Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Viscounts !

Aaaa, Harlem Nocturne !
The Viscounts’ signature shimmering guitar was played by Bobby Spievak, his brother Joe Spievak played bass, Larry Vecchio played organ, Harry Haller's sassy sax made the nasty quotient rise, and Clark Smith's drums brought in a sleazy tribal foundation.
The Viscounts' one 1959 hit was a cover of "Harlem Nocturne. This perfect track was written by Earl Hagen, a man whose name appeared on many television theme songs as writer. His sense of melody and sultry style were unsurpassed.

The Viscounts - Harlem Nocturne

The Viscounts - Dig


Blogger Tuwa said...

"Harlem Nocturne" starts out like the perfect music for some Poverty Row noir pic, then perks up a bit. Still, an excellent track.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

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5:35 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Thanx a bunch mon ami :)

8:54 AM  
Anonymous DrDespicable said...

This is, without a doubt, my favorite cover of Harlem Nocturne EVER. Unfortunately, I didn't discover your blog til way too late. Any amount of begging and pleading get you to repost or even email me a copy? I'm "Dr Despicable", the guy who writes the movie column at Zombie Astronaut, if that helps - if you hate the column, I'm someone else, someone COOL. Anyhow, you can get me through the Zombie Astronaut. And thanks!

12:23 PM  

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