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Monday, October 1, 2012




Side two of Calliope CAL 3031 once again contained tracks that had been issued on previous Calliope LPs.  The Les Brown tracks had been issued on CAL 3005.  The production script for the September 15, 1958 Stars of Jazz show with Les Brown can be viewed at our entry for CAL 3005.

The date listed on the back liner notes for CAL 3031 for the Charlie Barnet Band on Stars of Jazz was in error.  Stars of Jazz did not commence until late June of 1956.  Barnet’s appearance of Stars of Jazz on October 15, 1956 was the 17th show in the series.  Schweppes Tonic Water was the sponsor for the  show that by this time had a waiting list for companies wishing to write a check to sponsor a program.  The Barnet band had a best selling album on RCA Victor that had been recorded in 1954 with Billy May arrangements, REDSKIN ROMP.  Prior to their appearance on Stars of Jazz the Barnet band had recorded a new album for Verve, LONELY STREET, that would be released later in 1956.

The production script notes seventeen band members in the Barnet aggregation, but no introductions were made on air and the exact composition of the band remains unclear although many band members are recognizable in Ray Avery’s photos, most notably Bill Holman. The vocalist, Mary Lou Martin, is introduced as the latest songbird to occupy the vocal spot on the Barnet band.  This appearance and release on Calliope Records is her only entry in the jazz discography literature.

Calliope Records Production Credits:
Executive Producers: Heyward Collins, Rick Donovan, Lee D. Weisel
Production and Coordination: Jim Pewter
Technical Assistance: Mike Jordan for Krishane Enterprises
Mastering: Jack Skinner for Keyser-Century Corporation
Art Direction and Photography: Jeffrey Weisel

SHOW #17
October 15, 1956
Charlie Barnet Orchestra: Sax section - Charlie Barnet, Bill Holman, William Trujillo, Richard Paladino, Robert Dawes, Ernest Small (double trombone); Trombone section - Dave Wells, Bobby Burgess, Larry Anderson; Trumpet section - Carlton McBeath, Ollie Mitchell, Eugene Deumier, Ken Mullins; Norman Pockrandt, piano; Red Wootten, bass; Bill Bradley, Jr., drums. Mary Lou Martin (vocal).

Production credits for this show:
Host: Bobby Troup
Producer: Jimmie Baker
Writer: Bob Arbogast
Director: Norman Abbott
Audio: Chuck Lewis
Cameramen: Sal Folino, Jack Denton
Technical Director: Ted Hurley
Lighting Director: Vince Cilurzo
Video: Vince Mahoney

SHOW #115
SEPTEMBER 15, 1958
Les Brown and his Band of Renown, including Dick Collins, Wes Hensel, trumpet; Dick Kenny, Stumpy Brown, trombone; Les Brown, Ralph LaPolla, Matt Utal, Billy Usselton, Abe Aaron, Butch Stone, reeds; Don Trenner, piano; Howard Roberts, guitar; Jules Bertaux, acoustic double bass; Lloyd Morales, drums; + Laurie Johnson, vocal.

Production credits for this show:
Executive Producer: Peter Robinson
Producer: Jimmie Baker
Writer: Bob Arbogast 
Director: John Orloff
Audio: Chuck Lewis
Cameramen: Jack Denton, Sal Folino, Bob Haley
Technical Director: Gene Lukoski
Lighting Director: Vince Cilurzo
Video: Noble Moore
Lighting Director: Vince Cilurzo
Video: George Hillas

The photos that greatly enhance this presentation have been provided courtesy of the Ray Avery Estate.  The author would like to extend a most heartfelt thanks to Cynthia Sesso, Licensing Administrator of the Ray Avery Photo Archives.  Please note that these photos remain the property of the Ray Avery Estate and are used here with permission.  Any inquiries regarding their use, commercial or otherwise, should be directed to:  Cynthia Sesso at CTSIMAGES.

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