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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge June 12, 2019

On this Wednesday’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge radio show we honored the music created by Frank Loesser who was born June 29, 1910 and who died a mere 59 years later, but not before creating a body of work that continues to dazzle us to this day. He began working primarily as a lyricist, but later wrote the music for many songs as well. Among the hit Broadway shows he molded where Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

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  1. “The Moon of Manakoora” was composed by Frank Loesser and Alfred Newman for the 1937 Dorothy Lamour movie: The Hurricane, and was sung in 2004 by the Hula Honeys on the candied compact disc: Life Just Got Sweeter, Ginger Johnson on Tenor Ukulele, Robyn Kneubuhl on Baritorne Ukuleles and Vocals, Joe Costello on Guitar, Jeff Smith on Drums and Cliff Collins on Bass.

  2. “(I Got Spurs That) Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” was written by Loesser and Joseph J. Lilley for the 1942 movie: The Forest Rangers, starring Fred MacMurray, Paulette Goddard and Susan Hayward. This version, featuring Harry Babbitt and Julie Conway on Vocals, was waxed in 1942 by bandleader Kay Kyser and His Orchestra and appears on the historical document Kay Kyser – Best of the Big Bands.

  3. “Two Sleepy People” by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser was used in the 1938 movie: The Big Broadcast of 1938, where it was sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross. It was assayed for us by Fats Waller from that same year and is drawn from his bulging box set: Handful of Keys.

  4. “Murder, He Says” was written by Frank Loesser and Jimmy McHugh for the 1943 movie: Happy Go Lucky and was laid down by singer Anita O’Day with Gene Krupa & His Orchestra in 1942, spotlighting the talents of Roy Eldridge on Trumpet, and fairly found on the academical anthology: Young Anita.

  5. “I Hear Music” was created by Burton Lane and Frank Loesser for the 1940 movie: Dancing on a Dime and appeared on the singer and pianist’s self-named 1956 LP: Blossom Dearie, featuring Herb Ellis on Electric Guitar, Ray Brown on Bass and Jo Jones on Drums.

  6. “Heart and Soul” was the 1938 song with lyrics by Frank Loesser and music by Hoagy Carmichael, warbled most assiduously by Mark Murphy in 1960 on his louche LP: Playing the Field, accompanied by the Bill Holman Orchestra.

  7. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was sung by future husband and wife Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban’s 1949 movie: Neptune’s Daughter, and won the Academy Award for best song. Loesser had written the song years earlier which he sang with his wife each Christmas for family and friends. This original film version is found on the creative compilation: Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals.

  8. The 1947 song composed by Frank Loesser, “Slow Boat to China,” is taken from the 1949 radio broadcast by Alto Sax God Charlie Parker memorialized on the scintillacious CD: Live at the Royal Roost, introduced by the famed DJ Symphony Sid Torrin, and featuring Lucky Thompson on Tenor Sax with Kenny Dorham on Trumpet, Sille Jackson on Vibes, Al Haig on Piano; Tommy Potter on Bass and Max Roach on Drums.

  9. “Can't Get Out of This Mood,” written Frank Loesser and Jimmy McHugh for the 1942 movie: 7 Day's Leave, was sung in 1950 by Sarah Vaughan with the support of George Treadwell and His All-Stars, including Jimmy Jones on Piano, Freddy Green on Electric Guitar, Miles Davis on Trumpet, Benny Green on Trombone, Tony Scott on Clarinet, Budd Johnson on Tenor Sax and is fondly found on Ms. Vaughan’s righteous retrospective titled: Young Sassy.

  10. “The Lady's in Love With You” is the 1939 song by Burton Lane and Frank Loesser, vocalized by the famed jazz thrush and former member of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: Annie Ross on her 1956 solo LP: Annie by Candlelight, backed by Tony Crombie on Piano, Bob Burns on Clarinet, Roy Plummer on Electric Guitar and Lennie Rush on Bass.

  11. “Happy to Make Your Acquaintance” comes from Frank Loesser’s 1956 Broadway musical: The Most Happy Fella, and was pianistically rendered by The Barbara Carroll Trio on her 1957 ambulatory album: Barbara, featuring Ms. Carroll on Piano, her husband Joe Shulman on Bass and Bill Faite on Drums.

  12. “Standing on the Corner” the sexual harassment standard written by Frank Loesser also for The Most Happy Fella, was sung by Dean Martin with the Dick Stabile Orchestra & Chorus in 1956 and drawn with swizzle sticks from Martin’s fond look back, The Capitol Collectors Series.

  13. Created by Frank Loesser for the 1947 Betty Hutton movie: The Perils of Pauline, “I Wish I Didn't Love You So” was performed by the Keyboards Mistress Hazel Scott on her 1957 outstanding album: ’Round Midnight, with Everett Barksdale on Guitar, Sandy Block on Bass and Jimmy Crawford on Drums.

  14. “Let's Get Lost” was inked by Frank Loesser and Jimmy McHugh and originally sung by Mary Martin in the 1943 movie: Happy Go Lucky. It was sung for us by Cyrille Aimee on her scintillacious CD tribute to the Trumpeter and Singer Chet Baker, also called: Let’s Get Lost, with Adrien Moignard and Michael Valeanu on Acoustic and Electric Guitars, and Sam Anning on Bass.

  15. “Say It (Over and Over Again)” composed by Frank Loesser and Jimmy McHugh for the 1940 movie: Buck Benny Rides Again. It was performed by the Soprano Sax innovator and Jazz Pioneer John Coltrane on his 1963 slight detour in the direction of commercialism titled: Ballads, with McCoy Tyner on Piano, Jimmy Garrison on Bass and Elvin Jones on Drums.

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