MUSIC WAS GLEASON’S SECOND CAREER

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Throughout the 1950s and 1960s Jackie Gleason enjoyed lending his
name to a series of best-selling "mood music" albums with jazz overtones
for Capitol Records. He felt there was a market for romantic instrumentals
and his goal was to make "musical wallpaper that should never be intrusive,
but conduciveā€.

Gleason’s first album, Music for Lovers Only, still holds the record for the
album longest in the Billboard Top Ten Charts (153 weeks), and his first ten
albums all sold over one million copies. At one point, Gleason held the record
for charting the most number-one albums on the Billboard 200 without charting
any hits on the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Gleason could
not read or write music; he was said to have conceived melodies in his head
and described them vocally to assistants.

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Orchestra conducted by Jackie Gleason, Trumpet solo by Bobby Hackett

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posted by Bob Karm in Album,Billboard #1,BIRTHDAY,HISTORY,MUSIC,Recording and have Comment (1)

One Response to “MUSIC WAS GLEASON’S SECOND CAREER”

  1. J. Cool, staff reporter says:

    Cool here to say…..what else can you say…..about someone who was responsible for so much in music but could neither read it nor write it but…..COOL!

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