Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy - With Love from Hollywood (1959)


Here's an album with one of my favorite musical actresses, Shirley Jones, and her husband at the time, Jack Cassidy (father of David Cassidy, the love of my life - sigh). Both Shirley and Jack sing wonderfully on this album, especially on the duets. When I got this album (during one of my excursions to Half-Price Books' clearance bin), I thought it looked familiar, like maybe I already had it. Well, I didn't have it, but the reason it looked so familiar is that the cover is somewhat similar to a Steve and Eydie album, where they're sitting with their backs to us and looking over their shoulders at us. There are even some of the same songs on both albums. (For you Steve and Eydie fans out there, I do plan to post that album at some point.)

Anyway, back to Shirley and Jack... Shirley Jones is VERY familiar to us as Mrs. Partridge on TV's "The Partridge Family", as well as the star of several Hollywood musicals such as "Oklahoma!", "The Music Man", and "Carousel". I don't remember Jack Cassidy very well - only that I remember seeing him as a guest star on many TV shows. Shirley and Jack ended up divorcing, and Shirley has been married to Marty Ingels for many years. Jack tragically died in a fire in his apartment about 25 years or so ago.

I cleaned up this album as best I could, but there are a couple of songs that each have a skip. It still plays very well - the beautiful voices of Shirley and Jack, with Frank DeVol and his orchestra...

Track listing for Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy - With Love from Hollywood:

Side 1:
1. Cheek to Cheek
2. Dearly Beloved
3. It Might as Well Be Spring - (has a skip)
4. For You, for Me, for Evermore
5. Love of My Life
6. Let's Face the Music and Dance

Side 2:
1. Let's Fall in Love
2. Long Ago (and Far Away) - (has a skip)
3. Nina
4. It's Easy to Remember
5. Nice Work If You Can Get It
6. Hit the Road to Dreamland

4 comments:

nomwl1 said...

Hi Esther!

This looks like a fantastic album. Drooling over the prospect of getting it and can't wait to download it! (If only I can just catch up on my downloading!). Keep up the great work! :))

Esther said...

Thanks! I really enjoyed the album - hope you do, too!

Vince said...

I JUST FOUND YOUR SPOT.
THIS RECORD WITH SHIRLEY AND JACK ARE AS MUCH FUN AS STEVE AND EDIE.
HE SOUNDS RELLY GOOD.
I SAW HIS SON IN LAS VEGAS WHEN HE PRODUCED "THE RAT PACK".
HE COMES ON NEAR THE END OF THE SHOW(A REVIVAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK DEAN AND SAMMY) AND SINGS WITH THEM AS BOBBY DARIN. MACK THE KNIFE WAS THE SONG.
I BELIVE JACK WHO WAS ON THE LOVE BOAT ALOT, FELL ASLEEP WHILE SMOKING.
HE WAS A HANDSOME GUY, I STILL FEEL REALLY BAD FOR HIM WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT.
I SAW ROBERT GOULET AND SHIRLEY JONES TOGETHER CHRISTMAS 2004
SHOW HERE IN FLORIDA, NAPLES.
IT WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. SHE IS QUITE A STAR AND SINGS AND LOOKS GREAT. SO DOES MR GOULET. WHEN I LIVED IN NEVADA I HAD TALKED TO HIM A COUPLE OF TIMES. HE WAS FUN AND NICE, HAS CATS TOO.
SEE THEM ON HIS WEBSITE,IF YOUR INTERESTED.
I HOPE THEY COMES BACK HERE SOON.
THANKS FOR THE RECORD.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
VINCE

Esther said...

Hi, Vincent!

Thanks so much for your kind comments! I'm glad you found my blog and like my music. Starting Sunday, I'll be posting only Christmas albums through Christmas, so be sure to check back. Also, if you have any requests, please let me know - I may just have it!

Well, gotta go make some candied yams now for the Thanksgiving feast! Y'all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!