The Specialty Years

In 1956, Creed Tylor quit his first gig as a record business executive at Bethlehem and moved over to ABC-Paramount, which would later become ABC Records, and had earlier been called AM-PAR. These were specialty recording years of Creed Taylor productions. The Specialty Years Creed Taylor arrived in New York City in 1954, aged 24-years old, with no experience or […]

On This Day: Quincy Jones calls Creed Taylor

[This post was a day late due to the holidays.] In December 1995, Billboard magazine issue featured a tribute to Quincy Jones “Quincy Jones: A Half Century Of Music” featuring an expansive interview with Quincy by Mark Rowland. Including numerous full page advertisements, it runs 34-pages. Not only is Creed Taylor not mentioned, but in it’s listings and discography, everything […]

Happy Halloween – Shock

It’s that time of year again, Halloween. Enjoy a track from the 1958 album “Shock” by the Creed Taylor Orchestra. SHOCK¬†The Creed Taylor OrchestraNew York City: c. 1958Kenyon Hopkins (arr, cond).ABC Paramount ABC/ABCS-259 (issued November 1958) Track-1 from Side-B, “Haunted House” 3:01 Released in November 1958, while “Shock” is billed as by The Creed Taylor Orchestra, it is in fact […]

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Once Around The Clock – Patricia Scot

Press play and read on. Tracklist at the end. For my first post about Creeds ABC-Paramount, or Am-Par records period, I chose Patricia Scots Once Around The Clock. It is a masterpiece of easy listening jazz vocals. Most importantly though, when I reached out to Scot, now Patricia Yorton, I received an enthusiastic response from the singer herself, willing to […]