Sunday, December 20, 2009

Looky What I Did!

I'm a YouTube virgin no longer.  :)

I put together a photo montage set to music.  It's a little rough around the edges, but I'm sure the more I do the better I'll get, right?

Now, for the good stuff.....

In my anniversary post, I described how my parents met in 1952, and mentioned that my dad is a jazz musician who at that time was playing with the Air Force band at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida....well, this montage is a collection of photos of my dad playing guitar with that band, as well as shots of other jazz groups he played with around Tampa  in the early 1950's. 

The music?  None other than a recording of my dad singing "That Old Black Magic" with the AF Band during a live radio broadcast in 1952.

In photos where he was difficult to make out I added cropped shots of him.  Hopefully I didn't do a butcher job!  Anyway, he's the tall skinny guy with the guitar (in most shots; at the end I added shots of him playing stand-up bass).  If you're into old music, pop culture from the 50's and old photographs, this will be right up your alley.

Enjoy....and leave a comment!  :)

16 comments:

  1. Way cool, the bonus was I love Johnny Mercer!

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  2. You did an EXCELLENT job creating this video! What a lovely tribute to your dad...he had an excellent singing voice...and was handsome, too!

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  3. Wow, your dad's voice is as thick as syrup, what a talent! I loved listening to his music and seeing the pics, you did a marvelous job!

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  4. Fantastic video! I loved seeing the pictures along with the music. Your Dad was a good singer! :)

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  5. Thanks everyone! Dad was tickled over this. :)

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  6. Great video and I love that song so much! Hearing him and that great band was so fun. Thank you for posting this!

    iamemmamusic.blogspot.com

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  7. Great video and great music, well done!

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  8. Great video and great song! Well done, I'm impressed!

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  9. Wow! Your dad has a fantastic voice. This is such a difficult song to sing. The band is great. You did a great job on the photos, too.

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  10. Killer, Betsy!

    Your Pop has a great voice! And great to see all the pix of him with various bands and orchestras...

    I would say this is probably one of the coolest Christmas presents he has received, ever...Great job!!!

    VKMfan

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  11. Thanks again everyone! :)

    Huey: He posted the link on his Facebook page and is reveling in all the comments, heh. He's more tickled than he lets on. ;)

    That period of his life was sure an interesting one, and I keep harping at him to write some of his stories down because they're too good to be forgotten. He's played in bands backing Bob Hope, the Everly Brothers, and scads of others. Since I know he won't write anything down, I want to videotape "interviews" with him 'cuz once he gets talking he won't stop. ;)

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  12. ...man, I need to get on Facebook - my wife does it...well, not much - she mainly keeps up with her high school cronies for reunions, so it's at best a 'seasonal' deal with her... but heck, it's all I can do to keep up with G-ology...

    Your pop could write a book!

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  13. Way cool! Your dad must have loved it. He had such a mature voice for such a young man. Good job!

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  14. Aw girlie... What a nice tribute to your dad! It really warmed my heart! You did good!!

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  15. Wow, this is so awesome!

    I just came across your site and this is the first post I looked at. I live in Tampa, so this is doubly awesome to see. I definitely will be adding you to the Google Reader today! :)

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