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Friday, December 12, 2008

William Goldstein - The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

1. Signifyin' on the Diamond (Main Title)
2. Leon in High Gear
3. Bean Ball Blues
4. Polka Dot Jitterbug
5. All Stars On Parade
6. With Love From Sally Potter
7. The Band of Detergents Boogie
8. The Bing Long Song 'Steal on Home' (vocals by Thelma Houston)
9. Baseball Magic
10. Enter the Goons
11. The Amazing Esquire Joe Catch
12. 'Steal on Home' (Reprise)
13. Razzle Dazzle (Vocal by Thelma Houston)
14. Buenos Knockers
15. If You Cut Me Who's Gonna Pay Right Field
16. Razzle Dazzle (Instrumental)
17. Bye Bye Rainbow Blues
18. No Ball Four's for Leon
19. The Mighty Midget (Razzle Dazzle Reprise)
20. Esquire Joe Major Leaguer
21. The Bingo Long Medley (End Title)

Abe Most
Alton Hendrickson
Harvey Mason, Sr.
Jerry Williams
John Best
Paul Smith
Red Callender
Bass, Tuba
Teddy Buckner
Thelma Houston
Tommy Tedesco
William Goldstein
Composer, Producer

We could use a review for this soundtrack. And until we have a proper one Funkback who's given it a listen can tell us that it's all Boogie Woogie, Ragtime, footstompin', barnstormin' music from the prohibition era that's the stage for the movie. Thelma Houston does two magnificient vocal performances but other than that it's all instrumental. There's no dialogue in it at all. Here's a piece from
William Goldstein: The Motown Years
Berry Gordy "discovered" William Goldstein in 1975. At the time Goldstein had written the theme for the ABC Morning show AM America. Mr. Gordy heard this theme every morning and after a few months asked the head of Motown's creative department Suzanne dePasse to find Goldstein and have him produce a record version of his memorable theme. Ms. dePasse found Goldstein visiting Los Angeles in the spring of '75 and the label entered into a "singles deal", where Goldstein would produce a record version of the AM America theme and two other sides. Goldstein returned to New York and went to work. At that time he was also finishing a commission for a Bicentennial work, CELEBRATION OVERTURE 1776-1976, which was to be performed by the National Symphony Orchestra in May of 1976.

In July he sent three masters back to dePasse in Los Angeles. In early August dePasse called Goldstein and asked, "are you ready to be a star?" Goldstein demurred,"what do you mean?" "Well", said dePasse, "Berry (Gordy) and I listened to the AM America track, terrific. Then we listened to the "B" side Southern Comfort, nice groove, then we heard the third side "Dreams of a Young Girl", blew us away!"

A few weeks later Goldstein was on his way to Los Angeles under contract to Motown as a recording artist, record producer, composer and arranger, and a promise to open the doors to Hollywood. The promises were kept. During this period Goldstein wrote for & produced Smokey Robinson, Thelma Houston, Jermaine Jackson, Syreeta Wright, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis and Dionne Warwick. He had a hit as a disco artist, Midnight Rhapsody.

Motown, under the guidance of Ms. dePasse, introduced Goldstein to Universal and MGM where he scored such films as The Bingo Long Travelling All Stars & Motor Kings with Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, and Richard Pryor and Norman Is That You? with Red Foxx & Pearl Bailey.

In addition to scoring these films, he wrote songs for them as well. For Bingo Long he wrote Razzle Dazzle with lyricist Ron Miller. Also with Miller he wrote Old Fashioned Man, which was heard in Norman Is That You?, and was recorded by Smokey Robinson.

It was a very interesting and rewarding time.........

Thanks Soulcontrollah

Movie Review
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)