Pays tribute to the musical greats of yesterday, 52 famous bandleaders and entertainers whose names will live forever. It's an absolute collector's item, one that you will treasure throughout the years.
It has all the ingredients that make up a superb concept, top-drawer musicians, great songs and great impressionists whose startling likeness is close to perfection.
Three outstanding narrators of renowned fame: Andre Baruch, Ken Nordine and Charlie O'Donnell skillfully weave this musical fantasy into a heavenly dream sequence that will take you into another world. Great impressions of artists like Glen Miller, Nat King Cole, Tommy Dorsey, Judy Garland, Count Basle, Bing Crosby, Harry James, Duke Ellington, Al Jolson, Guy Lombardo, Stan Kenton, Louie Armstrong and many, many more.
Fifty-two fabulous performers and vocalists fashioned in today's sound by Teddy Phillips and his All Star Band. Truly golden memories.
Teddy Phillips takes great pride in saluting these famous bandleaders and entertainers. You will enjoy their never to be forgotten great songs. It's spine tingling with many exciting moments.
I, Teddy Phillips, would like to add a note of thanks and gratitude to Al Trace who conceived and co-produced the concept with me on the "Great Concert in the Sky". Without his help and relentless guidance and perseverance these many years, these great albums and cassettes would never have surfaced in the music world.
Al Trace's career
stems back many years. He was a well-known bandleader, (Al
Here is what the critics have to say about the "Great Concert in the Sky"... Chuck Cecil, host of his syndicated show, The Swingin' Years: "History books are full of words about yesterday-- Teddy Phillips gives you the heartbeat of yesterday. Here is the tempo and the tone of our greatest entertainers".
Billboard Magazine number one trade paper... "It will be a field day for disc jockeys everywhere."
Tony Zoppi, Dallas Morning News... "The spine-tingling presentation of the roll call in Volume One will thrill you."
Tower Ticker, Chicago Tribune says - "Just great".
Daily Mirror, N.Y., Walter Winchell wrote "It will be a disc jockey's pet".
Teddy Phillips is a personable energetic and most talented musician plus being a fine composer and arranger. His saxophone, clarinet and flute have been featured in many well-known recordings of some of the top bands of the late forties during the golden years of the big bands. He has also been a staff musician on CBS, ABC and NBC networks. Teddy started his own band in the early fifties and rapidly became a prime favorite in some of our leading ballrooms, especially in the Midwest.
He broke all attendance records at the famous Aragon and Trianon Ballrooms in Chicago, where he was called back time and time again for return engagements His danceable music was also featured in many of our leading hotels and clubs. He was the house conductor for over a year at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hotel.
Teddy Phillips received rave notices for his skillful conducting of many shows, - he fronted for Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Alan King, Pearl Bailey, Perry Como, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, Ella Fitzgerald, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Lola Falana, Ben Vereen, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, and many others.
He also appeared in the late fifties as host of his own TV series over ABC in Chicago known as the Teddy Phillips Show. He won national recognition for his recording of"Wishin" which he co-wrote. It appeared on every music chart. On the strength of its popularity it was covered by 15 other well-known artists. His recording of"Charlie Boy" was also listed on top of all charts. Teddy Phillips recorded on many major labels namely Decca, Dot, London, MGM and King. Teddy Phillips is very proud of his "Great Concert" and feels it is his greatest achievement.
This is without a doubt the nostalgic era Teddy has played a very important part of that era H e fondly remembers the days he played with Ben Bernie and Lawrence Welk and also in the band of Ted Weems. He was a close friend of many of these celebrated bandleaders and entertainers, and he feels that this "Great Concert" will perpetuate the memory of these legendary names forever.
Two of the most requested
tunes that Teddy Phillips gets on his many tours are "Lonesome Old Town"
and "Sleepy Time Down South". Teddy Phillips feels they rate an encore
in the "Great Concert in the Sky" in Volumes III and IV.