Hooray for Love: Great Gentlemen of Song, Vol. 1

Hooray for Love: Great Gentlemen of Song, Vol. 1

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Hooray for Love: Great Gentlemen of Song, Vol. 1

Capitol presents the first in a double-dip tribute to those marvelous-to-maudlin male crooners who dominated the entertainment industries during the two decades that followed the Second World War. This was the golden age of dressing up and posing while putting across pop songs in a debonair and often sentimental manner. Some of these names became household words, like "Spam" or "Pez." First and foremost come the juggernauts of suavity: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Al Martino, Mel Tormé, Vic Damone, Dick Haymes, Gordon MacRae, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Capitol's co-founder Johnny Mercer. While not every singer, no matter how well groomed, could achieve such ubiquitous fame, a comparable if decidedly peripheral place in the sun was occupied by various crooners whose long-playing records existed in many a middle class record collection. Redolent of Brylcreem and Vitalis, this group included Bobby Darin, Jack Jones, Andy Russell, Bob Manning, England's Matt Monro and Australia's Frank Ifield. A special echelon is reserved for the authentically hip vocalists who actually had more than passing or forfeited connections with Afro-American culture and real jazz. They are Tony Bennett, Lou Rawls, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Chet Baker. Each singer on this anthology exudes a distinctive male persona. Ideal for cocktail parties, affected lounging, and aimless carousing.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/1995
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724383177424
catalogNumber: 31774

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Ifield   Track Performer
Dean Martin   Track Performer
Martino   Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Track Performer
Bobby Darin   Track Performer
Lou Rawls   Track Performer
Chet Baker   Track Performer
Tony Bennett   Track Performer
Billy May   Conductor
Mel Tormé   Track Performer
Dean Elliott   Conductor
Onzy Matthews   Conductor
Vic Damone   Track Performer
Dick Haymes   Track Performer
Jack Jones   Track Performer
Kelly Gordon   Conductor
Gordon MacRae   Track Performer
Matt Monro   Track Performer
Carmen Dragon   Conductor
Andy Russell   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Nat King Cole   Track Performer
Sammy Davis   Track Performer
Peter DeAngelis   Conductor
Duke Ellington   Piano
Bobby Hammack   Conductor
Johnny Mercer   Track Performer
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor
Bob Manning   Track Performer
Ian Bernard   Conductor
Johnny Spence   Conductor
Nelson Marshall   Conductor
Dave Cavanaugh   Conductor

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
David Mann   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Bob Norberg   Remixing
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Brad Benedict   Producer
Wayne Watkins   Director
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Count Basie Orchestra   Engineer

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