May 19, 2019

20,000 vinyl LPs 185: The Drifters ~ Save the Last Dance For Me & Doc Pomus

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The Drifters ~ Save the Last Dance For Me
vinyl LP front cover
cover photo by Leonard Heicklen
photo of album cover by Styrous®

The Drifters mono album, Save The Last Dance For Me, was my introduction to the group. The songs on the album are wonderful with two by Carole King who wrote Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? and recorded by the Shirelles, with one by Aaron Schroeder. But most of the songs were written by the Pomus-Shuman team with their Save the Last Dance For Me my favorite tune on the album.     


The Drifters ~ Save the Last Dance For Me 
vinyl LP back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®


Save the Last Dance For Me was recorded on May 19, 1960, by The Drifters. The song by Doc Pomus (lyrics) and Mort Shuman (music) had Ben E. King on lead vocals; it was produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The single was released a few months after King left the group, and would go on to spend three non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the U.S. pop chart, in addition to logging one week atop the U.S. R&B chart.  


The Drifters ~ Save the Last Dance For Me 
vinyl LP back cover
photo by Styrous®


Later that year in November, as a soloist, King would record one of my all-time favorite songs, Spanish Harlem.  

Pomus recalls that the single originally had Last Dance designated as the B-side of the record. He credits Dick Clark with turning the record over and realizing it was the stronger song.    

In the lyrics for the song, the narrator tells his lover she is free to mingle and socialize throughout the evening, but to make sure to save him the dance at the end of the night. Pomus had polio and at times used crutches to get around. During an interview on the Elvis Costello show Spectacle, Lou Reed, who worked with Pomus, said the song was written on the day of Pomus' wedding; from his wheelchair he watched his bride dancing with their guests. His wife, Willi Burke, was a Broadway actress and dancer who was in the Broadway musical, Fiorello!. The song gives his perspective of telling his wife to have fun dancing, but reminds her who will be taking her home and "in whose arms you're gonna be."      


Willi Burke & Doc Pomus
date & photographer unknown 


"Save The Last Dance For Me"

You can dance
Every dance with the guy
Who gave you the eye
Let him hold you tight

You can smile
Every smile for the man
Who held your hand
'Neath the pale moonlight

But don't forget who's taking you home
And in whose arms you're gonna be
So darlin'
Save the last dance for me, mmm

Oh I know
That the music is fine
Like sparkling wine
Go and have your fun

Laugh and sing
But while we're apart
Don't give your heart
To anyone

But don't forget who's taking you home
And in whose arms you're gonna be
So darlin'
Save the last dance for me, mmm

Baby don't you know I love you so?
Can't you feel it when we touch?
I will never, never let you go
I love you oh so much

You can dance
Go and carry on
Till the night is gone
And it's time to go

If he asks
If you're all alone
Can he take you home
You must tell him no

'Cause don't forget who's taking you home
And in whose arms you're gonna be
So darlin'
Save the last dance for me

'Cause don't forget who's taking you home
And in whose arms you're gonna be
So darlin'
Save the last dance for me, mmm

Save the last dance for me, mmm
Save the last dance for me

        

The Drifters ~ Save the Last Dance For Me 
vinyl LP , side 1
photos by Styrous®







The Drifters ~ Save the Last Dance For Me 
vinyl LP , side 2
photos by Styrous®
 


Tracklist:

Side 1:

A1 - Save The Last Dance For Me, written by Pomus-Shuman
  
A2 - I Count The Tears, written by Pomus-Shuman
  
A3 - Somebody New Dancin' With You, written by Pomus-Shuman
  
A4 - Jackpot, written by Aaron Schroeder, Chuck Kaye
  
A5 - No Sweet Lovin', written by David Baughan, James Oliver (4), William Pinckney
  
A6 - Sweets For My Sweet, written by Pomus-Shuman

Side 2:
  
B1 - Mexican Divorce, written by Bob Hilliard, Burt F. Bacharach*
  
B2 - When My Little Girl Is Smiling, written by Carole King, Jerry Goffin*
  
B3 - Some Kind Of Wonderful, written by Carole King, Jerry Goffin*
  
B4 - Please Stay, written by Bob Hilliard, Burt F. Bacharach*
  
B5 - Nobody But Me, written by Pomus-Shuman
  
B6 - Room Full Of Tears, written by Pomus-Shuman

Companies, etc.

