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Tea for Two Cha Chas

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
After Tommy Dorsey passed away in November 1956, trombonist Warren Covington assumed leadership of the Dorsey band, and continued making records for Decca on the LP format. Dorsey's final releases were the long-playing Decca albums In a Sentimental Mood and a sampling of musical comedy hits by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz. Tea for Two Cha Chas, which was Covington's first essay at the helm of the Dorsey group, outsold the earlier albums and achieved enormous popularity as the best-selling Dorsey LP of them all. While this may seem at first like a suspiciously kitschy attempt to cash in on the Caribbean dance trend instigated by Xavier Cugat, Desi Arnaz, and Edmundo ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
After Tommy Dorsey passed away in November 1956, trombonist Warren Covington assumed leadership of the Dorsey band, and continued making records for Decca on the LP format. Dorsey's final releases were the long-playing Decca albums In a Sentimental Mood and a sampling of musical comedy hits by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz. Tea for Two Cha Chas, which was Covington's first essay at the helm of the Dorsey group, outsold the earlier albums and achieved enormous popularity as the best-selling Dorsey LP of them all. While this may seem at first like a suspiciously kitschy attempt to cash in on the Caribbean dance trend instigated by Xavier Cugat, Desi Arnaz, and Edmundo Ros, it is clear why the record-buying public responded so well, as the easygoing arrangements and a playlist peppered with familiar airs like "Dinah" and "Dardanella" made it ideal background music for patio barbecues and cocktail parties across the land. Even if the rather stilted vocals on "I Want to Be Happy Cha Cha" sound slightly demented, "Tea for Two Cha Chas" is a fabulous period piece which should be championed as essential equipment for any retro-cocktail gathering. Sepia's zesty reissue of this important, campy cultural artifact adds another dozen tracks from Covington's 1960 follow-up LP, More Tea for Two Cha Chas, which is distinguished by the inclusion of "An Occasional Man," immortalized one year later by sultry Julie London on her Liberty album "Whatever Julie Wants." Covington's concession to current developments in pop culture is evidenced by the addition of a twangy electric guitar on "Tea for Two Cha Cha No. 2."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • EAN: 5055122111429
  • Catalog Number: 1142
  • Sales rank: 13,627

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tea For Two Cha Cha (3:00)
  2. 2 Por Favor (2:30)
  3. 3 Patricia (3:00)
  4. 4 I Still Get Jealous (2:30)
  5. 5 Corazon De Melon (2:11)
  6. 6 Dardanella (2:51)
  7. 7 Rico Vacilon (2:06)
  8. 8 I Want To Be Happy Cha Cha (3:01)
  9. 9 Together 1-2-3 (2:10)
  10. 10 Trumpet Cha Cha Cha (2:21)
  11. 11 Dinah (2:51)
  12. 12 Cha Cha For Gia (2:50)
  13. 13 Tea For Two Cha Cha No. 2 (2:39)
  14. 14 An Occasional Man (2:41)
  15. 15 Santa Isabel De Las Lajas (2:35)
  16. 16 Dream (2:41)
  17. 17 Everybody's Cha Cha (2:35)
  18. 18 Santiago De Cuba (2:08)
  19. 19 Sweet and Gentle (2:43)
  20. 20 Nunca (2:51)
  21. 21 Don't Worry 'Bout Me (2:45)
  22. 22 Silencio (3:07)
  23. 23 The Sheik of Araby (2:26)
  24. 24 Esto Es Felicidad (2:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Primary Artist
Tommy Dorsey Indexed Contributor
Rolf Kühn Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Warren Covington Trombone
Gene Allen Baritone Saxophone
John Frosk Trumpet
Jack Six Bass
Joe Lopes Alto Saxophone
Teddy Sommer Drums
Lawrence J. Boyle Trombone
Paul A. Perman Jr. Trumpet
Robert Tillotson Trumpet
Hal Turner Piano
Lester Perry Tenor Saxophone
David J. Ecker Trombone
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Beny Moré Composer
Warren Covington Composer, Director
Billy Mure Composer
Pérez Prado Composer
Guty Cardenas Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Joe Sherman Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Noel Sherman Composer
Ramon Cabrera Composer
Al Castellanos Composer
Robin Cherry Remastering
Akst Composer
Rosendo Ruiz Jr. Composer
Christopher Popa Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
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