Fitty Cent Worth
:: Stan Worth - Loop de Loop ::
:: Stan Worth - Speedy Gonzales ::
This is about as loungy as it gets. Funny part is, the liner notes claim it was recorded in a proper recording studio. Apparently the producers felt it was worth while to bring in an audience to give it the proper lounge effect, which means they must've had a bar in there too. Whew! Good times in RCA studios tonight!
Actually, it does sound like a good time was had by all. And Stan Worth was one heck of an entertainer. His Dad, Stan Sr. played at the Hotel Pierre's Cafe Lounge in New York for over 20 years, and played reeds and sang with Eddy Duchin's band in the 30s. As hoofer Donald O'Connor says in the liner notes, all this seems to have rubbed off on Stan Jr. Unfortunately, his recording career was not worth a wooden nickel.
What a lounge act though! If you ask me, his act was worthy of gainful employment for many years in Vegas or some such place, but Stan was far more resourceful than that. He found his way into composing for film and TV, and co-wrote the theme to George of The Jungle (fer Chrisake!). Then someone apparently thought the world of game show themes was worth a shot. He did the themes to Las Vegas Gambit, High Rollers and The Hollywood Squares and wound up leading the band on Name That Tune in the late '70s.
Stan died in a plane crash in 1980. Too bad. Entertainers like Stan Worth are a dying breed. And I happen to like him, for whatever that's worth.
I found this brand new, shrink wrapped record in a 50 cent bin, and couldn't resist the allure of 40 year old virgin vinyl. I figured it was worth the investment, and now it's returning dividends in spades. Yep, I'm sure it's worth 10 times what I paid for it. I'm gonna be rich! Or at least, I could do worth.