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Ray Anthony - BCD17548 1-CD Digipak (4-pages) with 70 page booklet. 28 tracks, total...more

Ray Anthony & His Orchestra: Rock Around The Rock Pile (CD)

Ray Anthony - BCD17548


1-CD Digipak (4-pages) with 70 page booklet. 28 tracks, total playing time approx. 73 minutes.

Unique compilation of his uptempo numbers. There has never been such a thing before! 
A jouful party for those who love dancing and for Lindy Hop hep cats! This record swings and rocks! The roots of the Brian Setzer Orchestra!
Great overview of Ray Anthony's career from 1950-1961! Musically as well as in word and picture! Contains terrific, never before seen photos!
Contains his complete Rock 'n' Roll recordings from the movie' The Girl Can't Help It', including a rare movie version! Plus the complete EP 'Rock 'n' Roll With Ray Anthony' from 1957!
Contains his mega hits Dragnet and Peter Gunn Theme! 
Many tracks on CD for the first time! 
Comprehensive booklet with liner notes by vintage music expert Bill Dahl, including extensive recording sessions info supplied with the assistance of Michel Ruppli and Russ Wapensky, plus rare photos and illustrations! 

It's time for your own house party hop with the leading combo in the USA. . . Ray Anthony! 

Chill the drinks, call the guests, dampen the lights, roll the rugs to the side, because there's action and great fun! The comet-like rise of Ray Anthony, 'The Young Man With A Horn,' was spectacular. Inspired by young people with fresh, new ideas and the drive of contemporary music of the 1950s - and together with one of the country's most brilliant trumpet players - Ray's Orchestra became the most popular orchestra in the United States, carrying its music out into the world. 

We have compiled his great music for you, with every leg twitching, a beat that automatically sets the body into dance movements, arrangements that make the heart race, with cool new ideas in the brass sections. And the solid rhythm that can also be found in rock 'n' roll! Plan your party now! 

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Anthony, Ray - Rock Around The Rock Pile (CD) CD 1
01Rock Around The Rock PileRay Anthony & His Orchestra
02Big Band BoogieRay Anthony & His Orchestra
03The Girl Can't Help ItRay Anthony & His Orchestra
04Be-Bop BabyRay Anthony & His Orchestra
05Jailhouse RockRay Anthony & His Orchestra
06Haul Off And RockRay Anthony & His Orchestra
07Kisses Sweeter Than WineRay Anthony & His Orchestra
08Mr. Anthony's BoogieRay Anthony & His Orchestra
09MarilynRay Anthony & His Orchestra
10In The MoodRay Anthony & His Orchestra
11Bandstand MatineeRay Anthony & His Orchestra
12ThunderbirdRay Anthony & His Orchestra
13The Hokey PokeyRay Anthony & His Orchestra
14The FoxRay Anthony & His Orchestra
15Houseparty HopRay Anthony & His Orchestra
16Chattanooga Choo-ChooRay Anthony & His Orchestra
17Trumpet BoogieRay Anthony & His Orchestra
18Harlem NocturneRay Anthony & His Orchestra
19Rock-UmbaRay Anthony & His Orchestra
20Bunny Hop RockRay Anthony & His Orchestra
21Cat Dancin'Ray Anthony & His Orchestra
22DragnetRay Anthony & His Orchestra
23Peter Gunn ThemeRay Anthony & His Orchestra
24Walkin' To Mother'sRay Anthony & His Orchestra
25Twist And Rock Around The ClockRay Anthony & His Orchestra
26Night TrainRay Anthony & His Orchestra
27Flyin' HomeRay Anthony & His Orchestra
28Rock Around The Rock Pile (Movie Version)Ray Anthony & His Orchestra
Ray Anthony Many of the greats of the swing music era had fallen by the wayside... more
"Ray Anthony & His Orchestra"

Ray Anthony

Many of the greats of the swing music era had fallen by the wayside by the time rock and roll reared its audacious head during the mid-‘50s. Trumpet-blowing Ray Anthony, whose roots were planted squarely in the big band era, took the seismic shift in musical trends in stride, navigating the unexplored terrain gracefully as he had when faced with previous innovations. That kind of major idiomatic adjustment required a musician who wasn’t mired in the past, and Anthony was already a deft instrumentalist who vacillated between hot swing material and sweeter fare without batting an eye. The handsome bandleader even appeared in several ‘50s rock films, managing not to appear out of place despite being past 30 years of age.

Jazzy Rock'n'Roll or Rock'n'Roll Jazz

That’s not to say that Anthony gleefully leaped up and became a dyed-in-the-wool rocker when the style took precedence. He merely added the youthful sound to his considerable musical arsenal, so jumping dance-oriented recordings directly aimed at the teenaged demographic, notably his ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ EP in 1956 and the ‘Like Wild’ LP four years later, ended up sitting side-by-side in his voluminous Capitol Records catalog with 1959’s MOR-oriented ‘Anthony Italiano’ and ‘More Dream Dancing.’ Something for everyone was apparently Ray’s motto, and he pulled it off—as this collection of his rock and roll-slanted sides for Capitol shows.

