I can remember hearing music by Enoch Light’s orchestra many times through the years, but I now realize that I always had a few misconceptions about him. By the time I started noticing him in the 1950s and 1960s he was known as someone who specialized in cutting-edge music, and as a pioneer in producing … More The Two Eras Of Enoch Light
I’ve mentioned a few times before that I played the clarinet as a kid (and compared myself to Benny Goodman) but I’ve also always had a fondness for the sound of a saxophone. I’ve never played one — it was all I could do to manage the clarinet — but I had a couple of … More What If Saxophones Had Never Been Invented?
I always thought there were some similarities between “April In Paris” and “Autumn In New York” but I didn’t realize until recently that both romantic ballads were written by the same guy, and his story is a good one. Born in Russia as Vladimir Aleksandrovich Dukelsky, a name that he continued using off and on … More From Russia With Love. . .Songs
The story of today’s Anatomy Of A Song starts with its composer, Mexican legend Consuelo Velázquez (Torres), who was often called Consuelito. She was 88 when she died in 2005, and had spun out a long and successful career as a pianist, singer, and composer. Many of the songs she wrote are still loved and … More Anatomy Of A Song – Consuelito’s Mexican Classic
How talented would a 16-year-old musician in the early 1940’s have had to be to grab the attention of Benny Goodman? And not only that, but to then have the King of Swing offer him a job as pianist, singer, and arranger with the biggest of the big bands? That teenager was Buddy Greco, and … More Buddy Greco’s Benny Goodman Moment
Something a little different today. (Although if you haven’t been here lately you might have already noticed that the GMC itself is kind of different these days.) Regular visitors might remember that I’ve mentioned several times in the past that I spent a few years in the 60’s working as a radio DJ. (Here’s the … More Old Radio Dog Finds New Bone
I found a new word the other day that I’ve really taken a liking to because it seems to fit me so well. An ultracrepidarian is someone who babbles on endlessly about things that they know very little about. That’s me. . .just ask Mrs. BG. At the very least, it’s good to know that … More Stay Away, Sleep Monster!
As someone who grew up tinkering with old electrical contraptions, I was always fascinated by some of the odd properties they displayed. For example, I learned pretty early on that you couldn’t put a microphone too close to a speaker without creating all kinds of squeals and squawks, known as feedback. And I naturally tried … More Theremin Is Not A New Wonder Drug
I’ve written plenty of articles in the past that I started by stating that the featured artist was not a household name, but today might be the least householdy name of them all. Bandleader Ernie Heckscher found plenty of success over his half-century career, but it was mostly as the leader of orchestras playing in … More Maestro Of The Hotel Ballroom
As we all look forward to the approach of the new year (it has to be better than 2017, right?) I thought it might be a good time for another edition of one of my favorite Special Features, Anatomy Of A Song. The featured piece of music is one that has a history that includes … More Anatomy Of A Song – A Russian Classic Goes Pop