Saturday, 14 May 2011

CD Review: The Best Of Joe 'Mr. Piano' Henderson

The Best of 
Joe 'Mr.Piano' Henderson - Pulse
Another CD found in a Newport Charity Shop today for a £1.00 is this brilliant compilation of Joe 'Mr.Piano' Henderson's Greatest Hits. 

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.

2 comments:

  1. Whilst aware of Joe Henderson - love the "Mr Piano" title - I know very little about him. Since researching for my blog I've discovered that Joe had a daily afternoon show on Radio 2 in the mid 70s. I wonder what kind of presenter he was and would love to hear a recording of his show.

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  2. Joe also hosted Melody Time on Saturday mornings during 1969 and into the early 70s. I too would be intrigued to hear anything of his Radio 2 output during this era - also if any of his 50s shows with Pet Clark survive???

    If anyone has any any of Joe's radio shows please get in touch!

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