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Lounge & easy listening with shorter skirts and longer sideburns. Plus soundtracks that swing.

About Capt. Vernon Demerest

My name is Dave. I live in Brooklyn, NY. It may be all about that bass, but if you throw in some strings, a swinging drum, a sitar, and a harpsichord, it's as far out groovy as it gets. In the late 1960s, Mitch Miller no longer cut it in the easy listening circuit. Folks like like Les Baxter, Les & Larry Elgart and Percy Faith had to get with it or get out. In Hollywood, former studio system stars seemed required to participate in at least one groovy dance number. Ingrid Bergman (Cactus Flower), Audrey Hepburn & Albert Finney (Two for the Road) and Carol Channing (Skidoo) showed an older generation how to grind. This station is dedicated to these folks, as well as the amazing work of Henry Mancini, Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, Quincy Jones, Hugo Montenegro, Peter Matz, Gianni Ferro, Piero Umiliani, Charles Fox, John Barry, Keith Mansfield and many others who ushered in the grooviest of all easy listening musical eras. In addition to these folks, I've tried to include a few swinging Eurovision favorites, along with some folks who, while known, were not specifically known for their hipness. Shirley Bassey, Joel Gray, Ella Fitzgerald, Lainie Kazan, Mel Torme, Juan Pardo, Mina, even Elizabeth Montgomery & Barbara Eden. They're here, too. To quote Ronny "Z-man" Barzell, in "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," this is my happening and it freaks me out. Enjoy.

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