    Published By – Progressive (3)
    Published By – Rumbalero
    Record Company – Atlantic Record Sales
    Mastered At – Atlantic Studios

Credits:

    Arranged By, Conductor – Stan Applebaum
    Producer – Leiber-Stoller*
    Written-By – Pomus-Shuman

Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Rights Society: BMI
    Rights Society: ASCAP
    Matrix / Runout (side A label): 11851
    Matrix / Runout (side B label): 11852
    Matrix / Runout (side A runout etched [except 1]): A11851B AT1 W
    Matrix / Runout (side B runout etched [except 1]): 11852-B 1 AT W 5

The Drifters ‎– Save The Last Dance For Me
Label: Atlantic ‎– 8059
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1962
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style: Rhythm & Blues, Doo Wop

         
Viewfinder links:             
          
The Drifters articles/mentions       
The Drifters lineup: 1953 to 2019       
Lou Reed       
       
Net links:             
       
Song Facts ~ Save the Last Dance for Me    
Trivia People ~ The Story behind the song      
Unca Marvy ~ The Original Drifters                        
Unca Marvy ~ The Drifters (The Early Years)             
Unca Marvy ~ The Later Drifters                     
        
YouTube links:           
   
The Drifters ‎~
            Save The Last Dance For Me     
            Save The Last Dance For Me (live)               
         
         
       
         
         
Styrous® ~ Sunday, May 19, 2019            




 
 

The Drifters lineup: 1953 to 2019

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The Drifters - 1953 
photographer unknown

The Drifters, like their name, were an ever-changing group:

May - June 1953: Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters Clyde McPhatter, David Baughan, William Anderson, David Baldwin, James Johnson


The Drifters - 1953 
photographer unknown


August 1953: Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters Clyde McPhatter, Bill Pinkney, Gerhart Thrasher, Andrew Thrasher, Willie Ferbee

The Drifters - 1953 
( l to r) Bill Pinckney, Willie Ferbee, Clyde McPhatter, 
Andrew Thrasher & Gerhart Thrasher 
photographer unknown


1953 - 1954: Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters: Clyde McPhatter, Bill Pinkney, Gerhart Thrasher, Andrew Thrasher, Jimmy Oliver (gtr)

Mid 1954: The Drifters: David Baughan, Bill Pinkney, Gerhart Thrasher, Andrew Thrasher, Jimmy Oliver

The Drifters - 1954
photographer unknown


Late 1954 - March 1955: David Baughan, Bill Pinkney, Gerhart Thrasher, Andrew Thrasher, Johnny Moore, Jimmy Oliver

Mid 1955 - August 1955: David Baughan, Bill Pinkney, Gerhart Thrasher, Andrew Thrasher, Jimmy Oliver

The Drifters - 1956
photographer unknown


August 1955 - August 1956: Johnny Moore, Bill Pinkney, Gerhart Thrasher, Andrew Thrasher, Jimmy Oliver

The Drifters - 1956
photographer unknown


August 1956 - Late 1957: Johnny Moore, Gerhart Thrasher, Tommy Evans, Charlie Hughes, Jimmy Oliver

The Drifters Atlanta - 1956
photographer unknown


The Drifters Atlanta - 1957
photographer unknown

Late 1957 - May 1958: Bobby Hendricks, Gerhart Thrasher, Jimmy Millinder, Tommy Evans

The Drifters - 1958
photographer unknown


June 1958 - Mid 1959: Ben E. King, Charlie Thomas, Dock Green, Elsbeary Hobbs, James Clark

The Drifters - 1958
photographer unknown


Mid 1959 - May 1960: Ben E. King, Charlie Thomas, Dock Green, Elsbeary Hobbs, Johnny Lee Williams, Reggie Kimber (gtr)

The Drifters -Touring group 1959
photographer unknown


Mid 1960: Charlie Thomas, Dock Green, Elsbeary Hobbs, James Poindexter, Reggie Kimber

Mid 1960: Rudy Lewis, Charlie Thomas, Dock Green, William Van Dyke, Reggie Kimber



Mid 1960 - Late 1960: Rudy Lewis, Charlie Thomas, Dock Green, George Grant, Reggie Kimber

Late 1960 - Mid 1962: Rudy Lewis, Charlie Thomas, Dock Green, Tommy Evans, Billy Davis (gtr)

date & photographer unknown


Mid 1962 - Late 1962: Rudy Lewis, Charlie Thomas, Tommy Evans, Gene Pearson, Billy Davis

Early 1963: Rudy Lewis, Charlie Thomas, Gene Pearson, Johnny Terry, Billy Davis

The Drifters - 1963
photographer unknown


April 1963 - May 1964: Johnny Moore, Rudy Lewis, Charlie Thomas, Gene Pearson, Johnny Terry, Billy Davis

