Orchids for Remembrance

Orchids for Remembrance

by Dick ToddDick Todd


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The art of crooning was gradually perfected during the 20th century by Russ Columbo, Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallée, Al Bowlly, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Herb Jeffries, Nat King Cole, Al Hibbler, Tony Bennett, and Johnny Hartman. One important name missing from that admittedly short list is Dick Todd, known in his day as the Canadian Crosby. By far the best collection of his recorded works was released in 2003 by the Jasmine label under the title Orchids for Remembrance (inadvertently echoing Blue Orchids, a Bluebird double-LP reissue collection from the 1970s). While Living Era's 27-track Canadian Crosby (1996) also does justice to this often overlooked performer, Jasmine's double CD contains enough material (52 selections dating from the years 1938 and 1939) to cover most of the essential ground, including a pair of satisfying medleys, several soft-serve cowboy numbers, and no less than ten examples of Todd backed by a woozy female vocal trio billed as the Three Reasons. Seeing as how their name might suggest some sort of connection with Sigmund Freud or hitherto unsuspected links with André Breton's first Surrealist Manifesto, it is entirely appropriate to point out the weirdest tune in the entire Dick Todd discography. This without question is "A Home in the Clouds," a naïve and idyllic daydream ditty describing a stratospheric abode where Dick Todd and his sweetheart are equipped with a radio transmitter that they use to ."..broadcast our impressions to folks on earth below." It is a bizarre and beautiful scenario worthy of the imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
Label: Jasmine Music
UPC: 0604988013221
catalogNumber: 132
Rank: 103944

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dick Todd   Primary Artist
Leonard Joy   Accompaniment
Three Reasons   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Artie Shaw   Composer
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
George M. Cohan   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Leonard Joy   Director
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Glenn Miller   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Leon René   Composer
Herman Ruby   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Stillman   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Geoff Milne   Producer,Annotation
Dana Suesse   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Hoffman   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Lorenzo Barcelata   Composer
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
Dave Dreyer   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Nat Simon   Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Ray Mayer   Composer
Dick Sanford   Composer
John Spikes   Composer
Jane Brown Thompson   Composer
Nat Burton   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Edwina Coolidge   Composer
Charles Newman   Composer
Will Grosz   Composer
Sammy Mysels   Composer
Mick   Graphic Design
Abe Olman   Composer
John Redmond   Composer

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