Category Archives: Popular & Crooners

TONY BENNETT – Love Story – (Columbia) – 1971

"Bennett, born 1926, is the last of the great male trad pop singers". I said that in another comment on Tony Bennett and that is a great way to start any comment. That, followed by "and he is still recording … Continue reading

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ROD McKUEN – Sleep Warm – (EMI) – 1975

I love quoting myself. Not because I think my words are wise but because I can fast track a comment because I have already said what I want to say. In relation to Rod I have said this before on … Continue reading

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ROD MCKUEN – The Loner – (RCA) – 1966

  The full title of this album is : Rod McKuen‎– The Loner And 13 Other Rod McKuen Songs Of Love And Loneliness. If ever there was an accurate album title it’s this albums title. That’s not to say McKuen … Continue reading

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TONY BENNETT – Yesterday I Heard the Rain – (Columbia) – 1968

Here I will just be a little more random with my thoughts. Bennett, born 1926, is the last of the great male trad pop singers. As a kid, Elvis led me to Bobby Darin and Bobby led me to trad … Continue reading

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BOBBY RYDELL – An Era Reborn – (Cameo) – 1962

Bobby was one of the many musical hit making “Bobby” pop singers of the early 1960s …. Vinton, Darin, Rydell, Vee.   The Bobby singers are largely disrespected and undervalued. Darin was the best by far but all the Bobby … Continue reading

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THE DIAMONDS – Songs from the Old West – (Mercury) – 1960

what Frank is listening to #215 – THE DIAMONDS – Songs from the Old West – (Mercury) – 1960 The Diamonds are a 1950s era, clean, white, vocal group from Canada.   Yes I know that doesn't sound good does it … … Continue reading

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HELEN MERRILL – Rodgers & Hammerstein Album – (DRG) – 1982

what Frank is listening to #196 – HELEN MERRILL – Rodgers & Hammerstein Album – (DRG) – 1982   The reason I like "commenting" on albums by acts I have already commented on is that I don't have to invest … Continue reading

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ROD McKUEN – New Ballads – (Warner Brothers) – 1970

Rod McKuen is an acquired taste. His detractors would say he is pretentiously poetic, maudlinly romantic, ponderously repetitious, slightly narcisstic, boringly middle aged, full of middlebrow banality and  with a voice somewhere just below Bob Dylan on the dulcet tone … Continue reading

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TONY BENNETT – I Left My Heart in San Francisco – (CBS) – 1962

This is probably the first Tony Bennett album I heard back in the 1980s … and I'm not sure where that LP is now. Which annoys me as I don't like losing things. I have a vague recollection that I chucked it … Continue reading

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DEAN MARTIN – The Door is Still Open to my Heart – (Reprise) – 1964

what Frank is listening to #73 – DEAN MARTIN – The Door is Still Open to my Heart – (Reprise) – 1964 aaah, the only Dean Martin album I don't have … I now have all fifty or so. Can … Continue reading

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