The Drifters - 1964
photographer unknown


May 1964 - Mid 1966: Johnny Moore, Gene Pearson, Johnny Terry, Charlie Thomas, Billy Davis

The Drifters - 1965
photographer unknown


July 1966: Johnny Moore, Gene Pearson, Charlie Thomas, Dan Danbridge, Billy Davis

August - September 1966: Johnny Moore, Gene Pearson, Charlie Thomas, William Brent, Billy Davis

October 1966 - Early 1967: Johnny Moore, Charlie Thomas, Rick Sheppard, William Brent, Billy Davis

Early 1967 - Mid 1967: Johnny Moore, Charlie Thomas, Rick Sheppard, Bill Fredericks, Billy Davis

Mid 1967 - Late 1967: Johnny Moore, Rick Sheppard, Bill Fredericks, Charles Baskerville, Billy Davis

November 1967: Johnny Moore, Rick Sheppard, Bill Fredericks, Billy Davis

December 1967 - Late 1969: Johnny Moore, Rick Sheppard, Bill Fredericks, Milton Turner

Late 1969 - Late 1971: Johnny Moore, Rick Sheppard, Bill Fredericks, Don Thomas

Early 1972 - Mid 1974: Johnny Moore, Bill Fredericks, Butch Leake, Grant Kitchings, Butch Mann (gtr)

Mid 1974 - Early 1975: Johnny Moore, Clyde Brown, Butch Leake, Grant Kitchings, Butch Mann

Mid 1975 - Early 1976: Johnny Moore, Clyde Brown, Butch Leake, Billy Lewis, Butch Mann

Early 1976 - Mid 1978: Johnny Moore, Clyde Brown, Joe Blunt, Billy Lewis

Mid 1978 - 1979: Clyde Brown, Ray Lewis, Joe Blunt, Billy Lewis, Butch Mann

1980 - 1981: Johnny Moore, Clyde Brown, Ray Lewis, Louis Price

Late 1981 - 1983: Ben E. King, Bill Fredericks, Ray Lewis, Louis Price

1983 - 1985: Ben E. King, Johnny Moore, Joe Blunt, Clyde Brown

Early 1986 - Late 1986: Ray Lewis, Billy Lewis, Louis Price, Jonah Ellis

Early 1987: Johnny Moore, Ray Lewis, Billy Lewis, Gene Jenkins

March - May 1987: Johnny Moore, Ray Lewis, Billy Lewis, George Chandler

May 1987 - July 1988: Johnny Moore, Ray Lewis, Billy Lewis, John Thurston

August 1988 - October 1989: Johnny Moore, Billy Lewis, John Thurston, Joe Cofie

October - November 1989: Johnny Moore, Joe Cofie, John Thurston, George Chandler

November 1989: Johnny Moore, Joe Cofie, John Thurston, Tony Jackson

November - December 1989: Johnny Moore, Joe Cofie, John Thurston, Keith John

Early 1990 - Mid 1990: Johnny Moore, Joe Cofie, John Thurston, Peter Lamarr

Late 1990: Johnny Moore, Roy Hemmings, Joe Cofie, Patrick Alan

Early - Mid 1991: Johnny Moore, Roy Hemmings, Joe Cofie, Peter Lamarr

Mid 1991 - Early 1995: Johnny Moore, Roy Hemmings, Joe Cofie, Rohan Delano Turney

Early 1995 - Late 1996: Johnny Moore, Roy Hemmings, Rohan Delano Turney, Jason Leigh

Late 1996 - Dec 1998: Johnny Moore, Roy Hemmings, Rohan Delano Turney, Peter Lamarr

Mid 1998 - Late 2001: Roy Hemmings, Rohan Delano Turney, Patrick Alan, Peter Lamarr

Early 2002 - Late 2003: Roy Hemmings, Rohan Delano Turney, Patrick Alan, Victor Bynoe

2004 to present (2010): Peter Lamarr, Rohan Delano Turney, Patrick Alan, Victor Bynoe






The Drifters - 2014
photographer unknown

     
         
Viewfinder links:         
         
The Drifters articles/mentions          
           
Net links:         
           
Unca Marvy ~ The Original Drifters                        
Unca Marvy ~ The Drifters (The Early Years)             
Unca Marvy ~ The Later Drifters                 


Please, save the last dance for me!
     
