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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge September 23, 2019

On this week’s show we once again celebrated the birthdays of just a few of the fine musical artists who began their auspicious existence during the apt month of October.

Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge show is broadcast every Wednesday, 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 from this year are now available to listen to in their entirety at: https://www.mixcloud.com/Flashfriend/

  1. “Kaulana O Hilo Hanakahi,” the 1947 song composed by our Birthday Girl, the singer Lena Machado, recorded in Los Angeles by her in 1962 with the The Liliko’i Sisters, Billy Hew Len on Steel Guitar, Cy Ludington on Guitar and Arranger Bennie Saks (Sakimaki) on Vibes, found on her righteous retrospective: Hawaiian Song Bird. The song’s lyrics refer to the beauty of Hilo and the majesty of Mauna Kea.

  2. “Kilakila O Haleakala (Majestic Is Haleakala)” is performed by the slack-key guitar master and our October Natal Notable Ray Kane on his album: Wa'ahila.

  3. “Song for Anna (Chanson d'Anna),” the 1972 song by the French Composer Andre Pop performed by our Birthday Boy Herb Ohta Sr., a/k/a Ohta-San, recorded live at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California and found on the copious compilation: Legends of the Ukulele – Hawaiian Masters.

  4. The song composed by Martha Webb Costa, “Na Wai,” sung by our Birthday Girl Owana Salazar on her eponymous album: Owana recorded in the mid-eighties. The lyrics are about a watershed on Maui with many streams, and also contains phrases offering double meanings about love. Accompanying her is Ka’ai on slack-key guitar and Alan Akaka on Steel Guitar.

  5. “Sweet Substitute,” composed by our Birthday Celebrant Jelly Roll Morton and recorded by the Hot Club of Detroit on their serendipitous CD: Night Town, featuring Carl Cafagna on Soprano Sax, Evan Perri on Acoustic Guitar, Paul Brady on Rhythm Guitar and Shannon Wade on Bass.

  6. “Babs’ Dream,” composed and sung in 1947 by our October Birthday Boy from his reliquarious restrospective: Real Crazy – A Proper Introduction to Babs Gonzales, with Tadd Dameron on Piano and Pee Wee Tinney on Electric Guitar, Art Phipps on Drums and Charles Simon on Bass.

  7. “This Can't Be Love,” written by Rodgers & Hart for the 1938 Broadway musical: The Boys From Syracuse and later used in the 1963 movie: Billy Rose’s Jumbo, found on our Natal Notable’s celebratory CD: Art Tatum – Centennial Celebration, with Tatum on Piano, Buddy DeFranco on Clarinet, Red Callender on Bass and Bill Douglass on Drums, recorded in 1956.

  8. “Be-Bop,” composed by our Birthday Boy Dizzy Gillespie and recorded in 1956 by The Bud Powell Trio for the azurial album: Blues in the Closet, with Bud Powell on Piano, another of our October birthday celebrants, Ray Brown on Bass and Osie Johnson on Drums.

  9. The classic, “Round Midnight” composed by our Natal Notable Thelonious Monk along with Cootie Williams and Bernie Hanighen, from the 1957 LP Joy Bryan Sings, with The Marty Paich Septet, including Marty Paich on Arrangements & Piano, Jack Sheldon on Trumpet, Red Mitchell on Bass and Mel Lewis on Drums.

  10. “111 East Ontario” by our Birthday Boy from a previously unreleased 1954 session, featured on the 2011 remastered CD version of his 1959 namesakable LP: Junior – Junior Mance and His Swinging Piano, with Buddy Smith on Bass and Israel Crosby on Drums.

  11. “I Can't Get Started,” composed by October Birthday Baby Vernon Duke with original lyrics by Ira Gershwin for the Broadway musical revue: Ziegfield Follies of 1936, where it was introduced by Bob Hope and Eve Arden, recorded here by another October Birthday Celebrant Bobby Troup on his 1957 loquacious LP: Bobby Troup Sings Troup, Mercer and More, including some lyrics he added, supported by the Bob Enevoldsen Orchestra, featuring Enevoldsen on Valve Trombone and Arrangements; Newcomb Roth, Jack Dulong and Bill McDougal on Tenor Sax; Don Davison on Baritone Sax; Harry Babasin on Bass and Don Heath on Drums, with Troup accompanying his vocal on Piano.

  12. The 1936 song by Billy Hill “The Glory of Love” sung and played on Piano by Birthday Boy Roy Kral and his comely wife Jackie Cain on their ambulatory album: Free and Easy, with Barry Galbraith on Electric Guitar, Milt Hinton on Bass and Osie Johnson on Drums.

  13. “What's New?” the 1939 song by Bob Haggart and October Birthday Celebrant Johnny Burke by from the landmark recording by our other October Birthday Girl and Birthday Boy: Helen Merrill With Clifford Brown – Complete Recordings, arranged by Quincy Jones with the Clifford Brown Sextet, including Brown on Trumpet Jimmy Jones on Piano, Barry Galbraith on Electric Guitar, Danny Banks on Flute, Oscar Pettiford on Bass and Bobby Donaldson on Drums, recorded in 1954.

  14. “Fascinating Rhythm” written by George and Ira Gershwin for the 1924 Adele and Fred Astaire and Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards Broadway musical: Lady Be Good, sung here by our October Natal Notable Dianne Reeves on her CD: The Calling – Celebrating the Music of Sarah Vaughan, with Billy Childs on Piano.

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