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Enoch Light

Enoch Light was a popular bandleader of the '40s and '50s who is best known for his Persuasive Percussion and Provocative Percussion albums of the mid-'50s, which were some of the first albums to exploit the capabilities of stereo recording and the use of using 35mm film as a recording method instead of tape.

During the '30s, he headed the Enoch Light and the Light Brigade big band. The Light Brigade primarily played in theaters and on the radio, although they also toured Europe. The band also managed a hit in 1937 with "Summer Night," which was sung by Johnny Muldowney.

After the Light Brigade disbanded, Light became a session musician, playing on various records and radio broadcasts, including Hit Parade. During the '40s, he recorded versions of popular hits for budget labels, for sale in discount stores.

Light's career bounced back in the late '60s, when the Charleston City All-Stars, under his direction, had a series of hit albums entitled Roaring 20's. After their success, he founded the Command record label, which gave him an outlet for his sonically adventurous records. Light happened to begin the label around the time stereo became widely available, and he exploited the new technology to its fullest, creating albums that used the full sonic spectrum of stereo. The first of these albums were Persuasive Percussion and Provocative Percussion, and they were wildly popular, charting in the American Top Ten. One of the most notable features of these albums were their "ping-pong stereo," which featured the music jumping from the left speaker to the right, and vice versa. During this time, Light and Command also pioneered the use of using 35mm film as a recording method instead of tape.

Light remained the managing director of Command until 1965. While he was the head of the label, he recorded classical albums, big-band records, and collections of film themes. After 1965, Command was bought out by ABC Records, who in turn was quickly bought out by MCA Records. MCA made Command into a budget label, pressing the albums on poor vinyl and putting them into discount stores. By 1970, the label was no longer profitable and MCA shut it down. Light continued working, both as an arranger/conductor and the head of Project 3 Records. His activity slowed in the '70s, though he did continue to record. Light died on July 31, 1978. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Big Band Bossa Nova

1. Desafinado

2. One Note Samba

3. Perdido

4. E Luxo So

5. Galanura

6. Lullaby Of Birdland

7. Rio Junction (Bossa Nova)

8. Sem Saudades De Voce

9. La Puerta Del Sol

10. Brazil

11. Besame Mucho

12. Take The "A" Train

13. Meditation

14. Tonight

15. Nola

16. Days Of Wine And Roses

17. Big Ben Bossa Nova

18. I Could Have Danced All Night

19. Fly Me To The Moon

20. What Kind Of Fool Am I?

21. O Barquinho (Little Boat)

22. Mi Adorado

23. Moon River

24. Blame It On The Bossa Nova

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Track List: Provocative Percussion Volume 4

1. On The Street Where You Live

2. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me

3. That's My Desire

4. Comme Ci, Comme Ca

5. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good

6. Do-Do-Do

7. Make Someone Happy

8. You're An Old Smoothie

9. Solitude

10. With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming

11. The Look Of Love

12. I Love You

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Track List: 1920's Classics

1. Tea For Two

2. Yes Sir, That's My Baby

3. Charleston

4. Happy Days Are Here Again

5. Ain't She Sweet

6. I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover

7. Somebody Loves Me

8. Bye Bye Blackbird

9. Toot, Toot Tootsie

10. Sometimes I'm Happy

11. Chicago

12. If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)

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Track List: Persuasive Percussion 1960-1961

