Old Guy Plays “Music to Watch Girls By”

“Music to Watch Girls By” is another instrumental hit that was a TV commercial — this one for Pepsi. The single made it to #2 in 1966.  Once again, the young’uns likely won’t remember, but the geezers surely will.

August 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

Old Guy Plays “No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach is In)”

“No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach is In)” started out as a commercial for Alka Seltzer. Its catchy hook led to it being recorded and released as a single. The musicians who played on it were the famous West Coast studio musicians known as the “Wrecking Crew” — including drummer Hal Blaine, guitarist Tommy Tedesco and bassist Carol Kaye, but It was released by a non-existent group called the “T-bones”. Its success necessitated that such a group be formed to perform on TV and live.

The young’uns may not remember this instrumental hit, but the geezers will.

August 30, 2015 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

Old Guy Plays “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”

“Cast Your Fate to the Wind”, as written and performed by Jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, was a solid top-40 hit in 1963, reaching #22 and staying on the charts for 18 weeks. Two years later, Guaraldi would compose the now beloved music for “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

August 16, 2015 at 2:46 pm 1 comment

Old Guy Plays “Telstar”

“Telstar” was a huge instrumental hit for the Tornadoes, a British group, in 1962. Named after the first communications satellite, it went to number one on both the US and UK charts. It was covered by virtually every instrumental band at the time, including the Ventures, Shadows, Champs, and Spotniks.

August 15, 2015 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

Old Guy Plays “Green Onions”

“Green Onions” was, of course, a great R&B instrumental hit for Booker T. and the MGs. I realize that the signature riff was a Hammond B-3 organ, but I enjoy the challenge of capturing the feel of the original no matter the instrumentation.

August 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face

“I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face”, from the Lerner & Lowe musical “My Fair Lady”, is such a beautiful tune. BTW, please do not mistakenly think the title is actually “I’ve Thrown a Custard in Your Face”.

August 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

Green Dolphin Street

“Green Dolphin Street” has been a staple of the straight-ahead jazz repertoire ever since Miles recorded it back in 1958. My arrangement is in a smooth-jazz vein, and I think it works pretty well. Great tune.

August 7, 2015 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

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