(2006) Hit Parade Shows

Axel Stordahl Orchestra

... read moreFrank Sinatra starred in a number of radio shows during the 1940s, often doing two or three completely different shows a week. The Hit Parade Show was the swing era's version of Top of the Pops, but instead of playing the top records of the day, Sinatra would sing them for the audience. So if Mel...

52′:27″ 22 Songs

1
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Introduction / Careless Hands
2:39
2
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Powder Your Face With Sunshine
1:32
3
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Far Away Places
2:22
4
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Easter Parade
2:24
5
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
A You're Adorable
2:22
6
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
All The Things You Are
2:47
7
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Sunflower (Elman Solo)
1:38
8
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
So In Love
3:04
9
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Red Roses For A Blue Lady
2:06
10
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
2:03
11
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Cruising Down The River
2:58
12
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Red Roses For A Blue Lady
2:01
13
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue
1:22
14
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Kiss Me Sweet
2:15
15
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Some Enchanted Evening
3:23
16
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Careless Hands (Elman Solo)
1:42
17
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Cruising Down The River
1:27
18
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Bali H'ai
3:05
19
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Forever And Ever
1:38
20
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
A You're Adorable
2:09
21
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Ghost Riders In The Sky
3:12
22
Axel Stordahl Orchestra
Again
4:18
Released 30 November 2006, ℗ Jazz Hour

Review

Frank Sinatra starred in a number of radio shows during the 1940s, often doing two or three completely different shows a week. The Hit Parade Show was the swing era's version of Top of the Pops, but instead of playing the top records of the day, Sinatra would sing them for the audience. So if Mel Tormé had a number one hit with "Careless Hands," Sinatra would be the one belting it out on the show. The problem with this approach is that Sinatra always specialized in classy standards and jazzy rhythm tunes, while most hit singles (even Sinatra's own) often fell well short of his best material. That said, this CD does offer a fun peak into 1940s America, and on each episode Sinatra got to chose one song to perform whether it was on the charts or not, ensuring that a couple of tunes as good as "So in Love" are included here. ~ Nick Dedina