A LITTLE BIT OF BIG-BAND, BOOGIE-WOOGIE, CLASSICAL, JAZZ, POP, R&B; & ROCK - ERNIE FREEMAN

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The Bottom Line The multitalented musical artist “Ernie Freeman” was born 16 August 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio. Ernie had a few solo hits and some with different groups/bands in several different genres.

Ernie learned at a very early age how to play the piano, and several different string instruments including the guitar and violin. In 1935 Ernie began playing in local Cleveland area nightclubs along with &#147Buell Neidlinger” who played bass guitar. Ernie next joined his father and his sister Evelyn to form a trio. They practiced every Sunday morning before church where they would play classical music together and they would perform at church and local social functions. Evelyn was influenced by her father who had played in several different bands in the Cleveland area in the teens and 20's. Evelyn would play the piano, Ernie would play the violin and their father would play the flute. This Sunday gathering started to pick up teens from their school playing different instruments with them. Ernie found one of his father's old saxophones in a closet and self-taught himself how to play it. After their usual classical sessions on Sunday morning, Ernie and some of the others decided to play Jazz and Boogie-Woogie.

They finally decided around 1939 to form their own band and they became "The Evelyn Freeman Ensemble". Evelyn next heard "Duke Ellington & His Band Of Renown" play Jazz and she decided she wanted to do the same thing. They went from being "The Evelyn Freeman (classical) Ensemble" to being "The Evelyn Freeman Swing Band". The members of the band were all teenagers from Cleveland Central High School in Ohio. The members of this band changed constantly and some would leave and return. Some of the members Evelyn on piano, Ernie on saxophone, "Don Banks" on bass guitar, "Jim Gayle" on saxophone, "Clifford Holt" on trumpet, &#147Alice Israel” on trumpet, “Millard Ted Jones” on trumpet, &#147Elizabeth Kimbro&#148 on clarinet, &#147William Long&#148 on trumpet, &#147James Chink McKinney&#148 on drums, &#147Charles Mines&#148 on clarinet, "Robert Morton" on saxophone, &#147Howard Roberts&#148 on trumpet who later played in the "Lionel Hampton Orchestra", "Ernie Shepherd" on saxophone, &#147Van Shepherd&#148 on bass guitar, &#147William Shep Sheppard&#148 on trombone and who later played with "The Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra", &#147Bernard Simms&#148 on trombone and &#147Garfield Arthur Travis&#148 on saxophone. <br> <br> It was at this time that Ernie began writing arrangements for the band. The band began a regular engagement at the Circle Ballroom on 105th and Euclid Street in downtown Cleveland and sometimes did live broadcast shows from there for WHK radio station. During the beginning of WWII (World War II) the band was heard by a Navy recruiter and since the US had joined the War effort they were at risk of being drafted. The recruiter propositioned them to join the service together as a band and many of the members did join the US Navy for that reason in <b>1942</b>. They were sent to Bunker Hill, Indiana where they played together and became the very first all-black Navy Band called <b>"The Gobs Of Swing"</b>. Ernie became the leader of this band from 1942 to 1945. Evelyn stayed home and eventually enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Music and started up a new jazz band. After getting out of the Navy Ernie entered the Cleveland Institute of Music and then moved to New York City to be the arranger for "Woody Herman" and joined &#147The Ernie Fields Orchestra&#148 playing the piano. Shepherd began touring with ""Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band". Roberts went to play with the &#147Lionel Hampton&#148 and &#147Lucky Millinder&#148 bands. <br> <br> "Ernie Fields" was the leader of "The Territory Big Band" that formed in the early 1930's. Jazz historian and New York City records producer &#147John Hammond&#148 discovered them while playing in Kansas City, MO one day. John brought the band back east to begin a tour and "The Territory Big Band" became <b>"The Ernie Fields Orchestra"</b> in 1937. Ernie joined them as a regular in <b>1945</b>. while they were performing in New York City. They had already released several records on the &#147Vocalion&#148 label, none of which made the charts. The members of this band also constantly changed as some would come and go and return again. The members were "Hobart Banks" on piano, "Earl Bostic" on saxophone, "Theodore Teddy Babe Ruth Edwards" on alto saxophone, "Booker Ervin" on saxophone, "Ernie Fields" on trombone, "Ernie Freeman" on piano, "Rene Hall" on guitar formally with "The Dominoes", "Plas Johnson" on saxophone, "Floyd Candy Johnson" on tenor saxophone, "William King Kolax Little" on trumpet, "Earl Palmer" on drums who was a former sessions drummer for "Fats Domino" and "Little Richard", "Benny Powell" on trombone, "David Sherr" on clarinet, "Hal Singer" on tenor saxophone, "Verbie Gene Flash Terry" on guitar and "Amos Woodruff" on trumpet. Earl was later replaced by "Billy Davenport" on drums in 1960 and then by "Roy Milton" on drums in 1961. <br> <br> The records listed below were recorded and released prior to Freeman joining Fields band. <br> <br> <b>SINGLES/78&#146s</b> <br> "T-Town Blues"/"Lard Stomp" - "Ernie Fields" - 1939 - &#147Vocalion&#148 <br> "Just Let Me Alone"/"High Jiving" - "Ernie Fields" - 1939 - &#147Vocalion&#148 <br> "You Gave Me Everything But Love"/"I'm Living In A Great Big Way" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra - 1939 - &#147Vocalion&#148 <br> "Blues At Midnight"/"Blues In Your Heart" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - 1940 - &#147Vocalion&#148 <br> <br> On 31 May <b>1949</b> &#147The Ernie Fields Orchestra&#148 performed at the Sky View Club in Duncan, OK on the undercard with &#147The Ink Spots&#148. In <b>1950</b> Fields re-recorded &#147T-Town Blues&#148 and released it this time on &#147Regal&#148 records with "Baritone Shuffle" on the flip side. In <b>1951</b> Freeman decided to join <b>&#147The Billy Hadnott Sextet&#148</b> and played with both bands for a few years. The members of "The Billy Hadnott Sextet" (Billy's real name was "William K. Billy Hadnott"), Billy played bass, Ernie played piano, "Oscar Moore" was on guitar, "Budy Reed on drums, "Sonny Criss" on alto saxophone and "Rudy Pitts" was on the vibraphone. In <b>1952</b> &#147The Billy Hadnott Sextet&#148 released 2 singles on 78&#146s on the &#147Federal&#148 records label. The records were &#147"Ooh China" with "My Idea" on the flip side and &#147Limehouse Blues" with "Junk Wagon&#148 on the flip side but neither record made the charts. In <b>1954</b> Freeman left &#147The Billy Hadnott Sextet&#148 to form his own band <b>&#147The Ernie Freeman Combo&#148</b> also sometimes called <b>&#147The Ernie Freeman Orchestra&#148</b>. He would continue to play from time to time with Fields&#146 orchestra when he could. &#147The members of &#147The Ernie Freeman Combo&#148 were Ernie on piano, "Irving Ashby" on guitar, "Plas Johnson" on saxophone and "Earl Palmer" on drums. <br> <br> In March <b>1955</b> Freeman and his band released their first record on &#147Middle-Tone&#148 records. It was &#147No No Baby&#148 with &#147He&#146s Mine&#148 on the B-side but it failed to chart. In May they released &#147Fool&#146s Paradise&#148 with &#147Hot Lips And Seven Kisses&#148 on the flip side on &#147Aladdin&#148 records. It was followed up in August by &#147Please Don&#146t Drive Away&#148 with &#147One Minute To One&#148 on the flip side. This record was also released on &#147Aladdin&#148 and included vocals by &#147Charles Brown&#148 but neither record made the charts. In September &#147The Chromatics&#148 with the &#147Ernie Freeman Orchestra&#148 released &#147&#148I&#146ll Never Change&#148 with &#147Rockin&#146 Beat&#148 on &#147Blend&#148 records. In October &#147The Things I Love&#148 backed by &#147Why&#148 is released on &#147Cash&#148 records credited to &#147The Voices and Ernie Freeman&#148. It is followed up in November by &#147Hey, Now&#148 and &#147My Love Grows Stronger&#148 also on &#147Cash&#148 by &#147The Voices and Ernie Freeman&#148. &#147The Voices&#148 were the duo of &#147Bobby Byrd&#148 and &#147Earl Nelson&#148 who would go on in 1957 to form &#147The Hollywood Flames&#148. They would have one record make the charts as the Flames in &#147Buzz-Buzz-Buzz&#148 backed by &#147Crazy&#148 on &#147Ebb&#148 records&#148 that peaked at #11 on the pop singles chart. In the early sixties they would form the duo of &#147Bob & Earl&#148 but Byrd would leave and be replaced by &#147Bob Relf&#148 with their biggest hit being &#147The Harlem Shuffle&#148 on &#147Marc&#148 records that peaked at #44 on the pop chart. Nelson in 1965 would be the second artist on the charts under the name of &#147Jackie Lee&#148 when his one charting hit &#147The Duck&#148 peaked at #14 on the pop chart. <br> <br> In 1959 &#147Mr. Hot Piano&#148 whose real name was &#147Jackie Lee&#148 had one charting record in &#147Happy Vacation&#148 that only made it to #95 on the pop charts. The song was styled after &#147The Happy Organ&#148 by &#147Dave Baby Cortez&#148 that was a #1 pop hit also in 1959. On 10 December &#147The Robins&#148 released &#147Smokey Joe&#146s Café&#148 with &#147Just Like A Fool&#148 on the flip side on &#147Atco&#148 records. &#147Jerry Lieber&#148 and &#147Mike Stoller&#148 composed the A-side and it peaked at #79 on the pop singles chart and at #10 on the R&B chart. Freeman played piano and co-arranged with &#147Rene Hall&#148 the B-side. "The Robins" first formed in San Francisco as the "A-Sharp Trio" and the original members were "Ty Terrell Leonard" and "The Richard Twins" in 1945 but they never released any records. In 1946 they added "Bobby Nunn" and became "The 4 Bluebirds". In 1947 they moved to Los Angeles and added "Johnny Otis" and became "The 4 Bluebirds and Johnny Otis". 