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Stanley Black

Stanley Black was one of the most prolific and eclectic British bandleaders of the postwar era, appearing almost daily on BBC radio and recording dozens of LPs and film scores in a vast array of styles. Born in London on June 14, 1913, Black began studying piano at the age of seven under the tutelage of Rae Robinson; he went on to attend the Mathay School of Music, and was just 12 when the BBC Symphony Orchestra performed one of his original compositions (a distinction he earned by winning a contest in Melody Maker). By age 18, Black was touring with bandleader Maurice Burman, in the years to follow working with British jazz luminaries including Howard Jacobs, Joe Orlando, Lew Stone, and Teddy Joyce. He also played alongside visiting American greats like Benny Carter, and even recorded a version of "Honeysuckle Rose" with the legendary Coleman Hawkins. In 1936 Black signed on with bandleader Harry Roy, remaining with his group for four years, including a 1937 South American tour that introduced him to Latin American music, a tradition his work regularly celebrated in the years to follow. During this time, he also took his first stab at writing for cinema, contributing to the score of the film Rhythm Racketeers. After serving in World War II, Black returned to London in 1944 and was appointed conductor of the BBC Dance Orchestra, broadcasting as many as six performances a week for nine years and regularly topping Melody Maker's lists of radio's most-heard musicians. With the dawn of long-playing records, he also began recording for Decca, releasing as many as four albums per year as a headliner (several of which are much prized by today's connoisseurs of space age pop, in particular the Exotic Percussion album), in addition to playing countless other backing sessions. On top of all this he also scored films -- some 200 total over the course of his career -- including 1948's It Always Rains on Sunday, 1951's Laughter in Paradise, and 1957's The Naked Truth. In 1952, Black left the BBC to join Decca as a full-time staff conductor and arranger, and in 1958 he was appointed music director at Elstree Studios, where he scored the Cliff Richard musicals The Young Ones and Summer Holiday. Black won a Gramophone Award in 1965 for his version of Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol, and went on to conduct most of Britain's major orchestras. Despite the gradual loss of his hearing, he continued directing broadcasts at the BBCs Maida Vale studios into the 1990s. He died in London on November 27, 2002. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Charm Of París

1. L'âme Des Poètes

2. Autumn Leaves

3. Boom!

4. C'est Si Bon

5. Chez-Moi

6. Domino

8. Mademoiselle De París

9. The Sea (La Mer)

10. Waltz Of Paree

11. When The World Was Young

12. Why Do You Pass Me By

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Track List: Encanto De París

3. Boom!

4. C'est Si Bon

5. Chez-Moi

6. Domino

8. Mademoiselle De París

9. La Mer (The Sea)

11. When The World Was Young

12. Why Do You Pass Me By

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Track List: Charme de París

1. L'âme des poètes

2. Les feuilles mortes

3. Boom!

4. C'est Si Bon

5. Chez-Moi

6. Domino

7. J'attendrai (Au revoir)

8. Mademoiselle de París

9. La Mer (The Sea)

10. Sous le Ciel de Paris

11. When The World Was Young

12. Why do You Pass Me By

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Track List: Bajo La Luna Tropical

1. Vereda Tropical

2. Mallorca

3. Siboney (1974)

4. Ay Ay Ay

5. El Truco De Pernambuco

6. Aquellos Ojos Verde

7. Rumba Matumba

8. Mar (Stars In Your Eyes)

9. Os Quindins De Yaya

10. The Moon Was Yellow

11. Nostalgia

12. Hold Me Close Tonight

13. Perfidia

14. Frenesi

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Track List: Magic Melodies

1. Mon Coeur Est Un Violon

2. Stranger In Paradise

3. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

4. La Vie En Rose

5. Jamaican Rumba

6. Come Back To Sorrento

7. The Kiss In Your Eyes

8. Paradise

9. Two Silhouettes

10. Turista

11. Atlantide

12. April In Portugal

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Track List: The Essential Stanley Black

1. The Peanut Vendor

2. Out Of Nowhere

3. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening

4. It Happened In Monterey

5. Delicado

6. Tenderly

7. Bem Te Vi Atrevido

8. Again

9. Bahia

10. Sweet And Gentle

11. Noche De Ronda

12. Serenata

13. Blue Star

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Track List: Las Mejores Orquestas Del Mundo Stanley Black

