“Rock Dem Bells” – Claus Ogerman

“Rock Dem Bells” comes from the soundtrack to the film Looking for Love, starring Connie Francis and Jim Hutton. Also in the film are quite a number of actors who appeared with Francis and Hutton in the 1960 hit Where the Boys Are. Looking for Love is a slightly more grown-up version of the earlier…

Claus Ogerman on Verve

Some two decades ago, I worked on the four-disc boxset Claus Ogerman: The Man Behind the Music. The esteemed Gene Lees (1928-2010) contributed a typically lovely and well-informed text to the CD while Ogerman (1930-2016) himself chose much of the material and, remarkably, commented on each of the set’s individual tracks. I worked on what…

Kai Winding – Modern Country (1964)

I. Universal Music partnered with the Detroit-based Third Man Records in October 2023 to reissue bebop jazz legend Kai Winding’s 1964 Verve album Modern Country in Universal’s “By Request” series. Third Man pressed both the original Verve black-vinyl version of the album as well as a yellow-vinyl version that features a slightly modified cover. Of…

More Bert Kaempfert on Decca, Pt. 1: Traces Of Love (1969)

The Bert Kaempfert Decca Collection brings together 23 of the German bandleader’s albums issued in America between 1958 and 1970 plus Pete Fountain Plays Bert Kaempfert (recorded in Germany with Kaempfert’s orchestra). But while the box set adds a whopping 45 “bonus” tracks, it omits six of Kaempfert’s Decca records issued between 1969 and 1972.…

More Bert Kaempfert on Decca, Pt. 2: Free And Easy (1970)

Hal Fein – president of Bert Kaempfert’s American music publisher, Roosevelt Music – had been the one responsible for placing Kaempfert songs with popular singers, such as “Danke Schoen” with Wayne Newton, “Spanish Eyes” with Al Martino and, most famously of all, “Strangers In The Night” with Frank Sinatra. By 1969, Fein had sold his…