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Friday, May 22, 2009
Presenting The Golden Voice of Mel Gaynor
MEL GAYNOR MG-001 1978 STEREO
...HERE IS - "MEL GAYNOR"...
Described as the "Golden Voice" by everyone lucky enough to hear him sing. Indeed, his smooth voice and effortless phrasing justify all the praise he receives following each performance. However, he is no "overnight success". Mel has never done anything other than what he does now.
For the past fifteen years he has been the big attraction at London's Cafe De Paris, where he was Band Leader of his own group. At the same time, he appeared in several films, made countless T.V. shows and topped the bill in Cabaret at almost all of London's most famous night clubs.
Since arriving in the U.S.A. nearly three years ago, he has thrilled audiences across several States and is presently settled in Florida.
Mel has, what is termed as a "clean" voice. Meaning, that he does not have to resort to "gimmicks" to make his audience appreciative. All too aften [sic] vocalists hide their weak finish behind the volume of the orchestra. Not so Mel - his notes are clear and full. Mel sings everything, from ballads to pops, opera to jazz and whatever he sings, he sings it expecially [sic] for you. Not only with that special quality in his voice, but also, that vitally important thing, sincerity and expression.
We hope you will enjoy just a few selections from the "Gaynor Repertoire" and remember, he sings them Just For You.
Love Story 4:30 What Now My Love 2:43 And I Love You So 4:09 It's Not Unusual 3:00 Hava Nagilla 2:29
Editor's Note: another signed record! This time to Rene. Oh, Sally and Rene you fickle wenches! Such trophies to toss aside like old dusty pillows.I'm trying to confirm that this dude is the father of the Simple Minds drummer also named Mel Gaynor. Said drummer was born in London in 1960 which coincides with the jacket info that Mr. Gaynor was also present in the city during this period. NOPE! Wow, his name was actually Oscar Barnett and he died in Las Vegas in 2001. Very strange. Almost too strange. I must look more into this.
I'm not sure that "It's Not Unusual" is supposed to start the way it does or if that is a record defect. Considering that the jacket has two spelling errors it's not an unfounded assumption either way. This dude, father of the Simple Minds drummer or not, could belt them out. I still would prefer some original material. Oh well, he sang them just for us. We should be happy enough for that.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!