Jed Hacker's  LIVING STRINGS "picks" that represent the intrinsic beauty and soul-satisfying quality that Ethel Gabriel had in mind.  Many were recorded in the United Kingdom, others at Webster Hall in New York City, all with the famous RCA sound.  (Bill notes any articles about the Living Strings conductors would be most welcome, let's hear about the great arrangers!)

Year of Release Catalog Number (RCA Camden) Album Title Notes
1960 CAS 639 Music Of The Sea Silver Foil
1962 CAS 673 Living Strings Play Hit Motion Picture Themes Pink Foil; Chucho Zarzosa, Mexico
1962 CAS 682 South of the Border Silver Foil, Chucho Zarzosa, Mexico
1962 CAS 696 Souvenir D' Italie Chucho Zarzosa, Mexico
1961, reissued 1966 CAS 988 Camelot Hill Bowen, U.K.
1963 CAS 755 Night Themes Silver Foil; Al Nevins, Webster Hall
1963 CAS 761 The Shimmering Sounds Of The Living Strings Green Foil; Hill Bowen, U.K.
1964 CAS 799 Charade and Other Film Hits  
1968 CAS 2210 LIVING TRIO plays TV and Motion Picture Music Recorded in RCA's Studio "A" - this one is a test of great ambience
1969 CAS 2303 Living Strings plus Trumpet play Bert Kaempfert Hits Geraldo & Bernard Ebbinghouse (perhaps the greatest tribute to Keampfert ever and no Sinatra fan should be without this one)
1971 CAS 2522 The Great Hits of Cole Porter Some tracks by Ray Ellis, others by Johnny Douglas; this one is an "honorable mention" - great arrangements even though on a Dynaflex pressing)
1972 CXS 9028 You and the Night and the Music George Melachrino; 2-Lp set of fine Melachrino arrangements, contains signature tune "Starlight;" another Dynaflex pressing (not under the "Living Strings" name)

 

Jed is looking for CAS 729 "In A Sentimental Mood" by Hugo Montenegro from 1962, let Bill Halvorsen know if you have one for sale.  Jed notes "This is only the start to the Living String Series, there is much, much more.  Happy Hunting!"  Note on November 6, 2002, Dick O'Connor informs me this album was first released as Vik LX 1106 - Ellington Fantasy, Montenegro's second recording.


LIVING STRINGS

DISCOGRAPHY

RCA CAMDEN RECORDS

by Vince Parada, Dick O'Connor, Mike Pennock

 

CATALOG # (CAL/CAS)

RCA CAMDEN

TITLE

CONDUCTOR

637

Music for Romance

Hill Bowen

638

Music in the Night

Bob Sharples

639

Music of the Sea

Johnny Douglas

657

Music from Camelot

Hill Bowen

661

Music of Hawaii

Hill Bowen

673

Hit Motion Picture Themes

Chucho Zarzosa

675 Music of Gershwin (w/Living Voices) Hill Bowen

678

Music from Carnival

Johnny Douglas

682

South of the Border

Chucho Zarzosa

683 Moonlight and Romance ?

687

Most Beautiful Music in the World (+2 pianos)

Mario Ruiz Armengol

688

Sunrise Serenade

Chuco Zarzosa

690

The Waltz You Saved for Me

Johnny Douglas

692 On Broadway (w/Living Voices) Johnny Douglas

696

Souvenir d’Italie

Chucho Zarzosa

709

In a Mellow Mood

Probably Al Nevins

712 Sing Along ?

716

Tennessee Waltz and Other Country Favorites

Johnny Douglas

721

Songs That Will Live Forever (+ 2 pianos)

Mario Ruiz Armengol

730 In the Greatest Music Ever Sung ?

736

Music of Henry Mancini

Johnny Douglas

738

Where Did the Night Go? (Harold Rome songs for orchestra)

Johnny Douglas

739

Music for Young Lovers (+ trumpet)

Johnny Douglas

754

My Silent Love (+2 pianos)

Hill Bowen

755

Night Themes

Al Nevins

760

Holiday for Strings

Johnny Douglas

761

Shimmering Sounds

Hill Bowen

762

At a Sidewalk Café

Johnny Douglas

783

The Spirit of Christmas

Johnny Douglas

790

New from Broadway

Hill Bowen

791

Too Beautiful for Words

Hill Bowen

795

In the Still of the Night

Johnny Douglas

799

Charade and Other Film Hits

Hill Bowen

803

On a Sentimental Journey

Johnny Douglas

821

Music to Help You Stop Smoking (compilation of previously released tracks)

Various

830

Melody of Love (w/poetry)

Johnny Douglas

835

Music for Dancing

arr. Pete Moore, cond. Geraldo

847

The Melody Lingers On (+ harp)

Johnny Douglas

855

Waltz Time

?

857

Songs to Remember

D’Artega

859

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Johnny Douglas

864

Everybody Loves Somebody (+ chorus)

Johnny Douglas

869

The Sound of Music

Johnny Douglas

902

Mona Lisa

?

915

Three O’Clock in the Morning (+ trumpet)

Johnny Douglas

926

The Sweetheart Tree

Johnny Douglas

930

Twilight Time (+ organ)

Johnny Douglas

951

He Touched Me

Johnny Douglas

958

Music We All Love Best (+ 2 pianos)

Johnny Douglas

968 Music from CAMELOT Hill Bowen

962

Marie & Other Music… (+ trumpet)

Johnny Douglas

982

Make the World Go Away

Johnny Douglas

988

Music from Camelot (reissue of 657)

Hill Bowen

2103

Songs of Inspiration

Johnny Douglas

2106

Music from Mame (+ trumpet)

Johnny Douglas

2124

Heart of the Matter

?

2133

Music from Dr. Zhivago

Johnny Douglas

2148

I’m a Believer and Other Monkees’ Hits

Johnny Douglas

2154

Bouquet of Roses

?

2161

Music from Gone With the Wind and Other…

Johnny Douglas

2190

The World We Knew (+ 2 pianos)

Geraldo

2216

Songs Made Famous by Jim Reeves

Johnny Douglas

2234

Fiddler on the Roof

Geraldo

2238

Mellow Magic for the 70s

?

2263

Finian’s Rainbow

Johnny Douglas

2285

By the Time I Get to Phoenix

Henri Rene

2291

Ebb Tide (+ organ)

Johnny Douglas

2303

Bert Kaempfert Hits (+ trumpet)

Geraldo

2313

Music from West Side Story

Johnny Douglas

2319

Windmills of Your Mind

?

2336

Songs by Loretta Lynn

Johnny Douglas

2364

Music from Popi and Other Cinema Gems

Geraldo/Bernard Ebbinghouse

2372

Hawaiian Memories

Johnny Douglas

2395

Visit Alice’s Restaurant

Geraldo, etc.

2397

Songs of the Swingin’ Sixties

Johnny Douglas

2411

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

?

2420

Airport Love Theme

Johnny Douglas

2421

Darling Lili

Johnny Douglas

2426

Sound of Christmas

?

2427

Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone?

Geraldo, etc., Charlie Pride Songs)

2441

Song of Joy and Other Favorites

?

2453

Favorites Made Famous Again

?

2477

Theme from Love Story

?

2505

Nostalgia (compilation of previously released tracks)

Douglas, Hill-Bowen, D'Artega, Geraldo

2522

Great Hits of Cole Porter

Johnny Douglas, Ray Ellis

2564

Music from Living Free

Johnny Douglas

2606

Man of La Mancha

Johnny Douglas