Dick Behrke arranged five albums under the “Fluegel Knights” moniker. He worked with stars such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennnet, Sammy Davis Jr, among others. He also went on to do commercial work and won seven Cleo’s. However, it is his work with his high school chum, Bobby Darin, that his bio’s seem to stress. Apparently, Dick was his best man at Bobby’s wedding and was there at the end to comfort Bobby during his final hours. There is a recent interview with Dick here. It was shortly after the death of his wife.
I am guessing this came out in 1967. Mostly elevator music but there are some good moment’s. Besides the horn, Dick employs good usage and arrangement of different instruments. As far as his interpretation, I am mixed. Once you hear James Brown’s version of Night Train from Live at the Apollo, it is damn impossible to hear anything else. To a lesser extent, the same is true with Dick Dale’s Miserlou, although there are more good covers of this song. In the case of Miserlou, the version on the album is slowed down and reflects more of its Middle Eastern roots. I do not mind it. On the other hand, I hate this version of Night Train. Hate it I say. But that aside, there are some decent songs on here, more so on the second side. The songs are short, averaging about 2 and half minutes. So it has that going for it as well.
The previous owner of this record marked “Everybody Loves my Baby” on the back cover along with a few other songs. This reached # 11 in 1967 on the easy listening charts. I like the drums and guitar parts. Thus, I present it as the sample MP3.
Meh. My utter disgust of Night Train is balanced by my regard for Everybody Loves my Baby, and the rest of the album, I could take it or leave it. I may play this every once in a while. I would definitely try out another Fluegel King’s record if the price was in the $2 range or below.