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Pasadena Roof Orchestra

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra was formed in Nov. 1969 by Johnny Arthy, a lover of 1920's jazz who sought to lead a dance-oriented jazz-influenced big band specializing in music from the 1923-37 period. The British band gained its name because Arthy liked the obscure song "Pasadena." The orchestra had its first gig in April 1970 and soon Arthy came across a windfall, 1, 500 original arrangements from the 1920's practically given away by an elderly lady whose father had been musical director of a dance band in the twenties. The P.R.O. started out playing once a week but, after the success of their first album in 1974, they turned professional and began working much more often. A European tour in 1975 added to the group's momentum and since then they have worked constantly and recorded fairly regularly (in the early days for Transatlantic and later on mostly for their own P.R.O. label). No famous soloists are among their alumni since the Pasadena Roof Orchestra is very much a dance band, but the group has long featured colorful ensembles, period vocals and brief individual spots, very much in the early pre-swing style which they treat with great respect. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Licensed To Swing

1. You're The Top

2. At The Jazz Band Ball

3. Bel Ami

4. No Strings

5. Futuristic Rhythm

6. Polka Dot Rag

7. About A Quarter To Nine

8. I Heard

9. Without That Certain Thing

10. Am Sonntag Will Meine Süsse Mit Mir Segeln Gehn

11. Jungle Nights In Harlem

12. Happy Feet

13. Singing In The Rain

14. A Cheerful Little Earful

15. Where The Blue Of The Night (Meets The Gold Of The Day)

16. Yes! We Have No Bananas

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Track List: Fifteen Years On

1. I Can't Dance

2. Yes Yes (My Baby Said Yes)

3. You Took Advantage Of Me

4. Varsity Drag

5. The Very Thought Of You

6. Casa Loma Stomp

7. Pasadena

8. Hollywood Medley - Hooray For Hollywood / The Continental / Cheek To Cheek / Top Hat, Whit Tie And Tails

9. The Lambeth Walk

10. Solitude

11. I Heard

12. 20s Medley - Don't Bring Lulu / Ain't She Sweet / Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue / Charleston

13. Here's To The Next Time

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Track List: Roots Of Swing

1. Change Partners

2. Nobody's Sweetheart

3. Time On My Hands

4. Casa Loma Stomp

5. 'S Wonderful

6. She's A Latin From Manhattan

7. Isn't This A Lovely Day

8. Golden Wedding

9. Got A Date With An Angel

10. Side By Side

11. Panama Rag

12. If I Had A Talking Picture Of You

13. Tiger Rag

14. You Are My Lucky Star

15. Limehouse Blues

16. We're In The Money (The Gold Diggers Song)

17. Bei Mir Bist Du Schön

18. Just A Gigolo (Schöner Gigolo)

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Track List: Home In Pasadena

Disc 1

1. Home In Pasadena

2. Singing In The Rain

3. The Lullaby Of Broadway

4. Charleston

5. Creole Love Call

6. It Don't Mean A Thing

7. As Time Goes By

8. Eccentric

9. Georgia On My Mind

10. Dream A Little Dream Of Me

11. Good News

12. Sugar Foot Stomp

13. The Mooche

14. What Is This Thing Called Love

15. Soft Shoe Shuffle

16. Three Little Words

17. Cheek To Cheek

18. I Won't Dance

19. You've Got Me Crying Again

20. I Told Every Little Star

21. Honey Pie

22. I'll See You Again

Disc 2

1. Teddy Bear's Picnic

2. Sunday

3. Isn't It Romantic

4. Stormy Weather

5. Everything Stops For Tea

6. Choo Choo

7. My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes

8. Nagasaki

9. That's My Weakness Now

10. Sing, Sing, Sing

11. Whispering

12. Skokiaan

13. Vo-Do-Do-De-O Blues

14. The Show Must Go On

15. Varsity Drag

16. The Duke Steps Out

17. She's A Latin From Manhattan

18. Hey Miss Moonlight

19. Love In Bloom

20. Me And Jane In A Plane

21. Paddlin' Madelin' Home

22. Holding Hands

23. Here's To The Next Time

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Track List: Rhythm Is Our Business!

1. Anything Goes

2. My Baby Just Cares For Me

3. Truck'in

4. Stardust

5. My Blue Heaven / Singing In The Rain

6. Rhythm Is Our Business

7. After You've Gone

8. Body And Soul

9. Cheek To Cheek

10. Oh! Mo'nah

11. Hong Kong Blues

12. Stormy Weather

13. Double Check Stomp

14. Hesitation Blues

15. Summertime

16. Let Yourself Go

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Track List: Pasadena - 25th Anniversary Album

1. You Ought To See Sally On Sunday

2. Lullaby Of Broadway

3. Old Man River

4. By The Fireside

5. Putting On The Ritz

6. Kansas City Kitty

7. Old Man Blues

8. Happy Days Are Here Again

9. Home In Pasadena

10. You're My Everything

11. Me & Jane In A Plane

12. I Want To Be Happy

13. Maple Leaf Rag

14. Some Of These Days

15. As Time Goes By

16. St Louis Blues

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Track List: Steppin' Out

1. Who Walks In When I Walk Out?

2. My Melancholy Baby

3. How'm I Doin'?

4. Creole Love Call

5. Sahara

6. Skirts

7. Pennies From Heaven

8. Latin From Manhattan

9. Business In 'F'

10. I Can't Get Started

11. Louisiana

12. Golden Wedding

13. I Only Have Eyes For You

14. Minnie The Moocher

15. Steppin' Out With My Baby

16. Pasadena

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Track List: Happy Feet

1. Happy Feet

2. Caravan

3. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

4. I Got Rhythm

5. Georgia On My Mind

6. Cotton Club Stomp

7. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby

8. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

9. Oh Donna Clara!

10. Makin' Wiki Waki Down In Waikiki

11. Just Squeeze Me

12. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon

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