Tea for Two Cha Chas

Tea for Two Cha Chas

by Tommy Dorsey OrchestraTommy Dorsey Orchestra


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After Tommy Dorsey passed away in November 1956, trombonist Warren Covington assumed leadership of the Dorsey band, and continued making records for Decca on the LP format. Dorsey's final releases were the long-playing Decca albums In a Sentimental Mood and a sampling of musical comedy hits by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz. Tea for Two Cha Chas, which was Covington's first essay at the helm of the Dorsey group, outsold the earlier albums and achieved enormous popularity as the best-selling Dorsey LP of them all. While this may seem at first like a suspiciously kitschy attempt to cash in on the Caribbean dance trend instigated by Xavier Cugat, Desi Arnaz, and Edmundo Ros, it is clear why the record-buying public responded so well, as the easygoing arrangements and a playlist peppered with familiar airs like "Dinah" and "Dardanella" made it ideal background music for patio barbecues and cocktail parties across the land. Even if the rather stilted vocals on "I Want to Be Happy Cha Cha" sound slightly demented, "Tea for Two Cha Chas" is a fabulous period piece which should be championed as essential equipment for any retro-cocktail gathering. Sepia's zesty reissue of this important, campy cultural artifact adds another dozen tracks from Covington's 1960 follow-up LP, More Tea for Two Cha Chas, which is distinguished by the inclusion of "An Occasional Man," immortalized one year later by sultry Julie London on her Liberty album "Whatever Julie Wants." Covington's concession to current developments in pop culture is evidenced by the addition of a twangy electric guitar on "Tea for Two Cha Cha No. 2."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2010
Label: Sepia Recordings
UPC: 5055122111429
catalogNumber: 1142
Rank: 90860

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra   Primary Artist
Rolf Kühn   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Warren Covington   Trombone
Gene Allen   Baritone Saxophone
John Frosk   Trumpet
Jack Six   Bass
Joe Lopes   Alto Saxophone
Teddy Sommer   Drums
Lawrence J. Boyle   Trombone
Paul A. Perman   Trumpet
Robert Tillotson   Trumpet
Hal Turner   Piano
Lester Perry   Tenor Saxophone
David J. Ecker   Trombone

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Beny Moré   Composer
Warren Covington   Composer,Director
Billy Mure   Composer
Pérez Prado   Composer
Guty Cardenas   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Joe Sherman   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Noel Sherman   Composer
Ramon Cabrera   Composer
Castellanos   Composer
Rosendo Ruiz   Composer
Christopher Popa   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy

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