Get Happy! (Ella Fitzgerald album)

Get Happy! (Ella Fitzgerald album)

Infobox Album | Name = Get Happy!
Type = Album
Artist = Ella Fitzgerald

| Released = 1959
Recorded = July 24 1957 - July 11 1959
Genre = Jazz
Length = 37:55
Label = Verve Records
Producer = Norman Granz
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|3|5 [ link] | Last album = ""
This album = " Get Happy! "
Next album = "Ella Fitzgerald Sings Sweet Songs for Swingers"
(1959) |

"Get Happy!" is a 1959 (see 1959 in music) album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, recorded with various studio Orchestras over a two year period.

The 14 songs on the album come from 6 different sessions, featuring Orchestras led by Nelson Riddle, Frank DeVol, Russell Garcia or Paul Weston.

The first two tracks are from the sessions for the "George and Ira Gershwin Songbook", which were later included on the 1998 reissue of the album, and Berlin's "Blue Skies" was recorded at the sessions for the 1957 album "Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook", but inexplicably omitted from the final cut, despite featuring one Ella's most impressive extended scat improvisations.

Track listing

# “Somebody Loves Me” (Buddy DeSylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald) – 2:36
# “Cheerful Little Earful” (Ira Gershwin, Billy Rose, Harry Warren) – 2:06
# “You Make Me Feel So Young” (Mack Gordon, Josef Myrow) – 2:19
# “Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar” (Hughie Prince, Don Raye, Eleanore Sheehy) – 2:28
# “Like Young” (André Previn, Paul Francis Webster) – 3:00
# “Cool Breeze” (Tadd Dameron, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie) – 1:56
# “Moonlight Becomes You” (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 3:06
# “Blue Skies” (Irving Berlin) – 3:43
# “You Turned the Tables on Me” (Louis Alter, Sidney Mitchell) – 2:31
# “Gypsy in My Soul” (Clay Boland, Moe Jaffe) – 2:39
# “Goody Goody” (Matty Malneck, Johnny Mercer) – 2:28
# “St. Louis Blues” (W.C. Handy) – 3:53
# “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (Van Alexander, Ella Fitzgerald) – 2:20
# “The Swingin' Shepherd Blues” (alternate take) (Kenny Jacobson, Moe Koffman, Rhoda Roberts) – 2:50


Recorded in six sessions from July 24 1957- July 11 1959 in Hollywood, Los Angeles:

Tracks 1,2Capitol Studios, Hollywood January 7, 1959 Nelson Riddle (arr, con) Paul Smith (p) Herb Ellis (g) Joe Mondragon (b) Bill Richmond (d) Conrad Golla, Cappy Lewis, Vito Mangano, Shorty Sherock (tpt); Dick Noel, Tommy Pederson, George Roberts (trmb);rmb)

Tracks 3,7Radio Recorders, Hollywood, July 11, 1959 Frank DeVol (arr, con) Lou Levy (p) Herb Ellis (g) Joe Mondragon (b) Alvin Stoller (d) Frank Beach, Pete Candoli, Cappy Lewis, Al Porcino (t) Harry Betts, Dick Noel, George Roberts, lloyd Ulyate (vtrmb)

Track 4United Recorders, Hollywood, September 3, 1959 Russell Garcia (arr, con) Claude Williamson, Jr. (p) Herb Ellis (g) Red Mitchell (b) Jack Sperling (drums) (d) Pete Candoli, Philip Candreva, Buddy Childers, Stu Williamson (t)

Tracks 5,6United Recorders, Hollywood, September 3, 1959 Marty Paich (arr, con) Claude Williamson, Jr. (p) Herb Ellis (g) Red Mitchell (b) Jack Sperling (d) Pete Candoli, Philip Candreva, Buddy Childers, Stu Williamson (t)

Track 8Radio Recorders, Hollywood, March 18, 1958 Paul Weston (arr, con) Paul Smith (p) Barney Kessel (g) Joe Mondragon (b) Alvin Stoller (d) John Best, Pete Candoli, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Don Fagerquist, Mannie Klein (t)

Tracks 9-13Capitol Studios. Hollywood, July 24, 1957 Frank DeVol (arr, con) Arnold Ross (p) Barney Kessel (g) Ben Webster (ts) Abe Luboff, Joe Mondragon, Philip Stephens (b) Alvin Stoller (d) Pete Candoh, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ray Linn, George Werth (t) Milt Bernha

Track 14Radio Recorders Annex, Hollywood, March 19, 1958 Weston (arr, con) Harry "Sweets" Edison (t) Leonard Hartman, Matty Matlock. Ted Nash, or Fred Stulce (fl) Paul Smith (p) Barney Kessel (g) Joe Mondragon (vb; Alvin Stoller (d)

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