Dick Merrick

The Songs of Dick Merrick with Jerry Carretta & his Orchestra

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Dick Merrick comes to you live from the Cotillion Room of the Beau Rivage in Miami Beach, Florida (on the ocean at 99th Street, Bal Harbour). A classic lounge-act crooner, he sings in a "warm baritone" with "expressive stylings." True appreciation comes from beholding all the glory of his album's sub-mediocre packaging, including the Beau Rivage slogan, "Where l'action is!," and the obligatory black-and-white photos of the resort hotel. The songs are standard fare ("What Now My Love," "More"), with a pair combined in a medley on each side. Cheesy, awful, average, delightful; words fail this inverted idiom, where "dreadful" is superlative and "excellent" damnation. As true lounge acts go (nowhere), Merrick makes a fine example.

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