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George Gershwin - Fascinating Rhythm for Bongos (1/12)

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Published on Mar 16, 2011

George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 ---July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known.

Fascinating Rhythm

Don Ralke and his Orchestra

Vitaphonic High Fidelity
Warner Bros. 1360

Don Ralke was a prolific music arranger, composer, and producer, working for four decades in the Hollywood studio system in films, television, and pop recordings. He was born on July 13, 1920 in Battle Creek, Michigan. Ralke died January 26, 2000 in Santa Rosa, California.

On the bongos Ralke collaborated with versatile flute and reed instrumentalist, Buddy Collette on "Jazz Heat", "Bongo Beat". Warner Bros. hired him for "Gershwin with Bongoes" and "The Sensuous and the Savage", which is widely regarded as one of the best jungle exotica albums of that era. He worked with Warren Barker on the music for 77 Sunset Strip and did the heavy musical lifting when Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, one of the show's stars, became a teen idol and recorded his one hit, "Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb". Ralke performed similar duties for "Hawaiian Eye" star Connie Stevens when she recorded "Sixteen Reasons". Other recordings include Jewel Akens' "The Birds and the Bees", and five other gold records. Ralke also recorded two hits by Ty Wagner: "I'm a No Count" as well as "Slander". In the late 1960s he created his own record company. He collaborated with sound engineer Brad Miller on the hugely successful strings-with-environmental sounds creation, the Mystic Moods Orchestra.

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