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Track Listing
CD 1
1. TIDAL WAVE Russ Morgan & His Orchestra (Columbia 3050D) 1935
2. LOVE ME FOREVER Russ Morgan & His Orchestra (Columbia 3063D) 1935
3. IN A LITTLE GYPSY TEA ROOM Russ Morgan & His Orchestra (Columbia 3064D) 1935
4. MIDNIGHT BLUE Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Russ Morgan (Brunswick 7737) 1936
5. I'M IN A DANCING MOOD Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Russ Morgan (Brunswick 7777) 1936
6. SOMEONE TO CARE FOR ME Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Red Jessup (Brunswick 7777) 1937
7. GEE BUT YOU'RE SWELL Music In The Russ Morgan Manner (Brunswick 7799) 1937
8. SWING HIGH SWING LOW Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Judy Richards (Brunswick 7833) 1937
9. WHEN THE POPPIES BLOOM AGAIN Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Mert Curtis (Brunswick 7845) 1937
10. ON A LITTLE DREAM RANCH Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Mert Curtis (Brunswick 7866) 1937
11. STOP YOU'RE BREAKING MY HEART Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Dave Franklin (Brunswick 7910) 1937
12. THE MERRY GO ROUND BROKE DOWN Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Jimmy Lewis (Brunswick 7888) 1937
13. THE LOVELINESS OF YOU Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Mert Curtis (Brunswick 7931) 1937
14. GOODBYE JONAH Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Lewis Julian (Brunswick 7955) 1937
15. THE DIPSY DOODLE Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Jimmy Lewis (Brunswick 8005) 1937
16. TRUE CONFESSION Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Lewis Julian (Brunswick 8009) 1937
17. I DOUBLE DARE YOU Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Bernice Parks (Brunswick 8037) 1938
18. BEI MIR BIST DU SCHON Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Russ Morgan (Brunswick 8037) 1938
19. WILL YOU REMEMBER TONIGHT Music In The Russ Morgan Manner Vocal by Russ Morgan (Brunswick 8119) 1938
20. I'VE GOT A POCKETFUL OF DREAMS Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by Russ Morgan (Decca 1936) 1938
21. LAMBETH WALK Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by Jimmy Lewis (Decca 2009) 1938
22. WABASH BLUES Russ Morgan & His Orchestra (Decca 2251) 1939
23. WISHING WILL MAKE IT SO Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by Mert Curtis (Decca 2436) 1939
24. BLUEBERRY HILL Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by Carol Kay (Decca 3290) 1940
25. SOMEBODY ELSE IS TAKING MY PLACE Russ Morgan & His Orchestra (Decca 4098) 1942

CD 2
1. GOODNIGHT, WHEREVER YOU ARE Russ Morgan Vocal by The Morganaires (Decca 18598) 1944
2. LOUISE Russ Morgan Vocal by Russ Morgan (Decca 18598) 1944
3. DANCE WITH A DOLLY (WITH A HOLE IN HER STOCKING) Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by Al Jennings (Decca 18625) 1944
4. THERE GOES THAT SONG AGAIN Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by Russ Morgan (Decca 18625) 1944
5. THAT FEELING IN THE MOONLIGHT Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by Russ Morgan (Decca 18724) 1946
6. YOU'RE NOBODY 'TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU Music In The Morgan Manner Vocal by Russ Morgan (Decca 18724) 1946 7. I'M LOOKING OVER A FOUR LEAF CLOVER Ames Brothers Vocal by The Ames Brothers & Ensemble (Decca 24319) 1948
8. SO TIRED Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by Russ Morgan (Decca 24521) 1948
9. CRUISIN' DOWN THE RIVER Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by The Skylarks (Decca 24568) 1949
10. SUNFLOWER Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by The Skylarks (Decca 24568) 1949
11. FOREVER AND EVER Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by The Skylarks (Decca 24569) 1949
12. YOU, YOU, YOU ARE THE ONE Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by The Skylarks (Decca 24569) 1949
13. BARROOM POLKA Russ Morgan & His Orchestra (Decca 24608) 1949
14. THAT’S MY WEAKNESS NOW (V. RUSS MORGAN AND THE HEARTBEATS) Russ Morgan And His Orchestra Vocal by Russ Morgan & The Heartbeats (Decca 24692) 1949
15. BLUE CHRISTMAS Russ Morgan And His Orchestra Vocal by Russ Morgan & The Morganaires (Decca 24766) 1949
16. JOHNSON RAG Russ Morgan & His Orch (Decca 24819) 1949
17. CARELESS KISSES Russ Morgan And His Orchestra Vocal by Russ Morgan (Decca 24814) 1950
18. SENTIMENTAL ME Russ Morgan And His Orchestra Vocal by Russ Morgan & The Morganaires (Decca 24904) 1950
19. HOOP-DEE-DOO Russ Morgan And His Orchestra Vocal by Russ Morgan & The Morganaires (Decca 24986) 1950
20. YOU DREAMER YOU Russ Morgan And His Orchestra Vocal by Russ Morgan & The Morganaires (Decca 27006) 1950
21. BELOVED, BE FAITHFUL Russ Morgan And His Orchestra Vocal by The Morganaires (Decca 27006) 1950
22. MOCKIN' BIRD HILL Russ Morgan And His Orchestra Vocal by Russ Morgan & The Morganaires (Decca 27444) 1951
23. DANCE ME LOOSE Russ Morgan And His Orchestra Vocal by Russ Morgan & The Morganaires (Decca 27906) 1952
24. DOG FACE SOLDIER Russ Morgan & His Orchestra Vocal by The Morganaires (Decca 29703) 1955
25. THE POOR PEOPLE OF PARIS Russ Morgan & His Orchestra (Decca 29835)
Artist:
Russ Morgan
Title:
Music In The Morgan Manner - The Hits
Label:
Acrobat
Cat No:
ADDCD3277
Format:
CD
Price £9.99
• Pianist, trombonist, composer and arranger Russ Morgan was one of the most successful bandleaders of the 1930s and ‘40s, enjoying a string of big hits with his smooth, accessible easy-listening style which focused on the broad middle ground of popular music during an era when swing and other big band leaders were enjoying chart success with their more jazz-influenced styles.

• Growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he played in a band called the Scranton Sirens with local contemporaries Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, before becoming an arranger in New York and working with Jean Goldkette and Fletcher Henderson’s orchestras during the 1920s and early ‘30s.

• As musical director of a Detroit radio station he developed his trademark style of “Music In The Morgan Manner”, a phrase he used to introduce his orchestra on radio and at concerts, and on publicity and all his record labels. Encouraged by singer Rudy Vallee, he formed his own orchestra, and over the next two decades consistently had big-selling records, and by the time of his final chart entry in 1956, by which time rock ‘n’ roll had transformed the pop landscape, had had 55 hits.

• This great-value 50-track 2-CD set comprises the majority of those hits, omitting, simply for reasons of space, some recordings from the 1930s when there was no official sales chart, but including all his records which featured in the Billboard record sales chart.

• Featured among those hits were four No. 1s, “The Merry Go Round Broke Down”, “I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams”, “Cruisin’ Down The River” and “Forever And Ever”, and it also includes his most famous composition “You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You”.

• It’s a nostalgic souvenir for anyone who was around during those years, but for any fan of sophisticated and stylish easy-listening music this provides some evocative entertainment from those golden years.
Reviews For Music In The Morgan Manner - The Hits
In Tune - Gerry Stonestreet
The 50 tracks here, presented in chronological order, as is the usual case with Acrobat, document an outfit that hardly changed its approach throughout the decades but managed to retain widespread public appeal.
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