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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" - A New Series Created By William Mesnik, The Mind Behind “Mesmerized”- EPISODE # 13 - "IN THE MOOD" - FEATURING THE ALBUM " MUSIC, MARTINIS AND MEMORIES" By JACKIE GLEASON IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL” – A New Series Created By William Mesnik, The Mind Behind “Mesmerized”- EPISODE # 13 – “IN THE MOOD” – FEATURING THE ALBUM “MUSIC, MARTINIS AND MEMORIES ” By THE JACKIE GLEASON IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE BY CAPTAIN BILLY-

“IN THE MOOD

EPISODE #13: JACKIE GLEASON PRESENTS MUSIC, MARTINIS, AND MEMORIES By Jackie Gleason (Capitol, 1954)

This is one of my favs. I acquired it from a bulk purchase of carts, and from the moment I gazed upon the luscious, lonely woman in the picture I was smitten. This was never my kind of music, but nothing beats it when I’m working at my desk writing, or paying bills.

I have such potent memories of my father, working from home on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, with his transistor radio emitting syrupy strings for hours, creating a warm, trance-like aura, so creamy and inviting, that I am catapulted back every time I pop this cart in to the time machine.

I always considered it to be a mass market obscurity, only distinguished by it’s come hither illustration, but no, this album was NUMBER ONE on the Billboard Pop chart in 1954. His first release, MUSIC FOR LOVERS ONLY dominated the charts for 153 weeks! And, Jackie Gleason, an untrained, self-styled musician, actually did serve as Musical Director, who would dictate his arrangements to a transcriptionist. The album features melodies from The Great American Songbook, with trumpet lovingly crooned by Bobby Hackett.

Gleason, aka The Great One, aka Ralph Kramden, aka Minnesota Fats, (for those who don’t remember), was a singular man, with a singular talent. Confidence was his alpha and omega. He once said:,

“If you have it and you know you have it, then you have it. If you have it and don't know             you have it, you don't have it. If you don't have it but you think you have it, then you             have it.”

And, his musical expertise proves this to be true. These “Mood” music albums were designed to help the regular guy seduce the girl of his dreams. And, I believe it! For me, in the 70’s, it was Marvin Gaye’s LET’S GET IT ON; for the aspiring Casanova in 1954, it was Gleason.


By Rich Buckland 06/06/2021 03:39 PM

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