Friday, April 17, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Nancy Wilson

Artist:Nancy Wilson
Song:Back In Your Own Backyard
Album:Hello Young Lovers

Jazz singer Nancy Wilson worked with several arrangers on her early 60s recordings for Capitol. But a couple of her most successful albums were with pianist George Shearing. The British pianist had moved to New York and was also on Capitol. So after her first two albums with arranger Billy May were successful, her mentor Cannonball Adderley told her to return to recording jazz. He suggested recording with Shearing and Nancy recorded the 1961 album The Swingin's Mutual with Shearing's quintet. After Nancy recorded with Adderley, she returned to working with Shearing but this time he not only brought his band including Dick Garcia on guitar, Warren Chiasson on vibes, Ralph Pena on bass, Armando Peraza on percussion and Vernel Fournier on drums, but Shearing also wrote string arrangements. So Nancy was again recording with an orchestra but this time with a jazz orchestra. The orchestra was conducted by Milt Raskin who was a pianist and arranger for Gene Krupa and Tommy Dorsey in the 40s and turned to studio work in the 50s at Capitol. Back In Your Own Backyard was written by Billy Rose and Dave Dreyer who also wrote Me And My Shadow. The song was first recorded in 1928 by Ruth Etting and then Al Jolson. It was revived when Patti Page scored a hit with Back In Your Own Backyard in 1950. Hello Young Lovers did very well on the album chart in 1962. But for years the album was not available on CD until the British label Hallmark licensed it from Capitol and released it as a budget CD in 2013. Here's a video for Back In Your Own Backyard by Nancy Wilson.

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