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The Billy May Collection 1939-60
The Billy May Collection 1939-60

Billy May
Styles: Easy Listening, Jazz
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7036
During the big band era and the heyday of the classic crooners and divas in the post-war decades, the orchestral arrangers were among the most important elements of recordings and stage performances. Their vision of how a song could and should sound was at the core of some of the great recordings of the pop and easy listening genres. Billy May was one of the paragons of this coterie of master craftsmen, with an illustrious career which saw him work swing era giants like Glenn Miller and Charlie Barnet, and later becoming an essential musical partner for some of the great vocalists of our time – Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford and countless others. And, of course, he composed hit material as a bandleader and recording artist in his own right. This collection is an anthology which aims to capture the essence of his genius, and illustrate the contribution he made to so many memorable recordings. Some tracks are new to CD, including two of Jo Stafford's final singles on Columbia, Billy May, Nelson Riddle and Stan Kenton's rare collaboration on "Belly Up to The Bar Boys”, plus some rare and long sought after titles by Nellie Lutcher, Mel Blanc, Jerry Lewis, Peggy Lee, Hoagy Carmichael, The Capitol Jazzmen, Gisele MacKenzie, Nat"King" Cole, Nancy Wilson, Bing, Louis and Ella. Comprising 111 tracks on a 4-CD collection, this is not only a comprehensive and coherent overview of the career of a great arranger, but it is also a veritable feast of entertainment, comprising as it does recordings by a host of fine artists across the big band, jazz and easy listening genres. We trust it is a fitting as well as hugely entertaining tribute.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Cherokee Charlie Barnet Orchestra
2 Ida Sweet As Apple Cider Glenn Miller & His Orch.
3 Boulder Bluff Glenn Miller & His Orch.
4 Clambake in B Flat The Capitol Jazzmen
5 Captain Kidd Ella Mae Morse
6 Buzz Me Ella Mae Morse
7 The Coffee Song The King Sisters
8 Bloop Bleep Danny Kaye
9 Memphis in June Hoagy Carmichael
10 Put Yourself in My Place Baby Hoagy Carmichael with The Rhythmaires
11 Intro: Sparky's Magic Piano Henry Blair
12 Blind Date Margaret Whiting and Bob Hope
13 Home Cookin' Margaret Whiting and Bob Hope
14 I Taut I Taw a Puddy Tat Mel Blanc
15 I'm a Little Busybody Jerry Lewis
16 D'Ya Wanna- Go to Tia Juana Mel Blanc
17 So Far, So Good Peggy Lee
18 My Magic Heart Peggy Lee
19 Mean to Me Nellie Lutcher
20 Fat Man Boogie Billy May And His Orchestra
21 Lean Baby Billy May And His Orchestra
22 Walkin' My Baby Back Home Nat King Cole with Billy May Orch.
23 What Does It Take Nat King Cole with Billy May Orch.
24 Two Brothers Kay Starr
25 La Ronde Gisele MacKenzie
26 Please Gisele MacKenzie
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Mayhem Billy May & His Orch.
2 Memphis in June Johnny Mercer
3 You and the Night and the Music Billy May & His Orch.
4 Bacchanalia Billy May & His Orch.
5 South of the Border Frank Sinatra
6 This Must Be the Place Tennessee Ernie Ford and Betty Hutton
7 The Honeymoon's Over Tennessee Ernie Ford and Betty Hutton
8 River of No Return Tennessee Ernie Ford
9 Sh-Boom Stan Freberg with The Toads
10 Open Up the Doghouse Dean Martin and Nat King Cole
11 Long Long Ago Dean Martin and Nat King Cole
12 The Dixieland Band Billy May & His Orch.
13 Hello Out There, Hello Johnny Mercer
14 Papa Loves Mambo Nat King Cole
15 Mad about the Boy Billy May & His Orch.
16 Pick Yourself Up Billy May & His Orch.
17 It's the Natural Thing to Do Billy May & His Orch.
18 Oklahoma! Billy May & His Orch.
19 Bo Mambo Yma Sumac
20 Carnivalito Boliviano Yma Sumac
21 Street of Dreams Billy May & His Orch. & The Encores
22 I'll See You Again Billy May & His Orch.
23 Softly As in a Morning Sunrise Billy May & His Orch.
24 Main title theme from the Man With the Golden Arm Billy May & His Orch.
25 Floater Billy May & His Orch.
26 Christopher Columbus Billy May & His Orch.
27 I Never Get Enough of You Dick Haymes
28 Love Is a Great Big Nothin' Billy May & His Orch.
29 The Banana Boat Song Stan Freeberg with Peter Leeds.
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Aren't You Glad You're You The Four Freshmen
2 Accentuate the Positive The Four Freshmen
3 My Romance The Andrews Sisters
4 Younger Than Springtime The Andrews Sisters
5 Send for Me Nat King Cole with McCoy's Boys
6 You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me Trudy Richards
7 The Party's Over Nat King Cole
8 Brushed Off Alvin Stoller
9 Let's Get Away from It All Frank Sinatra
10 Moonlight in Vermont Frank Sinatra
11 Come Fly With Me Frank Sinatra
12 Pawn Ticket Billy May & His Orch.
13 Brassmen's Holiday Billy May And His Big Fat Brass
14 Lulu's Back in Town George Shearing Quintet with Billy May's Brass Choir
15 Mine George Shearing Quintet with Billy May's Brass Choir
16 Memories of You George Shearing Quintet with Billy May's Brass Choir
17 Lullaby of the Leaves Keely Smith
18 On the Sunny Side of the Street Keely Smith
19 Sposin' Keely Smith
20 Solving the Riddle Billy May & His Orch.
21 Fancy Meeting You Here Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney
22 Isle of Capri Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney
23 Something's Gotta Give Frank Sinatra
24 Adios Billy May's Rico Mambo Orchestra
25 Frenesi Billy May's Rico Mambo Orchestra
26 Don't Look At Me That Way Jeri Southern
27 Which Jeri Southern
28 You're the Top Jeri Southern
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 You'd Be So Easy to Love Anita O'Day
2 South of the Border Mel Torme
3 Perfidia Mel Torme
4 Adios Mel Torme
5 In the Mood Cha Cha Billy May & His Orch.
6 Snowfall Billy May & His Orch.
7 The More I See You Nancy Wilson
8 People Will Say We're in Love Nancy Wilson
9 Belly Up to the Bar Boys Billy May,Stan Kenton,Nelson Riddle
10 Pretty Eyes Peggy Lee
11 Because I Love Him So Peggy Lee
12 I Remember You Peggy Lee
13 Moments Like This Peggy Lee
14 Happy Is the Word (For Love) Jo Stafford
15 Candy Jo Stafford
16 What a Feeling Jo Stafford
17 Ten Cents a Dance Anita O'Day
18 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong
19 Muskrat Ramble Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong
20 Little Ol' Tune Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong
21 Impossible Sue Raney
22 September in the Rain Sue Raney
23 Medley: Paddlin' Madeline Home/Row, Row, Row Bobby Darin and Johnny Mercer
24 Lonesome Polecat Bobby Darin and Johnny Mercer
25 Indiana (Back Home In) Bobby Darin and Johnny Mercer
26 It's Only a Paper Moon Ella Fitzgerald
27 The Man That Got away Ella Fitzgerald
28 The Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe The Four Freshmen
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