Studio Recordings 1951-1953

Studio Recordings 1951-1953

by Billy MayBilly May


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Since the Billy May approach to arranging was often capable of blowing all but the strongest vocalists out of the room, a collection of his studio orchestra's unaccompanied recordings is welcome indeed. The two-disc set Studio Recordings 1951-1953 reissues 50 sides, most of them closer to big-band jazz than the type of easy-listening pop churned out by Jackie Gleason or Ray Conniff. May's arranging chops were unparalleled, and he compensates for the lack of vocals by adding plenty of parts for the more lyrical of his orchestra voices. Standards from the American songbook, such as "Lulu's Back in Town" and "When I Take My Sugar to Tea," make for most of the highlights, though originals like "Mayhem" and "Fat Man Boogie" illustrate that May's composer skills were impressive as well.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2003
Label: Jasmine Music
UPC: 0604988039924
catalogNumber: 399
Rank: 104097


Disc 1

  1. All of Me
  2. My Silent Love
  3. If I Had You
  4. Lulu's Back in Town
  5. When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
  6. Fat Man Boogie
  7. Lean, Baby
  8. I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans
  9. Charmaine
  10. Orchids in the Moonlight
  11. When I Take My Sugar to Tea
  12. There Is No Greater Love
  13. Unforgettable
  14. Silver and Gold
  15. Always
  16. My Last Affair
  17. When Your Lover Has Gone
  18. Please Be Kind
  19. Mayhem
  20. You're Driving Me Crazy
  21. Perfidia
  22. Diane
  23. Tenderly
  24. Hello Out There
  25. Memphis in June

Disc 2

  1. When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano
  2. Love Is Just Around the Corner
  3. Easy Street
  4. Honest and Truly
  5. Gin and Tonic
  6. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
  7. A Cute Piece of Property
  8. Driftwood
  9. Do You Ever Think of Me
  10. Cocktails for Two
  11. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
  12. Little Brown Jug
  13. Makin' Whoopee
  14. Let's Put Out the Lights and Go to Sleep
  15. You and the Night and the Music
  16. Cheek to Cheek
  17. Bacchanalia
  18. From the Land of Sky Blue Water
  19. Gone With the Wind
  20. Good Gravy
  21. Comin' Thru the Rye
  22. Romance
  23. Street of Dreams
  24. Dixieland Band
  25. Cool Water

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy May   Primary Artist,Conductor
Billy Guy   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Ted Nash   Tenor Saxophone
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Bob Hardaway   Tenor Saxophone
Arnold Ross   Piano
Stu Williamson   Trumpet
Heine Beau   Alto Saxophone
Buddy Cole   Piano
Si Zentner   Trombone
Jack Agee   Baritone Saxophone
Clark Burroughs   Group Member
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
John Coppola   Trumpet
John Cyr   Drums
Nick Fatool   Drums
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Hendrickson   Guitar
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Alto Saxophone
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Jack Laubach   Trumpet
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Vito Mangano   Trumpet
John Markham   Drums
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Johnny Mercer   Vocals
Ralph Pena   Bass
Ray Pohlman   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Priddy   Trombone
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Bill Schaeffer   Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz   Alto Saxophone
George Seaberg   Trumpet
Ray Sims   Trombone
Carson Smith   Bass
Willie "The Lion" Smith   Vocals
Phil Stephens   Bass
Alvin Stoller   Drums,Shouts
Joe Triscari   Trumpet
Don Whitaker   Bass
Alicia Adams   Group Member
Fred Falensby   Tenor Saxophone
Karl de Karske   Trombone
Tony Facciuto   Trumpet
Cliff Fishback   Piano
Robert McKinzie   Trumpet,Vocals
Andre Peele   Trumpet
Robert Reisiger   Trombone
Encores   Vocals
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Bob Dawes   Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Joe Howard   Trombone
Ted Hammond   Bass
Irv Lewis   Trumpet
Jack D. Elliot   Group Member
Ensemble   Track Performer
John McClanian Best   Trumpet
Randy Van Horne Singers   Group Member
Remo Belli   Drums
Liz Tilton   Vocals
Dick Clay   Alto Saxophone
Walter Condoli   Trumpet
Chuck Deremo   Tenor Saxophone
Frank DiFabio   Piano
Joe Spang   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Etter   Trombone,Vocals
Paul Sarmento   Bass
George Kenney   Trombone
Bob Morse   Vocals,Group Member
Vincent Terri   Guitar

Technical Credits

Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Floyd Cramer   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Billy May   Arranger,Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Charles Wakefield Cadman   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Earl Burtnett & His Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra   Composer
Bob Nolan   Composer
Dana Suesse   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Alberto Dominguez   Composer
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Lew Pollack   Composer
Einar A. Swan   Composer
Joe Manone   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Pierre Norman Connor   Composer
Nelle Richmond Eberhart   Composer
Lewis Gensler   Composer
John Cooper   Composer
Traditional   Composer
George Hulme   Producer,Liner Notes
Haven Johnson   Composer
Erno Rapee   Composer
Alan Rankin Jones   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer
Joseph E. Winner   Composer

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