Just three months ago, I wrote of the end of a 30 year search for an elusive record by Thurl Ravenscroft. With that record added to my collection - the last Thurl 45 that I knew about, but didn't own - I wondered whether there would be any further great Thurl finds - prior to that one, it had been quite a while.
The answer fell into my lap barely six weeks later when I stumbled upon another great Thurl 45, one I had never heard of, and which wasn't listed in the tremendous discography at the equally wonderful All Things Thurl website. After enjoying this record mightily for a few weeks, my next move was to share it with the world.
The record is dated November, 1955, and technically, the artist billing is Teddy Phillips Orchestra, vocal by Thurl Ravenscroft & Phillipaires, but the story on each side of the record is primarily Thurl, front and center. Already, I've gone back and forth on which of the two songs I like more.
On the A-side Thurl and the gals sing about the thrilling story of "Pocahontas", with a downright goofy chorus built out of the repetition of part of the name of that "Indian maid". The b-side is a more typical 1950's love ballad, "My Love For You", but Thurl's delivery is great, and there is also a very nice, unusual instrumental section halfway through the record, where individual horns play one note of the melody in succession, sort of like a big band version of The Chordettes. Enjoy!