1. Don't Ever Leave Me (From Sweet Adeline)

2. Say It With Music (From Box Revue)

3. Cheek To Cheek (From Top Mat)

4. The Song Is You (From The Music In The Air)

5. How Deep Is The Ocean

6. Say It Ins't So

7. They Say It's Wonderful (From Annie Get Your Gun)

8. Marie

9. The Night Was Made For Love (From The Cat And The Fiddle)

10. The Song As Ended

11. A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody (From Ziegfeld Folies Of 1919)

12. The Way You Look Tonight (From Swing Time)

13. A Couple Of Swells (From Blue Skies)

14. They Didn't Believe Me (From The Girl From Utah)

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Track List: Orquestas De Oro

1. Frenesí

2. Vereda Tropical

3. Rumba Matumba

4. Aquellos Ojos Verdes

5. Torna A Sorrento

6. Jamaican Rumba

7. Tropical

8. Extraños En El Paraiso

9. Siboney (2013)

10. Falling In Love With Love

11. All The Things You Are

12. From Here To Eternity

13. Gaviotta

14. Magic Circles

15. Estrellita Del Sur

16. Moon Country (Is Home To Me)

17. All Of You

18. Serenata A La Luz De La Luna

19. I´ve Got You Under My Skin

20. Mona Lisa

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Track List: Las Mejores Orquestas Del Mundo Vol.16: Stanley Black

1. Don't Ever Leave Me

2. Say It With Music

3. Cheek To Cheek

4. The Song Is You

5. How Deep Is The Ocean

6. The Touch Of Your Hand

7. Say It Isn't So

8. The Say It's Wonderful

9. Marie

10. The Night Was Made For Love

11. The Song Is Ended

12. A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody

13. The Way You Look Tonight

14. A Couple Of Swells

15. They Didn't Believe Me

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Track List: Plays The Big Instrumental Hits

1. Holiday For Strings

2. Ebb Tide

3. Patrica

4. Canadian Sunset

5. Delicado

6. 12th Street Rag

7. April In Portugal

8. Lullaby Of Birdland

9. The Harry Lime Theme

10. Blue Tango

11. Melody Of Love

12. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

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Track List: Red Velvet

1. Isn't It Romantic

2. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

3. Kiss Me Again

4. Lovely To Look At

5. You Leave Me Breathless

6. I'm Falling In Love With Someone

7. They Say It's Wonderful

8. Isn't It Heavenly

9. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

10. The Moulin Rouge Theme

11. Red Velvet

12. Sophisticated Lady

13. May I?

14. Would You?

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Track List: Classic Film Themes

1. Raiders Of The Lost Ark

2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

3. Superman

4. 2001 A Space Odyssey - Also Sprach Zarathustra

5. The Magnificent Seven

6. The Big Country

7. Lawrence Of Arabia

8. The Deer Hunter

9. 633 Squadron

10. Medley Of Themes From James Bond Films: James Bond, Thunderball, From Russia With Love & Goldfinger

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Track List: Exotic Percussion And Intimate Percussion

1. Temptation

2. By The Waters Of The Minnetonka

3. Adieu Tristesse

4. Jungle Drums

5. Hymn To The Sun

6. Babalu

7. Old Devil Moon

8. Baia

9. The Moon Of Manakoora

10. Misirlou

11. Flamingo

12. Caravan

13. Mr. Wonderful

14. Petite Fleur

15. Theme From "A Summer Place"

16. Mack The Knife

17. Theme From "Limelight"

18. Memories Are Made Of This

19. The Poor People Of Paris

20. On The Street Where You Live

21. When I Fall In Love

22. No Other Love

23. Melodie D'amour

24. When The Saints Go Marching In

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Track List: The Music Of Lecuona & Place Pigalle

