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Those You Love for Those You Love: Dinner Music

Discussion in 'Radio' started by Zachary, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. Zachary

    Zachary One of the Regulars

    Vienna, Austria
    Good evening Gentlemen,

    I just wanted to share my thoughts on vintage music I had been playing during a dinner to which I had invited a good friend of mine.

    Here we go:

    Perry Como -- Magic Moments
    Bobby Vinton -- Mr. Lonely
    Sam Cooke -- Wonderful World
    Bobby Vinton -- Blue Velvet
    Artie Shaw -- Stardust (1942)
    Dean Martin -- That's Amore
    Roy Orbison -- Only the Lonely
    Frankie Avalon -- Venus (as featured in the "10 Cloverfield Lane" motion picture)
    Percy Faith -- The Theme from "A Summer Place"
    Acker Bilk -- Stranger On The Shore
    Artie Shaw -- Deep Purple
    Jimmy Dorsey -- Back to Back
    The Harry James Orchestra -- I've Had That Song Before
    Huey "Piano" Smith -- Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu
    Harry James -- Woo Woo
    Artie Shaw -- All the Things You Are
    Chick Webb -- Big John Special
    The Drifters -- There Goes My Baby
    Dick Haymes & Helen Forrest -- Long Ago (Mono)
    Artie Shaw -- Begin the Beguine
    Benny Goodman -- King Porter Stomp
    Tommy Dorsey Orchestra -- Boogie Woogie
    Frank Sinatra -- Saturday Night
    Tommy Dorsey -- Opus No. 1
    Perry Como -- Mandolins in the Moonlight
    Perry Como -- Prisoner of Love
    Albert Ammons -- Boogie Woogie Stomp
    Duke Ellington -- In A Sentimental Mood
    Teresa Brewer -- Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now
    Sammy Davis, jr. -- Sweet Gingerbread Man
    Duke Ellington -- Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    Perry Como -- Dream On Little Dreamer
    Duke Ellington -- The Sidewalks of New York
    Billy Strayhorn -- Maybe I Should Change My Way
    Horace Silver -- For Heaven's Sake
    Roy Eldridge -- Swingin' On That Famous Door
    Fletcher Henderson -- Shanghai Shuffle
    Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins -- Solitude
    Udo Jürgens -- Aber bitte mit Sahne
    Fats Domino -- Blueberry Hill
    The Clovers -- Baby Baby Oh My Darling
    The Fleetwoods -- Mr Blue
    Artie Shaw -- Alone Together
    Duke Ellington -- Perdido
    Caterina Valente -- Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe
    The Platters -- Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

    Total playing time: 2 hours 26 minutes -- not enough to cover the whole dinner, though …
  2. Lean'n'mean

    Lean'n'mean Call Me a Cab

    Hopefully, I would already be on the dessert before the end of 'Magic moments' :rolleyes:
  3. Zachary

    Zachary One of the Regulars

    Vienna, Austria
    You dislike my list?
  4. Angus Forbes

    Angus Forbes One of the Regulars

    Raleigh, NC, USA
    Zach -- I like just about every song on your list. I play either big band or classical when we have a dinner party. Especially like Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller, and Frank Sinatra. Sometimes Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Earl "Fatha" Hines, or Sidney Bechet.
  5. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    I'd be sorely tempted to include Freddy Martin's 1935 recording of "I'd Like To Dunk You In My Coffee" and Raymond Scott's 1937 waxing of "Dinner Music For a Pack of Hungry Cannibals." The former tune has a lyric that would automatically sift out the guests who have a sense of humor from those who don't.

    "I'd like
    To dunk you in my coffee!
    And spread you on my bread!
    I wish
    That you were in the highball
    Going to my head!
    Dear, when
    You sit across the table,
    I'm then
    Like he giant in the fable --
    Fe Fi Fo Fum
    I'm overcome
    With a cannibalistic feeling!
    I'd Like
    To smother you with mushrooms
    MMMM, and everything.
    I claim
    You'd make a tasty dish
    To set before a king.
    Ohhh, sweetheart
    If I could obtain you
    As part
    Of my daily menu
    I'd like
    To dunk you in my coffee
    And spread you on my bread!"

    If you wanted to continue along similar lines, one might also include Fats Waller's recording of "Hold Tight!"("When I get home late at night, I want my favorite dish -- Fish! Boodla-racka-sacky, want some seafood, mama!") and Paul Whiteman's recording of "Sugar Plum" ("I'm his Eskimo Pie and he's my Ice Cream Cone! Yum yummy yum!")
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  6. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

    New Forest
    Aw Zachary, this coming Wednesday is the spiritual birthday (I prefer that term to death anniversary) of Elvis Presley. 40 years ago he left the building for the final time.
    I won't post the link but right now I'm listening to: "American Trilogy," never fails to get to me when he sings: All my trials Lord, soon be over.

    Most of your list I don't see as vintage, probably because I'm older than most of the songs. It's tempting to post my own choice but the what are you listening to thread would become redundant.
  7. Windsock8e

    Windsock8e A-List Customer

    I would be interested in your list.

    I would add
    "Bewitched" - Benny Goodman sung by Helen Forrest beautiful voice
    "Hang on little tomato" - Pink Martini which is a fun little song
    Andrew Sisters generally
    "J'attendrai" Tchavolo Schmitt
    "La Mer" Charles Trenet

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  8. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

    New Forest
    Very kind of you to ask, thank you. Let me give it some thought. Looking back at the O/P's post, he's put together a playlist that would enhance the mood of dinner with a friend. He refers to his choice as vintage, so really, in keeping with the thread, we are all invited to do similar. That's what I need time to think about.

    My enjoyment of music comes from dance, as in Latin & Ballroom. In my teens I was dancing to music that I hadn't heard of, but could easily 'count' the timing. Years later, bored with the strict rules and bitchiness of the dance scene, we flirted briefly with the fifties Rock & Roll scene, it didn't last long, it felt as though nothing happened before Elvis burst onto the scene and nothing happened after Buddy Holly died in the plane crash. We did however, learn to dance the gymnastic rock & roll, something we would do at family occasions like a wedding. Once, we were at a rather swanky fund raising bash, the strains of The Lambada came through, so we got up and did it, and how! But that's another story.

    Dance has always had an influence in our musical choice. When Elton John released his smash hit, Sacrifice, our dance teacher taught us a Rumba routine that we still dance today. Currently we are learning a choreographed Argentine Tango, danced to Dean Martin's Sway. Hopefully it will be finished by next May, in time for our golden wedding anniversary. That seems like a long time but there's the little inconvenience of a hip replacement operation any time soon, so we'll see. Now I must give that playlist some thought.
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  9. Mlle Elza

    Mlle Elza New in Town

    Québec, Canada
    That's a neat playlist!

    I when I read the title of your topic, I immediately though about that Cab Calloway song!
  10. vitanola

    vitanola My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Gopher Prairie, MI
    I suppose that I'm just an old stick-in-the-mud, but I like DINNER MUSIC for my dinner music.

    When we have guests I generally put a stack of Victor Salon Orchestra sides on the automatic Victrola in the hall outside the dining room.

    Last edited: Aug 19, 2017
  11. vitanola

    vitanola My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Gopher Prairie, MI
    Though you were not asking me, I'd answer "no" the that question. I find some selections a bit modern for my personal taste. In addition, I always understood that both dance numbers and vocal selrctions and are profitably excised from dinner play lists.

    Of course, these ideas about dinner music were already slightly old-fashioned in 1940.

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