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The Last Dance By Jackie Gleason

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Uploaded on Dec 19, 2009

Jackie Gleason was an American comedian, actor and musician. He is best known for portraying the character Ralph Kramden in the pioneering TV segments "The Honeymooners". His most acclaimed movie role was as Minnesota Fats in "The Hustler", which starred Paul Newman. He also played the role of Sheriff Buford T. Justice in "Smokey And The Bandit" movies with Burt Reynolds. Throughout the 1950s and '60s he produced a series of best-selling "mood music" albums with jazz overtones. He composed and arranged his signature song "Melancholy Serenade", the theme for his TV series. He could not read music and was said to have conceived melodies in his head and described them vocally to assistants. Bobby Hackett's trumpet is frequently heard on Gleason's albums, and some say he actually did most of the arrangements. This selection was first included in his 1964 album "The Last Dance ... for lovers only". It is also included in the CD set "The Romantic Moods Of Jackie Gleason" released in 1996.

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