Cocktail Nation 364 The Satin Chaps

On the show this weekend we the band the Satin Chaps. I have a tale of a pink flamingo. News on the death of a child actor and a first look at the new James Spencer Cocktail piano album.

Perry Beekman -Love Walked In
Bobby Darin -Something In Your Smile
Satin Chaps-Stompin
Stan Kenton -Artistry In Rhythmn
Jeff Denson Trio and Lee Kunitz-Background Music
Nat King Cole-Lush Life
Jackie Gleason-Allez Vous En Go Away
George and Chico Freeman – Dark Blue
James Spencer-A Julie London Memoir
Project Pimento Charade
Barbara Levy Daniels- Imagination

James Spencer’s New Album Blue- The Cocktail Piano Hour

One of the things I love about the Lounge Scene is the great diversity of styles that exists today. Almost all styles are covered and I love discovering the talents that are delving into the past and bringing us fabulous Lounge Music

James Spencer is one of the great talents of the lounge Scene. His new album is simply spectacular. Blue, The Cocktail Piano Hour has recently been released, a sophisticated, sensual, late-night jazz piano album of lush bluesy cool jazz favorites interwoven with original material that invokes the romantic, intimate and moody ambiance of the 1930s-1950s West Coast cocktail piano lounge.

In my books this is a must have album for all Lounge Lotharios who have a penchant for romantic tunes for their bachelor pad.

Grab it today buy James Spencer’s Blue


Cocktail Nation 363 This Is Vintage Now

On the show this weekend we talk to David Gasten who is the man behind a very cool compilation called “This Is Vintage Now”. We will find out about his latest project and what Vintage music and lifestyle means to him. We talk watches, Chet Baker and Sinatra!

Seks Bomba -do You Know The Way To San Jose
Mancini- Something For Sellers
Sad Salamanders -The Exotic Sandy Warner
Elliot Fisher-Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
101 Strings-Cha Cha Italiano
Chet Baker – Let’s Get Lost
Perry Beekman-But Not For Me
Cal Tjader-Cool
Cy Coleman-La Blues
Ellen La Fern-Watch What Happens
Diana Krall-Besame Mucho
Frank Sinatra- They Can’t Take That Away From Me


A Tale Of A Pink Flamingo

I remember the first time I saw the mighty Pink Flamingo formation. It was in front garden of my Aunt’s 1949 Art Deco Home. A spectacular home with a perfect lawn and a distinct late fifties sixties furnishing inside the house and a 1956 Ford Customline in the driveway.
The cool thing about all of this was that the year was 1988.
Not much had changed in the years that they had moved into the home in the mid fifties.
Seeing the Flamingos for the first time I didn’t quite know what their purpose was, and what was even more amazing was the fact that they were never stolen.
The next time I saw Pink Flamingos was in the backyard of a friends place who was a dedicated vintage fan. My friend Janice had what could only be described as a mighty flock of flamingo in the garden. Perhaps she had too many, but then again she was a kind of obsessive collector.

Several years later I moved to a small town called Armidale for a radio job and whilst doing my laundry in the basement of the apartment I lived in there I spotted a lone Pink Flamingo sitting on the washing machine. I took that Flamingo back upstairs and placed her in the window. I hoped to find a mate for her but that never happened.


The history of the Flamingo is interesting in that it was first designed in 1957, the fake birds are natives not of Florida but of Leominster, Massachusetts, which bills itself as the Plastics Capital of the World. At a nearby art school, sculptor Don Featherstone was hired by the plastics company Union Products, where his second assignment was to sculpt a pink flamingo. No live models presented themselves, so he unearthed a National Geographic photo spread. It took about two weeks to model both halves of the bird, brought into the third dimension by then-revolutionary injection-mold technology.

A flamingo-friendly trend was the sameness of post-World War II construction. Units in new subdivisions sometimes looked virtually identical. “You had to mark your house somehow,” Featherstone says. “A woman could pick up a flamingo at the store and come home with a piece of tropical elegance under her arm to change her humdrum house.” Also, “people just thought it was pretty,” adds Featherstone’s wife, Nancy.

Don Featherstone, creator of the pink flamingo lawn ornament, chats about his creation in his home in Fitchburg in October. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE

Don Featherstone, creator of the pink flamingo lawn ornament, chats about his creation in his home in Fitchburg in October.

This week Don Featherstone, the creator of the pink flamingo lawn ornament, died. He was 79.

His wife, Nancy, said he died on Monday morning, surrounded by family. He had succumbed to Lewy body disease, which is a type of dementia, she said.

“It’s a terrible disease,” she said. “You can’t do anything about it. But he fought it. He fought it to the best of his ability. He died with dignity.”

Featherstone, a Berlin native, worked for Union Products for 43 years, designing more than 600 items for the plastic company, she said. He had studied art at the Worcester Art Museum.

Disney’s 2011 film “Gnomeo & Juliet” featured a pink lawn flamingo named “Featherstone” in his honor.

Cocktail Nation 362 James Last

We take a look at the life of James Last who recently passed away, news on a tv show that is predicted to rival that of Mad Men, plus there’s our look at the world of swank and I have some cool motorola commercials to hep you to.

Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited- The Whistler Returns
The Secret Agents-James Bond Theme
James Last -The Lonely Shepard
Sharon Marie Cline-Quiet Nights
Beegie Adair-Chicago
O Som Do Jazz-White Sails
Tikiyaki Orchestra-Mai Tais On The Moon
Orchestra Superstring- Caucasion Sketches
Jackie Gleason -Deep Purple Blue Velvet
Chet Baker -Daybreak
Diana Krall-The Night We Called It A Day
Joe Ferrara -The Big Hurt
Monty Norman -Dr No’s Fantasy
Bobby Darin -LookAt Me