"It is well-documented that surf guitarist Dick Dale's career was revitalized by the inclusion of his 1962 recording of "Misirlou" in Quentin Tarantino's blockbuster film Pulp Fiction; what is less known is that the song was originally a major hit for a slender, elegant pianist from New York, who was paid less than $40 for the million copies of his version that made the song a fixture in American pop history.
August then signed a long-term contract with Mercury Records and began releasing albums of piano instrumentals, the most popular of which merged Latin rhythms with light classical styles, which launched such minor hits as "Malaguena," "My Shawl," "Oye Negra," and a re-recording of "Misirlou." He was able to successfully put together his own orchestra and tour in Canada and the U.S., endearing himself by dropping in and playing unannounced sets with local bands. August's final hit was with singer Richard Heyman on "A Theme from the Threepenny Opera (Moritat)," which reached number 87 on Billboard in 1956. He continued to be an active performer into the 1960s, then quietly retired, passing away in his sleep in 1976. Credited by Peter Nero as an inspiration, his work languished largely unnoticed until the lounge music fad of the 1990s, when it had a brief resurgence. A small number of CD titles have been reissued, and some of his big hits appear on compilations; fans who want a better idea of his work will have to find the original Mercury titles, many only available in the Mercury 25000 series 10" vinyl format, to experience the light piano artistry of Jan August." - AMG.
"You should buy this one, no matter what it costs because it is absolutely electrifying" - Stereo Review.
The record is NM-.
The jacket is Exc+.
The LP plays/sounds NM.
Crisp, clear, clean and open soundind instruments with plenty of detail. Terrific stereo separation.
Very slight surface noise - mostly between tracks.
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