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Here’s a great compilation disk to kick off the new year and season. It’s one of my dad’s favorite trumpet players who is famous for playing my dad’s favorite kind of music. Dixieland. In fact, Al is known as the king.

But he also played some straightforward instrumentals that the critics complained about. Not only will you hear some of both those styles on this best of album, you get to hear him with a full orchestra and one of the most famous sex symbols and actresses of the 1960s and beyond.

So get ready to hear a musician hailed as a one-man trumpet section in Volume 158: Hirt So Good.

Promised link to Al Hirt’s Obit in the Guardian

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Credits and Copyrights:

Al Hirt – The Best Of Al Hirt
Label: RCA Victor – LPM-3309
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue, Mono, Indianapolis Pressing
Released: 1965
Genre: Jazz
Style: Dixieland

Conductor [Orchestras And Choruses] – Billy May, Henri René, Marty Paich

8 of the 12 songs on the album.

Java
Written-By – Allen Toussaint, Alvin Tyle, and Freddy Friday
taken from the album Honey in the Horn released in 1963.
Of the 21 times Al Hirt was nominated for a Grammy Award, this was his only winner, bringing home the gramophone shaped trophy in 1964.

Stranger In Paradise from the Broadway musical “Kismet.”
Written-By – George Forrest and Robert Wright
taken from the album Trumpet and Strings released in 1962

The Best Man – Another trumpet player and his singing
Arranged By, Conductor – Marty Paich
Vocals – Al Hirt and Ann-Margret
Written-By – Fred Wise, Roy Alfred
taken from the album Beauty and the Beard, an entire album he did with Ann Margret, released in 1964.

Holiday For Trumpet
Written-By – Mario Ruiz Armengol
taken from the album Horn-a-Plenty released in 1962.

I Love Paris from the musical Can Can
Written-By – Cole Porter
That was taken from the album Al (He’s the King) Hirt and his Band released in 1961.

Sugar Lips
Written-By – Billy Sherrill, Buddy Killen
taken from the album Sugar Lips released in 1964.

Cotton Candy
Written-By – Russ Damon
taken from the album Cotton Candy released in 1964.

Bourbon Street Parade
Written-By – Paul Barbarin
from the album Al Hirt at the Mardi Gras released in 1962.

I do not own the rights to this music. ASCAP, BMI licenses provided by third-party platforms for music that is not under Public Domain.

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