Your Dance Date/At the Aragon Ballroom

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
While it isn't likely that orchestra leader Dick Jurgens' name will go down in history with Benny Goodman, he -- like many other bandleaders in the '50s -- gave the people what they wanted: good dance music. Your Dance Date and At the Aragon Ballroom were originally released by Columbia in 1950 and 1954, respectively, and together run almost an hour. A number of songs -- "Sweet Georgia Brown," "I'm in the Mood for Love," and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" -- will still be familiar in 2004. The primary appeal of Jurgens' music, however, is one of nostalgia. His style of orchestration, after all, must have seemed old-fashioned in the '50s, and the vocals -- the highlight ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
While it isn't likely that orchestra leader Dick Jurgens' name will go down in history with Benny Goodman, he -- like many other bandleaders in the '50s -- gave the people what they wanted: good dance music. Your Dance Date and At the Aragon Ballroom were originally released by Columbia in 1950 and 1954, respectively, and together run almost an hour. A number of songs -- "Sweet Georgia Brown," "I'm in the Mood for Love," and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" -- will still be familiar in 2004. The primary appeal of Jurgens' music, however, is one of nostalgia. His style of orchestration, after all, must have seemed old-fashioned in the '50s, and the vocals -- the highlight of these recordings -- remind one of a lost world of singers like Bing Crosby. There are fine vocals by singers -- Ray Mcintosh and Al Galante -- who are as obscure today as Jurgens, but who nonetheless deliver good versions of romantic pieces like "It All Depends on You" and fun absurdities like "Push Cart Serenade." The perkiest instrumental is a fine turn on Earle Hagen's "Harlem Nocturne," a piece Jurgens and company fill with a lovely moodiness. For those who hold a place in their heart for the simple, tuneful songs of yesteryear, Your Dance Date/At the Aragon Ballroom will inspire listeners to return once again to the dancefloor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431764329
  • Catalog Number: 7643
  • Sales rank: 110,945

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dick Jurgens Primary Artist
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Dick Jurgens Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Wayne King Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Harry Barris Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Walter Gross Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Roc Hillman Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Billy Moll Composer
Vincent Scotto Composer
Joe Young Composer
Maxwell Anderson Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Seymour Simons Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Sylvia Dee Composer
Ralph Freed Composer
Jay Gorney Composer
Earle H. Hagen Composer
George Norton Composer
Sidney Lippman Composer
Ange Lorenzo Composer
Harold Spina Composer
Joseph Reed Alden Composer
Burke Bivens Composer
James Henry Burris Composer
Raymond B. Egan Composer
Barry Trivers Composer
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