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(2015/MUSIC TALES) 50 tracks, 1957-62, 4-page booklet. more

Billy Vaughn: The Singing Saxophones (CD)

(2015/MUSIC TALES) 50 tracks, 1957-62, 4-page booklet.

Article properties: Billy Vaughn: The Singing Saxophones (CD)

  • Interpret: Billy Vaughn

  • Album titlle: The Singing Saxophones (CD)

  • Genre Pop

  • Year of publication 2015
  • Label MUSIC TALES

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4260320870462

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Vaughn, Billy - The Singing Saxophones (CD) CD 1
01 La Paloma Billy Vaughn
02 Sail Along, Silv'ry Moon Billy Vaughn
03 Raunchy Billy Vaughn
04 Wheels Billy Vaughn
05 Singing Hills Billy Vaughn
06 Aloha Ohe Billy Vaughn
07 Berlin-Melody Billy Vaughn
08 Lili Marleen Billy Vaughn
09 Moonlight And Roses Billy Vaughn
10 Beg Your Pardon Billy Vaughn
11 Blue Tomorrow Billy Vaughn
12 O Sole Mio Billy Vaughn
13 Zwei Gitarren Am Meer Billy Vaughn
14 Immer Will Ich Dir Treu Sein (My Happiness) Billy Vaughn
15 Tico Tico Billy Vaughn
16 Trade Winds Billy Vaughn
17 Hawaiian War Chant Billy Vaughn
18 Blue Moon Billy Vaughn
19 Es Kommt Ein Tag (Your Cheatin' Heart) Billy Vaughn
20 Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) Billy Vaughn
21 Ein Schiff Wird Kommen (Never On Sundays) Billy Vaughn
22 Über Die Prärie (Indian Love Call) Billy Vaughn
23 Sentimental Journey (Komm, Wir Machen Eine Kleine Reise) Billy Vaughn
24 You're My Baby Doll Billy Vaughn
25 You Belong To My Heart Billy Vaughn
Vaughn, Billy - The Singing Saxophones (CD) CD 2
01 In The Mood Billy Vaughn
02 Cimarron (Roll On) Billy Vaughn
03 Unter Dem Doppeladler Billy Vaughn
04 A Swingin' Safari Billy Vaughn
05 Isle Of Capri Billy Vaughn
06 Morgen Billy Vaughn
07 Blueberry Hill Billy Vaughn
08 Someone Billy Vaughn
09 Chapel By The Sea Billy Vaughn
10 Together Billy Vaughn
11 Du, Vergiß Mich Nie (Blues Stay Away From Me) Billy Vaughn
12 Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White Billy Vaughn
13 Ein Schiff Fährt Nach Shanghai (Red Sails In The Sunset) Billy Vaughn
14 Que Sera, Sera (What Ever Will Be, Will Be) Billy Vaughn
15 The Huckle Buck (Madison) Billy Vaughn
16 Tequila Billy Vaughn
17 Trau Deinem Stern (Look For A Star) Billy Vaughn
18 Ich Bin Bei Dir (He'll Have To Go) Billy Vaughn
19 Eine Nacht In Monte Carlo Billy Vaughn
20 Die Liebe Ist Ein Seltsames Spiel (Everybody's Somebody's Fool) Billy Vaughn
21 La Cumparsita Billy Vaughn
22 Perfidia Billy Vaughn
23 Blue Hawaii Billy Vaughn
24 Twilight Billy Vaughn
25 Auf Wiederseh'n Billy Vaughn
Billy Vaughn A friend of mine, who kept himself busy some forty years ago playing records... more
"Billy Vaughn"

Billy Vaughn

A friend of mine, who kept himself busy some forty years ago playing records at innumerable high school dances, or 'sock hops' as they were often referred to back in the 1950s, smiled with nostalgic pleasure recently at the mention of Billy Vaughn. "Back then, you couldn't have a dance without a pile of Billy Vaughn records,"  he recalled. "His music was so smooth, so pleasant, and so easy to dance to."  The Billy Vaughn Orchestra was a direct descendant of such great sweet bands of the 1930s and 1940s as those led by Guy Lombardo and Jan Garber, but with a twist. By ingeniously combining timeless romantic melodies with a subtle rock and roll beat, Vaughn hit upon a magic formula that bridged the generation gap and brought his music unprecedented crossover success. It was a distinctive sound, unlike any other in popular music. After the first few notes of those familiar twin alto saxophones playing in harmony, you knew instantly whose band this was and what lay ahead.

He was born Richard Smith Vaughn in a modest house on Columbia Avenue in Glasgow, Kentucky on April 12, 1919. His mother, Sally McWherter, nicknamed the infant Billy, and it stuck for the rest of his life. His father, Alvis Radford Vaughn, was a barber by trade, but he also harbored a great love of music. "My Dad was a fine country fiddle player and most of us were able to pick up some type of instrument and play with him. There were many enjoyable evenings,"  Vaughn later remembered. His sisters Inez, Grace, and Charlotte all demonstrated a degree of natural ability, but it was Billy who turned out to be something of a child prodigy.

