Jules Farmer (vcl), Henri René, Bob Bain, Jim Tyler (arr, dir), Frank Beach, Joe Triscari, Manny Klein, Conrad Gozzo (tp), Joe Howard, Milt Bernhart, Tommy Pederson, Si Zentner (tb), George Roberts (b-tb), Ted Nash, Ronny Lang (as), Sylvia Ruderman (fl), Gus Bivona (cl, as), Dave Pell, Gene Cipriano (ts), Marty Berman (bs), Art Fletcher (p), Victor Feldman (vib), Barney Kessel, Al Hendrickson, Allan Reuss (g), Joe Mondragon, Rolly Bundock (b), Earl Palmer, Irv Cottler (d), Frank Carlson, Bernie Mattison, Lou Singer (perc), Dorothy Remsen (harp), plus Strings
Reference: BMCD 877
Bar code: 8427328008778
· Collectors Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· LP + Bonus Tracks
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered
Singer Jules Farmer was 19 when he signed his contract with Imperial Records in May 1959, and all his recordings for the label were made that year. All were cut under the supervision of Henri René, Imperial’s album-artist-repertoire chief, who provided all the excellent big band and string backings, except for one date arranged by guitarist Bob Bain. A first single, Love Me Now and Part of Me, came out in July to great reviews. After a summer of club work and promotion, August saw his second single, and the ballad These Things Happen received an equally warm reception: “First-rate performance by Farmer. A strong recording that could break loose with some push,” wrote Billboard.
Late in October, Imperial released an LP, “Jules Farmer.” Billboard reviewed him as a pop talent, and wrote: “Jules Farmer shows himself to be a class vocalist somewhat in the Brook Benton, Nat Cole, Earl Grant styling on this smart collection of ballads. He has a rich quality, and he sings in a loose, relaxed manner.”
After a year with Imperial, his contract finished, and he moved to Roulette Records. A single came out in August 1960, but despite a promising start, Farmer disappeared from the music scene. This CD compilation contains the full musical legacy of a man whose rich, big baritone was once compared with some of the best.
01. Take Love Easy (Ellington-Latouche) 2:30
02. A Dreamer’s Holiday (Wayne-Gannon) 3:24
03. Stella By Starlight (Young-Washington) 2:21
04. I Married an Angel (Rodgers-Hart) 2:25
05. The Song Is You (Kern-Hammerstein II) 2:59
06. The Surrey with the Fringe on Top (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 3:44
07. Every Day I Have the Blues (Chatman) 3:20
08. When the Wind Was Green (Hunt-Stinson) 3:16
09. Bewitched (Rodgers-Hart) 3:28
10. La Vie en Rose (Guglielmi-David) 2:57
11. You Make Me Feel So Young (Gordon-Myrow) 2:57
12. Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen-Mercer) 2:34
13. Love Me Now (Hood-Loring) 2:30
14. Part of Me (Is Still With You) (Beach-Wood) 2:21
15. These Things Happen (Tobias-Ballard) 2:25
16. Possibly, Possibly (Livingston-Gallop) 2:30
17. Sweetheart (Scott) 2:15
18. Come Away (Carpenter-Baker) 2:31
19. Idle Gossip (Huddleston-Meyer) 2:46
20. The Velvet Glove (Spina) 2:29
21. I Should Have Loved Her More (Vance-Silver) 2:47 *
22. Out of Sight, Out of Mind (Hunter-Otis) 2:02 *
(*) Bonus Tracks
Tracks #1-12, from the Imperial album “Jules Farmer” (LP-12028)
Tracks #13 & 14, from the Imperial single X5607
Tracks #15 & 16, from the Imperial single X5625
Tracks #17 & 18, from the Imperial single X5646
Tracks #19 & 20, from the Imperial single X5658
Bonus tracks #21 & 22, from the Roulette single R-4277
Jules Farmer, vocals
Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by Henri René
Tracks #13-16: Lou Raderman, Eudice Shapiro, Israel Baker, Alexander Murray, Sam Freed Jr., William Miller, Murray Kellner, Mort Herbert, Robert Barene, violins; G.R. Menhennick, Maxine Johnson, violas; Victor Gottlieb, Justin Ditullio, cellos; Arthur Fletcher, piano; Barney Kessel, Bob Bain, guitars; Rolly Bundock, bass; Dorothy Remsen, harp; Earl Palmer, drums; Frank Carlson, percussion.
