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Tony Pastor

A novelty singer who (like Louis Prima) often emphasized his Italian heritage, Tony Pastor earlier in his career played swing tenor. Pastor started playing C melody saxophone while in high school. He worked with John Cavallaro (1927), Irving Aaronson's Commanders (1928-30) where he met Artie Shaw, and Austin Wylie (1930). Pastor led his own group in Hartford, Connecticut during 1931-34 and then was with Smith Ballew, Joe Venuti and Vincent Lopez. Pastor was an important part of Artie Shaw's first two big bands, the short-lived string combo and the clarinetist's very successful 1938-39 orchestra; in the latter group Pastor (as tenor-sax soloist and the male vocalist where his singing showed off the influence of Louis Armstrong) was one of the stars. When Shaw fled to Mexico in late 1939, Pastor (who had gained a bit of a name) soon formed his own successful orchestra, a big band that continued until 1959. The emphasis was more on novelties than jazz but there were occasional strong recordings in the swing vein. Most notable among Pastor's alumni were the Clooney Sisters (Rosemary and Betty) in the late 1940's. After breaking up his big band in 1959, Pastor formed a vocal group with his two sons, continuing to perform until he retired in 1968. As a leader, Tony Pastor recorded regularly during 1940-59 including for Bluebird, Victor, Columbia, Decca, Roulette, Everest and Capitol. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Very Best Of

1. El Rancho Grande

2. Rosalie

3. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

4. Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries

5. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

6. Robin Hood

7. Fools Rush In

8. Moonglow And Picnic

9. Nightmare

10. Sweet Loraine

11. Back Bay Shuffle

12. Making Whoopee

13. Indian Love Call

14. Two-Fer

15. Begin The Beguine

16. Any Old Time

17. I'm Sorry For Myself

18. You Make Me Feel So Young

19. Tony's Chance

20. Let's Do It

21. Frenesi

22. This Is My Lucky Day

23. Summit Ridge Drive

24. Traffic Jam

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection

Disc 1

1. Please No Squeeza Da Banana

2. Nightmare

3. Busy Line

4. Ready, Get Set, Jump

5. San

6. Traffic Jam

7. Bell-Bottom Trousers

8. The Lady From Twenty-Nine Palms

9. Mamie Is Mimi

10. Blossoms (Theme Song)

11. The Major And The Minor

12. Breakfast At Seven

13. Paradiddle Joe

14. Back Bay Shuffle

15. Maria Elena

16. Can I Come In For A Second?

17. The Sheik Of Araby

18. Grieving For You

19. Indian Love Call

20. Ida (Sweet As Apple Cider)

21. Makin' Woopie!

22. El Rancho Grande

23. I'm Sorry That I Didn't Say I'm Sorry

24. Summit Ridge Drive

25. My Rosa

26. Gonna Get A Girl

27. Frenesi

28. The French Can-Can Polka

29. A You're Adorable (The Alphabet Song)

Disc 2

1. Any Old Time

2. The Wedding Samba

3. Maria, Mari' (Oh Marie!)

4. Choc'late Ice Cream Cone

5. Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love

6. Dance With A Dolly With A Hole In Her Stocking

7. Confessin'

8. One Meat Ball

9. Miles Standish

10. I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Cocoanuts

11. I Wanna Sleep

12. I Never See Maggie Alone

13. My Mammy

14. Mamma Loves Papa

15. Begin The Beguine

16. Red Silk Stockings And Green Perfume

17. Flag Waver

18. La Rosita

19. For You My Love

20. Five Salted Peanuts

21. Mary's A Grand Old Name

22. The Face

23. Rambling Rose

24. Moonglow And Picnic

25. I'm Sorry For Myself

26. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

27. The Richest Man In The Cemetery

28. It's Like Taking Candy From A Baby

29. There's Yes! Yes! In Your Eyes

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Track List: Dancing Room Only

1. Dancing Room Only

2. King Porter Stomp

3. Young Ideas

4. I'm Beginning To See The Light

5. Take The "A" Train

6. If I Could Be With You

7. Airmail Special

8. Cherokee

9. Euphoria

10. Sweet Sue, Just You

11. Tea For Two

12. Biddy Bop

13. Them There Eyes

14. Three Little Words

15. Blossoms

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Track List: Mr. Pastor Goes To Town

1. Indian Love Call

2. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm

3. Non-Stop Flight

4. Rosalie

5. Prosschai

6. When Winter Comes

7. Dance With A Dolly With A Hole In Her Stocking

8. Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love

9. Copley Square

10. Paradiddle Joe

11. Mr. Pastor Goes To Town

12. Maria, Mari' (Oh, Marie!)

13. Maria Elena

14. Flagwaver

15. Blossoms

16. Hey, Mabel!

17. Just For Kicks

18. Bell-Bottom Trousers

19. I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder

20. Red Silk Stockings And Green Perfume

21. Your Red Wagon

22. Grieving For You

23. You Started Something

24. Busy Line

25. San

26. The Major And The Minor

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Tony was a great asset to Shaw's '38 - '39 band giving it a varied appeal to all segments of the swing fans of that era. He was an outstanding entertainer. His son, Guy, was also a very good singer in the Vic Damone style.
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His band had real talent...oh yeah!
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really love the style
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douglascfran k
love this sound
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Tony Pastor Played at the Mishler Theatre in Altoona ,Pa. in 1945...I was a highschool kid...never forgot how I enjoyed hearing him...CJ
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This era will never return, what a shame! A real loss to the music world!
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pg340
Great song
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pjp8203
love this music
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seasider76
great stuff

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