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  • Audio CD (October 19, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00001T3K0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Band Of Gold
2. Wild Cherry
3. I'm Still A King To You
4. Ghost Town
5. I'll Be Around
6. Namely You
7. Tell It To Me Again
8. What Am I Trying To Forget?
9. Mr. Teardrop
10. Fourteen Karat Gold
11. The Tip Of My Fingers
12. There Goes My Everything
13. I Love You Drops
14. The Days Of Sand And Shovels
15. Statue Of A Fool
16. The Good Old Days Are Right Now
17. Just A Drop Of Rain
18. Between Winston, Salem And Nashville, Tennessee
19. Take A Message To Mary
20. Let It Be Me

Editorial Reviews

Medium 1
  1. Band Of Gold
  2. Wild Cherry
  3. I'm Still A King To You
  4. Ghost Town
  5. I'll Be Around
  6. Namely You
  7. Tell It To Me Again
  8. What Am I Trying To Forget
  9. Mr. Teardrop
  10. Fourteen Karat Gold
  11. The Tip Of My Fingers
  12. There Goes My Everything
  13. I Love You Drops
  14. The Days Of Sand And Shovels
  15. Statue Of A Fool
  16. The Good Old Days Are Right Now
  17. Just A Drop Of Rain
  18. Between Winston, Salem And Nashville, Tennes.
  19. Take A Message To Mary
  20. Let It Be Me

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Charles H. Levenson on September 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Before commenting on how great Don Cherry THE VOCALIST sounds on these sides I feel it necessary to say this;The idiots amongst us should not be allowed to write reviews...One need only read some of the reviews for this album to know EXACTLY which idiots I refer to...I mean,REALLY,Don Cherry the vocalist,and Don Cherry the jazz horn player are two very different people..One is black and the other isn't,for starters,and wouldn't someone who knew ANYTHING about the jazz artist know the difference,especially BEFORE buying an album sight unseen over the internet?Instead of writing ridiculous reviews telling us the obvious,i,e.THIS ISN'T DON CHERRY THE JAZZ ARTIST,shouldn't these bozos check out the difference FIRST?

Don Cherry the vocalist had a tremendous singing voice..Fortunately for him(and,alas,unfortunately for the rest of us,who appreciate that voice)he made enough money in his day,and invested it well,so that he could play golf rather than continue recording songs...He once boasted that he would rather play golf than sing,and had the wherewithal to do so.."Band Of Gold"was cherry's signiture song,but he was at home singing most fifties ballads,and had very little trouble interpreting some of the easy country and western music of that time period...these are the original,"hit"sides,rather than re-recordings offered on some other Don Cherry albums available and,therefore,should be your first choice when buying music by this superb singer....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Like Eddie Fisher, Don Cherry was snowballed by the avalanche known as R&R in 1955/56. Before that, however, his was among the more pleasant vocal sounds to rule the airwaves from the end of WW II to 1955/56. After a brief stint with Jan Garber & His Orchestra, and a flirtation with the golf circuit [he was a scratch golfer], he began his solo career with Decca in 1950, scoring five hits before the end of 1951.

This collection, however, picks up his career after he moved over to Columbia, beginning with Band Of Gold, a solid # 4 Billboard Pop Top 100 hit from late 1955/early 1956 b/w Rumble Boogie, with the backing of the Ray Conniff orchestra. His second release, Wild Cherry b/w I'm Still A King To You, was a double-sided hit in April 1956, again with the backing of Conniff, going to # 29 and # 72 Top 100 respectively in May. So too was his third release, Ghost Town b/w I'll Be Around, reaching # 22 and # 78 Top 100 respectively in August, once more with Ray Conniff.

Things were looking good - that is, until names like Presley, Berry, Domino, and Little Richard took hold. Consequently his next release, Namely You from the Broadway show Li'l Abner, only made it to # 65 in October b/w If I Had My Druthers, this time with the orchestra of David Terry. After that there were no more hit singles with Columbia.

Moving over to Monument, he re-surfaced briefly in 1966 with the # 30 Adult Contemporary hit, Married, from the Broadway hit Cabaret (b/w I Know Love), and again in 1968 on the Country charts with the old Everly Brothers hit Take A Message To Mary which made it to # 71 b/w In My Youth. And that was all she wrote.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Reitano on June 24, 2004
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DON ALWAYS HAD A GREAT VOICE AND HIS ARRANGEMENTS WERE HIS OWN STYLE------YOU ALWAYS KNEW A DON CHERRY SONG BEFORE HE STARTED TO SING----TO THE MAN WHO SAID THIS IS NOT THE DON CHERRY,JAZZ MUSICIAN,WAS RIGHT AND THE JAZZ MUSICIAN IS NOT THE SINGER THAT DON WAS.
THIS ALBUM HAS ALOT OF MEMORIES AND I LOVE IT.
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I purchased this CD primarily to get "Ghost Town", a song I particularly liked when it came out. Sometimes you have to buy an album get a single.

Of course, I also liked "Band of Gold", Don's biggest hit, but I already had a copy.

These two songs sounded very good and original. I wasn't particularly interested in the other songs although I do like Don Cherry's voice.

FYI: I'm a record collector of 55 years and a sometimes deejay.
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What a pleasure to obtain music that was popular in my "green" years. I would also like to obtain--if you have it--a duet cd with Willie Nelson and Don Cherry.
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