Caetano sent this LP to us and now I cannot skip a day without listening to it with zecalouro. They are nice guys. I felt very sad when I read the collapsed early, in 1964. Anyway, some of their albums are available and this one is a great Caetano's pick with the boys making a deep dive into the Bossa Nova hype.
This is The Hi-Lo's - The Hi-Lo's Happen to Bossa Nova (1963), for Reprise. Funny and really competent musicians making unique vocalizations on top of Bossa Nova. By the way, Laurindo Almeida is in charge of linear notes and says that all arrangements are from Clare Fischer. I don't know who made the English lyrics to Brazilian tunes, but the one in charge did a great job. I'm asking for AMG help on The Hi-Lo's bio. Caetano, this is a fantastic album, thanks for this nice pick. Tracks include:
The Hi-Lo's were one of the more creative and influential male vocal quartets of the 1950s, matching intricate harmonies with standards that were given big band-pop arrangements. Forming in Los Angeles in the early 1950s, they began recording in 1953, just in time for the LP era -- an important consideration since The Hi-Lo's did not have huge success in the singles market. They were all over television in the 1950s, appearing on 39 episodes of The Rosemary Clooney Show alone, as well as the shows of Steve Allen, Nat "King" Cole, Pat Boone and others. In the studio, they worked with talented arrangers like Frank Comstock and Marty Paich, and hit their commercial peak with three Top 20 albums on Columbia in 1957 (one recorded with Clooney). Their inventive shadings and the wide range (particularly in the upper register) were, as is well-known, influences on Brian Wilson, and also, as is much less well-known, John Phillips. Wilson and Phillips would apply some of that harmonic influence to recordings with their groups, The Beach Boys and The Mamas And The Papas. Recent jazz-pop groups such as The Manhattan Transfer also have a significant debt to The Hi-Lo's.
Thomas on Sunday, 22 April, 2007
What a coincidence. I was listeing to this disc today(driving my girlfriend crazy)! These guys really swing. Outstanding post.
By the way,
Robert Morse wrote tracks 3 & 4.
Clare Fischer wrote track 1. Track 5 is by Laurindo Almeida/Betty Marnell/Shorty Rogers. The rest, I'm sure you know.
quinlan on Monday, 23 April, 2007Great, great post, as usual I would say.
Too bad that track 12 has jumps. Would it be possible to reup this track?
Thank you again