List of Songs for the “One and Forever Love” CD
Mr. Moon (Take it Away)
Mr. Moon (Take it Away) is an original jazzy song with three horns, jazz guitar, piano, stand-up bass, jazz drums and duet with Nick & Jyn. David Manson directed the horn section. Stan Collins received a standing ovation in the recording studio for his piano work. Mr. Moon was written by Anthony Little, Jennifer Day Morrison & Nick Dukas.
This song was a hit by both Dean Martin and Bobby Rydell (1960). This is my interpretation of the song which is closer to Bobby Rydell’s version. Jeff Smick of the Florida Orchestra on the violin did a superb job to enhance this song. “Sway” is the English version of “¿Quién será?”, a 1953 mambo instrumental song by Mexican composers Luis Demetrio and Pablo Beltran Ruiz. English lyrics are by Norman Gimbel. Since then the song has been recorded and remixed by many additional artists.
This is a profound love song written by Anthony Little, Doug Shawe and Nick Dukas. Its another original recording with strings, a glockenspiel, beautiful background vocals by Doug Shawe and marvelous piano by Bobby G Summers. Bobby is the former musical director for Rev Al Green. Boh Cooper added greatly with string arrangement.
Black Magic Woman
Carlos Santana, with his Fender Stratocaster, will always be held in high esteem for his contribution to rock n’ roll including this song Black Magic Woman. Jason Dukas did an excellent job on the guitar along with Bobby Summers on keyboard to capture that Latin sound and feel.
Dion again! He is one of my favorite singers ever. A simple song, basic rock, with yearning for all teenagers that transcends time. Tanya Lewis did a superb job on backup vocals.
Volare also done by Bobby Rydell and before that Dean Martin and covered by many other artists. I again leaned toward Bobby Rydell’s version with a few twists and changes. The song has spirit and passion from the first note. Jeff Smick, assistant concert master of the Florida Orchestra, added beautifully to the recording. Volare has an interesting history. It spent five non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in August and September 1958 and was Billboard’s number-one single for the year. Modugno’s recording subsequently became the first Grammy winner for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1958.
The song was later translated in several languages and it was recorded by a wide range of performers.
Love You So
Love You So done by Ron Holden is sometimes forgotten even though it was a top 10 hit. It makes me think of New Orleans, night clubs late at night. This song has a haunting melodic saxophone even with the blue notes for engaging our senses further.
My Pledge of Love
The drums done by Matt Poytner are so pulsating. Great guitar work by Jason Dukas and Ralph Blantz and Tanya Lewis again on background vocals. The song was by the Joe Jeffrey Group, an American rhythm and blues band, who had a #14 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969 and entered Vancouver’s CKLG chart May 23, 1969 called “My Pledge Of Love.”
That’s When Your Heartache Begins
Originally done in the 1930’s by The Ink Spots and in January 1960 Elvis Presley made it number #1 on Billboard. I find this sound with so poignant a message that sometimes happens to us with heartbreak. We added the sax for a sadder feel to express the heartbreak with the instrument instead of the prior version speaking that section of the recording.
Queen of the Hop
Kenny Walker on stand up bass for this song as well as many others on the disc make “Boogie Woogie” come alive. Originally done by Bobby Darin in 1958 it still speaks to music listeners. You can’t help but move as you listen.