'In 1948 they changed the groups' name once again and became "The Robins". In 1952 they added "Grady Chapman" and in 1953 they added "Carl Gardner". In 1954 Chapman, Leonard, Nunn and the Richard twins became "The Drifters" on "Crown" records still also recording as "The Robins" on "Spark" and "Crown" records with Gardner. <br> <br> Some of the artists from time to time on certain records for &#147The Robins&#148 were, "Hidle Brown H.B. Barnum" on lead vocals, "Grady Chapman" on vocals, "Curtis Counts" on bass, "Ernie Freeman" on piano, "Carl Gardner" on lead vocals, "Jewell Grant" and "Ed Hall" on drums, "Rene Hall" on guitar, "Plas Johnson&#148 on saxophone, "Ty Terrell Leonard" on vocals, "Johnny Twovoice Morisette" on vocals, "Bobby Nunn" on vocals, "Billy Richards" on vocals and Richard brothers on vocals. In 1955 all 6 original members joined up with "Jake Porters Combo" to form "Jake Porter & The Buzzards" and they recorded one record on "Combo" records. In 1956 Gardner and Nunn along with baritone vocalist "Billy Guy" who was born "Frank William Phillips", second tenor &#147Leon Hughes&#148 and guitarist &#147Adolph Jacobs&#148 joined together to form "The Coasters". A lot of the recordings released by "The Robins" on "Spark" records were re-released on "Atco" records this time credited to "The Coasters". They had their first original recording as &#147The Coasters&#148 in 1956 &#147Down In Mexico&#148 peak at #8 on the R&B chart. The following year they would have their first single &#147Searchin&#146&#148 to make the pop singles chart where it peaked at #3 and went all the way to #1 on the R&B singles chart. <br> <br> On 17 December &#147The Platters&#148 released &#147The Great Pretender&#148 backed up by &#147I&#146m Just A Dancing Partner&#148 on &#147Mercury&#148 records. Freeman played the piano on &#147The Great Pretender&#148 and it peaked at #1 on both the pop and R&B singles charts. Freeman had 2 singles released in January <b>1956</b>. The first single was &#147Groovy Boogie&#148 with &#147Just Blues&#148 on &#147Dootone&#148 records credited to &#147Lorenzo Holden&#148 and &#147Ernie Freeman&#148. He also released &#147Rockin&#146 Around&#148 backed by &#147Lost Dreams&#148 on &#147Imperial&#148 records but neither record made the charts. On 10 February the group &#147The Pipes&#148 released &#147Let Me Give You Money&#148 with the B-side of &#147Be Fair&#148 on &#147Dootone&#148 records. Freeman played the piano on the A-side song. On 16 February &#147Rockstar&#148 records released &#147Rockin&#146 And Flyin&#148 with &#147Mary Jane&#148 on the flip side. It was credited to &#147Jerry Capehart & The Cochran Brothers&#148 and freeman played the piano on the A-side. &#147The Cochran Brothers&#148 were &#147Edward Ray Eddie Cochran&#148 and &#147Hank Cochran&#148 who was not related to Eddie and was a country singer. On The 18th &#147Jerry Capehart & The Cochran Brothers&#148 released &#147Rollin&#146&#148 with &#147Walkin&#146 Stick Boogie&#148 on the backside on &#147Cash&#148 records. Freeman once again played the piano but this time it was for both sides of the record. <br> <br> In March &#147The Robins&#148 released &#147Cherry Lips&#148 with &#147Out Of The Picture&#148 on &#147Whippet&#148 records with Freeman on the piano for &#147Cherry Lips&#148. &#147Rainy Day&#148 backed by &#147Funny Face&#148 was released next in April on &#147Imperial&#148 records by &#147Ernie Freeman&#148. In May &#147Hollywood&#148 records released an EP with &#147Fast Jivin&#146&#148 by &#147The Ernie Freeman Combo&#148 on it and &#147Eddie Cochran&#148 played the guitar. There were 5 other songs on this EP by &#147Lloyd Glenn&#148, &#147Frank Motley&#148 and 3 other artists. Also in May &#147The Ernie Freeman Combo&#148 on &#147Rockstar&#148 records released &#147Fast Jivin&#146 &#147with&#148 The Fourth Man Theme&#148 on the flip side. This was a totally different version than the one released on the &#147Hollywood&#148 records EP but still had &#147Eddie Cochran&#148 on it playing his guitar. Ernie released &#147Spring Fever&#148 backed by &#147Walking the Beat&#148 on &#147Imperial&#148 records in June. In July &#147The Pipes&#148 released &#147You Are An Angel&#148 with &#147I Love The Life I Live&#148 on the B-side on &#147Dootone&#148 records. Freeman played the piano on the A-side song. <br> <br> In July "Norman Granz&#148 held his annual Rock and Roll Jubilee at the Shrine Auditorium in Santa Cruz, CA. Appearing with &#147The Ernie Freeman Orchestra&#148 were &#147Richard Berry&#148, &#147The Dreamers&#148, &#147Shirley Gunther&#148, &#147B. B. King&#148, &#147Marie Knight&#148, &#147Little Willie Littlefield&#148, &#147Mr. Bear&#148 (whose real name was &#147Teddy McRae&#148), &#147The Medallions&#148 (this was not the same group as &#147The Swinging Medallions&#148), &#147Hal Singer&#148, &#147Little George Smith&#148 and &#147The Paul Williams Sextet&#148. Freeman&#146s next release was in August with &#147A Touch Of Blues&#148 and &#147Return To Me&#148 on the B-side on &#147Imperial&#148 records. In September &#147Zephyr&#148 records of Canada released &#147Scooby Doo All Stars&#148 with &#147The Ernie Freeman Orchestra&#148 and &#147Eddie Cochran&#148 but it too failed to make any of the album charts. On 28 September &#147The Ernie Freeman Orchestra&#148 performed at the Hollywood Shrine Auditorium with &#147The Coasters", The Dots", "The Dreamers", "The Gassers", "B. B. King", "Sonny Knight", "Alis Lesley", "Little Willie Littlefield", "The Medallions", "The Six Teens", The Turks", "Gene Vincent", "Jerry Wallace" and many others. <br> <br> &#147Zephyr&#148 records in October releases a single of 2 songs from Freeman&#146s last album in &#147Ernie&#146s Journey&#148 backed by &#147Moonglow (The Theme From Picnic)&#148. &#147Moonglow&#148 was composed in the 1920&#146s by &#147Eddie DeLange&#148, &#147Will Hudson&#148 and &#147Irving Mills&#148 and first recorded and released in 1928 by trombonist &#147Jack Teagarden&#148. &#147Moonglow&#148 was used as the main theme song for the Romantic Drama &#147Picnic&#148 in 1955. The Movie starred &#147Nick Adams&#148, &#147Raymond Bailey&#148, &#147Betty Field&#148, &#147William Holden&#148, &#147Kim Novak&#148, &#147Rosalind Russell&#148, &#147Susan Strasberg&#148 and others. In 1956 at least 5 other artists released &#147Moonglow (The Theme From Picnic)&#148 and the biggest of these was done by &#147Morris Stoloff&#148 who had it go to #1 on the pop charts where it stayed for 3 weeks. Some other artists to release this song were &#147Steve Allen&#148, &#147The Ames Brothers&#148, &#147Ray Anthony & His Orchestra&#148, &#147The Count Basie Orchestra&#148, &#147Tex Beneke&#148, &#147Tony Bennett&#148, &#147Pat Boone&#148, &#147Les Brown & His Band Of Renown&#148, &#147Cab Calloway&#148, &#147Nat King Cole&#148, &#147Doris Day&#148, &#147Duke Eellington & His Orchestra&#148, &#147Benny Goodman & His Orchestra&#148, &#147Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra&#148, &#147Artie Shaw & His Orchestra&#148, &#147Sarah Vaughn&#148 and many others. <br> <br> In December &#147The Ernie Freeman Combo&#148 released the single &#147Jivin&#146 Around&#148 Parts 1 & 2 on &#147Imperial&#148 records. Freeman&#146s final release this year was the album &#147Ernie Freeman Plays Irving Berlin&#148 on &#147Imperial&#148 records in December. Also in 1956 &#147The Ernie Freeman Combo&#148 appeared in what is considered the very first Rock & Roll Movie ever made in &#147Rock Around The Clock&#148. Others that appeared in the Film were "Freddie Bell & His Bellboys", "Bill Haley & The Comets", "Alan Freed", "Lisa Gaye", "Johnny Johnston", "Tony Martinez", "The Platters" and others. In January <b>1957</b> &#147John Stewart & The Furies&#148 released &#147Rockin&#146 Anna&#148 with &#147Lorraine&#148 on the flip side on &#147Vita&#148 records. Freeman played keyboards on "Rockin' Anna". John would later join "The Woodsmen" then he formed "The Cumberland Three" and also became the new 3rd member of "The Kingston Trio". Freeman released 4 singles this year all on &#147Imperial&#148 records with the first 3 failing to make the charts. They were "Night Life"/"Without A Love", &#147"River Boat"/"Swing It", "Dumplin's"/"Beautiful Weekend" and then &#147Raunchy&#148 backed by &#147Puddin&#146&#148. This 4th single released on 18 November peaked at #11 on the country chart, peaked at #4 on the pop chart and went to #1 on the R&B chart. &#147Bill Justis&#148 and &#147Sid Manker&#148 composed &#147Raunchy&#148 this year. Justis also released the song on the same day and his version became a #2 pop hit and a #1 R&B hit for him. The song has also been performed by &#147The Bill Black Combo&#148, &#147Booker T. & The MG&#146s&#148, &#147Ace Cannon&#148, &#147The Challengers&#148, &#147The Champs&#148, &#147Duane Eddy&#148, &#147Merle Haggard & The Strangers&#148, &#147King Curtis&#148, &#147Sandy Nelson&#148, &#147Boots Randolph&#148, &#147The Shadows&#148, &#147Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra&#148, &#147The Ventures&#148, &#147Link Wray & The Raymen&#148 and many others. <br> <br> Three days prior to the release of &#147Raunchy&#148 "The Ernie Freeman Combo" began a one-week stand at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC with "The Coasters" & "The Hollywood Flames". &#147The Ernie Freeman Combo&#148 released one album this year in February titled &#147Jivin&#146 Around&#148 on &#147Imperial&#148. In October &#147Eddie Chamblee&#148 released the album &#147Chamblee Music&#148 on &#147Mercury&#148 records. Freeman assisted Chamblee on 2 songs on the album in &#147Flat Beer&#148 and &#147Chamblee Special&#148. &#147Rock &#145N Roll With The Robins&#148 was released on &#147Whippet&#148 in November where Freeman played the piano on several different songs. In <b>1958</b> &#147The Ernie Fields Orchestra" became the house band for the newly formed "Rendezvous" records label. In February &#147The Ernie Freeman Combo&#148 appeared in Houston, TX with &#147Sam Cooke&#148, &#147The Drifters&#148, &#147The Dubs&#148 and &#147Clifton King Bee Smith&#148. On 9 January Freeman released &#147Leaps And Bounds&#148 backed by &#147The Tuttle&#148 on &#147Imperial&#148. On 13 February Freeman released the single &#147Theme From Igor&#148 backed by &#147Shape Up&#148 on &#147Imperial&#148. "Theme From Igor" was an updated, reworked instrumental version of the novelty song "Dinner With Drac" that was a #6 pop hit in 1958 for "John Zacherle". <br> <br> &#147The Ernie Freeman Combo&#148 next appeared in March once again in Houston, TX. The other artists that appeared this day on the card were &#147Arnett Cobb&#148, &#147Sam Cooke&#148, &#147The Drifters&#148, &#147The Dubs&#148, &#147Buddy Johnson&#148, &#147B. B. King&#148 and &#147Clifton King Bee Smith&#148. On 19 May &#147Jan & Arnie&#148 released &#147Jennie Lee&#148 backed by &#147Gotta Get A Date&#148 on &#147Arwin&#148 records. Freeman was the arranger of &#147Jennie Lee&#148 and it went to #8 on the US pop singles chart and to #4 on the R&B chart. "Jenny Lee" is said to be named after "Jennie The Bazoom Girl Lee" a well-endowed stripper in the New Follies Burlesque in Los Angeles. Both &#147Jan & Arnie&#148 were &#147Jan Berry&#148 and &#147Arnie Ginsburg&#148 who both were members of the group "The Barons". "Arnie was not the same "Arnie Woo Woo Ginsberg" who was a DJ on WMEX 1510 AM radio station in Boston, Ma. Arnie recorded a few more records with Jan and then decided to attend college. "Dean Torrence" who had just returned from service in the US Army in 1958 joined up with his close friend and football buddy Jan and formed the new duo of "Jan & Dean". <br> <br> On 16 June Freeman released &#147Indian Love Call&#148 with &#147Summer Serenade&#148 on the B-side on &#147Imperial&#148 and it peaked at #59 on the US pop singles chart. &#147Indian Love call&#148 is from the Broadway Musical &#147Rose-Marie&#148 that opened on 2 September 1924 and ran for 558 performances. It starred &#147Lela Bliss&#148, &#147Edward Ciannelli&#148, &#147Arthur Deagon&#148, &#147Mary Ellis&#148 and others. The song was also a #8 pop hit in 1937 for "Jeanette MacDonald&#148 and &#147Nelson Eddy&#148 both. "Indian Love Call" was composed by "Rudolf Frimi", "Oscar Hammerstein II" & "Otto Harbach". This song was also recorded by &#147Roy Acuff&#148, &#147Louis Armstrong&#148, &#147Chet Atkins&#148, &#147The Browns&#148, &#147Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra&#148, &#147Sonny James&#148, &#147Joe Jones&#148, &#147Liberace&#148, &#147Artie Shaw & His Orchestra&#148, &#147Keely Smith&#148, &#147Hank Snow&#148, &#147Ray Stevens&#148, &#147Tiny Tim&#148, &#147Slim Whitman&#148, &#147Jackie