Recorded at United Recording Studio, Hollywood, June 17, 1959
Tracks #2,4,8,10: Sylvia Ruderman, flute; Ted Nash, reeds; Mitchell Lurie, Dominick Fera, clarinets; Lou Raderman, Israel Baker, Murray Kellner, Sam Freed Jr., William Miller, Robert Barone, Nathan Kaproff, Victor Arno, Dan Lube, David Frisina, Alexander Murray, Mort Herbert, violins; Paul Robyn, Robert Ostrowsky, G.R. Menhennick, violas; Edgar Lustgarten, Aramnd Kaproff, cellos; Art Fletcher, piano; Barney Kessel, Bob Bain, guitars; Joe Mondragon, bass; Dorothy Remsen, harp; Earl Palmer, drums; Bernie Mattison, percussion.
Recorded at United Recording Studio, Hollywood, June 24, 1959
Tracks #1,5,7,11: Frank Beach, Joe Triscari, Manny Klein, Conrad Gozzo, trumpets; Joe Howard, Milt Bernhart, Tommy Pederson, trombones; George Roberts, bass trombone; Ted Nash, Ronny Lang, alto saxes; Gus Bivona, clarinet & alto sax; Dave Pell, Gene Cipriano, tenor saxes; Marty Berman, baritone sax; Arthur Fletcher, piano; Barney Kessel, Al Hendrickson, guitars; Rolly Bundock, bass; Dorothy Remsen, harp; Earl Palmer, drums; Lou Singer, percussion.
Recorded at United Recording Studio, Hollywood, June 25, 1959
Tracks #17-20: Milt Bernhart, Si Zentner, Hoyt Bohanon, trombones; Bob Pring, bass trombone; Gene Garf, piano; Victor Feldman, xylophone; Allan Reuss, guitar; Cliff Hils, bass; Irv Cottler, drums.
Recorded at United Recording Studio, Hollywood, December 16, 1959
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Bob Bain
Tracks #3,6,9,12: Ted Nash, alto sax; Art Fletcher, piano; Victor Feldman, vibes; Barney Kessel, Bob Bain, guitars; Joe Mondragon, bass, Earl Palmer, drums.
Recorded at United Recording Studio, Hollywood, June 23, 1959
Orchestra Conducted by Jim Tyler (1960)
Tracks #21 & 22: Personnel unknown.
Original recordings produced by Henri René (Imperial) and Teddy Reig (Roulette)
Imperial album cover by Garrett-Howard
This CD compilation produced by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"And you thought Jackie Paris was obscure!!! After listening to this unbelievable reissue of the most obscure of the obscure male vocalists, I did a major Google search on Jules Farmer. All I came up with was references to these recordings and various references to him “disappearing” from the music scene.
JULES! Are you still out there?!?!? We want to hear from you!!
This guy was only 19 when he made these recordings of standards with an orchestra conducted by Henri Rene’ and Bob Bain. The session guys include some top tear studio gents like Earl Palmer/dr, Milt Bernhart/tb,Barney Kessel, Joe Mondragon/b, Victor Feldman/vib, Ted Nash/as and Gus Bivona/ts, but you’re not going to care about that as much as the fact that this guy is a swinging delight, able to mix the warm comforting tone of Nat Cole with the swagger of Frank Sinatra with just a dash of Mark Murphy looseness. IS THIS ALL THERE IS?
At least it’s a lot. He’s got a rich sizzle on pieces like “Take Love Easy,” and does an enunciation on “The Song Is You” of the word “Be-U-Ti-Ful” that NO ONE does anymore, and he milks each lyric for all it’s worth. He plays with the feel of “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top” like a cat and a ball of yarn and gets down and dirty with blisters on “Every Day I Have The Blues.” There are a handful of singles that include some rich strings for the pop crowd, but it works convincingly on “Love Me Now” and “Possibly.” A hip little nine piece band lends suave and supple support on “Come Away” with Farmer displaying that rare quality of sounding like he’s singing right at ya. We gotta do some detective work on this guy. Why did he drop out? Now that I know he existed, I feel the music world is lesser without him. Grab this and stump your friends as they’ll ask the same question I did on the title. “Please, sir, may I have some more?”
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