When we got our new kitten (is there such a thing as an old kitten?) from Cat Adoption Team he came with the name Pongo. We spent days mulling over other possible names but came up empty, so Pongo he stays. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but the name reminded me of these Les Baxter record albums I had in 8th and 9th grade, on vinyl of course, that I loved. They went when I got rid of all my vinyl records, and I hadn’t listened to them again, until now.
I found them on Amazon Music and bought them. I’ve been listening to them for a week and loving it. This music was popular in the mid-1950s, the song “Quiet Village” may have touched it off, since it was very popular. I happen to like these two albums more.
Most of this (if not all) is on YouTube, and I’ve been giving it a listen. If it’s jungle music you crave, try this record of MINE:
The Les Baxter I remember was “The Poor People of Paris.”
Baxter wrote a lot of music, both for films and in the popular vein. That song was one of the latter, I think, though it may have been part of a score.
This one was originally a French song (with lyrics) that he did a popular version of in 1956.
I’m sure I’ve heard some Les Baxter music but nothing springs to mind. I’ll have to go to YouTube and see if I recognize any of the music. Love the cover artwork!
You’ve undoubtedly heard his music, George, but may not recognize it as by him.