Category Archives: Easy Listening

(May 2, 2017): Clint Eastwood – I Talk To The Trees

From the b-side of Lee Marvin’s, “Wand’rin Star”, the single from the Paint Your Wagon Red soundtrack, Wand’rin Star / I Talk To The Trees. Another gem my son turned me on to. I’ve seen Paint Your Wagon a number of … Continue reading

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(May 1, 2017): Abbe Lane (with Tito Puento & His Orchestra) – Whatever Lola Wants

From the 1957 album, Be Mine Tonight.  I remember Abbe Lane more for her cameos in TV shows of my youth (Flying Nun, Brady Bunch, Hart to Hart, etc) than singing easy listening samba.  I do remember this one, though. … Continue reading

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(June 25, 2016): Al Martino – Sweet Caroline

Today’s little heard cover: from the 1970 album, Can’t Help Falling In Love.  Overwhelmed by Diamond’s own 1969 release of his song, after which there would be no rival.  Bobby Womack fared little better in the early 1970s, but not much. … Continue reading

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(December 19, 2015): Billy May and His Orchestra – Theme From ‘Mannix’

From the 1972 triple LP Time/Life compilation, As You Remember Them: Great Instrumentals & Other Favorites: Volume 4. A Lalo Schifrin classic.  Remembering my Nonna this morning.  Joe Mannix used to be a feature of Saturday nights in the 1960s whenever … Continue reading

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(July 25, 2015): Walter Wanderley – Summer Samba

From the 1966 single, Summer Samba / Call Me. This Valle brothers (Marcos and Paulo Sérgio) single off the Rain Forest LP was, no doubt, Wanderley’s biggest hit.  1960s easy listening at its best.  In the mid-1990s, Capitol put out a … Continue reading

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(July 19, 2015): Georgie Shaw with the Jimmy Leyden Singers – Honeycomb

From the 1954 10″, 78rpm, Honeycomb / Till We Two Are One.  Pure 1950s schmaltz that formed an early soundtrack in my life.  Jimmie Rodgers had the Billboard hit with this in the late 1950s and Ricky Nelson covered it … Continue reading

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(July 12, 2015): Jackie Gleason – Melancholy Serenade

From the 1955 EP (7″, 45rpm), Jackie Gleason Presents Melancholy Serenade.  Standard easy listening, elevator music fare around my house as a kid.  If you grew up watching the various incarnations of the Jackie Gleason show – “live from Miami … Continue reading

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