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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge May 29, 2019

On this Wednesday’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we will celebrate just a few of the musical artists who were born in the manifestly merry field month of May.

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. “Kaneohe” performed in 1937 by Lani McIntire & His Hawaiians, drawn from the beautiful box set: With My Little Ukulele in My Hand, including our Birthday Boy George Kainapau on Ukulele.

  2. “Kalua,” composed by our Birthday Boy Ken Darby was performed by the Hot Club of Hulaville on their scintillacious CD: Django Would Go! With Ginai on Vocal and Percussion, Duane Padilla on Violin, Sonny Silva on Acoustic Guitar, Emmett Mahoney on Acoustic Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar and David Chiorini on Bass.

  3. “There’ll Be Some Changes Made,” the 1921 song by W. Benton Overstreet and Billy Higgins, was waxed in 1935 by our Natal Notable Fats Waller and appears on his bulging box set: Handful of Keys.

  4. “Original #1” was composed by our Birthday Boy Sidney Bechet for his 1939 78-rpm album: Haitian Moods, featuring Mr. Bechet on Soprano Sax, Willie “The Lion” Smith on Piano, Kenneth Roane on Trumpet, Olin Alderhold on Bass and his fellow May Birthday Celebrant Zutty Singleton on Drums.

  5. “Why Was I Born?, ” the 1929 song by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for the 1930 Broadway musical: Sweet Adeline, was sung by Billie Holiday in 1937, accompanied by the pianist Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, featuring Buck Clayton on Trumpet and Lady Day’s sometime lover and our Birthday Boy Benny Goodman on Clarinet. That was drawn with tongs from the historical document: Buck Clayton – Swingin’ With Buck.

  6. “After You've Gone,” the 1918 tune inked by Turner Layton and Henry Creamer, warbled by our Birthday Boy Bing Crosby in 1946, accompanied by Eddie Condon & His Orchestra, spotlighting the talents of Bud Freeman on Tenor Sax, Wild Bill Davison on Trumpet and Gene Schroeder on Piano, faithfully found on Der Bingle’s bigly Box Set: Easy to Remember.

  7. “You Took Advantage of Me” was composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by our Birthday Boy Lorenz Hart for the 1928 Broadway Musical: Present Arms, and was vocalized in 1956 by June Christy for her atmospheric album: The Misty Miss Christy, arranged and conducted by Pete Rugolo.

  8. “From This Moment On” was written by Cole Porter in 1951 and later used in the 1953 movie version of Kiss Me Kate. This version was pianistically rendered for us in 1951 by our Natal Celebrant Mary Lou Williams for the album she shared with her fellow pianist Barbara Carroll, titled: Ladies of Jazz. Supporting her are Carl Pruitt on Bass and Bill Clark on Drums.

  9. “I Can't Get Started,” composed by Vernon Duke and Ira Gershwin for the musical: Ziegfield Follies of 1936, where it was introduced by Bob Hope and Eve Arden, was recorded in 1946 by our Birthday Girl Maxine Sullivan and appears on her labial LP: Say It With a Kiss sporting the accompaniment of The New Friends of Rhythm, who included Laura Newell on Harp, Henry D’Amico on Clarinet; Tony Colucci on Guitar and Harry Patent on Bass.

  10. “The Half Dozens” was recorded between 1954 and 1956 and is found on the trumpeter Chet Baker’s Supreme Jazz SACD, featuring our Birthday Boy Russ Freeman on Piano along with Bob Brookmeyer on Trombone, Bud Shank on Baritone Sax, Carson Smith on Bass and Larry Bunker on Drums

  11. “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” inked by George & Ira Gershwin for the 1937 Fred Astaire, George Burns and Gracie Allen Movie: A Damsel in Distress, was sung by our Birthday Girl Peggy Lee accompanied by her then husband and fellow May Birthday Baby Dave Barbour on Electric Guitar and appears on Ms. Lee’s aptly titled anthology: The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection.

  12. “Time” was written by Benny Golson for his 1961 recorded cue: Take a Number From 1 to 10, with Mr. Golson on Tenor Sax, Cedar Walton on Piano, Art Farmer on Trumpet and our May Natal Notable Albert “Tootie” Heath on Drums.

  13. “I'm in the Mood for Love” was composed by the songwriting duo of Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields for the 1935 movie: Every Night at Eight and was recorded by our Birthday Girl, the Vocalist and Pianist Supreme Shirley Horn on her 1963 lively LP: Shirley Horn With Horns, arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones.

  14. “It Ain`t Necessarily So” is deftly drawn from the 1958 landmarkable album: Porgy & Bess by our Birthday Celebrant, the Trumpet innovator Miles Davis, here on Flugelhorn, arranged and conducted by his fellow May Birthday Boy Gil Evans, with Cannonball Adderley on Alto Sax, Gunther Schuller on French Horn, Paul Chambers on Bass; and Jimmy Cobb on Drums.

  15. “Blue Skies” composed by our May Birthday Boy Irving Berlin for the failed 1926 Broadway show: Betsy, found on the Vibes Master’s historical document: Red Norvo Small Bands – The Complete V-Disc Recordings, 12-inch, vinyl 78 rpm recordings made in the mid-1940s for the military during the musicians’ union recording ban, featuring Aaron Sachs on Clarinet.

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