Early years

Born Raymond Antonini on January 20, 1922 in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania (situated outside of Pittsburgh), Anthony hailed from an uncommonly musical brood. His father led The Antonini Family Orchestra, also encompassing five of Ray’s brothers (including sax-blowing sibling Leroy, aka Leo) and a sister. Dad gave five-year-old Ray a cornet, and the lad got busy learning his way around the horn. From that age on, Anthony grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, honing his skills on his instrument as his family’s band played parties and weddings. Young Ray formed his own outfit in junior high school. Adding members as time went on, Anthony’s crew progressed to playing college dances around Cleveland, often in cahoots with a group led by Vincent Patti.

Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey

Anthony appeared with Miller’s band when it was prominently featured in the 1941 film ‘Sun Valley Serenade,’ starring John Payne and ice skating queen Sonja Henie. The Iowa-born Miller would post an incredible series of pop hits, including In The Mood, Moonlight Serenade, and Chattanooga Choo Choo, in four short years prior to his untimely 1944 death when his plane went down in the English Channel (he was overseas entertaining the troops). Anthony would only be a member of Miller’s organization in 1940-41; World War II was raging, and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While he was waiting to be called up to duty in early 1942, Ray spent a few months in the orchestra of saxist Jimmy Dorsey, another of the leading bandleaders in the country thanks to the success of his version of Green Eyes and several more. 

Mr. Anthony's Boogie

Anthony conceived the rousing swinger Mr. Anthony’s Boogie with his frequent arranger George ‘The Fox’ Williams (the two had been in Miller’s orchestra together. Perfect for jitterbugging, the blazing instrumental, waxed October 16, 1950, found ‘The Young Man with the Horn,’ as Capitol billed him on an early EP that featured the number as well as one conversely calledMr. Anthony’s Bluesthat the same pair penned, soaring high and free. Ray put his orchestra, featuring an expansive bank of horns, through its torrid paces while keeping his trumpet positioned right on top of the brassy bombast and grabbing a little space for a tasty muted solo midwaythrough.

The Fifties

During the fifties he had numerous hits including, 'Peter Gunn,' 'The Bunny Hop,' 'Harbor Lights' and a jazzed up version of the 'Dragnet' theme song. He appeared in several movies such as, 'The Girl Can't Help It,' ' This Could  Be The Night,' and 'Daddy Long Legs' featuring Fred Astaire. In 1953 Anthony’s band teamed up with Bob Eberly and Helen O‘Connell in a National Network T.V.  program and soon even had their own T.V. Show.

The Sixties

The popularity of most of the big bands in the fifties started to rapidly decline, but Ray Anthony’s Orchestra under the expert guidance of his friend Fred Benson stayed on top until well into the 1960s . Ray went on numerous Lounge tour circuits with a sextet and a female vocal duo called The Bookends. As the interest for this group grew Anthony constantly enlarged the lineup ending up with ten musicians and six female vocalists. 

Since Then

Ray Anthony carried on recording and performing with various musicians in the 1970‘s and the 1980. He began touring with a big band again. True to his roots he also formed 'Big Band 80s,' an organisation dedicated to popularise big band music in schools, radio stations and other venues. 'Theman with the golden horn,' Mr. Ray Anthony came to stardom through the Glenn Miller Orchestra as Glenn's first trumpeter and has been one of big band music’s most dedicated ambassadors over the decades. We see him alive and well in 2018 at the proud age of 95!

 

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Customer evaluation for "Rock Around The Rock Pile (CD)"
7 Mar 2022

18 Jun 2018

Professionelle Ausstattung!

Rocktimes, 9.04.2018 "Eingespielt wurden die Stücke mit zahlreichen hochkarätigen Musikern, unter den bekanntesten sind das die Drummer Alvin Stoller und Mel Lewis, Ted Nash und Plas Johnson als Saxofonisten und viele andere mehr. Die professionelle Ausstattung und die Umsetzung der Arrangements zahlen sich qualitätsmäßig aus."

17 Jun 2018

Spagat zwischen Eleganz und Agressivität!

Audio 5/2018 "Diese 28 Tracks zeigen, wie Ray Anthony 1950-61 den Spagat zwischen Eleganz und Agressivität meisterte. Mit seinen Twist-Arrangements konnte er sogar noch die Beatjugend der Sixties erreichen."

24 Feb 2018

klasse

das war noch Musik

8 Feb 2018

Ray rockt den Saal

lange überfällig - super danke

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Tracklist
Anthony, Ray - Rock Around The Rock Pile (CD) CD 1
01 Rock Around The Rock Pile
02 Big Band Boogie
03 The Girl Can't Help It
04 Be-Bop Baby
05 Jailhouse Rock
06 Haul Off And Rock
07 Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
08 Mr. Anthony's Boogie
09 Marilyn
10 In The Mood
11 Bandstand Matinee
12 Thunderbird
13 The Hokey Pokey
14 The Fox
15 Houseparty Hop
16 Chattanooga Choo-Choo
17 Trumpet Boogie
18 Harlem Nocturne
19 Rock-Umba
20 Bunny Hop Rock
21 Cat Dancin'
22 Dragnet
23 Peter Gunn Theme
24 Walkin' To Mother's
25 Twist And Rock Around The Clock
26 Night Train
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