           
        
     
Styrous® ~ Sunday, May 19, 2019        
           
     








The Drifters articles/mentions

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The Drifters lineup: 1953 to 2019    
Save the Last Dance for Me & Doc Pomus   
    
    
mentions:      
The Platters ~ Only You (And You Alone)      
    
    








Theater/performance people

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Eddie Bracken        
Carol Channing        
Lon Clark  
Merce Cunningham            
Tammy Grimes        
Lotte Lenya    
Camille O'Grady      
Pillow (She-Beast)            
Jule Styne       
Orson Wells         
       
    
       
        
   
      
      
        
Monument to David Garrick, Esq., 1797       
    
      


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May 17, 2019

20,000 vinyl LPs 184: Erik Satie ~ The Irreverent Inspirations

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Today, May 17, is the birthday of Erik Satie. He is predominantly remembered for his solo piano works,  Gymnopédies written in 1888 and Gnossiennes, 1889 - 97. Though they are indeed beautiful, he explored other forms of music.  
   
This album, The Irreverent Inspirations, showcases work for piano and voice that has never been recorded before as well as his work for comedic theater, Baron Medusa's Trap, which is the real gem on this album.    


Erik Satie ~ The Irreverent Inspirations
vinyl LP front cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®


His music was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd. This recording includes Le piège de Méduse ("Medusa's trap") a short play of which Satie wrote both the text and the incidental music. The text of the play was written as a "comédie lyrique or Opéra comique" in one act, February-March 1913. In June of the same year Satie added the music, a set of seven little dances, originally composed for piano. The piano version of the music was first published in 1929, a few years after his death. The orchestral score was not published until 40 years later.    
        

Erik Satie ~ The Irreverent Inspirations
vinyl LP front cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®


The comically surrealist plot involves the elderly (and very confused) Baron Méduse (his name means Medusa in French), his daughter Frisette (to whom the Baron actually refers as his "fille de lait", which would imply that the Baron was Frisette's wet-nurse), Frisette's young suitor Astolpho, and the Baron's recalcitrant valet Polycarpe. There is also a mechanical monkey, named Jonas, dancing to the intermittent music. The nine scenes of the play develop as a funny succession of non requiters and misunderstandings, ending in an amicable hug of the protagonists.       
 

Erik Satie ~ The Irreverent Inspirations
vinyl LP front cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®


The play was privately staged a few months after its completion in 1913, in the salons of the parents of Roland-Manuel, who played Baron Méduse's role. Later live performances of the play would become rare, although a notable one, in an English translation by M. C. Richards, took place in the summer of 1948 at Black Mountain College in North Carolina: John Cage (link below) suggested the project and played the music; Buckminster Fuller played the role of the Baron Medusa; Merce Cunningham (link below) danced the part of the mechanical monkey; Willem de Kooning designed the set and Elaine de Kooning played Frisette; and the play was directed by Arthur Penn.           



The performance is spoken and sung in French. If you understand French, you're ok. If you don't, not a problem, there is a 12" by 12" libretto included with the text in French and English.   

       

Erik Satie ~ The Irreverent Inspirations libretto, front page
photo by Styrous®




Erik Satie ~ The Irreverent Inspirations libretto pages
photos by Styrous®









Satie wrote his absurdist play some 15 years after the first Ubu play by Alfred Jarry had been premiered in Paris. Ubu Roi was later to become the most cherished and first example of surrealism in theatre (which would develop into the Theatre of the Absurd).     

The original program for the performance on August 14, 1948, of The Ruse of Medusa: a lyric comedy in one act by Erik Satie included: Buckminster Fuller, Isaac Rosenfeld, William Shrauger, Elaine de Kooning, Merce Cunningham (link below), and Alvin Charles Few. The direction was by Helen Livingston and Arthur Penn. Dance was choreographed by Cunningham and music performed by John Cage (link below).        

      


Works for piano and vocal

Erik Satie ~ The Irreverent Inspirations
vinyl LP back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®


The works for piano and vocal on side one are sung by coloratura soprano Mady Mesplé, tenor Nicolai Gedda (link below) and baritone Gabriel Bacquier. The Choses Vues À Droite Et À Gauche (Sans Lunettes) is beautifully performed by Yan Pascal on violin accompanied by Aldo Ciccolini on piano who is conductor for all the works.      

       

Erik Satie ~ The Irreverent Inspirations
vinyl LP front cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®


An eccentric, Satie was introduced as a "gymnopedist" in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies. Later, he also referred to himself as a "phonometrician" (meaning "someone who measures sounds"), preferring this designation to that of "musician."       

