Get Your Jet Ear Ready

:: Frank Virtue And The Virtues - Guitar Boogie Shuffle (zipped) ::

- Frank Virtue bio from Wikipedia - translated (Dutch to English)

"Frank Virtue were on 21 January 1927 born in Philadelphia. Its family was of drawer Bruzzi original in Italy and changes their family name to ' Virtue ' then them in the United States arrived. Franc grew up with the music of 1930s and 40s such as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Duke Ellington and Woody Herman. He started with violin quench but chose on 15 person whose birthday it is age for jet ear. He learned play traditionally jet ear of Mr. Torrelli, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Franc studied school for boys ' on ' thomas Jr. high ' the ' Southern, ' Temple Univerisity ' and then he during the second world war at the Navy ended up was he part of the Regular Navy dance link in Bainbridge (MD), of which he later also the LEADER became. There came he also Arthur Smith against, a country gitarist who was about six years parent. When its father to cancer was operated, he had leave the service because he was the only breadwinner in the family. The economic climate and is circumstances ensured that it remained tijdje quiet. Also lost the large piglet link as a result of the bad economy their legitimacy. In the postwar period he started the Virtuoso trio with itself on bass and jet ear, Ralph Frederico on piano, and Steve Rossi on jet ear. In the middle of vijftiger years they had built a rather existence with fixed performances around Philadelphia and the area at north of this city, to even reputation on radio and TV, general to Canada and enjoy them, also they played link for zangers sometimes as a backup such as Patti page, Rosemary Clooney, Dick Haymes and June Christy, and worked with artists from the jazzscene such as Charlie Ventura. In the meantime by it Rock & Roll revolution took place with its origin in Philadelphia, Bill Haley & His Comets where also frank its advantage participated. In 1958, they prerecording new arrangement of Arthur Smith's "Guitar Boogie," with the title "Guitar Boogie Shuffle," where they used new priorities and the county & western image of the boogie woogie bent more to Rock & Roll. With Virtue on the lead jet ear, Gibson L5 "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" became of most most known instrumentaaltjes of that era. As booklet music the number has sold complete well and nearly all large gitaristen it, or something have played similar made. The single appeared on the Hunt label H-324 and was the first under the new name The Virtues. Although it a number 5 hit became, the Virtues became not really of it realm because this way the plates put business in those years in each other. With regard to the trio the group had been enlarged with 2 link members. There were a number of agreements with Bill Haley's Comets, namely know; five blanken that parent was then the average Rock & Roll link from that period, and considerably informal and with much laugh their music played. When frank Virtue entirely added themselves in 1962, on producing in its Virtue Recording studios The Virtues were dissolved. There he had success with * "Yes, I'm Ready", Barbara Mason, * "Boogaloo down Broadway", The Fantastic Johnny c, * "The Horse", Cliff Nobles & co. * "Hey There, Lonely Girl", Eddie Holman. Frank was the prerecording LEADER at these hits. Later Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were the most important producers at Virtue's studio."

I was literally talked into buying this record by a seller at the Pasadena Record Swap Meet a couple of months ago. There's this one old guy, I think he lives out in the desert somewhere. He doesn't have a store or anything, but he's got this massive collection, and he's always at that swap meet. I bought a couple of 78s from him the other time I was there, and this time he approached me and engaged me in conversation. I didn't feel like I was being given a "sales job", instead it was a sincere discussion of "what do you like?". I probably said something like, "Interesting old stuff I've never heard".

He brought out a few old records, and played them on an old record player*, probably with a 78 needle. This particular God damn thing sounded great, so I bought it. I didn't want to argue its merits with the guy. His price seemed fair, so I went for it. As far as grading the record; it's in *good* condition. The cover's split, but it looks good. And the record is worn, as if it had been played on an Elementary School record player with a 78 needle for many years. But lovingly.

Release your jet ear and enjoy.

*Some kind of thing you'd find in an Elementary School in the 60s.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007 9:46:00 AM

wonderful. (that's all)    

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 12:13:00 AM

My copy is covered with the same oily stains- looks like it may have spent a spell flat on some garage floor. It's an expensive lp in Goldmine (un-oiled).

I love your website. Thanks!!    

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 11:00:00 PM

Mr. Virtue was NOT the lead guitarist on "Guitar Boogie Shuffle". My Father played lead on that recording and his name was Jimmy Bruno. Mr. Virtue may have raped my Dad out of royalties but he will not take away his talent as a great guitar player.    

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