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Kapp Records...what a mix of sounds
on 19 January 2014
Strange Feeling, The Kapp Records Story, DAY2CD228
This 50 track set certainly mixes the musical styles and is s a result a most varied offering with some very well known names along with others you may not remember too well. CD1 runs for 63.27 & CD2 runs for 61.04
The Kapp label licensed material from other labels for release in the USA and as a result you will hear British favourites Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen playing 2 of their big hits...Midnight in Moscow & March of the Siamese Children. It was also a showcase for up and coming middle of the road singers such as Jack Jones whose association with the label produced around 20 albums and earned him two Grammy awards.
Listen out for the ever popular Here Comes Summer, written and sung by Jerry Keller. It climbed to number 14 in the Billboard Hot 100. The record reached number one in the UK the same year, but lack of further chart appearances branded Keller as a one-hit wonder. "Here Comes Summer" reached the number one spot in the UK in, ironically, the autumn of 1959. It is still a well remembered and happy song...
From the world of jazz came Carmen McRae and she recorded 3 albums for the label including When You're Away which was released in 1959 and included the song The More I See You & Willingly.
The Brian Hyland hit Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini featured also on the Kapp album The Bashful Blond which was released in 1960.
Hyland was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York. He studied guitar and clarinet as a child, and sang in his church choir. Hyland was eventually signed by Kapp Records as a solo artist, issuing his debut single, "Rosemary", in late 1959. The label employed the Brill Building songwriting duo of Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance to work with Hyland on the follow-up, "Four Little Heels (The Clickety Clack Song)", which was a minor hit, and the songwriting duo continued to work with Hyland.
In August 1960, Hyland scored his first and biggest hit single at the age of 16, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", written by Vance and Pockriss. It was a novelty song that reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and sold almost a million copies in the first two months of its release, and over two million copies in total.
Some of the other artists featured...
Ersel Hickey (1934 – 2004), born in Brighton, New York, was a rockabilly singer best known for his hit song "Bluebirds over the Mountain". He recorded for the Kapp label...
1961 Teardrops at Dawn/I Guess You Could Call It Love Kapp Records 372
1961 Lips of Rose/What Have You Done To Me Kapp Records 406
Kris Jensen born April 4, 1942, New Haven, Connecticut is an American singer and guitarist. Jensen began his career in music cutting records for Colpix, for whom he recorded his first single in 1959. He graduated from high school in Fort Lauderdale in 1960 and then recorded with Kapp Records and its subsidiary, Leader Records. One more disc was released on Leader, before he moved to Kapp for three single issues.
The Videls were the first of several groups formed by the durable song-writing team of Pete Anders and Vinnie Poncia, both born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1941 and 1942.
James Anthony Bernard Little, better known by his stage name Jimmy Justice (born 15 December 1939, Bermondsey) was an English pop singer. He scored three Top 40 hits in the UK in 1962.
Skip Cunningham is one of America's most talented entertainers and perhaps our last great "song and dance man". The career of this phenomenal tap dancer and singer spans a wide range of American entertainment alongside the likes of Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Johnny Carson, Arnett Cobb, Nat King Cole, Bill Cosby, Lionel Hampton, Milt Hinton, Bob Hope, Illinois Jacquet, Jerry Lewis, Richard Pryor, Frank Sinatra, Noble Sissle, among many others. Mr. Cunningham has recorded for the Kapp, Coral and Motown labels.
Eddie Baxter 1922-1998
The most swinging organist to record for Dot in the 1960s. Baxter was born in Colorado, but grew up in Los Angeles, where he began performing professionally in his late teens. He played with Glen Gray and Frank Masters toward the tail end of the big band era, then settled into the studio system, where he worked as "musical director" for a variety of daytime game shows. He also played in nightclubs in Las Vegas and the L.A. area.
Jan & Kjeld
The Danish banjo playing and vocalising brothers came onto the recording scene in 1959 and were highly successful in Europe.
The Easy Riders
The Easy Riders were an American folk music band, that were active from 1956 to 1959, consisting of Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr, and Frank Miller. Their career was guided by Mitch Miller, who had them under contract for Columbia Records they also recorded for Kapp.
The liner notes are by regular Drew Heatley. The packaging is eye catching and fits with the style of the other "label" issues on One Day Music. There are 6 small black and white photos inside and recording years are included. This is a real roller coaster of a compilation with very good to excellent sound throughout. Talking to some customers in a local record shop about these CDs we all said how much we enjoyed them and never expected such "label" compilations available. Pricewise a snip and well worth collecting the series.