Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Not Missing Any More

The album cover you see above was headed for my Missing Music file until I happened to check Cheerful Earful this morning, a new sharity site run by friend-of-the-blog Inkydog. There was a beautifully restored image of this record, accompanied by a download link where you could get the whole thing. So now I get to hear a record that I've been looking for for a while now. I was to the point that I was ripping Hugo & Luigi tracks off of RCA compilations I've got, just to see if I could put the whole album together, and now I don't have to do that. So head on over there and get your copy of Hugo & Luigi With Their Children's Chorus-The Sound Of Children At Christmas (RCA Victor LSP-2254, 1960). I started out my Christmas In July celebration with the RCA tag from this album last year, in case you're wondering where you've seen that bit of the record before...


Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for the rare LP, but I got a story to tell.

Ernie, does anybody know that Hugo & Luigi are producers for this LP? They produced a number of LP's by such artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis and Perry Como for RCA except the orchestra and chorus.

Hugo & Luigi produced a string of hits like "Shout!" by the Isley Brothers which was their big hit, followed by Sam Cooke's "Twistin' the Night Away", The Tokens "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", Little Peggy March's "I Will Follow Him" and Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love". Those were big hits during their years at RCA in the early 1960's.

After Hugo & Luigi left RCA, they founded Avco Records or Avco/Embassy Records where they produced such artists including a 70's soul group the Stylistics with songs like "Betcha By Golly Wow", "You Are Everything", "Stop, Look, Listen (to Your Heart)", "I'm Stoned in Love With You", "You'll Never Get to Heaven", "Break Up to Make Up" and the classic "You Make Me Feel Brand New".

During the mid-70's, they produced several albums by the Stylistics without their success along with arranger Van McCoy where he had his biggest hit to date called "The Hustle" in 1975.

By the late 70's, they started their own label H&L Records until they retired by the end of the 70's.

That's their story of Hugo & Luigi.

Is that true, Enrie?

pattirules said...

looking for this cheerful earful is gone and it is nowhere to be found.....can u help?

Ernie said...

After all these years, I still don't own a stereo copy of this record.

pattirules said...

lol ernie how bout mono?