Wilson&#148 and many others. In July Freeman released &#147After Sunset&#148 with &#147Rose Marie&#148 and on 12 August he released &#147Jamboree&#148 backed with &#147Junior Jive&#148 both on &#147Imperial&#148. On 24 August &#147The Ernie Freeman Orchestra&#148 performed at the first rock and roll show ever held at the Hollywood Bowl in California. The show was hosted by "Dick Clark" of "American Bandstand" fame. Others that appeared this day were "Jeanette Baker", "The Blossoms", "Jimmy Bowen", "The Champs", "Jimmy Clanton", "Bobby Darin", "The DeCastro Sisters", "Duane Eddy", "Earl Grant", "Jan & Arnie", "Rod McKuen", "Oscar McLollie", "The Shields", "The Six Teens", "Jerry Wallace" and "Sheb Wooley". <br> <br> &#147Ritchie Valens&#148 whose real name was &#147Richie Valenzuela&#148 released &#147&#148Come On, Let&#146s Go&#148 backed by &#147Framed&#148 on &#147Del-Fi&#148 records next on 22 September. Freeman played piano on "Come On, Let's Go" and the song peaked at #42 on the US pop singles chart. Also this month Ernie released &#147Dreamin&#146 With Freeman&#148 on &#147Imperial&#148 but the album failed to chart. In October &#147The Evelyn Freeman Orchestra&#148 who had recently reformed with many new members released their first record "Let's Make A Little Motion" backed by "Come To Me My True Love" on &#147Dot&#148 records. Freeman in November released &#147School Room Rock" with "Blues After Hours&#148 on the flip side on &#147Imperial&#148. &#147The Ernie Fields Orchestra&#148 released their first record in 8 years in &#147Annie's Rock" with "Strolling After School&#148 on the B-side on &#147Rendezvous&#148 records. Also this year Freeman was the musical conductor for the short lived ABC TV &#147The Dick Clark Show&#148. On 6 January <b>1959</b> Freeman released &#147Live It Up" backed by "Whispering Hope&#148 on Imperial&#148. &#147Live It Up&#148 would be redone by many different artists over the years being renamed to &#147Beard Man Ska&#148, &#147Beardsman Ska&#148, &#147Beardman Shuffle&#148, &#147Foundation&#148, &#147Herbman and Herbman&#148 Shuffle and &#147Live It Up (Beardman Shuffle&#148. Some of the artists that recorded this song under these titles were &#147Beenie Man&#148, &#147Tom McCook&#148, &#147Johnny Dizzy Moore&#148, &#147The Skatalites&#148 and &#147King Stitt&#148. <br> <br> On 11 February the artists known as &#147Glen Glenn&#148 released "Goofin' Around" backed by "Susie Green From Abilene" on &#147Dore&#148 records with the backing band help of &#147The Ernie Freeman Combo&#148. Freeman in July released &#147Marshmallows, &#147Popcorn & Soda&#148 with &#147Honey&#148 on the B-side on &#147Imperial&#148. On 21 September after many years of recording and releasing records &#147The Ernie Fields Orchestra&#148 finally hit with a charting record. The single was "In The Mood" backed by "Christopher Columbus" on &#147Rendezvous&#148 that went to #4 on the pop chart and peaked at #7 on the R&B chart. &#147This record was in fact recorded by &#147Earl Palmer&#148, &#147Rene Hall&#148 and &#147Plas Johnson&#148. "In The Mood" has been recorded over 800 times by many different artists. It was #1 hit for "Glen Miller & His Orchestra" in 1940 where it stayed for 13 straight weeks. Some other artists who have performed this song were "The Andrews Sisters", "Ray Anthony & His Orchestra", "Chet Atkins", "The Bill Black Combo", "Ace Cannon", "Roy Clark", "Eddie Cochran", "Tyrone Davis", "Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra", "John Lee Hooker", "The King Sisters", "Jerry Lee Lewis", "Ray Stevens", "Billy Vaughn" and many, many others. <br> <br> In October &#147Francis Faye Swings Fats Domino&#148 is released on &#147Imperial&#148 with Freeman playing the piano on most of the songs on the album. "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" appeared next on "The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show" on ABC TV on 7 November. The other artists on the show this day were "Annette Funicello", "The Nutty Squirrels", "Bobby Rydell" and "The Skyliners". <b>1960</b> was a very, very busy year for Freeman as he released many records this year and assisted on quite a few as well. Some of the important events that took place this year are discussed next with all the record releases listed below that. On 13 February "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" appeared again on "The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show". The other artists on the show this day were "Paul Anka", "The Crew Cuts", "Annette Funicello" and "Brenda Lee". He assisted in putting together a group of musicians to form a one shot recording of &#147Alley Oop&#148 backed up by &#147Jungle Walk&#148 on &#147Rendezvous&#148 that was released on 6 June. The group called themselves <b>"The Dyna-Sores"</b> and consisted of "H. B. Barnum" (formally of "The Robins"), "Ernie Freeman", "Rene Hall", "Jimmy Scott Norman" (formally of "The Chargers and who would later become a member of "The Coasters&#148) & "Terrell Leonard" who went by the name of "Ty Terrell" (also formally of "The Robins"). <br> <br> &#147Alley Oop&#148 was composed by "Dallas Frazier" who originally wanted it be a country song but instead made it into a funky R&B tune. This version went to #59 on the pop chart. This song was released 1 week after the release of the same song by both "Dante & The Evergreens" who had it peak at #15 & "The Hollywood Argyles" whose version went all the way to #1. Ernie also assisted in the formation of the instrumental group <b>"B. Bumble & The Stingers"</b> who formed in Ada, OK. The name of the group was suggested by producer "Kim Fowley". The revolving members of this band were, "Red Callender" (formally with "The Dyna-Sores") on bass, "Jan Davis" on guitar, "Ernie Freeman" on piano, "Rene Hall" on guitar & 6-string bass, "Earl Palmer&#148 on drums and "Tommy Tedesco" (of "The Piltdown Men") on guitar. The regular members of this group did not want to go on the road so they hired 3 teenagers from Oklahoma to take their place. They were "Ron Brady" on drums, "Fred Richards" on piano & the 3rd member they called "William Billy Bumble" but it was a fake name for "R. C. Gamble" on guitar and the leader of the group. The records released this year are listed next with all pertinent information. <br> <br> <b>SINGLES</b> <br> "Always With You"/"A Summer Love" - "Ernie Freeman" - JAN60 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> "Chattanooga Choo Choo"/"Workin' Out" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - 29FEB60 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 <br> "Lost Dreams"/"One More Time Around (Jivin' Around)" - "Ernie Freeman" - FEB60 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> "Begin The Beguine"/"Things Ain't What They Used To Be" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - MAR60 - Rendezvous&#148 <br> &#147Big River&#148/&#148Night Sounds&#148 - &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 - MAR60 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> "Rockin' Red Wing"/"Dark Eyes" - "Ernie Freeman" - APR60 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> &#147Beautiful Obsession&#148/&#148Tenderfoot&#148 - &#147Sir Chauncey & His Exciting Strings&#148 - 25APR60 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 (&#147Sir Chauncey&#148 was really &#147Ernie Freeman&#148) (this song peaked at #89 on the pop chart) <br> "Teen Flip (Texas Twister)"/"Sweet Slumber" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - APR60 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 <br> "Raunchy"/"My Prayer" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - MAY60 - &#147London&#148 (UK Import) <br> "Alley Oop"/"Jungle Walk" - "The Dyna-Sores" - 6JUN60 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 <br> "Suddenly In Love"/"Little Prayer" - "The Six Teens" - JUL60 - &#147Flip&#148 (Freeman arranged Side-A) <br> &#147Autumn And Eve&#148/&#148Prayers&#148 - &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 - &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 - JUL60 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> "Theme From The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs"/"Come On Home" - "Ernie Freeman" - 24OCT60 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> "Heartbreak Hotel"/"Hawaiian Eye" - "Ernie Freeman" - NOV60 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> "Ridin' Hood"/"Teach Me How To Shimmy" - "The Coasters" - 7DEC60 - &#147Atco&#148 (Freeman played the piano on Side-A) <br> <br> <b>ALBUMS</b> <br> &#147Complete Reprise Studio Recordings&#148 - &#147Frank Sinatra&#148 - FEB60 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie composed the song "Until The Real Thing Comes Along" with "Sammy Cahn", "Sal Chaplin", "Mann Holiner" & "Alberta Nichols") (Ernie was one of 44 arrangers for this box set) - This 452-song 20-cd box set was re-released again by "Warner Brothers" records in 1995) <br> "In The Mood" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - MAR60 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 <br> "Very Best Of Frank Sinatra" - MAY60 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie was one of 10 arrangers for this album) <br> "Sky High" - &#147Evelyn Freeman&#148 - JUL60 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> &#147Dark At The Top Of The Stairs&#148 - &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 - NOV60 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> <br> "Chattanooga Choo Choo" has been recorded over 400 times and was a #1 hit in 1941 for "Glen Miller & His Orchestra". It has also been recorded by "The Andrews Sisters", "Ray Anthony & His Orchestra", "George Benson", "The Boston Pops w/Arthur Fiedler", "Cab Calloway", "Ray Charles", "Harry Connick Jr.", "The Ray Conniff Singers", "Bill Haley & The Comets", "Harpers Bizarre", "Barry Manilow", "Carmen Miranda" in Portuguese, "Matt Monro", The Shadows", "Hank Snow", "The Tornados", and many others. "Theme From The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs" peaked at #70 on the US pop singles chart. It was the title song for the Movie of the same name in 1960. The Melodrama starred &#147Eve Arden&#148, &#147Shirley Knight&#148, &#147Angela Lansbury&#148, &#147Dorothy McGuire&#148, &#147Frank Overton&#148, &#147Robert Preston&#148 and other. Also this year Freeman moved to Los Angeles, CA to become the arranger for &#147Tony Bennett&#148, &#147Dean Martin&#148, &#147Frank Sinatra&#148 and many others. When necessary Ernie would travel back and forth to New York City for recording sessions and appearances in one of his bands. <br> <br> <b>1961</b> was another very busy year for Freeman as an arranger, director, performer and producer. Ernie had an uncredited part playing Jose in the Docudrama &#147The George Raft Story&#148 known as &#147Spin Of The Coin&#148 in the UK this year. The Movie starred &#147Herschel Bernardi&#148, &#147Neville Brand&#148, &#147Barrie Chase&#148, &#147Ray Danton&#148, &#147Frank Gorshin&#148, &#148Jack Lambert&#148, &#147Julie London&#148, &#147Jayne Mansfield&#148, &#147Barbara Nichols&#148 and others. Ernie in 1961 would play sometimes with the sessions group <b>"The Marketts"</b>. They began as "The Mar-Kets" on their very first few releases then changed it to "The Marketts". The members were ever changing and some played on only one song or some were on the road