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Saturday, February 21, 2009

TAP TALK


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.


*BARBARA DENNY, JOYCE MEENACHAN, BEVERLY FLETCHER, JUDY GOOGE, SHARON HENDERSON, CAROLE HARRIC


DESIGN: NOAH BEE

STATLER RECORDS INC.
200 ENGINEERS ROAD, SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK 11787





SIDE A:



SUNNY
GOLDEN BATON
BIG NOISE FROM WINNETKA
TOPSY
THE JOKER IS WILD

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SIDE B:



PUT ON A HAPPY FACE
FEVER
ST. JAMES INFIRMARY
MAMBO (from West Side Story)
FUNKY STREET
WIDE WILLY

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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.

The album designer, Noah Bee, was a noted political cartoonist and even designed some (or all) features for the first paper currency of Israel!

PS if you really need the rest of the instruction manual just leave a comment and I'll gladly scan them for you. Clicking the picture will give you a large clear reading view.

2 comments:

marikun said...

I've uploaded this to Discogs, if you don't mind.

Statler Records has a fascinating history. At least, I think so. I haven't found much info on it yet. It all started with the one 45 I have. This week I'm going down to my local record shop and buying out all the Statler 45s. All I know is that they have ties to Broadway producers Hal & Peggy Serra.

Wörtwurst said...

That's cool with me. Share 'em all!

If you post your 45 anywhere let me know. I'd be interested to take a listen.