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Caterina Valente

Caterina Valente is a talented singer, dancer and actress. She came from a show biz family so she made her performance debut at the tender age of 5. Her professional career began in earnest in 1953 when she was hired as a singer in the Grock Circus. In two short years she had her first international hit record with “Malagueña.” She went on to record hit albums in a dozen languages. She also starred in numerous feature films. Caterina retired in 2003 leaving a truly impressive legacy. Here she is singing Paganini’s “Moto Perpetuo.” I imagine some time must have elapsed between that breathless introduction and the fabulous performance.

Speaking of Moto Pertetuo, due to a bout of temporary insanity, I have invited 40 children to my daughter’s birthday party this Saturday. The worst part is, apparently a LOT of them actually plan on showing up! If you are within eyeshot of this post and you want me to survive through Saturday, please, pray to whatever gods you worship that there will be a city wide outbreak of chicken pox this weekend!

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Give The Drummers Some

It blows my mind that this blog has nearly a year and a half worth of posts and, until last month, the song “Cute” never appeared. It was composed by Neil Hefti. I never knew it had lyrics but it does. The internet says they were written by Stanley Stein but I couldn’t verify that. It’s the perfect song for drum solos!

This excellent clip is from the show “The Hollywood Palace.” This particular episode is from the 1964 season. This version of “Cute” features an eye crossing talent roster! There’s an introduction from Victor Borge and drum solos by Loui Bellson, Philly Jo Jones, Shelly Manne and Irv Cottler plus the fantastic dancing of Caterina Valente.

Only one of these performers has been featured on this thread so far. There’s no way I’d do them all justice in one post so I have decided to bestow the music industry’s highest honor on them all and give them individual posts right here on this blog! I know it’s a huge honor but these kids have talent and I want to make sure they finally get the recognition they deserve!

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