only. This was another group that had many different members from time to time. Some of these were "Ben Benay" on guitar, "Hal Blaine" on drums, "Hal Blech" on guitar, "Mike Chapman" on guitar, "Ernie Freeman" on guitar and piano, "Jimmy Gordon" on bass, "Michael Z. Gordon" on piano, "Rene Hall" on guitar, "Mike Henderson" on saxophone, "Tom Hensley" on keyboards, "Richard Hobriaco" on keyboards, "Paul Johnson" on bass, "Plas Johnson" on saxophone, "Carol Kaye" on bass, "John Mason" (of "The Vulcanes") on guitar, "Earl Palmer" on drums, "Gene Pello" on drums, "Ray Pohlman" on bass, "Leon Russell" on keyboards, "Bill Strange" lead guitar, "Tommy Tedesco" on guitar, "Lolly Vegas" on vocals and "Pat Vegas" on vocals. According to "Joe Saraceno" the members of the touring group were "whoever we could find that was available". <br> <br> <b>SINGLES</b> <br> "Cuttin' In"/"Broke & Lonely" - "Johnny Guitar Watson" - JAN61 - &#147King&#148 (&#147Cuttin&#146 In&#148 peaked at #6 on the R&B chart and Ernie played bass on this song) <br> &#147Swamp Meeting&#148/&#148That&#146s All&#148 - &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 - 3FEB61 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> "Bumble Boogie"/"School Days Blues" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - 27MAR61 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 (&#147Bumble Boogie&#148 peaked at #21 on the pop chart) <br> &#147Warsaw Concerto&#148/&#148Return To Peyton Place&#148 - &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 - MAR61 - &#147Imperial <br> "Happy Whistler"/"Honky Tonk" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - APR61 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 <br> "Fallin'"/"Be Anything But Don't Be Sorry" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - MAY61 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 <br> "The Charleston"/"12th Street Rag" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - 19JUN61 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 (&#147The Charleston&#148 peaked at #47 on the pop chart) <br> "Boogie Woogie (Pinetop's Boogie Woogie)"/"Near You" - &#147B. Bumble & The Stingers&#148 - 10JUL61 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 (&#148Boogie Woogie&#148 peaked at #89 on the pop chart) <br> "Caravan"/"Bee Hive" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - OCT61 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 <br> "Castle Rock"/"String Of Pearls" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - OCT61 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 <br> "Stompin' Room Only"/"Canadian Sunset" - "The Marketts" - NOV61 - &#147Liberty&#148 & &#147Union&#148 <br> "Half As Much"/"I'm Sorry For You, My Friend" - "The Ernie Freeman Orchestra" - NOV61 - &#147Liberty&#148 <br> <br> <b>ALBUMS</b> <br> "Frank Sinatra The Reprise Collection" - MAR61 - &#147Reprise&#148 - (Ernie was one of 17 arrangers for this 81-song, 4-cd box set collection) <br> "Sinatra Reprise: The Very Good Years" - JUL61 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie was one of 8 arrangers for this album) <br> &#147Revelations And The Blues&#148 - &#147Big Miller & The Blues Machine&#148 - AUG61 - &#147Columbia&#148 (Ernie played piano on most of the songs) <br> "Raunchy" - "Ernie Freeman" - SEP61 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> &#147The Complete Dinah Washington On Mercury Vol. 7 - 1961 - SEP61 - &#147Mercury&#148 (Ernie played the piano on most of the songs) <br> &#147Twistin&#146 Time&#148 - &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 - DEC61 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> &#147Compact 6 - 6 Unabridged Selections&#148 - &#147Dinah Washington&#148 - DEC61 - &#147Mercury&#148 (Ernie played the piano on most of the songs) <br> <br> &#147Bumble Boogie&#148 was composed by &#147Jack Fina&#148 and &#147Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov&#148 in the 1940&#146s as &#147Flight Of The Bumble Bee&#148. This version was recorded as a boogie-woogie rocked up version of the original song. It was first recorded by "Freddie Martin" in 1946 as a Jazz number when it peaked at #7 on the chart. Also recorded by "JoAnne Castle", "Jack Fina", "Ralph Materie & His Orchestra", "Freddy Martin & His Orchestra", "The Morells", "Jimmy Mundy", "Alvino Rey", "Robert Shafer" and others. "The Charleston" was a #1 hit in 1924 for "Arthur Gibbs". It has also been recorded by "Ray Anthony & His Orchestra", "Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra", "Myron Floren", "Dick Hyman", "Spike Jones", "Mike Oldfield", "Louis Prima & His Orchestra", "Django Reinhart", "Willie The Lion Smith", "Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra" and many others. <br> <br> <b>1962</b> was the biggest year to date for Freeman. First off on 6 January Ernie released &#147The Twist&#148 backed by &#147Shine On Harvest Moon&#148 that peaked at #93 on the pop charts for him. &#147The Twist&#148 was composed by &#147Hank Ballard&#148 who first performed it 1959 as &#147Hank Ballard & The Midnighters&#148. It debuted on the charts on 18 July 1960 and peaked at #28 on the pop chart. &#147Chubby Checker&#148 took the song to #1 in both 1960 and again in 1961. (This is the only record to ever go to #1 in one year, go off the charts and then rechart again the next year going back to #1 again.) The melody of this song is said to be taken from &#147What&#146cha Gonna Do&#148 by &#147The Drifters with Clyde McPhatter&#148 that was a #2 R&B hit for them in 1955. "The Twist" has been recorded over 300 times by many different artists. Some of the artists that recorded Ballard&#146s version were &#147Ray Anthony & His Orchestra&#148, &#147Gary U.S. Bonds&#148, &#147James Brown&#148, &#147The Champs&#148, &#147Sam Cooke&#148, &#147The Countdown Singers&#148, &#147Dion&#148, &#147The Drifters&#148, &#147Duane Eddy&#148, &#147The Fat Boys with Chubby Checker&#148, &#147Carol Lipnik&#148, &#147Ronnie McDowell&#148, &#147The Miracles&#148, &#147The Olympics&#148, &#147The Platters&#148, &#147Johnny Preston&#148, &#147Louis Prima&#148, &#147Sha Na Na&#148, &#147Keely Smith&#148 and many others. <br> <br> <b>THE HISTORY OF &#147NUT ROCKER&#148</b> <br> &#147Kim Fowley&#148 secured the copyright to an arrangement of &#147Pyotr Il&#146Yich Tchaikovsky's "March of the Wooden Soldiers from &#147The Nutcracker Ballet&#148. Fowley then composed a new arrangement of the song and named it &#147Nut Rocker&#148. Fowley gave &#147Nut Rocker&#148 to pianist "H. B. Barnum" and he recorded it under the name of "Jack B. Nimble & The Quicks" on the small independent label of "Del Rio" records. "Rod Pierce" of "Rendezvous" records heard it and convinced Fowley that he could do a much better job of recording it on his label. It was re-recorded by &#147B. Bumble & The Stingers&#148. Freeman however never made the recording session for this record because it is said he was out partying too much the night before and overslept so he was replaced on the piano by &#147Al Hazan&#148. It was recorded in only 1 take and the total time spent on the recording session was only 1 hour. &#147Nut Rocker&#148 went to #23 on the US pop singles chart and all the way to #1 in the UK. &#147Nut Rocker&#148 has been played as background in several movies over the years the most recent being &#147Butcher Boy&#148 in 1998 and &#147Big Momma&#146s House&#148 in 2000. There had been a rumor floating around for years that &#147Ali Hassan&#148 played the piano on this record but there was not anyone by that name associated with the record or company. &#147Ali Hassan&#148 was the assumed name that the real piano player &#147Al Hazan&#148 used on &#147Malaguena&#148 that he had re-arranged from a 1928 song composed by &#147Ernesto Lecuona&#148. Hazan released his newly arranged instrumental version on &#147Phillies&#148 records but it failed to chart. Al also recorded the vocal song &#147Force Of Love&#148 on &#147Downbeat&#148 records under the assumed name of &#147Al Anthony&#148 but it too failed to make the charts. "Del Rio" records in the meantime decided they wanted to release their version of the song after all and gave it to "Randy Wood" of "Dot" records. Randy released the song as "(The Original) Nut Rocker" by "J. B. Nimble & The Quicks" but it failed to chart. &#147Nut Rocker&#148 has also been recorded by &#147Emerson, Lake & Palmer&#148 in 1986, &#147The Kit Kats&#148 in 1999, &#147Robert Wells&#148 In 1999 and many other artists. &#147Nut Rocker&#148 was re-released in the UK again in 1972 on "Top Rank" records and made it into the top 20 there. <br> <br> <b>"The Routers"</b> formed in 1962 and they had many different artists that played in this group from time to time. Some of them were "H. B. Barnum", "Hal Blaine", "Scotty Engel", "Ernie Freeman", "Mike Gordon", "Rene Hall", "Plas Johnson", "Ray Johnson" (the brother of Plas), "Jimmy Scott Norman" (who would later become a member of "The Coasters&#148),"Earl Palmer", "Bill Pittman", "Leon Russell", "Tommy Tedesco" & "Ty Terrell". <br> <br> <b>SINGLES</b> <br> "The Twist"/"Shine On Harvest Moon" - "Ernie Freeman" - 6JAN62 - &#147Imperial&#148 (&#147The Twist&#148 peaked at #93 on the pop chart) <br> "Surfer's Stomp"/"Start" - "The Mar-Kets" - 13JAN62 - &#147Liberty&#148 (&#147Surfer&#146s Stomp&#148 peaked at #31 on the pop chart) <br> &#147Perculator (Twist)&#148/&#148Round & Round & Round & Round&#148 - &#147Billy Joe & The Checkmates&#148 - 13JAN62 - &#147Dore&#148 (Ernie was the composer of &#147Perculator (Twist)&#148 with &#147Louis Bideu&#148) (&#147Perculator (Twist)&#148 peaked at #10 on the US pop singles chart.) <br> "Didn't It Rain"/"Water Boy" - "The Evelyn Freeman Orchestra" - FEB62 - &#147United Artists&#148 <br> "Nut Rocker"/"Nautilus" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - 3MAR62 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 (&#147Nut Rocker&#148 peaked at #23 on the US pop chart and went to #1 in the UK) <br> "Beach Bum"/"Sweet Potatoes" - "The Mar-Kets" - MAR62 - &#147Arvee&#148 <br> "Balboa Blue"/"Stompede" - "The Marketts" - 28APR62 - &#147Liberty&#148 (1st released in 1961 on "Union" records #504 but did not chart) (Peaked at #48 on the pop chart this time around) <br> "Ernie's Tune"/"(Hucklebuck) Twist" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - MAY62 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 <br> "Surfer's Stomp"/"Survival Stomp" - "The Marketts" - MAY62 - &#147Liberty&#148 (Australia Import) <br> &#147Rockin&#146 On &#145N&#146 Off&#148/&#148Mashed #5&#148 - &#147B. Bumble & The Stingers&#148 - JUN62 ("Mashed #5" was a updated and reworked version of "Beethoven's" Symphony #15, 1st Movement) <br> &#147Apple Knocker&#148/&#148The Moon And the Sea&#148 - &#147B. Bumble & The Stingers&#148 - JUL62 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 ("Apple Knocker" is a re-worked version of "The William Tell Overture" composed by "Bird, Roberts & Rossini") <br> "Theme From Perry Mason"/"Me And My Shadow" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - AUG62 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 <br> "I Don't Want To Do It"/&#148What Am I Living For&#148 - &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 - SEP62 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 <br> &#147I Hear You Knocking&#148/&#148The Stripper&#148 - &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 - OCT62 