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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge July 31, 2019

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

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. The 1942 song by Charles E. King, “Po Mahina (In the Moonlight),” appears on the outstanding album waxed in 1976: The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band, Vol. 2, featuring Charles “Gabby” Pahinui on Vocal and 6- & 12-String and Steel Guitars, with Cyril Pahinui on Banjo and our Birthday Boy Sonny Chillingworth on Slack-Key Guitar accompanied by Leland "Atta" Isaacs and James “Bla” Pahinui.

  2. “Lahaina Luna” was composed by our Natal Notable Kui Lee and is deliciously derived from the superlatitious CD: Heke Wale No – Only the Best of the Makaha Sons, with Louis "Moon" Kauakahi on 6-string Guitar, John Koko on String Bass and Jerome Koko on 12-String Guitar.

  3. “Riffin' the Scotch,” composed by Johnny Mercer, Dick McDonough, Benny Goodman and Fordlee Buck, is favorably found on the collection: The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Volume 1: 1933-1935, spotlighting the talents of Benny Goodman & His Orchestra, including Mr. Goodman (who was Ms. Holiday’s lover) on Clarinet, Buck Washington on Piano; the song’s composer and our Birthday Boy Charlie Teagarden and Shirley Clay on Trumpets, Charlie’s brother Jack Teagarden on Trombone, Art Karle on Tenor Sax; Dick McDonough on Guitar, Artie Bernstein on Bass and Gene Krupa on Drums.

  4. “Air Mail Special” was composed by Benny Goodman, Al Mundy and the pioneering jazz guitarist and July Natal Celebrant Charlie Christian, and was recorded in 1945 at the Plantation Club in Los Angeles by fellow Birthday Boy Billy Eckstine and His Orchestra, including Trumpeter Fats Navarro, Gene Ammons on Tenor Sax and Art Blakey on Drums. That was taken from the righteous retrospective: The Fats Navarro Story.

  5. “Jump for Joy,” written by Duke Ellington and Ben Webster, was recorded in 1941 by the Ellington Orchestra with July Birthday Girl Ivie Anderson fulfilling the vocal duties. This comes from her special CD: I've Got the World on a String.

  6. “Nature Boy,” composed by America’s first hippie Eden Ahbez, was warbled by our Natal Notable Johnny Hartman on his 1972 lovely LP recorded in Tokyo titled: For Trane, with Masabumi Kikuchi on Piano; Yoshio Suzuki on Bass; and Hiroshi Murakami on Drums.

  7. “Squatty Roo” was written by the singer Ella Fitzgerald and our Birthday Boy Johnny Hodges, and was drawn with swizzle sticks from the tintinnabulous tribute: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, spotlighting Ben Webster on Tenor Sax, Oscar Peterson on Piano; Herb Ellis on Electric Guitar; Ray Brown on String Bass; and Alvin Stoller on Drums.

  8. “Is You Is or Is You Aint’ My Baby?” was composed by our jocular July celebrant Louis Jordan in 1943 and sung by Marilyn Moore, from her 1957 loquacious LP: Moody, accompanied by The Don Abney Orchestra with Don Abney on Piano, Joe Wilder on Trumpet, her husband Al Cohn on Alto Sax, Barry Galbraith on Guitar, Milt Hinton on Bass and Osie Johnson on Drums.

  9. “Bernie's Tune,” written in 1945 by Bernie Miller, was committed to vinyl in 1956 on the ambulatory album: Swinging Sounds, Volume 4. By Shelly Manne & His Men, who were Stu Williams on Trumpet, Charlie Mariano on Alto Sax; Russ Freeman on Piano, our Birthday Boy Leroy Vinnegar on Bass and Mr. Manne manning the Drums.

  10. “Off Shore” was vocalized by Ethel Ennis on her 1955 loping LP: Lullaby for Losers, where she was accompanied by nonother than our Natal Notable Hank Jones on Piano, Eddie Biggs on Electric Guitar, Abie Baker on Bass and Kenny Clarke on Drums.

  11. “I Looked in the Mirror” was composed, sung and played on the Piano by Mose Allison in 1987 and included on his creative compact disc: Blue Note Jazz Profile, spotlighting the talent of our July Birthday Boy Kenny Burrell on Guitar.

  12. “Mambo Macumba” was lovingly limned in 1953 by our Birthday Boy and Vibes Master Cal Tjader’s Mambo Orchestra and was drawn with tongs from the antic anthology: Rough Guide to Mambo.

  13. “The Gypsy” by Billy Reid was waxed by another Vibes master, Victor Feldman on his 1959 Laminated LP: Latinsville! featuring July Natal Celebrants Conte Candoli on Trumpet and Vince Guaraldi on Piano, along with Frank Rosolino on Trombone, Walter Benton on Tenor Sax, Scott La Faro on Bass , Stan Levey on Drums, Willie Bobo on Timbales, Mongo Santamaria on Congas and Armondo Peraza on Bongos.

  14. “Maunaloa,” composed by Helen Lindsey Parker and performed by The Peter Moon Band on their 1982 production: Cane Fire! with July Birthday Boy Martin Pahinui on Bass, Bobby Hall on Vocal, Peter Moon on Six-String Ukulele, Steve Wofford on the ‘Ohe Hano Ihu Nose Flute, Merv Ching on Ipu Drum and Percussion Stones.

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