"AN EVENING WITH STAN WILSON"
Clef Records MGC-163 (1955)
Album liner notes:
Clef Records MGC-163
AN EVENING WITH STAN WILSON
I sing music primarily because I find my greatest expression in songs that tell a complete story. But I do not limit my choice of songs because of this. I sing any type of song that I feel I can "get into" -- folk, popular, calypso of whatever it might be; hence, the varied choice in this album.
My own songs are "Rolling Stone," which I wrote ten years ago wile serving in the Merchant Marine during the war, I wrote the words and music in about a half-hour or so -- almost if I'd write a letter. I think this is how a song should be written. I wrote "Night" in about one hour. I just happened to be playing some rather weird chords one day and the only theme I could think of that would be as weird as the chords was the theme I chose.
As for calypsos, the rhythm and accent intrigued me years ago, and I kept trying to get the feel of it by "saturation" and finally it seeped in -- I've had the "feel" for it ever since. Sir Lancelot (the Bing Crosby of Trinidad) once told me that I was the only singer of calypso he had ever heard who played the true calypso rhythm with the accent, who didn't come from the "Indies." "O Ken Karangue" is an African calypso tune collected by Sir Lancelot in the hills of Trinidad where some of the African people had settled.
There isn't much to say about "Scarlet Ribbons" except that it is one of the most beautiful and tender ballads I have ever heard or had the pleasure of singing.
The other tunes in this album happened to be personal favorites of mine; "Drucilla," "Want You," "Mona Lisa" and "Neighbor, Neighbor." I was fortunate in having a fine group of local (San Francisco) musicians to complement me in this project. They are: Nick Esposito, on Electric Guitar; Vernon Alley, on Bass; Bayardo Velarde, on Congo Drums; Earl Watkins, on Congo Drums and myself, Voice and Guitar.
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Rolling Stone (Stan Wilson) * Drucilla (Calypso) (Traditional) * I Want You I Need
You (Brooks-Ellison) * Night (Stan Wilson)