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> "Let's Go (Pony)"/"Mashy" - "The Routers" - 3NOV62 - &#147Warner brothers&#148 (&#147Let&#146s Go (Pony)&#148 peaked at #19 on the US pop chart) <br> "Dawn Cracker"/"Scales" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - NOV62 &#147Stateside&#148 (UK Import) (&#147Dawn Cracker&#148 was a revamped version of the classical piece, adapted from "Morning" from the Peer Gynt Suite by Grieg.) <br> "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes"/"Anonymous Phone Call" - "Bobby Vee" - DEC62 - &#147Liberty&#148 (Ernie was the arranger and producer of &#147Anonymous Phone Call&#148 and it was composed by "Hal David" and "Burt Bacharach") ("The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" peaked at #8 on the R&B chart, at #3 on the pop chart and at #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart) <br> <br> <b>EP&#146s</b> <br> "Nut Rocker/Bumble Boogie/"Boogie Woogie" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - JUN62 - &#147Stateside&#148 (UK Import) <br> "Nut Rocker"/"Nautilus"/"Bumble Boogie"/"School Days Blues" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - SEP62 - "EMI" (France Import), "La Voix" (France Import) & "Pathe Marconi" (France Import) <br> "Let's Go (Pony)"/"Mashy"/"Make It Snappy"/"Half Time" - "The Routers" - DEC62 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> <br> <b>ALBUMS</b> <br> "Surfer's Stomp" - "The Marketts" - MAR62 &#147Liberty&#148 <br> "Didn't It Rain" - "Evelyn Freeman" - JUL62 - &#147United Artists&#148 <br> &#147Ernie&#148 - &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 - N/A - &#147Imperial&#148 (This album was scheduled to be released in August but for some reason it was shelved?) <br> &#147The Stripper&#148 - &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 - OCT62 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> "Soulful Sounds Of Country Classics" - "Ernie Freeman" - DEC62 - &#147Liberty&#148 <br> <br> &#147Perculator (Twist)&#148 has always been credited to &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 and &#147Louis Bideu&#148 (also spelled Bideau) (he was born &#147Lew Bedell&#148) who was said to be a member of this group. Publicity photos were sent out showing Billy Joe (Hunter) as the leader of the group. Bedell posed as Billy Joe, but in reality there was no such musician. Some sources believe that Freeman composed the song himself. Bideau was the co-founder of &#147Era&#148 records and the soul founder of &#147Dore&#148 records. The song was recorded by Ernie Freeman on xylophone, Rene Hall on guitar, Red Callender on bass and Earl Palmer on drums. This song was based on the Maxwell House coffee jingle "Perky". This group released at least 14 other records on &#147Dore&#148 but this record was the only one that ever made the charts. Ernie finally slowed down a little in <b>1963</b> when he only contributed to about 15 different projects. <br> <br> <b>SINGLES</b> <br> "Didn't It Rock Part 1"/"Didn't It Rock Part 2" - "Evelyn Freeman & The Exciting Voices" - JAN63 - &#147Imperial&#148 <br> "In The Mood"/"Chicken Chow Mein" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - FEB63 - &#147Rendezvous&#148 <br> "Make It Snappy"/"Half Time" - "The Routers" - MAR63 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "Sting Ray"/"Snap Happy" - "The Routers" - 27APR63 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 (&#147Sting Ray&#148 peaked at #50 on the pop chart) <br> "Baby Mash"/"Night Time Madness" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - MAY63 - &#147Stateside&#148 (UK Import) ("Baby Mash" is a reworked version of &#147The Brahms Lullaby" composed by "Johannes Brahms&#148) <br> "Woody Wagon"/"Cobra" - "The Marketts" - AUG63 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "A-Ooga"/"Big Band" - "The Routers" - NOV63 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "Out Of Limits"/"Bella Dalena" - "The Marketts" - 7DEC63 - &#147Liberty&#148 (&#147Out Of Limits&#148 peaked at #3 on the pop chart.) ("Out Of Limits" was an instrumental song inspired by the ABC TV series "Outer Limits". The song was to be called "Outer Limits" but ABC executives pressured "Warner Brothers" to change the title. <br> <br> <b>ALBUMS</b> <br> &#147Limbo Dance Party&#148 - &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 - JAN63 - &#147Liberty&#148 <br> "Softly As I Leave You" - Frank Sinatra" - FEB63 - &#147Reprise&#148 - (Ernie was one of 5 arrangers for this album) <br> &#147Baby, Baby, Baby&#148 - &#147Jimmy Witherspoon&#148 - 6MAR63 - &#147Original Blues&#148 (Ernie played the piano on most of the songs and used the pseudonym &#147Ernst Von Funkenstein&#148) <br> "Let's Go! With The Routers" - MAR63 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> &#147The Best Of Timi Yuro&#148 - APR63 - &#147Liberty&#148 - (Ernie was the arranger of this album) <br> "Comin' Home Baby" - "Ernie Freeman Combo" - MAY63 - &#147Liberty&#148 (&#147Comin&#146 Home Baby&#148 was a #36 pop hit in 1962 by &#147Mel Torme&#148) <br> "The Routers Play 1963's Great Instrumental Hits" - JUL63 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "Take To Wheels" - "The Marketts" - SEP63 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "The Surfing Scene" - "The Marketts" - DEC63 - &#147Liberty&#148 <br> <br> In <b>1964</b> Ernie had another another busy year of arranging and performing where he was involved in about 14 projects. <br> <br> <b>SINGLES</b> <br> "Snap Crackle & Pop"/"Amoeba" - "The Routers" - FEB64 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "Vanishing Point"/"Borealis" - "The Marketts" - 28MAR64 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "St. Louis Blues"/"Theme From The Lillies Of The Field" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - APR64 - &#147Capitol&#148 <br> "Crack Up"/"Let's Dance" - "The Routers" - MAY64 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "Stamp & Shake"/"Ah-Ya" - "The Routers" - JUL64 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "Maria Elena"/"Hot Pastrami" - "The Routers" - AUG64 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "Napoleon's Solo"/"Miami's Blues" - "The Marketts" - SERP64 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "Can't Help Lovin' You"/"Pickin' Up The Pieces" - "Johnny Faire" (his real name was "Johnny Faircloth&#148) OCT64 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie was the arranger on "Pickin' Up The Pieces") <br> "Chole"/"Swanee River" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - DEC64 - &#147Capitol&#148 <br> <br> <b>ALBUMS</b> <br> "Out Of Limits" - "The Marketts" - JAN64 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "The Surf Party Soundtrack" - "The Routers" - FEB64 - &#14720th Century Fox&#148 <br> &#147California Sun&#148 - &#147The Crickets&#148 - MAR64 - &#147Liberty&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> &#147The Door Is Still Open To My Heart&#148 - &#147Dean Martin&#148 - MAY64 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "Charge!" - "The Routers" - JUL64 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "The Routers Play The Chuck Berry Songbook" - OCT64 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> <br> <b>1965</b> was the slowest year to date for Freeman with only 6 projects this year. <br> <br> <b>SINGLES</b> <br> "Raunchy '65"/"Jivin' Around" - "Ernie Freeman" - MAR65 - &#147Liberty&#148 (France Import) <br> "Ready, Steady, Go"/"Lady In The Cage" - "The Marketts" - AUG65 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)"/"Show Me The Way" - "Barry Young" - 6NOV65 - &#147Dot&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for "One Has My Name" and the song peaked at #13 on the US pop chart.) <br> <br> <b>ALBUMS</b> <br> "Dean Martin Hits Again" - FEB65 - &#147Reprise&#148 - (Ernie was the arranger and conductor for this album) <br> "(Remember Me) I'm The One Who Loves You" - "Dean Martin" - JUN65 - &#147Reprise&#148 - (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "The Crickets: A Collection" - OCT65 &#147Liberty&#148 - (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> <br> On 23 March <b>1966</b> "The Marketts" appeared on "Where The Action Is" on ABC TV with "The Knickerbockers" and "Bob Lind". "The Marketts" appeared again on "Where The Action Is" on 20 April with "Steve Alaimo" and "Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders". <br> <br> <b>SINGLES</b> <br> "Batman Theme"/"Richie's Theme" - "The Marketts" - 5FEB66 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 (&#147Batman Theme&#148 peaked at #17 on the US pop chart) <br> "Stirrin' Up Some Soul"/"Tarzan (Tarzan's Theme)" - "The Marketts" - JUL66 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "Green Hornet Theme"/"Flight Of The Hornet" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers"- AUG66 - &#147Mercury&#148 <br> "Silent Movies"/"Twelfth Street Rag" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - NOV66 - &#147Mercury&#148 <br> <br> <b>ALBUMS</b> <br> "The Batman Theme" - "The Marketts&#148 - JAN66 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 <br> "Right Now!" - "Mel Torme" - 28JAN66 - &#147Sony&#148 (Ernie was the arranger and conductor for this album) <br> "Day For Decision" - "Johnny Sea" - FEB66 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "The Dean Martin TV Show" - FEB66 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "Bob Crane (Colonel Hogan) His Drums & Orchestra Play The Funnyside Of TV Themes From Television's Great Comedy Series". ("Bob Crane's" real name was "Robert Edward Crane".) - MAR66 - &#147Epic&#148 (Freeman arranged 3 songs on this album which were "Green Hornet Theme", "Theme From Andy Griffith" and "Theme From F Troop".) <br> "Strangers In The Night" - Frank Sinatra" - APR66 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie along with "Nelson Riddle" were the only 2 arrangers for this album) (Ernie won his very first Grammy Award for his work on this album) <br> "Songs From The Silencers" - "Dean Martin" - MAY66 - &#147Reprise&#148 (with &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 & &#147The Gene Page Orchestra&#148) (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "Tears & Heartaches" - "Kay Starr" - 27JUN66 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "The Hit Sound Of Dean Martin" - AUG66 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie was the arranger and conductor for this album) <br> "Arrivederci Baby (Soundtrack)" - OCT66 - &#147RCA&#148 (Ernie was the arranger and conductor for this album) <br> <br> The Crime Comedy Movie "Arrivederci Baby" (also known as "Drop Dead, Darling") starred &#147Tony Curtis&#148, Zsa Zsa Gabor&#148, &#147Lionel Jeffries&#148, &#147Nancy Kwan&#148, &#147Rosanna Schiaffino&#148 and others. &#147The Silencers&#148 was an Action Comedy and it starred "Victor Buono", ""Cyd Charisse", "Nancy Kovack", "Daliah Lavi", "Dean Martin", "Arthur O'Connell", "Stella Stevens" and others. &#147Batman&#148 was a super-hero crime spoof TV series on ABC TV from January 1966 and March 1968. It starred &#147Adam West&#148 as Batman and Bruce Wayne, &#147Burt Ward&#148 as Robin and Richard Dick Grayson, &#147Neil Hamilton&#148 as Commissioner James W. Gordon, &#147Stafford Repp&#148 as Chief O&#146Hara, &#147Alan Napier&#148 as Alfred Pennyworth the Butler, &#147Yvonne Craig&#148 as Batgirl and Barbara Gordon the commissioner&#146s