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Shelly Manne And His Men

Shelly Manne came from a musical family. His father and uncles all were drummers. He began working in nightclubs when he was just a teenager but he rose to prominence when he began working for Woody Herman and Stan Kenton. He moved to California in the 50s and became a central figure in the West Coast jazz movement. When jazz popularity began to wane, Shelly switched his career focus to television and film work. He collaborated with Henry Mancini on a number of films including “Pink Panther” and “Breakfast At Tiffanys.” Here is Shelly Manne and His Men performing “Straight, No Chaser”  (Thelonius Monk 1951).

I never really thought about just how much jazz was woven into the soundtrack of my youth that I never even noticed! Case in point, Shelly Manne worked on the very mediocre cartoon “The Ant And The Aardvark.” I watched the show religiously when I was a kid but I was so busy laughing at the mindless violence and the inexplicable ethnic/regional stereotypes that I never even noticed the great soundtrack in the background. I’m a John Byner fan but all I could think as I was watching the cartoon today was “man if he’d just pipe down this show might actually be entertaining!”

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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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