Sings Jack, Jack, Jack

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In 2006, Sepia released a 29-track album of recordings made during the late '40s by wholesome pop vocalist, film actor, and TV personality Jack Smith, who was born in 1916 near Seattle, Washington. Billed for a while as "the man with the smile in his voice," Smith cranked out a series of hit records for Capitol which fairly glow with his rosy personality. Accompanied by studio orchestras under the direction of Earl Sheldon and Frank DeVol, Smith is backed by the Clark Sisters known for their work with Tommy Dorsey who billed them as the Sentimentalists and the Crew Chiefs, a group closely associated with Glenn Miller and Tex Beneke. Sepia has assembled most of Smith's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In 2006, Sepia released a 29-track album of recordings made during the late '40s by wholesome pop vocalist, film actor, and TV personality Jack Smith, who was born in 1916 near Seattle, Washington. Billed for a while as "the man with the smile in his voice," Smith cranked out a series of hit records for Capitol which fairly glow with his rosy personality. Accompanied by studio orchestras under the direction of Earl Sheldon and Frank DeVol, Smith is backed by the Clark Sisters known for their work with Tommy Dorsey who billed them as the Sentimentalists and the Crew Chiefs, a group closely associated with Glenn Miller and Tex Beneke. Sepia has assembled most of Smith's significant recordings from the years 1946-1949, some of which charted in the Top Ten. His first hit record was the exciting "Jack, Jack, Jack Cu-Tu-Gu-Ru" b/w "Oh! My Achin' Heart." Although today the words to "Civilization Bongo, Bongo, Bongo" clearly trivialize the needs of the long-suffering Congolese, Smith's record sold well, even in competition with versions by Louis Prima and Danny Kaye. "Cuanto la Gusta La Parranda" further illustrates Smith's ability to succeed with an enjoyable version of a song in competition with other popular artists -- in this case Xavier Cugat and Carmen Miranda with the Andrews Sisters. "Coca Roca" is even wilder, with Smith working himself into a delirious frenzy of ecstatic chatter. Such over-the-top histrionics ultimately emphasize the song's apparent double meaning, and one is moved to ponder exactly what sort of coca the singer indulged in this would constitute another possible link with La Miranda. Backed with the catchy "Cornbelt Symphony," "Coca Roca" climbed to the Top 15 in the charts. This fine collection of harmless entertainments closes with "Enjoy Yourself It's Later Than You Think." Smith recorded his cover only weeks after the primary Decca version was cut by Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians. Both renditions are preferable to the Wonder Bread interpretation by Doris Day, who appeared in the 1951 motion picture Moonlight Bay opposite the handsome and personable Jack Smith. It is surprising how much discographical confusion can be generated by a too-common name. Whispering Jack Smith, for example, was a pop singer active in the 1920s and '30s who specialized in numbers like "Me and My Shadow" and "Gimme a Little Kiss." Whistling Jack Smith was an imaginary entity invented by British record producer Noel Walker; following its appearance in 1967, Walker/Smith's "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman" received enormous airplay on both sides of the Atlantic. Other noteworthy Jack Smiths include a country singer and leader of the band Rockabilly Planet, and a legendary underground filmmaker and performance poet whose archival early-'60s tape recordings and weird soundtrack excerpts have been made available in two volumes on the obscure Table of the Elements label. If, however, you have a hankering for crisply produced late-'40s pop vocals packed with sunshine and enthusiastic stage presence, why then without a doubt this is the Jack Smith for you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • EAN: 5055122110743
  • Catalog Number: 1074
  • Sales rank: 376,438

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Whole World Is Singing My Song (2:53)
  2. 2 Too Many Times (2:47)
  3. 3 I Tipped My Hat and Slowly Rode Away (2:44)
  4. 4 If This Isn't Love (2:54)
  5. 5 Jack, Jack, Jack (Cu-Tu-Gu-Ru) (2:51)
  6. 6 Oh! My Achin' Heart (3:05)
  7. 7 The Turntable Song (2:34)
  8. 8 Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) (3:11)
  9. 9 Don't You Love Me Anymore (3:00)
  10. 10 My Rancho Rio Grande - The Clark Sisters (2:49)
  11. 11 Shauny O'Shea - The Clark Sisters (2:44)
  12. 12 Teresa - The Clark Sisters (2:59)
  13. 13 Hannah in Savannah - The Clark Sisters (3:03)
  14. 14 Big Brass Band from Brazil - The Clark Sisters (3:03)
  15. 15 I Wish I Knew the Name (Of the Girl in My Dreams) - The Clark Sisters (2:55)
  16. 16 Baby Face - The Clark Sisters (2:49)
  17. 17 Takin' Miss Mary to the Ball - The Clark Sisters (2:45)
  18. 18 Tea Leaves - The Clark Sisters (2:31)
  19. 19 You Call Everybody Darling - The Clark Sisters (2:59)
  20. 20 Cuanto le Gusta (La Parranda) - The Clark Sisters (2:06)
  21. 21 Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly) - The Clark Sisters (2:34)
  22. 22 A Strawberry Moon (In a Blueberry Sky) - The Clark Sisters (2:22)
  23. 23 Coca Roca (2:21)
  24. 24 Cruising Down the River - The Clark Sisters (2:15)
  25. 25 The Corn Belt Symphony - The Clark Sisters (2:45)
  26. 26 Sunflower - The Clark Sisters (2:11)
  27. 27 Senora - The Clark Sisters (2:26)
  28. 28 Busy Doing Nothing - The Clark Sisters (2:40)
  29. 29 Enjoy Yourself (2:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack Smith Primary Artist, Vocals
Frank deVol Conductor
Earl Sheldon Conductor
The Clark Sisters Vocals
Technical Credits
Anthony Martin Records
Hugh Martin Composer
Tony Middleton Operation
Mack David Composer
Nell Tollerton Composer
Eily Beadell Composer
Frank Capano Composer
Ossie Dales Sheet Music
Craig Hewitt Graphic Design
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