daughter and others. It also had a revolving cast of big named stars playing re-occurring roles as the bad guys. Some of these were &#147Burgess Meredith&#148 as The Penguin, &#147Frank Gorshin&#148 and &#147John Astin&#148 as The Riddler, &#147Cesar Romero&#148 as The Joker, &#147Eartha Kitt&#148, &#147Lee Meriwether&#148 and &#147Julie Newmar&#148 as The Catwoman, &#147Victor Buono&#148 as King Tut, &#147Vincent Price&#148 as Egghead, &#147Roddy McDowall&#148 as The Bookworm, &#147George Sanders&#148 and &#147Eli Wallach&#148 as Mr. Freeze, &#147George Sanders, &#147Otto Preminger&#148 and &#147Walter Slezak&#148 as The Clock King, &#147Carolyn Jones&#148 as Marsha, Queen Of Diamonds, &#147Tallulah Bankhead&#148 as The Black Widow, &#147Milton Berle&#148 as Louie The Lilac, &#147Art Carney&#148 as The Archer, &#147Joan Collins&#148 as The Siren and others. <br> <br> &#147The Green Hornet&#148 was another hero crime spoof TV series and it too was also on ABC TV. This show had a very short life being on from September 1966 to March 1967 a total of 26 episodes and it also aired in Hong Kong where it was called &#147The Kato Show&#148. It starred &#147Van Williams&#148 as The Green Hornet and Britt Reid, &#147Bruce Lee&#148 as Kato, &#147Walter Brooke&#148 as District Attorney F. P. Scanlon, &#147Gary Owens&#148 as a TV newscaster, &#147Wendy Wagner&#148 as Leonore Casey Case and &#147Lloyd Gough&#148 as Mike Axford&#148. Both series&#146 &#147Batman&#148 and &#147The Green Hornet&#148 had &#147William Dozier&#148 as the background narrator who was also the executive producer of both shows. Ernie was involved in only 10 projects which included 3 Movies in <b>1967</b>. <br> <br> <b>SINGLES</b> <br> "Sun Power"/"Sunshine Girl" - "The Marketts" - MAR67 - &#147Liberty&#148 <br> <br> <b>ALBUMS</b> <br> "Frank Sinatra And The World We Knew" - FEB67 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "Happiness Is Dean Martin" - APR67 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "It Must Be Him" - "Vikki Carr" - SEP67 - &#147Liberty&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "Come Back When You Grow Up" - "Bobby Vee" - OCT67 - &#147Liberty&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "Ernie Freeman, Hit Maker" - OCT67 - &#147ABC/Dunhill&#148 <br> "Sun Power" - "The Marketts" - NOV67 - &#147Liberty&#148 <br> <br> <b>MOVIES</b> <br> "What Am I Bid?" - Musical Western - Starred &#147Andy Davis&#148, &#147Stephanie Hill&#148, &#147Al Hirt&#148, &#147Mauriel Landers&#148, &#147Jack McCall&#148, &#147Tex Ritter&#148, &#147Faron Young&#148 and others. (Ernie was the musical director for the score of this Movie) <br> "The Cool Ones" (Also known as "Cool Baby, Cool!") - Musical Comedy - Starred &#147Glen Campbell&#148, &#147Robert Coote&#148, &#147Teri Garr&#148, &#147Phil Harris&#148, &#147Roddy McDowall&#148, &#147Gil Peterson&#148, &#147Debbie Watson&#148 and others (Ernie was the musical conductor for the score of this Movie) <br> "The Double Man" (Made in the UK) - Action Spy Thriller - Starred &#147David Bauer&#148, &#147Yul Brynner&#148, &#147Anton Diffring&#148, &#147Britt Ekland&#148, &#147Lloyd Nolan&#148, &#147Clive Revill&#148 and others. (Ernie was the musical conductor for the score of this Movie) <br> <br> In November <b>1968</b> Ernie was the arranger and producer for the album "Gentle On my Mind" by "Dean Martin" on &#147Reprise&#148. He was also the Musical Score conductor and song composer for the Action Comedy &#147Duffy&#148. The Movie starred &#147John Alderton&#148, &#147James Coburn&#148, &#147James Fox&#148, &#147James Mason&#148, &#147Susannah York&#148 and others. In the Action Spy Comedy &#147The Pink Jungle&#148 Ernie was the musical score conductor. The Movie starred &#147Michael Ansara&#148, &#147James Garner&#148, &#147Nigel Green&#148, &#147George Kennedy&#148, &#147Eva Renzi&#148, &#147George Rose&#148 and others. In May <b>1969</b> &#147The Marketts&#148 released "The Undefeated" backed up by "They Call The Wind Maria" on &#147Uni&#148 records. &#147Vikki Carr&#148 in August released the album &#147For Once in My Life&#148 on &#147Liberty&#148 and Ernie was the arranger of this album. Ernie was the arranger and conductor for the album "Give Me Your Love For Christmas" by "Johnny Mathis" that was released in November. From <b>1970</b> through <b>1980</b> Ernie&#146s projects slowed way down. In February 1970 "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by "Simon & Garfunkel" was released on &#147Columbia&#148 records. The album went all the way to #1 on the pop charts and over the years has sold over 5 million copies. Ernie won his 2nd and final Grammy Award for playing a few different string instruments on some of the songs on this album. <br> <br> <b>SINGLES</b> <br> "Down At Mother's Place"/"Manhattan Spiritual" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - MAR72 - &#147Pye&#148 (UK Import) <br> "Superbird"/"Sack Of Woe" - "The Routers" - FEB73 - &#147Mercury&#148 <br> "Mystery Movie Theme/"Sister Candy" - "The Marketts" - APR73 - &#147Mercury&#148 <br> "Nut Rocker"/"Bumble Boogie" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - MAR75 - &#147Eric&#148 (UK Import) <br> <br> <b>EP&#146s</b> <br> "Nut Rocker" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers/"Happy Organ" - "Dave Baby Cortez"/"Pipeline" - "The Chantays" - JUL79 - &#147Blast From The Past&#148 (UK Import) <br> <br> <b>ALBUMS</b> <br> "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - "Simon & Garfunkel" - FEB70 - &#147Columbia&#148 (Ernie played a few different string instruments on some of the songs on this album) (peaked at #1 on the US album chart) <br> "Close To You" - "Johnny Mathis" - APR70 - &#147Columbia&#148 (Ernie was arranger and conductor for this album) <br> "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" - "Johnny Mathis" - JUN70 - &#147Columbia&#148 (Ernie was arranger and conductor for this album) <br> "Johnny Mathis Sings The Music Of Bacharach & Kaempfert" - NOV70 - &#147Columbia&#148 (Ernie arranged and produced &#147Alfie&#148 and &#147Odds & Ends&#148 on this album) <br> "For The Good Times" - "Dean Martin" - JAN71 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "You've Got A Friend" - "Andy Williams" - AUG71 - &#147Columbia&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "Love Theme From The Godfather" - "Andy Williams" - JUL72 - &#147Mercury&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "AM, FM, Etc." - "The Marketts" - AUG73 - &#147Mercury&#148 <br> "Super Bird" - "The Routers" - SEP73 - &#147Mercury&#148 <br> "Angel Clare" - "Art Garfunkel" - SEP73 - &#147Columbia&#148 (Ernie played a few different string instruments on some of the songs on this album) <br> "You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" - "Dean Martin" - 14DEC73 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "The Road" - "Johnny Rivers" - JUL74 - &#147Atlantic&#148 (Ernie played the saxophone on some of the songs on this album) <br> "Christmas Present" - "Andy Williams" - DEC74 - &#147CBS&#148 &#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "Tryin' To Get That Feeling" - "The Marketts" - AUG75 - &#147Arista&#148 <br> "Serenades Of Love" - "Bobby Vinton" - APR76 - &#147ABC&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "My Own Way To Rock" - "Burton Cummings" (formally with "The Guess Who") - AUG77 - &#147Portrait&#148 <br> (Ernie was the conductor and horns arranger for this album) <br> "Sammy Davis Jr. Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" - MAY78 - &#147Garland&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> <br> <b>MOVIES</b> <br> "Dinah East" - Drama - NOV70 - This Movie starred "Matt Bennett", "Kitty Carl", "Andy Davis", ""Ray Foster", "Reid Smith", "Jeremy Stockwell", "Joe Taylor", "Ultra Violet" and others. (Ernie was the composer of the music score for this Movie). <br> <br> In <b>1981</b> &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 died of a Heart attack. While researching this review for the past 2 weeks I have found 2 different dates and places of his death in 20 different places (web sites, books, articles, etc.). There was a very close split on which one may be correct as 11 locations indicated he died on 15 May in Beverly Hills, CA. There were 9 locations that have indicated he died on 16 May in Hawaii. I&#146m really not sure why this fact is so hard to pin down and we may never know the real date and place of Mr. Freeman&#146s death? The list of albums shown below had at least one or more songs on them that had been previously recorded, arranged, produced etc. by Freeman prior to his death. Some of these albums are reissues and some have songs on them that were recorded years ago and may appear on other albums as well. <br> <br> <b>ALBUMS</b> <br> &#147Summer Means Love&#148 - &#147The Marketts&#148 - MAY86 - &#147Dore&#148 <br> "A Man And His Music" - &#147Frank Sinatra&#148 - 6OCT86 - &#147Reprise&#148 (32 song 2-cd set, Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "The Very Best Of Eddie Fisher" - AUG88 - &#147MCA&#148 (Ernie was the arranger on this album) <br> "Anthony 1962 - 1974" - "The Righteous Brothers" - JUL89 - &#147Capitol&#148 (Ernie was the arranger and conductor on this album) <br> "Give Me Your Love For Christmas" - "Johnny Mathis" - 20JUL89 - <br> "Capitol Collectors Series" - "Bobby Darin" - 26JUL89 - &#147Capitol&#148 (Ernie was the arranger and conductor on this album) <br> "The Specialty Sessions" - "Little Richard" - 2APR90 - &#147Speciality&#148 (73-song, 3-cd set, Ernie played piano on some of the songs on this album) <br> "Nice Life: Greatest Hits And Rare Tracks, 1959 - 1971" - "Willie Nelson" - 3JUL90 - &#147Rhino&#148 (Ernie arranged the string section) <br> "Angel Clare" - "Art Garfunkel" (reissued) - 25OCT90 - &#147Sony&#148 - (Ernie played a few different string instruments on some of the songs on this album) <br> "Baby, Baby, Baby" - "Jimmy Witherspoon" (reissued) - 1JUL89 - &#147Original Blues&#148 (Ernie played the piano on most of the songs and used the pseudonym &#147Ernst Von Funkenstein&#148) <br> "Soul On Fire: The Best Of LaVern Baker" - 1OCT91 - &#147Atlantic&#148 (Ernie played the piano on some of the songs and was the arranger and producer) <br> "Unforgettable" - "Dinah Washington" - 19NOV91 - &#147Mercury&#148 (Ernie played the piano on some of the songs) <br> "Moody's Mood For Love" - "King Pleasure" - 21APR92 - &#147Blue Note&#148 (Ernie was the arranger of this album) <br> "The Glory Of Love" - "Vic Damone" - 23JUN92 - &#147RCA&#148 (Ernie was the arranger and conductor for this album) <br> "Music From The CBS Mini-Series" - "Frank Sinatra" - 20OCT92 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 (30 song, 2-cd set Ernie was one of 13 arrangers for this album) <br> "Hurt: The Best Of Timi Yuro" - 17NOV92 - &#147Capitol&#148 (Ernie was the arranger on this album) <br> "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay: The Best Of Gene McDaniels" - 13DEC92 - &#147Capitol&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "Sarah Sings Soulfully" - "Sarah Vaughn" - 26JAN93 - &#147Blue Note&#148 (Ernie played the guitar and organ on a few songs on this album) <br> "Come Softly To Me: The Very Best Of The Fleetwoods" - 10AUG93 - &#147Capitol&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "Paul Simon 1964 - 1993" - 28SEP93 - &#147Warner Brothers&#148 (52-song, 3-CD box set with string arrangements