Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Linda Ronstadt - double post; with Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra

I think this is right - but one of my best-ever college pals - Patrick - has a nephew who is named after the great Nelson Riddle.  Pat's dad, if there was not an Eagles album on the turntable - would have an all Frank Sinatra weekly Sunday evening radio show on the living room stereo.  I think this two record cover pairing looks great together.  We have Lush Life (album on the left), which is also the name of the autobiography of Duke Ellington's genius arranger - Billy Strayhorn, which was one of my dad's favorite books and musician.  Linda here - with these two back to back entries from 1983 and 84 pays homage to The Classic American Songbook.  Turns out - this series with Nelson Riddle by Linda was a triptych.  On the right is What's New.  The 3rd is called For Sentimental Reasons, a million-selling, Platinum-certified album by American singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt, released in late 1986. The album reached #46 on Billboard's main album chart as well as #3 on the Top Jazz Albums chart.  It was the third consecutive Platinum-certified collaboration between Ronstadt and bandleader/arranger Nelson Riddle and Ronstadt's eleventh million-selling Platinum album overall.  But back to Nelson Riddle himself:  "Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. (June 1, 1921 – October 6, 1985) was an American arrangercomposer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid 1980s.  His work for Capitol Records kept such vocalists as Frank SinatraElla FitzgeraldNat King ColeJudy GarlandDean MartinPeggy LeeJohnny MathisRosemary Clooney, and Keely Smith household names.  He found commercial and critical success again in the 1980s with a trio of Platinum albums with superstar vocalist Linda Ronstadt."  Of course he did.

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