1. Siboney

2. Danza Lucumi

3. Jungle Drums (Canto Karabali)

4. Gitanarias

5. Maria My Own

6. Malaguena

7. Always In My Heart

8. Andalucia

9. La Comparsa

10. High In Sierra

11. Domino

12. Why Do You Pass Me By

13. At Last! At Last!

14. Autumn Leaves

15. Cest Si Bon

16. The Sea (La Mer)

17. Waltz Of Paree

18. Chez-Moi

19. Boom!

20. Mademoiselle De Paris

21. When The World Was Young

22. Jattendrai (Au Revoir)

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Track List: Hollywood Love Themes

1. Holiday For Strings

2. Ebb Tide

3. Patricia

4. Canadian Sunset

5. Delicado

6. Twelfth Street Rag

7. April In Portugal

8. Lullaby Of Birdland

9. The Harry Lime Theme

10. Blue Tango

11. Melody Of Love

12. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

13. It's Magic

14. Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing

15. A Woman In Love

16. Tammy

17. Hold My Hand

18. Be My Love

19. Three Coins In The Fountain

20. True Love

21. Friendly Persuasion

22. Secret Love

23. Around The World

24. My Foolish Heart

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Track List: Spectacular Dances

Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Title: Slavonic Dances (8) For Orchestra, B. 83 (Op. 46)
Composer: Johann Strauss II
Title: Du Und Du (You And You), Waltz For Orchestra, Op. 367 (RV 367)
Composer: Reinhold Glière
Title: The Red Poppy, Ballet, Op. 70
Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli
Title: La Gioconda, Opera In 4 Acts
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: Danse Macabre, Symphonic Poem In G Minor, Op. 40
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1
Composer: Manuel de Falla
Title: El Sombrero De Tres Picos, Suite No. 2, For Orchestra (Scenes And Dances From Part II), G. 59
Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Title: Slavonic Dances (8) For Orchestra, B. 83 (Op. 46)
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Title: The Sleeping Beauty, Ballet, Op. 66
Composer: Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Title: The Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) (ii), Opera ("springtime Tale") In 4 Acts With A Prologue
Composer: Carl Maria von Weber
Title: Invitation To The Dance (Aufforderung Zum Tanze), For Orchestra (orchestrated By Berlioz)
Composer: Bedrich Smetana
Title: Prodaná Nevesta (The Bartered Bride), Opera, Jb 1:100
Composer: Dmitry Kabalevsky
Title: The Comedians, Suite For Small Orchestra, Op. 26

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Brian you up?
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This is. Real music
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BRIAN !! "OUR FOOLISH HEARTS ""!!
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Silken music
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Hollywood Love themes - Stanley Black; Every track a 50/60's cover, but brilliantly performed - I bought the album, thanks Pandora
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Good old days...ah yes.
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Good old days
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And Latin American style ,listen to Cuban moonlight
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Hollywood love themes - I've been listening to this album for months now. very pleasant.
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Black had a gift and a style all of his own. It is truly magnificent. Thanks Pandora, for presenting us with his (and others) wonderful music.
Chuckwagon
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This reminds me of growing up and my dad's music
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Wish they had the other Phase 4 Albums he created--the r e were many!
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The first time I heard Stanley Black was in my Country of Origin Colombia, and the interpretati o n in The Pearl Fishers is the most beautiful I've heard.
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Canadian Sunset has been a favorite of mine for many years. It just has the feeling of being so gentle and relaxing. I love this music. Susan R.
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So pretty and relaxing
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cburns3250
I listened to Stanley during the 50's, love his piano.
I'm glad that Ramona Dumas was also fond of him.
Charles Burns
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Joan
this song is a song that has a strong feelings for me.. it is "our song" my husband and I.... and so i could liten to is all the time.. husband is gone now but it is still in my heart all the time... thank you for playing it for me
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jrobert38305
Great music from a great time.
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this is a great rendition, really enjoying it
Mysticpris
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I remember listening to Stanley Black (love that piano!) when I was a teenager back in the 50s. Now, many years later, the thrill hasn't diminished whenever I hear him on Pandora. Thanks for the memories!
Steve
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Gleason and Anthony's music brings back memories from a time when things were simpler. Their music lasts, too bad the times did't. The music of this age will be around long after Rap has been buried.
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I listen to all these gifted artists and they enable me to fall in love again

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