Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Show 3: Wiseguys

A couple of “business associates” rent out the Mauna Loa Lounge for their social club’s annual general meeting... So we get to sample some Italian-American exotica this week...
Write to me if you want to learn more about Don Mimi, Chucky Tripoli, and the Sons of Sicily...

Song 1 : : Italian Medley
Artist : : Johnny Puleo and his Harmonica Gang
Album : : Johnny Puleo and his Harmonica Gang

This first tune is not an exotica track but helps set the mood for my friends from the Sons of Sicily Defense League.
Johnny Puleo is a real kick! Somewhere in a photo album at my mom’s house is a picture from when Johnny Puleo came to Montreal for a performance in the late 50s. My mom... all 4 feet 11 inches of her... towers over Johnny, who makes a funny face while my dad can be seen cracking up in the background. Great picture... I’ll scan it and post it for you all one day. You can read Johnny Puleo’s biography here.

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Song 2 : : Return to Me
Artist : : Arthur Lyman
Album : : Bahia

A classic Italo-American hit (as popularized by Dino) performed here by an exotica great. No matter how exotic Lyman tries to make the tune, he can’t avoid using mandolins...

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Song 3 : : Strange Enchantment
Artist : : Vic Damone
Album : : Strange Enchantment

Gotta love Vic! You can read my complete review of this record on our Mai Tai Hi-Fi page.

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