When he was only three, and confined to a crib with the measles, young Billy began picking out notes on a ukelele. He progressed to the mandolin, though eventually veered away from the stringed instruments which his tiny fingers made difficult to play. When his sisters began piano lessons, Billy would clamber onto the bench as soon as they'd finished to try and replicate what he had heard. His mother later recalled that when the rest of the family would go to see the circus, Billy preferred to stay at home and play music. "Nobody ever encouraged him in music, but he followed his dream. I believe people are gifted at certain things, and for him it was music,"  she explained. The youngster soon gained a degree of proficiency on a wide variety of instruments, and was practically entirely self-taught on each of them. His favorite instrument was the saxophone.

Vaughn decided early that he wanted to make music his career, but his father preferred him to opt for the relative security of the family business, a barbershop in Glasgow. Billy attended barbering school in Louisville, and later a beautician's school in Bowling Green. For a while he worked in the barbershop by day while writing music at night, and later recalled that he found this situation so frustrating that it prompted the beginnings of an ulcer. On a brighter note, his obvious talent and perfect pitch soon earned him a musical  scholarship to Western Kentucky State. 

While attending college, Vaughn also served as a member of the 123rd Cavalry Mounted Band of the National Guard. He was in the 149th Infantry band of the U.S. Army in December of 1941 when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States was dragged into World War II. "I met him in 1941, before Pearl Harbor,"  recalled the bandleader's wife in a recent interview.  "He was stationed in Camp Shelby, Mississippi. That's in Hattiesburg. I lived in a patriotic little town called Hazlehurst, and we invited 100 soldiers over from the Camp for a weekend, staying in people's homes and eating home cooking. We had a dance on Saturday night, and we all went to church on Sunday morning. That's how I met Billy, at the dance. He was in the orchestra."  Vaughn is universally remembered by acquaintances today as a terribly shy man, but he fell hard for young Marion Smith, who he nicknamed 'Smitty'. He even sold one of his instruments, a saxophone, to help finance the courtship. "We started corresponding, and he would come up and visit,"  remembers Smitty.  "In two years we were married, in 1943." Their long and happy union produced three children: a daughter named Zona, Richard, Jr., and Al.

Vaughn proved a distracted soldier at best. His mind was always on music. Billy was even known to roll a portable keyboard into the latrine while on KP duty, and work on his latest compositions there!

from booklet BCD15970 - Billy Vaughn Sail Along Silvery Moon (6-CD)
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/vaughn-billy-sail-along-silvery-moon-6-cd.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records

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Insgesamt ist die Klangqualität gut, bedauerlich aber ist, daß bei vielen Titeln der MONO-Mix verwendet wurde, obwohl astreine STEREO-Aufnahmen davon existieren.

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Tracklist
Vaughn, Billy - The Singing Saxophones (CD) CD 1
01 La Paloma
02 Sail Along, Silv'ry Moon
03 Raunchy
04 Wheels
05 Singing Hills
06 Aloha Ohe
07 Berlin-Melody
08 Lili Marleen
09 Moonlight And Roses
10 Beg Your Pardon
11 Blue Tomorrow
12 O Sole Mio
13 Zwei Gitarren Am Meer
14 Immer Will Ich Dir Treu Sein (My Happiness)
15 Tico Tico
16 Trade Winds
17 Hawaiian War Chant
18 Blue Moon
19 Es Kommt Ein Tag (Your Cheatin' Heart)
20 Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)
21 Ein Schiff Wird Kommen (Never On Sundays)
22 Über Die Prärie (Indian Love Call)
23 Sentimental Journey (Komm, Wir Machen Eine Kleine Reise)
24 You're My Baby Doll
25 You Belong To My Heart
Vaughn, Billy - The Singing Saxophones (CD) CD 2
01 In The Mood
02 Cimarron (Roll On)
03 Unter Dem Doppeladler
04 A Swingin' Safari
05 Isle Of Capri
06 Morgen
07 Blueberry Hill
08 Someone
09 Chapel By The Sea
10 Together
11 Du, Vergiß Mich Nie (Blues Stay Away From Me)
12 Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
13 Ein Schiff Fährt Nach Shanghai (Red Sails In The Sunset)
14 Que Sera, Sera (What Ever Will Be, Will Be)
15 The Huckle Buck (Madison)
16 Tequila
17 Trau Deinem Stern (Look For A Star)
18 Ich Bin Bei Dir (He'll Have To Go)
19 Eine Nacht In Monte Carlo
20 Die Liebe Ist Ein Seltsames Spiel (Everybody's Somebody's Fool)
21 La Cumparsita
22 Perfidia
23 Blue Hawaii
24 Twilight
25 Auf Wiederseh'n