Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Brat Pack Sings - "Oh, Daddy"

No, Patrick Swayze isn't the only Brat Packer who has musical talent.

And just to show you how dedicated I am to continuing this series, I even held my nose and went to TMZ to research this story. While I didn't find a lot of detail there, continuing research led me to the history of the Fulton Street Jazz Band in Sacramento, California.

The Fulton Street Jazz Band was organized in the early seventies by pianist Bob Ringwald. Originally the band was an informal group that met once a week at a Sacramento pizza parlor to learn and play Dixieland tunes. The name of the thoroughfare the pizza parlor was located on was, of course, Fulton Avenue.

The Fulton Street Jazz Band became more formalized in 1974 to play in the first Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, and is one of three bands to have played every Sacramento Jubilee since then.

When Ringwald moved to Los Angeles in 1979, Dean Nelson, the band's cornetist, took over leadership of the group and remained at the helm until late 2005. A few years ago, Ringwald returned to the Sacramento area. Late in 1998, he returned to the band as the pianist and in 2005 has taken over the leadership of the band, when Dean retired from the group.

Around the time that the Fulton Street Jazz Band "became more formalized," they recorded an album. The singer was a six-year old who got the job via connections.

I Wanna Be Loved By You, Molly Sings

Molly Ringwald recorded her first record album "I Wanna Be Loved By You, Molly Sings", at the age of six, in January and February of 1974 with Bob Ringwald's Fulton Street Jazz Band.

"I Wanna Be Loved By You"
"Sister Kate"
"A Bird in a Gilded Cage"
"He's So Unusual"
"Oh, Daddy"
"There'll Be a Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight"
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
"I'll Do Anything For You"
"The World's Jazz Crazy"
"Get Out and Get Under The Moon"
"Cake Walkin' Babies From Home"

A few decades later, in September 2007, Cam Miller described the follow-up:

The leader is the band's principal vocalist though for this recording, Bob's actress daughter Molly Ringwald, who was singing at Sacramento Jazz Jubilees when she was a youngster, takes a turn at the vocal mic too....

The Bobs, Sakoi, the trumpeter and Ringwald, the vocalist, turn in a fine performance of "Blue Turning Gray Over You," the other Bob, Williams, lays down a nice intro for a spirited take of "Once In a While." With a second trombonist, Jim Maihack the FSJB provides a lush background for Molly R. who also handles the lyrics on "Oh Daddy."

Amid the well worn standards like "Something For Annie" and "Save It Pretty Mama," the Fultons rescue "Old Bones" and the instrumental, "One Foot In The Gutter" from the world of obscurity with Ringwald at the vocal mic on the former song.

Read the rest of Miller's review here.

And the TMZ article? It mentioned a Molly Ringwald date in November 2008 at the redwhite+bluezz jazz club in Pasadena, California - although TMZ didn't think that the "living legend" tag applied to Ringwald.
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