the likes of Chuck Berry, The Drifters and Roger Miller the "Living
Guitars" just want to party. This album also contains
a cover of one of my all-time favorites, "Jezebel". To
quote from the liner notes, "A festive function featuring
dancing...a dance, party or other festivity" this is the dictionary
definintion of the term "Shindig" or as the back cover
proclaims, "A Shindig is a Swingin' Thing". The
notes don't contain any info as to the actual players or photo
credits. So have mom put some pop in the fridge, call up
the gals and the fellas, put this platter on and have a swingin'
Shindig of your own.
info sent in by Mary:
Al Caiola : Born 7 Sept 1920, Jersey City, New Jersey
Along with Tony Mottola, a prolific studio musician and stalwart of countless "Percussion" albums:
Mottola's for Command, Caiola's for Time. Worked with Percy Faith, Hugo Winterhalter,
Andre Kostelanetz, and many others. Caiola and Mottola teamed to back Johnny
Mathis on the 1958 LP, "Open Fire, Two Guitars." Recorded under his
own name on a variety of labels: singles on RCA in the early 1950s, small jazz
groups on Savoy in the mid-1950s, but he's best known for his very long string
of LPs--mostly covers of then-current hits--on United Artists in the 1960s. His
covers of the theme songs from "Bonanza" and "The Magnificent
Seven" were top 40 hits in 1960-1. Like the Ventures, though, Caiola's
own original tunes were often far more interesting to listen to.
At the same time he was recording under his own name for United Artists,
Caiola was arranging and leading the Living Guitars for producer Ethel Gabriel's
series of Living groups (Strings, Voices, Marimbas, etc.) on RCA's budget label,
Camden. A quick glance at the discography below suggests that like fellow session
maniacs Dick Hyman and Phil Kraus, Caiola never left the studio between 1961
and around 1972. Fortunately, he gets to see daylight a little more often now,
touring and playing with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.