Do You Long for Oolong?

Do You Long for Oolong?

by Joe Mooney


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Do You Long for Oolong?

Joe Mooney, who in the 1920s recorded as one of the Sunshine Boys, during the second half of the 1940s led a popular quartet comprised of his vocals and accordion, clarinetist Andy Fitzgerald, guitarist Jack Hotop, and bassist Gate Frega. A cross section of the group's best recordings from 1946-1947 (including some recently discovered acetates and tunes from a radio broadcast) are on this definitive CD. The sound of the group, the melodic accordion, clarinet, and guitar solos, and Mooney's appealing vocals gave the short-lived band its own identity, and in time Mooney became a bit of a cult figure. Among the better numbers are "Tea for Two," "Meet Me at No Special Place," "I Never Knew," and "September Song." This intriguing and definitive disc closes with four numbers from 1951, by which time Mooney was playing organ and joined by guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and bassist Bob Carter.

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Release Date: 09/14/1999
Label: Hep Records
UPC: 0603366006329
catalogNumber: 63
Rank: 269767

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