With Jean Cocteau, whom he had first met in 1915, Satie started work on incidental music for a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare, resulting in the Cinq grimaces pour Le songe d'une nuit d'été. From 1916, he and Cocteau worked on the ballet Parade, which was premiered in 1917 by the Sergei Diaghilev Ballets Russes, with sets and costumes by Pablo Picasso, and choreography by Léonide Massine. Through Picasso, Satie also became acquainted with other cubists, such as Georges Braque, with whom he would work on other, aborted, projects.         


drawing by Pablo Picasso
 

After years of heavy drinking (including consumption of absinthe), Satie died at age 59, on July 1, 1925, from cirrhosis of the liver. After his death, Satie's friends discovered his apartment in squalor and chaos. Among many other unsorted papers and miscellaneous items, it contained a large number of umbrellas, and two grand pianos placed one on top of the other, the upper instrument used as storage for letters and parcels. They discovered compositions that were either thought to have been lost or totally unknown. The score to Jack in the Box was thought, by Satie, to have been left on a bus years before. These were found behind the piano, in the pockets of his velvet suits, and in other odd places, and included Vexations; Geneviève de Brabant and other unpublished or unfinished stage works; The Dreamy Fish; many Schola Cantorum exercises; a previously unseen set of "canine" piano pieces; and several other works for piano, many untitled. Some of these would be published later as additional Gnossiennes, Pièces froides, Enfantines, and furniture music.           











     
Tracklist:

Side 1:

A1 - Les Pantins Dansent - 2:10
A2 - Tendrement - 2:57

    Ludion, Cinq Poèmes De Léon-Paul Fargue
A3 - Air Du Rat - 0:29
A4 - Spleen - 0:47
A5 - La Grenouille Américaine - 1:14
A6 - Air Du Poète - 0:56
A7 - Chanson Du Chat - 0:44

    Trois Poèmes D'amour, D'Erik Satie
A8 - Ne Suis Que Grain De Sable - 0:34
A9 - Suis Chauve De Naissance - 0:34
A10 - Ta Parure Est Secrète - 0:45

    Choses Vues À Droite Et À Gauche (Sans Lunettes)
A11 - Choral Hypocrite - 1:00
A12 - Fugue À Tâtons - 1:35
A13 - Fantaisie Musculaire - 1:27

    Quatre Petites Mélodies
A14 - Élégie - 1:05
A15 - Danseuse - 0:33
A16 - Chanson - 0:28
A17 - Adieu - 0:36
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A18 - Prélude De La Porte Héroïque Du Ciel - 3:25

Side 2:

B - Le Piege De Meduse (Baron Medusa's Trap) - 25:30

Credits:

    Composed By – Erik Satie
    Conductor – Aldo Ciccolini
    Liner Notes – James Ringo
    Orchestra – Orchestre Des Concerts Lamoureux

Erik Satie ‎– The Irreverent Inspirations Of Erik Satie
Label: Angel Records ‎– S-2-36173
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Book
Country: US
Released:
Genre: Classical
Style: Modern

     
     
Viewfinder links:       
     
John Cage   
Merce Cunningham       
Nicolai Gedda     
     
     
       
Net links:       
     
Flypaper ~ Satie Weirder Than You Realize
The Guardian ~ Erik Satie: a life less ordinary     
NPR ~ Guitarists Discover Timelessness of Erik Satie      
NY Times ~ The Irreverent Inspirations of Erik Satie review    
WXQR ~ Why Satie Is Still New Music     
     
       
  
YouTube links:       
       
Ludion, Cinq Poèmes De Léon-Paul Fargue           
Quatre Petites Mélodies      
Trois Poèmes D'amour, D'Erik Satie   
Choses Vues À Droite Et À Gauche (Sans Lunettes)     
Le piège de Méduse ("Medusa's trap") Part 1 (12 minutes)      
Le piège de Méduse ("Medusa's trap") Part 2 (13 min., 32 sec.)     
  
                  
     
     
Erik Satie ~ The Irreverent Inspirations
vinyl LP back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®




"Why attack God? 
He may be as miserable as we are."
                         ~ Eric Satie 


          
          
Styrous® ~ Friday, May 17, 2019        





        







       

Merce Cunningham articles/mentions

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Happy Birthday, John       
Erik Satie ~ The Irreverent Inspirations           
        
       
      
       




        
Merce Cunningham - 1958       
photo by Richard Rutledge       
       
        
       
      
       
        


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Nicolai Gedda articles/mentions

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Erik Satie ~ The Irreverent Inspirations   
Victoria de los Ángeles ~       
      Carmen          
      The 1992 Barcelona Olympics       
        
     
     
       
     
        
       
      
Nicolai Gedda      
date & photographer unknown       
     
      










Alfred Hitchcock articles/mentions

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Bernard Herrmann ~ Psycho  
Miklós Rózsa ~ Spellbound   
       
       
        
     
     
     
       
      
    
       
      
        
       
photo by Albert Watson