Charlie Kunz

Medleys: Hits and Favourites

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"Medley King" Charlie Kunz is the hero of this marvelous and elegant collection of Medleys: Hits and Favourites brought out in 2008 by Rex records. 48 regulation length tracks (approximately three minutes apiece) bear witness to the fact that after leading a successful dance orchestra during the late 1920s and early to mid-'30s, Kunz established himself as a master of the piano medley. Since there are several titles per track, this monument to accessibility gradually comes to resemble a goldmine of lovable innocent popular ditties from a bygone era. Glowing examples include "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody," "The Music Goes 'Round and Around," "In a Little Gypsy Tea Room," "Anything Goes," "Pink Elephants," "On the Beach at Bali Bali," "I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango," "Hot Diggity," and "There's a Pawnshop on a Corner in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:09
2
3:10
3
2:56
4
2:57
5
2:53
6
3:08
7
2:57
8
3:09
9
2:42
10
2:59
11
2:36
12
3:02
13
2:58
14
3:05
15
2:56
16
3:04
17
3:03
18
3:17
19
2:47
20
3:15
21
3:11
22
3:16
23
3:10
24
2:52

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:31
2
2:56
3
2:54
4
3:21
5
3:01
6
2:52
7
3:08
8
2:33
9
3:18
10
3:11
11
3:26
12
3:01
13
3:18
14
3:02
15
3:26
16
2:44
17
2:58
18
3:43
19
3:00
20
3:10
21
3:23
22
3:01
23
3:17
24
3:07
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