Sammy Kaye


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A loud drum kit, popping saxes, electric guitars, and brisk paces characterize the Sammy Kaye of 1965 on Dancetime. The rainbow cover art was either widely copied or was a stock design used by many different labels. The album is a follow-up to Come Dance to the Hits, a collection of Kaye's versions of rock and pop hits by the Beatles and others that was his only album to chart in the '60s. The music on Dancetime is identified as instrumental fox trots, but the repertoire spans pop ballads ("Red Roses for a Blue Lady"), film themes ("Goldfinger"), and rock & roll (the Beatles again with "Eight Days a Week"). The frantic organ solos and trebly electric bass on some cuts put Dancetime alongside the music made by instrumental rock & roll combos such as the Champs and the Ventures. Other big band veterans, like Ray Anthony and Lawrence Welk, were cutting rock & roll around this time, so Kaye wasn't exactly pushing the envelope, but it is fun to hear him making such modern, rock-oriented music.