Disc 1

1. Good Night, Sweetheart

2. I Surrender, Dear

3. Blues In The Night

4. Fascinating Rhythm

5. Lady Is A Tramp

6. Hawaiian War Chant

7. La Cucaracha

8. Mood Indigo

9. Love For Sale

10. Orchids In The Moonlight

11. Sunrise Over Sumatra

12. Come Rain Or Come Shine

13. The Poor People Of Paris

14. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing

15. You're The Top

16. Blue Tango

17. I See You Again

18. When Your Lover Has Gone

19. Don't Worry 'Bout Me

20. Japanese Sandman

21. Bingo Bango Bongo Baby

22. My Heart Belongs To Daddy

23. Waltzing Matilda

24. Misirlou

25. I'm In The Mood For Love

26. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps

27. In A Persian Market

28. Foggy Day

29. Autumn In New York

30. Theme From Polovetzian Dances

31. Rock-A-Bongo Boogie

32. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart

33. Calcutta

34. Mack The Knife

35. The Man I Love

36. Banana Boat Song

37. Mambo Jambo

38. Aloha Oe

39. The Third Man Theme

40. Lisbon Antigua

41. Speak Low

42. Yours Is My Heart Alone

Disc 2

1. The Breeze And I

2. Lady Of Spain

3. 'S Wonderful

4. I Love Paris

5. How Are Things In Glocca Morra?

6. Perdido

7. Speak To Me Of Love

8. I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues

9. Somebody Loves Me

10. The Natives Are Restless Tonight

11. Brazil

12. Kashmiri Song

13. Temptation

14. I'll Be Seeing You

15. One For My Baby

16. Ain't Misbehavin'

17. The C**k-Eyed Mayor Of Kaunakakai

18. Blue Is The Night

19. Matilda

20. With A Song In My Heart

21. Hernando's Hideaway

22. Mad About The Boy

23. Miami Beach Rhumba

24. Dearly Beloved

25. Out Of Nowhere

26. Moments To Remember

27. What Is This Thing Called Love?

28. Bali Ha'i

29. Song Of India

30. Tabu

31. You Do Something To Me

32. Mimi

33. I've Got A Crush On You

34. All The Way

35. Someone To Watch Over Me

36. My Romance

37. Heat Wave

38. Whatever Lola Wants

39. Theme From "The Sundowners"

40. Love For Sale (Alternate Take)

41. All The Way (Alternate Take)

42. The Man I Love (Alternate Take)

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Track List: The Million Dollar Sound Of The Worlds Most Precious Violins

1. All Or Nothing At All

2. Laura

3. What A Difference A Day Made

4. The Breeze And I

5. The Very Thought Of You

6. I've Got You Under My Skin

7. I'll Be Seeing You

8. More Than You Know

9. Temptation

10. Try A Little Tenderness

11. In The Still Of The Night

12. Easy To Love

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Track List: I Want To Be Happy Cha Cha's

1. I Want To Be Happy Cha Cha

2. Tremendo Cha Cha

3. Tea For Two Cha Cha

4. Lover Cha Cha

5. Yes Sir That's My Baby Cha Cha

6. Sheik Of Araby Cha Cha

7. Chiquita Cha Cha

8. Sweet And Gentle Cha Cha

9. Cara Mia Cha Cha

10. How High The Moon Cha Cha

11. Patricia Cha Cha

12. Guaglione Cha Cha

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Track List: Spaced Out

1. Lover's Concerto

2. Petite Paulette

3. What The World Needs Now Is Love

4. Bond Street

5. Walk On By

6. Get Back

7. Eleanor Rigby

8. Knowing When To Leave

9. Nowegian Wood

10. A Little Fugue For You And Me

11. O-Bla-Di, O-Bla-Da

12. My Silent Song

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Track List: Provocative Percussion

1. You're The Top

2. Somebody Loves Me

3. Blues In The Night

4. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps

5. Love For Sale

6. Fascinating Rhythm

7. S' Wonderful

8. Mood Indigo

9. Ain't Misbehavin'

10. The Man I Love

11. Song Of India

12. Mad About The Boy

13. Hernando's Hideway

14. Speak To Me Of Love (Cha Cha)

15. Matilda

16. Good Night Sweetheart (Cha Cha)

17. What Is This Thing Called Love

18. The Lady Is A Tramp

19. Speak Low

20. I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues

21. Mack The Knife

22. Temptation

23. The Natives Are Restless Tonight

24. Foggy Day (Cha Cha)

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why do you limit Enoch Light to just one album?? He has many other great albums that you should play!
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I love this song. Its cool to hear the instrumental version

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