This gem was $1.50. Maybe something about the cover caught my eye, or maybe it was the version of “Night Train” which despite never being able to find a version that even comes close to James Brown’s, does not discourage me from trying. This record once belonged to one Jimmy Blarbsher, I believe.
Buddy Morrow was a tromboner whom New Haven, Conn. Born in 1919, he gained fame with big bands led by Eddie Duchin, Artie Shaw, and Tommy Dorsey among others before leading his own band. He also was in the Tonight Show Orchestra, although for Jack Paar or Johnny Carson, I am unsure (98% sure it was Carson but too lazy to confirm). Known for his skill in the upper range, Morrow died in 2010.
“Night Train” was Morrow’s first hit as a band leader and is probably the most third most famous performer of this song after Brown and the original performer, Jimmy Forrest. Morrow’s blended big-band/R&B version, released in 1952, went to #27 on the charts. This record, released on Mercury Records in 1959, seems to capitalize on the success of this single. It has a pretty good collection of songs which seem to continue to wander slightly into R&B territory without leaving the big band sound.
For a sample, I went with “One Mint Julep”.
I am in a decent mood this week so satisfactory record although it was slow at times for my tastes.