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Hip Parade: Early Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy Hip ParadePerennially-hip jazz singer Mark Murphy got his start recording for Decca in the mid-1950s, with albums that featured arrangements by Ralph Burns. Decca producer Milt Gabler, who signed Murphy, said he thought the vocalist “every bit as good as Mel Torme, and that the first record he’d make would scare Frank Sinatra.” Murphy went on to record three LPs with Capitol, utilizing the arranging skills of West Coast musician Bill Holman. Although none of these records was as commercially successful as Murphy and his labels hoped, they marked the start of a great career.

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That Old Black Magic
Mark Murphy — This Could Be the Start of Something Big (Capitol, 1959)
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That Old Black Magic
Mark Murphy — This Could Be the Start of Something Big (Capitol, 1959)
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Lonesome Town
Mark Murphy — Hip Parade (Capitol, 1960)
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Lullaby in Rhythm
Mark Murphy — Crazy Rhythm (Decca, 1957)
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A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Mark Murphy — Crazy Rhythm (Decca, 1956)
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Exactly Like You
Mark Murphy — Crazy Rhythm (Decca, 1956)
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Limehouse Blues
Mark Murphy — Crazy Rhythm (Decca, 1956)
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Taking a Chance on Love
Mark Murphy — Crazy Rhythm (Decca, 1957)
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This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Mark Murphy — This Could Be the Start of Something Big (Capitol, 1959)
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Day In, Day Out
Mark Murphy — This Could Be the Start of Something Big (Capitol, 1959)
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Fascinating Rhythm
Mark Murphy — Crazy Rhythm (Decca, 1956)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Playing the Field
Mark Murphy — Playing the Field (Capitol, 1960)
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I Didn't Know About You
Mark Murphy — Playing the Field (Capitol, 1960)

Notes: Duke Ellington composition.

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Love Is a Many-Splendoured Thing
Mark Murphy — Playing the Field (Capitol, 1960)
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Wishing (Will Make It So)
Mark Murphy — Playing the Field (Capitol, 1960)
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Send For Me
Mark Murphy — Hip Parade (Capitol, 1960)
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Witchcraft
Mark Murphy — Hip Parade (Capitol, 1960)
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Kansas City
Mark Murphy — Hip Parade (Capitol, 1960)
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Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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