Since 2005 The 24 Hour Cocktail Party! on Live365 has provided listeners with swinging and sophisticated sounds in the setting of a non-stop cocktail party from the smashing days of the 1960s.
Host Mr.Baxter lays down the best in pop, American standards, jazz, lounge, orchestral pop, British Invasion and Bossa Nova from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. We play artists from Dick Haymes, Ella, Sinatra and Bobby Darin to Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Bobby Goldsboro, Joey Heatherton and Glen Campbell. Orchestral and Instrumental pop are well represented by the likes of Henry Mancini, Roger Williams, Percy Faith and The Hollyridge Strings covering selections from The Beatles catalog. Bossa is represented by Jobim and sixties groups such as Brasil '66. Three years ago, we included selections from Chill and Electronica from the 90s and 00 - groups like Morcheeba, StereoLab and Goldfrapp complement the aforementioned artists and enhance the sounds and feel of the cocktail party setting and hopefully, provide "older"listeners with variety and "younger" listerners an introduction to American Pop and Standards.
The millue of the setting is expanded by including spoken word recordings of Jack Keroauc and exerpts from period films and motion pictures from the time such as the Graduate (1967) and Midnight Cowboy (1969).
The playlist is updated regularly and we include seasonal selections near holidays such as Christmas and St. Patrick's Day. The summertime playlist includes many summer-theme favorites.
Mr. Baxter, surfer, snowboarder, part-time musician, and full-time listener started this station in 2005 as a once-per-week live show, The Wednesday Night Cocktail Party! With the increase in available storage provided by Live365 over the years, the live show was replaced with the 24/7 format adding an occasional live Wednesday Night Cocktail Party or as a rare feature, The Live Live Live A-Show, playing the best of Punk, Bubblegum and Rockabilly.
We encourage our listeners to make suggestions and send requests for songs. As a result, I've had nice conversations with many folks from all over the globe. It has been a wonderful experience.
We hope that listeners of the show come away familiar with a time when style and sophistication was the rule of social interaction and music was the perfect mixer.
Thank you for listening! Mr.Baxter.