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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1927 Wurlitzer organ, Opus 1571, at Place de la Musique, Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, Illinois] [decorative stamp]
1927 Wurlitzer organ, Opus 1571, at Place de la Musique, Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, Illinois

Double Duty

…a collaboration with Ken Double, President of the American Theatre Organ Society for a sampler of the popular-organ art

Audio 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 59:00 Min

Audio 59:00 Min

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

JULIUS FUčíK: Entry of the Gladiators -Ron Rhode (1929 Wurlitzer/Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, AZ) Roxy Productions 116

COLE PORTER: Just one of those thingsSimon Gledhill (1928 Wurlitzer/Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI) Clue CD-436

BROOK BOWMAN: East of the sun, west of the moonLew Williams (1938 Möller/Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA) Piping Hot CD-2001

J. FRED COOTS: A precious little thing called love. PAT BALLARD: So beats my heart for youJesse Crawford (1926 Wurlitzer/Paramount Studio, New York, NY) Piping Hot CD-2008

JIMMY DORSEY: Oodles of NoodlesGeorge Wright (Wright Studio organ/Glendale, CA) Banda 438

ALEX KRAMER: Far away placesGeorge Wright (1929 Wurlitzer/Fox Theatre, San Francisco, CA) Banda 9211

TRADITIONAL: Down by the riversideJohn Seng (Wurlitzer/Mundelein Auditorium, University of St. Mary, Mundelein, IL) Pipe Organ Presentation 113

JACK STRACHEY: These foolish thingsBobby Hackett, cornet; John Seng (1928 Wurlitzer/Loderhose Studio, Long Island, NY) Sony Special Products 26656

RICHARD RODGERS: Babes in Arms (medley) –Mark Herman (1928 Page/Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN) Mark Herman Productions 1001

STEPHEN SONDHEIM: Send in the clownsTom Hazleton (1926 Wurlitzer/Nethercutt Collection, Sylmar, CA) Klavier 77006

Filler – COLE PORTER (see above)

Hour 2

CHICK WEBB: Vote for Mister RhythmJelani Eddington (Wurlitzer/Saunders Studio, Zanesville, OH) RJE Productions 1677

LEROY ANDERSON: Jazz Pizzicato; Summer Skies; China DollJelani Eddington (1927 Wurlitzer/Place de la Musique, Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, IL) RJE Productions 1908

MANNING SHERWIN: A nightingale sang in Berkeley SquareClark Wilson (1926 Barton/Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet, IL) JATOE 2005

TOOTS THIELEMANS: Blusette. STEVE ALLEN: Gravy WaltzDan Bellomy (1928 Wurlitzer/Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, NY) DBP 1326

ASH-GOODWIN-SHAY: I’d love to call you sweetheart. GLENN MILLER: In the moodJack Bethards Band; Lyn Larsen (1929 Wurlitzer/Plummer Auditorium, Fullerton, CA) Beldale 429

ROBERT ALLEN: Chances areLyn Larsen (Wurlitzer/Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, AZ) Musical Contrasts CD-211

PETE TOWNSHEND: Pinball WizardCharlie Balogh (Wurlitzer/Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa, AZ) ERB Enterprises 120

JIMMY McHUGH: Don’t blame me –Skip Stine, trumpet; Ken Double (1928 Kimball/Dickinson High School Auditorium, Wilmington, DE) DTOS 2009

JOHNNY MERCER: Goody, goody! –Chris McPhee (Wurlitzer/Capri Theatre, Goodwood, Australia) CMCD 004

Filler – ROBERT KATSCHER: When the day is doneLyn Larsen (1927 Wurlitzer/Place de la Musique, Sanfilippo Residence, Barrington, IL) Musical Contrasts CD-212


For an intense and enjoyable immersion in the theatre organ mystique, you might wish to attend this year’s annual American Theatre Organ Society convention in and around Los Angeles, July 3-6, 2012.



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