Dee-Lightful is a studio album released by Lenny Dee in 1955 on Decca LP record DL 8114 and 45rpm Extended Play set ED-735.

Dee-Lightful
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Studio album by
Released1955
Genretraditional pop instrumental
LabelDecca
Lenny Dee chronology
Dee-Lightful
(1955)
Dee-Lirious
(1956)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Billboard4/5 stars[1]

BackgroundEdit

Organist Dee had an instrumental hit single in February 1955 with his composition Plantation Boogie.[2] This, his first album, contained that recording and Dee's interpretation of standards.[1] A 45-rpm extended play set was also issued, but missing four selections appearing on the 12-inch LP.[3]

ReceptionEdit

Billboard predicted that the album would be a "big seller", noting the large number of unusual sonic effects created on the organ, as well as the vivacity of Dee's playing.[1] Cashbox listed the album as high as ninth on their album charts.[4] On the Billboard albums chart, the album peaked at No. 11.[5]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."Plantation Boogie" (Lenny Dee) 
2."Laura" (David Raksin - Johnny Mercer) 
3."Yes Sir, That's My Baby" (Walter Donaldson - Gus Kahn) 
4."The Birth of the Blues" (Ray Henderson - Buddy G. DeSylva - Lew Brown) 
5."Little Brown Jug" ((no credit given)) 
6."September Song" (Maxwell Anderson - Kurt Weill) 
7."Ballin' the Jack" (Jim Burris - Chris Smith) 
8."Exactly Like You" (Jimmy McHugh - Dorothy Fields) 
9."Siboney" (Ernesto Lecuona) 
10."Sweet Georgia Brown" (Ben Bernie - Maceo Pinkard - Kenneth Casey) 
11."The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" (Eugene Lockhart - Ernest Seitz) 
12."The Donkey Serenade" (Rudolph Friml - Herbert Stothart - B. Wright - C. Forrest) 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Reviews and Ratings of New Popular Albums". Billboard. May 7, 1955. p. 32 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2000). Top Pop Singles 1955-1999. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, Inc. p. 167. ISBN 0-89820-139-X.
  3. ^ Lenny Dee (1955). Dee-Lightful (12-inch LP phonograph record). Decca Records. DL 8114. These recordings are also available on Decca Extended Play Record ED-735 (45 rpm) except selections 2, 3, 5, and 6 of Side Two.
  4. ^ "Top 15 Best Selling Pop Albums". Cashbox. July 16, 1955. p. 19 – via Archive.org.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Lenny Dee Biography". Allmusic. RhythmOne group. Retrieved January 24, 2018. He followed it with his first album, Dee-lightful!, which peaked at number 11