Nat Shilkret & the Victor Orchestra - The Kinkajou

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Nathaniel Shilkret (1889-1982) was an American composer, conductor, clarinetist, pianist, business executive (A&R man), and music director (Victor, RKO and MGM). He was a child prodigy, touring the country; from his late teens to mid-twenties he was a clarinetist in the best New York music organizations. He joined the Victor Company around 1915, and soon was made manager of the department. In 1926 he became "director of light music." He made many thousands of recordings, possibly more than anyone in recording history. His son Arthur estimated the sales of these records was of the order of 50 million copies. He was the conductor of choice for many of Victor's innovative recordings. He conducted the first record made by the "electric method," as well as the first commercial Victor LP as early as 1931. He composed and arranged thousands of (classical and popular) pieces, and wrote several film scores. As for this great record, it was made in 1927. The excellent vocal is by Billy Murray. Obviously, this record was profusely played and was in relatively poor shape. I trust you will enjoy this outstanding performance despite the severely damaged grooves causing surface noise I would not have been able to repair unless by dimming sound to an unacceptable extent.

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So glad to recall that memory to you, Lou :-)
Par kspm0220s l'année dernière
When I started collecting 78s 25 years ago this was one of the first records i bought so it was nice to hear it again
Par Lou l'année dernière
Thank you Jack... it seems that kinkajou was a mystery to all of us... I had no clue either, except that it was a character in Rio Rita. So glad you enjoyed restored sound too!
Par kspm0220s il y a 2 ans
Thanks a lot, Ginny! So delighted you loved this cheerful tune and the restoration :-)
Par kspm0220s il y a 2 ans
Thank you for your great comment, Genia! Honestly I did not know either what a kinkajou actually is... I only knew the Rio Rita character. I agree the Rio Rita music is all brilliant and it is one of my favorites of the era. This tune is so sparkling it, isn't it.
Par kspm0220s il y a 2 ans
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