elis Regina and our April Natal Celebrant Toots Thielemans on Harmonica, with Mr. Menescal on Guitar, Antonio Adolfo on Piano, Jurandir Duarte on Bass, and Wilson das Neves and Hermes Contesini on Percussion.

  14. “Liquid Lunch” was written and sung by our Birthday Girl, the Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald, whose real name is Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw, and it is drawn with swizzle sticks from her incomparable compact disc: Acoustic Sessions Parts I & II.

  15. “What Is This Thing Called Love?” was composed by Cole Porter for the 1929 Broadway musical: Wake Up and Dream and is performed by our April Birthday Celebrant, the late Andre Previn on Piano with fellow Natal Notable Mundell Lowe on Electric Guitar and Ray Brown on Bass, found on the amazing album titled: Jazz at the Musikverein, recorded Live in Vienna in 1995.

[ Edited by: Dr. Zarkov 2019-04-24 15:14 ]

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