Atomic Age Cocktail Party

Johnny Mandel (101)

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It’s another in our Great Arrangers Series, this time with the focus on Johnny Mandel. It's OK if you’ve never heard of Johnny Mandel before. He doesn’t have the same name recognition as folks like Nelson Riddle, Billy May, or Henry Mancini. Still, Mandel was a consummate professional when it came to music of the hi-fi era. He worked with some of the biggest names of the business, like Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, Count Basie, and Tony Bennett…just to name a few. Besides being a solid arranger, Johnny Mandel also was a top-notch composer who wrote several lounge standards of the 1960s. We’ll hear from Frank Sinatra, June Christy, Gerry Mulligan, Natalie Cole, and more.


Title Artist Album
Ring-A-Ding Ding Frank Sinatra Ring-A-Ding Ding!
Baltimore Oriole Hoagy Carmichael Hoagy Sings Carmichael With The Pacific Jazzmen
Oh, What A Night for Love Mel Tormé I Dig The Duke - I Dig The Count
Lovely to Look At David Allen A Sure Thing - David Allen Sings Jerome Kern
Too Young Natalie Cole Unforgettable With Love
Theme From "I Want To Live!" Gerry Mulligan The Jazz Combo From "I Want To Live!"
Straight Life Count Basie Count Basie Dance Session
Emily Bobby Hackett That Midnight Touch
The Shadow of Your Smile June Christy Something Broadway Something Latin With Ernie Freeman's Music
Close Enough for Love Tony Bennett The Art Of Romance
Theme From M*A*S*H Johnny Mandel The Man And His Music
Little Did I Dream Dave Frishberg Do You Miss New York? Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams George Benson Bad Benson