Saturday, June 22, 2013
well its my pleasure to have a living legend on the show this week in that of the Keeper Of The Flame, the great Jimmy Borges. A Hawaiian legend of stage screen and TV. I've got an interesting story about an amazing find under someones house. On the back of the Marilyn Monroe festival here in Sydney I have an new Monroe revelation for you along with the best lounge and exotica hand picked from across the globe
David Carbonara A Beautiful Mine
Diana Krall S'Wonderful
Jimmy Borges Luck Be A Lady
Don Tiki With Jimmy Borges Terminal
Jimmy Vargas Black Dahlia
Ixtahuele Lotus Eaters
Jackie Gleason Jo-Anne
Arthur Lyman Bamboo Tamboo
Frank Bennett Would I Lie To You
Laura Ainsworth One More Time
Martini Kings You Only Live Twice
Chet Baker Time After Time
Saturday, June 15, 2013
This week on the show we have part two of an interview with an English radio announcer who packed up and moved to Hollywood and became a successful actor. And this week we lost a a Hollywood legend in that of Esther Williams Cocktail Nation gets a mention in the LA Times and another interview with me is on our website for you to check out.
Ixtahuele Black Sand
Laura Ainsworth Just Give Me A Man
Billy May Orchestra Mannix
Al Caiola Man From Uncle
B # Big Band Cest Magnifique
Arthur Lyman Midnight Sun
Nutty Pleasant Valley Monkday
Rosemary Clooney Hey Mambo
Si Zenter The Fugitive Theme
Skip Heller Watch Us Burn
Tiki Joes Ocean Quiet Voyage
Herbie Mann A Man and A Woman
Abe Lagrimas Like Two In Love
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Koop gets a mention in this LA Times Obit story on Bob Thompson
Saturday, June 8, 2013
This week on the show we have part one of an interview with an English radio announcer who packed up and moved to Hollywood and became a successful actor. And this week we lost a legend of Space Age Bachelor Pad Music and a member of the "Tonight Show" plus an icon of Houston that is under threat.
Laura Ainsworth The Gentleman Is A Dope
Darren Long Twist Of Lyman
Julie London Must Be Catchin
Line Renaud Sexe
Kava Kon Behind The Sun
Vic Flick Live And let Die
Waitiki Hula Lady
Metropole Orchestra My Blue Heaven
Pete Rugulo For Hi Fi Bugs
Ixtahuele Stone Gods Of Bimini
Bob Thohmpson on the ROCKS
Buddy Collette Jazz Heat Bongo Beat
Chris Connor They All Laughed
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
This morning I woke to the sad news of the passing of Bob Thompon. A composer, arranger, and orchestra leader who scored film and television soundtracks, and wrote commercial jingles. He was a leading exponent of termed Space Age Bachelor Pad Music. This experimental orchestral music became hugely popular in the 1950s and 1960s as a result of the home stereo systems that had become popular.
Today an email came in from music historian Irwin Chusid who wrote to me with confirmation of his passing.
"I spoke with Bob's wife Paula last week and she said Bob passed away on May 21. She had told me a month or two ago that his health was declining and he was not expected to last long. I have been Bob's publisher and ad hoc manager for the past 17 years, and for the past four years I've dealt only with Paula since Bob moved to a nursing home. "
Not so long ago on The Cocktail Nation radio show I spoke to Bob's son Spencer about the re release of the album "The Speed Of Sound" and here's a portion of the interview which will be available in full in my upcoming book Koop Kooper's Cocktail Nation The Interviews Part 2.
The music for the album "The Speed Of Sound" was composed and arranged by Bob Thompson and was recorded in Italy by the Orchestra Dei Concerti di Roma. It was conducted by Paul Baron. "The Sound of Speed” has recently been rereleased on vinyl through Sundance Records. Spencer Thompson stopped by to talk to us.
Thompson: thank you for your time Koop.
Kooper:Can we start from the beginning? I understand your father started as an arranger for a radio station in the early ’40s. He also had very little formal training musically, which is pretty amazing.
Thompson:Yeah, it kind of was an unusual education. He started listening to radio as a bunch of those people did when Duke Ellington came on the scene, and became very inspired by that. He played in jazz bands, and then when he moved to San Francisco he was arranging, they used to have an orchestra that accompanied various radio shows, and he did arrangements for that in the early ’40s. And after that, he started basically being an apprentice with a Berklee professor for arranging, and they would meet monthly or weekly and so he never went to Berklee Music School, but he did, while he was working, study with this Professor Denny. So that was the education.
Kooper:That’s really quite incredible. He obviously had a lot of natural talent, I gather, which is, when you think about it, for somebody to not go through the usual avenues is really quite amazing. He must have had an incredible ear?
Thompson:Yeah, he did. Also I can say that like some musicians, he’s completely absorbed by music all the time, so he’s always working on it and always thinking about arrangements and melodies. So it was more than … he gave so much attention to it that I suppose that’s how it happened.
Kooper:Now, of course he spent seven years with the radio arranging the music there, and of course eventually that dried up as more recorded performances became more common on radio, and then headed off to LA. Which was really quite amazing, because most of the top session musicians seemed to be all living there. They all seemed to accumulate either in New York or LA in those days after that work dried up. And what happened then?
Thompson:Then he was a struggling musician. Lived in a garage in Hollywood. Played at a piano bar. Played in jazz pickup bands. Eventually he did more and more arranging and got the attention of people at RCA, and that was around ’58 or ’59. So he took a long time, those didn’t come out until … the RCA ones until he was in his early-30s, so he spent a lot of time still struggling.
Kooper:And how did the Bachelor Pad type albums – like “Just For Kicks”, “On The Rocks”, “Mmm Nice!” – how did they all come about? I mean, obviously his love of arranging brought him there, but were these things that perhaps RCA kind of wanted to have on their catalogues?
Thompson:Absolutely. The interesting thing about it is this is popular music before rock and roll, and after the Andrew Sisters and all that kind of stuff. So this was meant to be mass-marketed music. My dad wanted to be the best jazz pop arranger in the world, that was basically his drive. And I think he wormed his way into the top five in that category.
theres a marvellous magazine that has been around for a while that has been catering for tikiphiles obsession with all things polynesian pop.
This week we are joined by editor Nick Camara to talk about the history of this magazine and where its going in the future.
Theres a new book out talking about the secrets of Howard Hughes as told by his former attorney.
Emma Pask Mas Que Nada
Darren Long Sandy Samba
Don Tiki Forbidden Finger
Frank Bennett White Collar Crime
Jacke Gleason From Russia With Love
Three Suns Smoke
Orchestra Superstring Evidence
Metropole Orchestra La Paloma
Beverly Kenny Try A Little Tenderness-
David Carbonara Nearing The End
Diana Krall I've Changed My Address
Enoch Light Bingo Bango Baby
Janet Seidel April In Portugal
Les Baxter Calcuta