Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Al Hirt



Al Hirt was a popular jazz and pop trumpeter who took pains to distance himself from jazz. He seldom improvised and, particularly in the '60s, gravitated toward pop-oriented tunes with prominent fixed melodies. In that sense, he was a bit like a horn-blowing version of Floyd Cramer or Lenny Dee. Greatest Hits has 14 cuts in various styles, from the bubblegum of "Sugar Lips" to the romantic "I Can't Get Started." The latter features a mixed chorus singing under Hirt's solos, while "Sugar Lips" adds gimmicky kissing noises. Hirt returned to his Dixieland roots on "Clarinet Marmalade" and "When the Saints Go Marching In," but the anthology's centerpiece is "Java," a Top Five hit from 1964 and an instrumental pop classic. Hirt recorded much of his music in Nashville with Chet Atkins, and it shows, particularly on "Cotton Candy" and Hirt's rendition of the Floyd Cramer hit "Fancy Pants." All of the recordings were made during Hirt's peak years of 1962-65. Greatest Hits is not a true greatest-hits anthology, since only a handful of actual hits are included. Hirt had more than enough easy listening chart hits to fill the disc, but it is a representative sampler of singles and album tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2001
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078636939827
catalogNumber: 69398

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hirt   Primary Artist
Marty Manning   Conductor
Marty Paich   Conductor

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Jim Foglesong   Producer
Marty Manning   Arranger
Marty Paich   Arranger,Adaptation
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Steve Sholes   Producer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Composer
Paul Williams   Producer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Edwin Bransford "Daddy" Edwards   Composer
Freddy Friday   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Shurelon J. Jones   Composer

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