by Ernie) <br> "Four Platters And One Lovely Dish" - "The Platters" - 28JUN94 - &#147Bear Family&#148 (254-song, 9-CD box set, Ernie played the piano on a few songs on this album) <br> "The Complete Aladdin Recordings Of Charles Brown" - JUL94 - &#147Mosaic&#148 (109-song, 5-CD box set, Ernie played the organ on a few selected songs) <br> "The Complete Aladdin Recordings Of Amos Milburn" - JUL94 - &#147Mosaic&#148 (145-song, 8-CD box set, Ernie played the piano on a few selected songs and was the album arranger) <br> "Cry Of The Wounded Jukebox" - "Lorenzo Holden" - 12AUG94 - &#147Southland&#148 (Ernie played the organ and the piano on selected songs on this album) <br> "Twangin' From Phoenix To L.A." - "Duane Eddy" - 29NOV94 - &#147Bear Family&#148 (133-song, 8-CD box set, Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "Untamed Hawk: The Early Recordings Of Merle Haggard" - 14APR95 - &#147Bear Family&#148 (133-song, 5-CD box set, Ernie played string instruments on selected songs on this album) <br> "16 Most Requested Songs - Encore!" - "Andy Williams" - 16MAY95 - &#147Columbia&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "Nut Rocker & All The Classics" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - 13JUN95 - &#147Ace&#148 (UK Import) <br> A Hundred Pounds Of Clay: The Best Of Gene McDaniels (reissued) - 20OCT95 - &#147Collectables&#148 (Ernie was the arranger for this album) <br> "As Long As I'm Singing: The Bobby Darin Collection" - 21NOV95 - &#147Rhino&#148 (Ernie was the arranger and conductor for this album) <br> "Goldsinger: The Best Of Shirley Bassey" - 14NOV95 - &#147Capitol&#148 (Ernie was the orchestra conductor) <br> "California Sun/The Crickets: A Collection" - 23JAN96 - &#147Beat Goes On&#148 (Ernie was the arranger) <br> "Man Of Many Parts" - "Buddy Collette" - 12FEB96 - &#147Original Jazz Classics&#148 (Ernie played the piano) <br> "Que Sea El" - "Vikki Carr" - 20FEB96 - &#147Sony&#148 (Ernie was the arranger) <br> "Golden Classics Edition" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - 27FEB96 - &#147Collectables&#148 <br> "Out Of Limits" - "The Marketts" (reissued) - 12MAR96 - &#147Sundazed&#148 <br> "In The Mood" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" (reissued) - 16APR96 - &#147Ace&#148 (UK Import) <br> "Souvenirs" - "Connie Francis" - 22OCT96 - &#147Polydor&#148 (Ernie was the orchestra conductor) <br> "Golden Classics" - "Cannibal & The Headhunters" - 5NOV96 - &#147Collectables&#148 (Ernie played the piano) <br> "All The Hits: From Surf City To Drag City" - "Jan & Dean" - 12NOV96 - &#147Capitol&#148 (Ernie was the arranger) <br> "End Of The World"/"Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast" - "Julie London" - 1JAN97 - &#147EMI&#148 (Ernie was the arranger) <br> "The Best Of Esther Phillips (1962 - 1970)" - 4MAR97 - &#147Rhino&#148 (Ernie was the orchestra conductor) <br> "In The Mood A Golden Classics Collection" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" - 25MAR97 - &#147Collectables&#148 <br> "Where The Boys Are: Connie Francis In Hollywood" - 15APR97 - &#147Rhino&#148 (Ernie was the orchestra conductor) <br> "Right Now!" - "Mel Torme" (reissued with 11 bonus tracks) - 29APR97 - &#147Columbia&#148 (Ernie was the arranger and conductor) <br> "Rockin' With The Robins" - 24MAY97 - &#147Titan&#148 (German Import) (Ernie played the piano) <br> "Zoot Suit Riot" - "Cherry Poppin' Daddies" - 1JUL97 &#147Mojo/Jive&#148 (Ernie was the arranger) <br> "Raunchy" - "Ernie Freeman Combo" (reissued with 14 bonus tracks) - 23SEP97 - &#147Ace&#148 (UK Import) <br> "Italian Collection, Vol. 1" - "Connie Francis" - 4NOV97 - &#147Polygram&#148 (Ernie was the arranger and conductor) <br> "Cherry Lips" - "The Robins" - DEC97 - &#147Famous Grooves&#148 (Ernie played the piano) <br> "The Very Best Of Eddie Fisher" (reissue with 11 bonus tracks) - 17FEB98 &#147Taragon&#148 (Ernie was the arranger) <br> "Old Rivers"/"Twas The Night Before Christmas&#133Back Home" - "Walter Brennan" - 21APR98 - &#147Collector&#146s Choice&#148 (Ernie was the arranger) <br> "Jazz Me Blues: The Best Of Jimmy Witherspoon" - 6MAY98 - &#147Prestige&#148 (Ernie played the piano) <br> "Greatest Hits/King Of Cool" - "Dean Martin" - 2JUN98 - &#147Capitol&#148 (Ernie was arranger and conductor) <br> "Sheet Music" - "Nancy Sinatra" - 9JUN98 - &#147DCC&#148 (Ernie was the arranger) <br> "Enchanted: The Best Of The Platters" - 16JUN98 - &#147Rhino&#148 (Ernie was the arranger and conductor) <br> "Going To The Party" - "Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band" - 18AUG98 - &#147A Million Dollars Worth Of Me&#148 (Ernie played the piano and was the arranger) <br> "Greatest Hits" - "Dean Martin" - 25AUG98 - &#147EMI&#148 (40-song, 2-CD set, Ernie was the arranger) <br> "Rock & Roll" - "The Robins" - 20OCT98 - &#147GNP Crescendo&#148 (Ernie played the piano) <br> "1st Blues Band On Venus" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" - NOV98 - &#147London&#148 (Netherlands Import) <br> "The Very Best Of Dean Martin: The Capitol & Reprise Years" - DEC98 - &#147Capitol&#148 (Ernie was arranger and conductor) <br> "Lucky Numbers" - "Frank Sinatra" - 8DEC98 - &#147Reprise&#148 (Ernie was the arranger) <br> "International Collection" - "Petula Clark" - 26JAN99 - &#147Bear Family&#148 (108-song, 5-CD box set, Ernie was the arranger) <br> "Zoot Suit Riot" - "Cherry Poppin' Daddies" (reissued with 2 bonus tracks) - 5APR99 - &#147Rhino&#148 (Ernie was the arranger) <br> "The Very Best Of Johnny Guitar Watson" - 20APR99 - &#147Rhino&#148 (Ernie played the piano) <br> "American Reflections" - "Johnny Seay" - 8JUN99 - &#147Lost Gold&#148 (Ernie was the producer) <br> "Yes I Can: The Sammy Davis Jr. Story" - 2NOV99 - &#147Rhino&#148 (Ernie was the conductor) <br> "World We New" - Frank Sinatra" - 30NOV99 - &#147Wea International&#148 (Ernie was the arranger) <br> "You're The Reason I'm Living/I Want To Be Around" - "Bobby Darin" - 28DEC99 - &#147EMI&#148 (Ernie was the arranger and conductor) <br> <b>There are 81 More Albums that could be added to this already very, very, very, very long list besides the extras I have added near the bottom</b>. <br> <br> <b>SOME SONG LYRICS</b> <br> <br> <b>ALLEY OOP - THE DYNA-SORES</b> <br> Alley Oop oop, oop-oop <br> Alley Oop oop, oop-oop <br> There&#146s a man in the funny papers we all know Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop <br> He lived 'way back a long time ago Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop <br> He don&#146t eat nothin' but a bear cat stew Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop <br> Well this cat's name is-a Alley Oop Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop <br> <br> He got a chauffeur that's a genuwine dinosawruh Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop <br> And he can knuckle your head before you count to fawruh Alley Oop, oop, oop- <br> oop <br> <br> He got a big ugly club and a head fulla hairuh Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop <br> Like great big lions and grizzly bearuhs Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop <br> Alley Oop He's the toughest man there is alive <br> Alley Oop Wearin' clothes from a wildcat's hide <br> Alley Oop He's the king of the jungle jive <br> Look at that cave man go <br> <br> He rides thru the jungle tearin' limbs offa trees Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop <br> Knockin' great big monstahs dead on their knees Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop <br> The cats don't bug him cuz they know bettah Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop <br> Cuz he's a mean motah scootah and a bad go-gettah Alley Oop, oop, oop-oop <br> Alley Oop He's the toughest man there is alive <br> Alley Oop Wearin' clothes from a wildcat's hide <br> Alley Oop He's the king of the jungle jive <br> Look at that cave man go <br> <br> <b>SMOKEY JOE&#146S CAFÉ - THE ROBINS</b> <br> One day while I was eating beans at Smokey Joe's Cafe <br> Just sittin diggin' all the scenes at Smokey Joe's Cafe <br> A chick came walkin through the door <br> That I had never seen before <br> At least I never saw her down at Smokey Joe's Cafe <br> And I started shakin' when she sat right down next to me <br> <br> Her knees were almost touching mine at Smokey Joe's Cafe <br> A chill was running down my spine at Smokey Joe's Cafe <br> I could smell her sweet perfume <br> She smiled at me my heart went boom <br> Then everybody in the room at Smokey Joe's Cafe <br> Said Man be careful that chick belongs to Smokey Joe <br> <br> From behind the counter I saw a man <br> A chef's hat on his head and a knife in his hand <br> He grabbed me by the collar and began to shout <br> You better eat up all your beans boy and clear right on out <br> <br> I know I'll never eat again at Smokey Joe's Cafe <br> And so we'll never meet again at Smokey Joe's Cafe <br> I'd rather eat my chili beans <br> At Jim's or Jack's or John's or Gene's <br> Then take my chances eating down at Smokey Joe's Cafe <br> Why risk my life when that Smokey Joe's a crazy fool <br> <br> <b>IN THE MOOD (It was an instrumental song but there is also a lyrical version by &#147THE ANDREWS SISTERS)</b> <br> Mr. What-ya-call-em what you doin tonight <br> Hope you're in the mood because I'm feeling just right <br> How's about a corner with a table for two <br> Where the music's mellow in some gay rendezvous <br> There's no chance romancin' with a blue attitude <br> You got to do some dancin' to get in the mood <br> <br> Sister What-ya-call-em that's a kindly idea <br> Something swing-a-dilla would be good to my ear <br> Ev'rybody must agree the dancin' has charm <br> When you have the certain one you love in your arms <br> Steppin' out with you will be a sweet interlude <br> A builder-up with that will put me in the mood <br> <br> In the mood that's it I got it <br> In the mood your ear will spot it <br> In the mood oh what a hot hit <br> Be alive and get the jive <br> You've got to learn how <br> <br> Hep hep hep hep like a hepper <br> Pep pep pep hot as a pepper <br> Step step step step like a stepper <br> We're muggin' and huggin' <br> We're in the mood now <br> <br> Mr. What-ya-call-em all you needed was fun <br> You can see the wonders that this evenin' has done <br> Your feet were so heavy 'til they hardly could move <br> Now they're light as feathers and you're right in the groove <br> You were only hungry for some musical food <br> You're positively, absolutely in the mood <br> <br> Sister What-ya-call-em I'm indebted to you <br> It all goes to show what food and fluids can do <br> Never felt so happy and so fully alive <br> Seems that jammin' jumpin' is a powerful jive <br> Swingeroo is giving me a new attitude <br> My heart is full of rhythm and I'm in the mood <br> <br> In the mood that's it 'cause I got it and I'm <br> In the mood your ear will spot it when you're <br> In the mood bobbity bop a diddly-bop-a-bop-a <br> Be alive and get the jive <br> You've got to learn how <br> <br> <b>JAGUARDOG&#146S FINAL THOUGHTS</b> <br> Ernie was hired by &#147Lew Chudd&#148 to work with &#147Jimmy Haskell&#148 in the music department of &#147Imperial&#148 records and became their main arranger, conductor, producer and played on many &#147Imperial&#148 record releases. He next went to work in the same capacity for &#147Liberty&#148 records and then moved on to &#147Reprise&#148 records. Ernie backed up &#147Dean Martin&#148 and &#147Frank Sinatra&#148 on a lot of their songs on singles and albums in the 1960&#146s. He left &#147Reprise&#148 records in 1971. According to drummer &#147Earl Palmer&#148 in his autobiography titled &#147Backbeat&#148, &#147If an instrumental group had a successful record like &#147The Pets&#148, &#147The Routers&#148, &#147The Marketts&#148 or &#147Billy Joe and the Checkmates&#148, then a touring group would be put together and sent on the road, consisting of musicians who had not played on the original records. Usually it was Rene Hall who would teach them the arrangements.