For whatever reasons instrumentals from the 50’s and 60’s don’t get a lot of airplay on oldies shows and most wind up forgotten. A lot of times you’ll hear one and just can’t recall the artist or title. These two albums collect forty-one tracks that were big hits.
Highlights on volume one include: “Petite Fleur (Little Flower)”-Chris Barber’s Jazz Band, “Tea For Two Cha-Cha”-Tommy Dorsey Orchestra led by Warren Covington, “Midnight In Moscow”-Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen and “Soft Summer Breeze”-Eddie Heywood.
Other artists on volume I: Anton Karas, Johnny Maddox, Marvin Hamlisch, Mitch Miller, Ferko String Band, Reg Owen & His Orchestra, Adrian Kimberley, Joiner, Arkansas Jr. High School Band, Village Stompers, Little Dippers, Frank Mills, Brass Ring, Billy Joe & The Checkmates, Electric Indian, Piero Umiliani and Meco.
On to volume II
Highlights include: ” Asia Minor”-Kokomo, “Music To Watch Girls By”-Bob Crewe Generation, “Dragnet”-Ray Anthony and “Bandstand Boogie”- Les Elgart.
Other artists on volume II: Jorgen Ingmann, Al Cailoa, Bent Fabric, Del Wood, David Seville, Don Robertson, Bob Sharples, The T-Bones, Horst Jankowski, Whistling Jack Smith, Boots Randolph, Bob Moore, Baja Marimba Band, Enoch Light, Charles Randolph Grean Sound, Ernie Freeman and Eddie Calvert.