Original Piano Artistry Of Jonathan Edwards Import
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Husband and wife team Paul Weston and Jo Stafford often used to entertain their guests with a routine whereby Jo, an accomplished singer, would sing off-key and high pitched whilst Paul, a keyboard maestro, would play off key and off rhythm. One day Paul used the routine to entertain several Columbia Records executives whilst filling in at a sales convention, with the reception such that the company asked for an album worth of material! Worried that the idea might run thin over a whole album, Paul drafted in Jo and together they created The Original Piano Artistry Of Jonathan Edwards, with the name coming from an 18th century Calvinist preacher. The true identity of Jonathan and Darlene Edwards was shrouded in mystery for some time, leading many to conclude that it was Margaret and Harry Truman (the US President and First Lady!), before the real perpetrators were revealed. The act proved so popular they would go on to win a Grammy Award (in 1960, for Best Comedy Album; it was the only Grammy Award either won!), continuing to release material even after their true identities were known.
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You have never heard anything in your life like this musical couple. COLUMBIA describes Mr. Edwards as "enthusiastic," a handy way to avoid reality. As a pianist, Jonathan is a disaster! He bangs an off-key instrument, can't maintain phrasing or proper rhythm, and with one collection of 12 tracks sends American popular music back to the dark ages. Listen to him slaughter "Dizzy Fingers" or "Nola" for good examples of what I mean.
Four of these numbers feature the vocal "stylings" of Darlene Edwards. Her too-high-pitched, slightly off-key voice goes through your head like a nail being gingerly tapped in with a gemstone hammer. Darlene's "Cocktails For Two" will leave you hung over even if you're not imbibing, while "Autumn In New York" includes a second verse heard nowhere else (gratefully!).
This is truly one of the funniest music records ever made, and I don't say that about many.
Want more? JONATHAN AND DARLENE EDWARDS IN PARIS won the 1960 Grammy for Best Comedy Album. (reissue)
[2:39] It Might As Well Be Spring
[2:37] Poor Butterfly
[3:29] Autumn In New York (v. Darlene Edwards)
[2:55] It's Magic (v. Darlene Edwards)
[2:14] Sunday, Monday or Always
[2:50] Cocktails for Two (v. Darlene Edwards)
[2:21] Dizzy Fingers
[2:36] Three Coins in the Fountain
[4:28] You're Blasé (v. Darlene Edwards)
TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 34:38