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Saturday, February 21, 2009
Music by HAL SERRA and his Orchestra
STATLER RECORDS ST 1121 Circa 1960s
ELEVEN EXCITING PRODUCTION NUMBERS
BEVERLY FLETCHER one of the most popular TAP and JAZZ teachers, choreographer, dancer, runs her prominent and highly successful dance studio in NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK. She has been on the faculty of most of the major dance teachers organizations in the U.S.A. Presently, she is TAP CHAIRMAN of the National Council of Dance Teacher Organizations. This L.P. ALbum "TAP TALK" was produced under Miss Fletcher's personal supervision.
THE GROUP* - is indeed a unique collection of beings and includes many occupations and four dancing teachers. The purpose of the "GROUP" is to present unusual BEVERLY FLETCHER production numbers in TAP, JAZZ and NOVELTY at Dance Teacher Conventions, Charity benefits and Professional engagements. They are in great demand throughout the entire East Coast.
Editor's note: just doing a little research it becomes clear that the late Beverly Fletcher was a respected name in the tap community. Which makes me wonder why the only directions are in a 6 page double-sided mimeographed pamphlet bundle. You'd think there'd be some vocal direction but the only instructions are in the pamphlet. Which is curious since the musical production aspect of the record is great, relatively speaking. It must work though because Shinichi Matsumoto over at Tap Wonderland uses another record by the same label and apparently with fantastic results. Or so he says! Whereas Ms. Fletcher appears to be more academic with her approach that swingin' dude on the record in the above link spells F-U-N. Have your fun. I'll take my chances here with the sultry SHARON HENDERSON (bottom row left) and her troupe of sophisticates.
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!