Warner Bros. Records WS 1472
Walkin' My Baby Back Home
Let's Put Out the Lights
Open the Door, Richard!
on the Back Porch
It's So Nice to Have a Man Around The House
All That Meat
You're Driving Me Crazy
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Woman in Space
||IF YOU'VE BEEN WONDERING what
Hollywood does when the lights are turned down low, here's the answer: Hollywood plays
"La Dolce Henke." This new party game has captured such personalities (you'll
hear their voices on this album) as Herschel Bernardi, Mel Blanc, Gloria Wood, Doris Drew,
Beverly Ford, Ardeen de Camp and Peggy Taylor. Jud Conlon's singers also join in. They,
together with their leader, composer-arranger-conductor Mel Henke, have come up with a
sound-filled set of twelve intriguing musical sketches of a subject that concerns everyone
between the ages of 12 and 72 (in Hollywood, those age limits are somewhat extended).
The fertile imagination that developed these musical extravagancesMel Henkeis
one of those elite of the entertainment world whose highly skilled talents in music have
made him a youthful legend. One listen to the pyrotechnical arrangements on this album
will show why Henke is what he is: just about the most in-demand arranger for professional
and commercial recordings today (he is, for instance, the man who brought exciting musical
arrangements to television commercials with his revolutionary spots for Chevrolet).
To record this unique album, Henke had at his baton some of the most swinging musicians in
Hollywood. Four blowing trumpets belong to Bobby Guy, Shorty Sherock, Leonard Mack, and
Tony Terran. The trombones: Moe Schneider, Jim Henderson, Bill Schaefer, and George
Oliver. John Mayhew and Morris Bercov handled reeds, while Bob Reed was on bass. Elliott
Fisher played his unique electronic violin on Woman in Space, while Beverly Ford
demonstrates her unique four octave range on this selection. Percussionists were Larry
Bunker, Johnny Cyr, and Milt Holland. Holland should receive an extra nod for blowing not
only drums but footsteps, Mason jar, and some other unusual instruments.
With this calibre of an orchestra, swinging is axiomatic. The basic musical tracks are
enough to warrant a full album to themselves. But Henke, being the kind of person he is,
does more. With a full set of Hollywood's most provocative voices (often the familiar but
unknown sort that peddle you products over television), Henke swings his arrangements into
even more delightful areas through the use of these voices. Each track tells a
storyor perhaps two stories, as Henke often slips in an O'Henry twist toward the
last few bars of each number.
Actually, this sort of creative album making destroys categorization. It, just like Henke,
is in a class all by itself. For this is, indeed, a most dolce sort of album. Perhaps not
one you'll want to pass along to your grandchildren. But you'll be surprised in how much
spryness this will bring out in your own grandmother. You, too.
THE COVER PHOTO, which was taken in Hollywood, of course, depicts San Francisco radio
personality Tom Donahue, radio station KYA, San Francisco, surrounded by four girls who
heard he was in show business. Sid Avery, Professional Photographer, arranged it