Singers And Swingers – Seems Like Old Times – CD

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Seems Like Old Times
Artist: Singers And Swingers
UPC: 880547013394

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Once upon a time, four guys in Atlanta formed a band. Then they added a female vocalist. Being fans of the Four Freshmen and the Hi-Lo’s, they formed a vocal group. It was 1966, so they named the band The Singers and Swingers. It was a ’60s name, and it also reflected what they did: sing and play swing-type music. They sang and played for country club dances, wedding receptions, fashion shows, corporate conventions and company parties from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. So it is with the story of The Singers and Swingers. The beginning has been beautifully documented by the band’s “founding fathers,” John Williams and Gordon Gienow (see The Singers and Swingers: Early Edition, a self-produced CD, 2001). The end eventually came despite the herculean efforts of Jack Egger to keep the band together. The middle of the story is what this CD is all about. As personal and professional demands caused members of the original band to leave the group, new musicians were asked to join. A six-member group eventually formed and stayed together for about 10 years: Jack Egger (keyboards), Dannie Bell (rhythm instruments/lead singer), Rick Bell (drums/first tenor), Allen Stone (electric bass/second tenor), Bill Csuka (flute, clarinet and soprano, alto and tenor saxophones/ baritone) and Herb Kraft (trumpet and flugelhorn/bass). Rick’s and Allen’s special arrangements gave the group it’s distinctive sound-unique in the Atlanta market. The band played songs from Tin Pan Alley to the current pop tunes, engaging their entire audience with a mixture of swing, country, jazz, pop and rock and bringing all ages to the dance floor. Years after they had all left the band, they began having dinner together, first at Mary Mac’s, then at Herb’s house in Big Canoe. Later, the singers began getting together to read through old charts. Then new charts. One thing led to another, and after working together on Herb’s CD (see Dear God: You Love Us We Love You Amen, Herb Kraft Music, 2007), the singers decided to record a CD of their own. It became important to document-and share-both their music and their longtime friendship. They chose Seems Like Old Times for the title because singing together again really did seem like old times. DANNIE BELL has been singing since her childhood in Decatur, Ga. She toured with the Miss Atlanta Show, performing in USO shows at military bases overseas. She sang professionally in college and spent three years as vocalist with the Auburn Knights Orchestra. After marrying Rick Bell, she toured with the Al Belletto Sextet, singing lead in the vocal group and soloing with the band. In Atlanta she has sung radio and television commercials, worked as a back-up singer for recording sessions at Bill Lowery’s studio and others and has been a member of Harold Bradley’s Atlanta Singers and Rod Henley’s Hotlanta Jazz Singers. Now retired from teaching/training, Dannie sings in a church choir and enjoys friends and family-particularly her 12 grandchildren. RICK BELL became a professional saxophonist while still in high school in Birmingham, Ala., and played in college with the Auburn Knights Orchestra. He subsequently worked with the Don Reitan Quintet and the Al Belletto Sextet, playing sax and singing. In Atlanta he has worked for the CDC as a graphic artist/animator, served as a church choir director and arranged and sung for the Hotlanta Jazz Singers, radio and television commercials and various instrumental and vocal ensembles. He has played sax with major Atlanta jazz groups and in local and regional jazz festivals, performed with Red Rodney at the Atlanta premiere of Clint Eastwood’s movie Bird and was honored to sit in with jazz greats Milt Jackson, Urbie Green, Clark Terry and Zoot Sims when they worked in Atlanta. The Rick Bell Quintet (see War Horse and Other Stories, Consolidated Artists, 1997) was a longtime feature with the Atlanta Jazz Festival. In retirement, Rick has returned to art, exhibiting his work in local galleries and enjoying his family, especially his 12 grandc

Track List:

1. Teach Me Tonight
2. Bye Bye Blackbird
3. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me
4. You Made Me Love You/You’ll Never Know
5. Over the Rainbow
6. Secret Love
7. Georgia on My Mind
8. Look for the Silver Lining
9. Here’s That Rainy Day
10. Bye Bye Blues
11. Nice ‘n’ Easy
12. All the Things You Are
13. Seems Like Old Times

Specifications:

Format: Compact Discs

Genre: VOCAL

UPC: 880547013394

Artist: Singers And Swingers

Release Date: 12/06/2011

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