&#148 <br> <br> I am sure that most of the people who read this review will have had no clue who &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 was before reading this. I hope this review will help enlighten many of you into the background and history of this very influential artist who helped so many other artists in the music industry and left a huge mark that should always be remembered. &#147Ernie Freeman&#148 was a multi-talented artist who was an arranger, conductor, musician (that played many different instruments) and producer. Ernie&#146s music covered many styles of the music industry including big band, boogie-woogie, classical, jazz, pop, R&B, rock and blue-eyed soul. The musical sounds or styles that Ernie covered were amiable, boisterous, carefree, cheerful, energetic, exuberant, freewheeling, fun, happy, innocent, joyous, manic, playful, quirky, rambunctious, rollicking, rousing, summery and swaggering. Most of the songs or music performed by the artists or groups that Ernie was associated with were instrumentals and therefore they have very few lyrical songs that can be found for them. <br> <br> First let me say that it was very, very hard and time-consuming (2 weeks worth) to research this artist. It seems that there is not much said about Mr. Freeman as a whole so I had to hunt down books, magazines, make hundreds of web searches through hundreds of different sites to find what I was able to piece together. I still enjoyed it very much because I myself learned a lot about this great individual and feel I am doing his memory a great service by proving as much information on him as I could collect. Sorry it was so long and that it has been over 2 weeks (20 days to be exact) since I last posted. I hope you enjoyed this review today and maybe in the process learned something you never knew and are glad you did? Thanks for dropping by and reading and rating and commenting. The extra list I have added below is an excel spreadsheet I set up to help me collect the discography and the ones listed below I found very little information on. They are all missing their release dates, some are missing the flip side songs and some are missing the record label they were released on. I hope everyone has a Safe and Wonderful Weekend and God Bless You All! <br> <br> <b>Oh and one more thing. Please, please feel free to point out any errors or mis-information here as I wish to be as accurate as I possibly can and thanks!</b> <br> <br> OTHER POSSIBLE RECORDS <br> <b>ERNIE FREEMAN</b> <br> "Comin' Home Baby"/"Stone Rocker" - "The Ernie Freeman Combo" single "Liberty" records #3331 <br> "Country Rockin' & Flyin'" - "Buddy Dee"/"Drag that Fiddle" - "Harry Choates"/"Skip Along Guitar" - "The Musical-Aires"/"Blue Grass" - "Lucky Chapman" EP Saturday" records #EP258 - (THE ERNIE FREEMAN COMBO APPEAR ON "COUNTRY ROCKIN' & FLYIN' ONLY) <br> "Ernie Freeman & His Rhythm Guitar"/"Rockin' Around"/ ? - "Ernie Freeman" EP Donreu" records #1059 (UK Import) <br> "Ernie Freeman Vol. 2" ALBUM Reprise" records #1210 - <br> "Raunchy"/"Indian Love Call" - "Ernie Freeman" single Silver Spotlight" records #084 & "United Artists" records # <br> "Raunchy"/"Lost Dreams" - "Ernie Freeman" single Collectables" records #62017 <br> "Swingin' Preacher"/? - "Ernie Freeman" single Imperial" records #5769 & records #20454 - (German Import) <br> "The Overture"/"Truth Of Truths Rock Opera" - "Ernie Freeman" single Oak" records #104 <br> "Truth Of Truths" - "Ernie Freeman" ALBUM Oak" records #1001 <br> "Your Kiss"/ ? - "Carmen Davis" and "The Ernie Freeman Orchestra" 78 & single Middle-Tone" records #2009 <br> <b>EVELYN FREEMAN</b> <br> "Didn't It Rain"/"Fare Thee Well"/"All God's Children"/"You Got To Believe" - "Evelyn Freeman" EP United Artists" records #36041 (France Import) <br> Swing Low Sweet Chariot/Didn't it Rain - "Evelyn Freeman" single Bell records #1029 <br> <b>B. BUMBLE & THE STINGERS</b> <br> "All Of Me"/"Nola" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" single "" records # <br> "Angel Baby" - "Rosie & The Originals"/"Bumble Boogie" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" single Era" records #038 (Netherlands Import) <br> "Blast From The Past" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" ALBUM Stone Tiger" records # - 16 songs <br> "Bumble Bossa Nova"/"Canadian Sunset" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" single "" records # <br> "Bumble Boogie" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers"/"Paper Roses" - "Anita Bryant" single Collectables" records #3151 <br> "Bumble Boogie '97"/"Europa"/"Bumble Bossa Nova" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" EP Swiftone" records # <br> "Nut Rocker" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers"/"Baby, I Love You So" - "Joe Weaver" single Oldies" records #65 <br> "Nut Rocker" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers"/"Rockin' Robin" - "Bobby Day" single Oldies" records #37 <br> "Runaway" - "Del Shannon/"Nut Rocker" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" single Rendezvous" records # <br> "The Piano Stylings Of B. Bumble" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers" EP Stateside" records #1001 (New Zealand Import) & "Patti" records #8003 <br> <b>ERNIE FIELDS</b> <br> "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"/"Jazz Ax" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra single Frisco" records #111 <br> "I'll Be Loving You"/"I Heard You Talking - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" single Whitewater" records #32001 <br> "In The Mood" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra"/"Rockin' Robin" - "Bobby Day" single Eric" records #0296 <br> "Nut Rocker" - "B. Bumble & The Stingers"/"In The Mood" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" single Collectables" records #3347 <br> "Saxy"/ - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" EP records #1260 (UK Import) <br> "Thursday Evening Blues"/"The E.F. Boogie" - "The Ernie Fields Orchestra" single Frisco" records #3 <br> <b>MARKETTS</b> <br> "Batman Theme"/""Lady In The Cage"/"Richie's Theme" - "The Marketts" EP <br> "Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) - "Edward Kookie Byrnes"/"Out Of Limits" - "The Marketts" single American Pie" records #9011 <br> "Out Of Limits"/"Batman Theme" - "The Marketts" single "Warner Brothers" records #7116 (Canada Import) <br> "Stirring Up Some Soul" - The Marketts" ALBUM <br> "Sugar Candy"/ ? - "The Marketts" single Mercury" records #8256 <br> "Surfin'" - "The Marketts" ALBUM KRB" records #5148 - 10 songs <br> <b>ROUTERS</b> <br> "Best Of the Routers" ALBUM Phantom" records # - 22 songs (Japan Import) <br> "Let's Go" - "The Routers"/"Spirit In The Sky" - "Norman Greenbaum" single "Warner Brothers" records # <br> <br> <b> <br> POSSIBLE UPCOMING REVIEWS: <br> <br> (F) <br> <br> GLEN FREY <br> FRIENDS OF DISTINCTION, THE <br> FRIJID PINK <br> LEFTY FRIZZELL <br> MAX FROST & THE TROOPERS <br> BOBBY FULLER FOUR, THE <br> BILLY FURY <br> <br> (G) <br> <br> PETER GABRIEL <br> GALLERY <br> GAP BAND, THE <br> LEIF GARRETT <br> LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS <br> MARVIN GAYE <br> CRYSTAL GAYLE <br> GLORIA GAYNOR <br> G CLEFS, THE <br> J. GEILS BAND, THE <br> GENESIS <br> GENTRYS, THE <br> GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS <br> ANDY GIBB <br> TERRI GIBBS <br> DEBBIE GIBSON <br> DON GIBSON <br> DON GIBSON <br> NICK GILDER <br> JOHNNY GILL <br> VINCE GILL <br> MICKEY GILLEY <br> GIRLS NEXT DOOR, THE <br> GLASER BROTHERS, THE <br> GARY GLITTER <br> GO GO'S, THE <br> GOLDEN EARRING <br> BOBBY GOLDSBORO <br> GOO GOO DOLLS, THE <br> DICKIE GOODMAN <br> LESLEY GORE <br> EYDIE GORME <br> VERN GOSDIN <br> ROBERT GOULET <br> BILLY GRAMMER <br> GRAND FUNK RAILROAD <br> AMY GRANT <br> EARL GRANT <br> GOGI GRANT <br> GRASS ROOTS, THE <br> GRATEFUL DEAD, THE <br> DOBIE GRAY <br> GREAT WHITE <br> R B GREAVES <br> AL GREEN <br> NORMAN GREENBAUM <br> JACK GREENE <br> GREEN DAY <br> LEE GREENWOOD <br> GUESS WHO, THE <br> BONNIE GUITAR <br> GUNS N ROSES <br> ARLO GUTHRIE <br> <br> (MORE TO COME) <br> <br> SOME MUSIC SOURCES USED INCLUDE: <br> <br> http://www.allmovie.com <br> http://www.allmusic.com <br> http://www.amazon.com <br> http://www.ask.com <br> http://www.billboard.com <br> http://www.biography-search.com <br> http://www.bizrate.com <br> http://www.bluesplus.com <br> http://www.classic-tv.com <br> http://www.ebay.com <br> http://www.80sretromusic.com <br> http://www.famousbirthdays.com <br> http://www.google.com <br> http://www.icebergradio.com <br> http://www.imdb.com <br> http://www.infoplease.com <br> http://www.leoslyrics.com <br> http://www.lyrics.com <br> http://www.lyricsconnection.com <br> http://www.lyricsfind.com <br> http://www.lyricsworld.com <br> http://www.movies.go.com <br> http://www.mtv.com <br> http://www.music.channel.aol.com <br> http://www.onino.co.uk <br> http://www.recordsbymail.com <br> http://www.rockhall.com <br> http://www.rockonthe net.com <br> http://www.rollingstone.com <br> http://www.surfablebooks.com <br> http://www.tvguide.com <br> http://www.tvtome.com <br> http://www.user.tninet.se <br> http://www.vh1.com <br> http://www.wikipedia.org <br> http://www.worldhistory.com <br> <br> AND <br> <br> http://www.ask.com <br> http://www.bsnpubs.com/discog.html <br> http://www.flipmall.com/index.html <br> http://www.45-rpm.com <br> http://www.g-sistah.com <br> http://www.gemm.com/c/index.cgi? <br> http://www.getcdprices.com <br> http://www.greenguy.net/drust/blues/45blueah.htm <br> http://www.google.com <br> http://www.history-of-rock.com/indx.html <br> http://www.melodiesandmemories.com/page1.html <br> http://www.mojosounds.com/home.php <br> http://www.musicstation.com/rockontv <br> http://www.pandprecords.freeserve.co.uk/default.html <br> http://www.peggrecords.com <br> http://www.prairienet.org/oldmain <br> http://www.recordfinders.com <br> http://www.recordsbymail.com/home.php <br> http://www.spectropop.com/NutRocker <br> http://www.theiceberg.com <br> http://www.whirlindisc.com <br> http://www.worldofgramophones.com/index.htm <br> </b> </span> <br> <img src="http://img.epinions.com/images/epi_images/spacer.gif" width="175" height="1" border="0"></td> </tr> </table> <table cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 border=0 width=100% style="margin: 5px 0 5px 0"> <tr> <td class="lrp" style="padding:5px" valign=middle><span class="rkr1"><a href="/content_4226261124/show_~allcom">Read all comments (16)</a><span style='display:inline-block;width:7px;'></span>|<span style='display:inline-block;width:7px;'></span><a href="/content/submit.html/comment_~4226261124">Write your own comment</a></span><div></div></td></tr> </table> <a href="/content/write.html/topic_~2051184260" style="color: #6c8cd5; 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