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The Velvet Side Of The Roaring '20s

Harry Simeone & Hugo Montenegro

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Album Review

Past the prime of the Command label's promotion of stereo, Time's "Series 2000" — with modern/abstract jacket art — did better with fresh content. While Montenegro created some very original music, this is like the non-exotic Les Baxter albums — essentially easy listening. And at just ten tunes, it also is unnecessarily short. "Sway" ("Quien Sera") and "Patricia" are redone in worthwhile new arrangements, however.


Born: 09 May 1911 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Holiday chorale conductor and arranger Harry Simeone was responsible for popularizing the yuletide perennial "The Little Drummer Boy." Born in Newark, NJ, on May 9, 1911, Simeone had a childhood affection for the Metropolitan Opera, which inspired him to pursue a career as a concert pianist. After graduating from the Juilliard School of Music, he went to work at CBS Radio as an arranger for popular bandleader Fred Waring, even marrying one of Waring's vocalists, Margaret McCravy. In 1939 Simeone...
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