Sunday, April 28, 2019
Hit Parade of Ten Top Tunes--Jerry Rudolph and his Radio & TV Orchestra
What's a fake-hits LP without a pinup cover girl? Take cover photo, tilt 90 degrees to the right, remove tint, and--instant pinup cover girl!
This ten-inch extremely budget LP on Today's Records (about whom neither I nor Discogs know a thing) features Jerry Rudolph and his Radio and TV Orchestra, and you just know that credit was for real, because it sounds so real. I haven't had time to do track comparisons on these, but I strongly suspect they showed up on other labels, also--Prom, Gateway, Royale... who knows? Or maybe Today's Records did its own stuff in its own studio. Probability is very low, but if Today's Records could afford its own pinup cover girl, maybe it could afford its own counterfeit Frankie Laines, Sammy Davis, Jr.'s, Julius La Rosas, and Boyd Bennetts.
And I think Frankie Laine is who the unnamed singer on Hummingbird is trying to imitate. He misses by many miles, but the guy mimicking Sammy Davis, Jr. down to the last scat-chorus syllable on Love Me or Leave Me is a far more successful copycat. House of Blue Lights (I'm almost sure this is the version that appeared on Gateway Top Tune) is an excellent copy, and it's hard to miss with The Yellow Rose of Texas. Get some snare drums, a chorus singing in two parts (strike that--sounds like three parts), add echo--instant Yellow Rose of Texas. In the earliest versions of this song, the "sweetest little rosebud" was African-American, of course--"yellow" meaning light-skinned. As for Ain't That a Shame, it's the Caucasian (Pat Boone) version being copied, unfortunately. Meanwhile, the creepy Man in the Raincoat cover could have used a better whistler. Besides straying off key, he almost comes in early (listen closely at the very start).
That song always leaves me feeling that, after absconding with the singer's dough, the man could have at least left her the raincoat.
And I just resurrected the twelve-inch Flying Saucer of Latest Top Tunes file at this post, another Today's Records gem by Jerry Rudolph.
To get today's Today's Records offering, click on link below. Since the songs on this LP are 1955 hits, I'm guessing the LP is from that year.
DOWNLOAD: Hit Parade of Ten Top Tunes--Jerry Rudolph and his Radio & TV Orch.
Sweet and Gentle
Yellow Rose of Texas
Love Me or Leave Me
Ain't That a Shame
The Bible Tells Me So
The Man in the Raincoat
House of Blue Lights
Hit Parade of Ten Top Tunes--Jerry Rudoph and his Radio & TV Orch. (Today's Records 1905)