september 04, 2016

Jørgen Ingmann - Guitar In Hi-Fi (1960) - Lp

Jørgen Ingmann (26 April 1925 – 21 March 2015) was a jazz and pop guitarist from Copenhagen, Denmark.
He was popular in Europe, and had a wider international hit in 1961 with his version of "Apache".
He and his wife Grethe Ingmann won the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Dansevise.

Jørgen Ingmann Pedersen was born in Copenhagen, and first performed as a guitarist with Svend Asmussen, the jazz violinist, during the 1940s and early 1950s, in a group known as the Unmelancholy Danes.
He was influenced by American guitarist and recording studio pioneer Les Paul. In the mid-1950s he set up his own studio where he developed techniques of multi-tracking and distortion, using his own accompaniment on bass and drums, and began recording under the name Jørgen Ingmann & His Guitar. Under this name he recorded a version of "Apache", originally recorded by British group, the Shadows. Ingmann's 1961 cover version charted at #1 in Canada on the CHUM Chart, #2 in the United States on the Billboard pop singles chart, #9 on the Billboard R&B chart, #4 on Cashbox, and #6 in Germany.
He remade Silvana Mangano's "Anna" with moderate US chart success. In the first half of the 1960s he had many hits in Germany, including "Pepe" (1961), "Anna" (1961), "Violetta" (1962), "Drina Marsch" (1964) and "Zorba le Grec" (1965). Billboard magazine reported that he charted at no. 2 on the Denmark pop singles chart with his recording of "Marchen Til Drina" on 7 December 1963. His recording reached no. 1 on 17 December 1963. Other recordings of his included "Tequila" (which he also recorded during the 60s, with the Champs) and a version of Pinetop Perkins' "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" (from 1962).

He also worked as a member of the duet, Grethe og Jørgen Ingmann, together with his wife Grethe Ingmann.
After winning the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix competition in 1963, they went on to represent Denmark at the Eurovision Song Contest 1963 where they won with the song "Dansevise" (Dance Ballad), music by Otto Francker and lyrics by Sejr Volmer-Sørensen.

His best jazz work is to be found in the LP GUITAR IN HIFI which ,apart from MARGIE the first track,hasany songs written bt Hoagy Carmichael.
It was issued in England on a 10 inch LP and in other places as a 12 inch LP.In USA it was called.Jorgan Ingmann SWINGS SOFTLY.The guitar tone is brilliant and his ideas are tasteful,especially when he arranged as a guitar choir on I MAY BE WRONG and JEEPERS CREEPERS.
There are two songs in CHORO style,probably influenced by hissouth american cruising times with Sven Admundsen. His improvisations may be easily remembered as they are so melodic and nice.

Side A
A1.  Margie  
A2.  Qui Zas, Qui Zas, Qui Zas  
A3.  I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me  
A4.  Star Dust  
A5.  Camondongo  
A6.  Jeepers Creepers

Side B
B1.  Frenesi  
B2.  Two Sleepy People  
B3.  Rockin’ Chair  
B4.  Little Old Lady  
B5.  Gingando  
B6.  I May Be Wrong


Release: 1960
Genre: Pop
Style: Easy Listening
Label: Metronome Records
Catalog# HLP 10039
Price: € 15.00

Vinyl: Good
Cover: Good

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