Ken Nelson – Let’s Swinga-ding-ding! – CD


Let’s Swinga-ding-ding!
Artist: Ken Nelson
UPC: 602297004626


‘Start spreading the news….the Northeast Texas area has it’s own Chairman of the Board! Ken Nelson hits a high note with Sinatra fans.’ (NE EXPRESS, May 2002). Nelson, one of the best known ‘Sinatra-style’ performers, regularly entertains his audience with famous Swing and Big Band Music from days past. Often called ‘Young Blue Eyes’, the big band vocalist and self-professed Sinatraphile has been performing the swinging standards popularized by Frank Sinatra since 1995, when he wrote, produced, directed and starred in an Off Broadway Rodgers and Hart cabaret revue entitled ‘An Evening With… ‘Pal Joey’ And Friends’ (based on the classic Frank Sinatra musical film ‘Pal Joey’). ‘Let’s Swing …A-Ding-Ding!’, his hit-filled debut release, is a 23 song tribute to the Chairman’s music, available exclusively at select Borders and Barnes & Noble stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area…and now at CD! Nelson is currently working on a follow-up (‘S’more S’wing!’) and a Christmas album. He is accompanied by the 22 piece Al Raymond Orchestra on these recordings. The Philadelphia-based big band has previously backed notables such as Mel Torme, Vic Damone, Tony Bennett, Jack Jones and Frank Sinatra, Jr., to name a few. Some of the individual musicians even worked with the senior Sinatra during his hey-day. Musical arrangements on ‘Let’s Swing…A-Ding-Ding!’ are in the styles of the greats– Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Don Costa and Quincy Jones– from Old Blue Eyes’ years at Capitol and Reprise. Selections include Sinatra’s signature tunes like ‘New York, New York’, ‘Witchcraft’, ‘Fly Me To The Moon’, ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’, ‘Night And Day’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, and many more. ‘Let’s Swing…A-Ding-Ding!’ is getting airplay on easy-listening format stations in Dallas, New York, Newark (NJ), Los Angeles, Philadelphia and in other major markets and has received much critical acclaim. Dallas’ ‘Legends 770’ KAAM Radio has taken notice and featured Nelson on a number of programs, including Jaan McCoy’s early morning ‘Breakfast Club’, where he is often introduced as ‘Mister Sinatra’ by the host. He is a favorite of the station’s on-air personalities Jack Bishop and Linda Martin and listeners, alike, and his album generates requests on a regular basis. Three-plus years after the record’s release, it is still generating ‘ink’ for Nelson. In fact, the January 2003 edition of SINGER Magazine (a national trade periodical) states that ‘…while Ken has mighty big shoes to fill, his CD reveals (him) as a solid substitute for the original Chairman of the Board’. The LINK (August 2002) simply states, ‘one would almost think it was Sinatra himself’. Rutgers University’s ALUM-KNIGHTS (a publication of Nelson’s alma-mater) quotes nationally syndicated radio host Sid Mark (‘Sounds of Sinatra’) in it’s Winter 2003 edition as praising the singer for doing ‘all he can to keep the Sinatra tradition going forward’. Mark was a long time friend of Sinatra and his family for nearly fifty years. Nelson however, does not consider himself to be an imitator or impersonator, but-rather-an interpreter of Sinatra’s music. ENTERTAINMENT SHOWCASE (June 2002) agrees, commenting on his ‘smooth delivery and vocals’ and affirming ‘the Sinatra style and flair (is) unmistakable, but the voice (is) completely Nelson’s own’. ‘Let’s Swing…A-Ding-Ding!’ has been approved by the Frank Sinatra estate. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each CD and cassette is donated to the Frank Sinatra Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization which Sinatra started before his death. The Foundation, administered by Sinatra’s daughter, works with a number of children’s and family charities nationwide. The CD is part of a permanent museum exhibit at the public library in Sinatra’s hometown of Hoboken, NJ. Nelson’s independent label ‘Hobo-Ken’ (a subsidiary of his Nels ‘n Co. Productions) is a nod to that famous city. Equally at home on TV as on stage or recording, Nelson recently hosted ‘Frank Sinatra-Classic Duets’ for PBS. Produced by Sinatra’s Bristol Production

Track List:

1. I’ve Got the World on a String
2. Learnin’ the Blues
3. South of the Border
4. Witchcraft
5. It’s All Right with Me
6. Hey, Jealous Lover
7. The Lady Is a Tramp
8. All of Me
9. Night and Day
10. Fly Me to the Moon
11. Pennies from Heaven
12. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
13. For Once in My Life
14. Nice ‘N’ Easy
15. (Love Is) the Tender Trap
16. Saturday Night
17. The Best Is Yet to Come
18. Chicago
19. Anything Goes
20. They Can’t Take That Away from Me
21. Come Fly with Me
22. The Song Is You
23. New York, New York


Format: Compact Discs

Genre: JAZZ

UPC: 602297004626

Artist: Ken Nelson

Release Date: 10/21/2003

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