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Joe 'Mr.Piano' Henderson - Pulse
It's interesting to think that before Rock n Roll and later The Beatles transformed the British Pop Charts music was indeed very much with the accent on traditional melody. Not that melody was a bad thing as this album proves, Joe Henderson, along with Russ Conway were the leading pianist's in the pop charts in the 1950s.
Henderson scored hits with the memorable Trudie, Treble Chance and Sing It with Joe and also helped steer the early career path of Petula Clark who suggested he should be signed as a recording artist in his own right.
Joe and Petula regularly featured on a radio show together and he also made a cameo in her film The Gay Dog.
This album features all of Joe's fifties hits as well as a few standards including Cheek to Cheek and The Way You Look Tonight sirring up images of both Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as well as Morecambe and Wise.
There are also a few interesting recordings here too. Coffee Bar Jive shows great versatility and fits in well with the late 50s Rock n Roll boom. Its hard to imagine why this wasn't a hit recording as its such a stand out track. Forgotten Dreams will be familiar to anyone who remembers it regularly popping up as a piece of BBC2 test card music in the late 70s / early 80s .
The Best of Joe "Mr.Piano" Henderson is a nice little compilation to seek out of a very underrated talent of the 50s and 60s and it's surprising to note that much of Joe's work has remained unissued on CD format lets hope this changes in the future.