Album Cover Art Wednesday: Billy May

Billy May is best known as a stellar big band arranger who worked with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Anita O’Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Bing Crosby, and Peggy Lee among others. He also had a solo career as a band leader playing swingin’ instrumental space age pop in the 1950’s and ’60’s. Here’s a May album cover sampler:

Billy May- Cha Cha

Billy May- Bacchanalia

Btw, that album predated the parade in New Orleans by some 14 years. May day will continue after the break.

Finally, one of the silliest album titles ever:

Billy May- Music For Uptight Guys

None of these LPs is available in its entirety online so I’m posting two tracks from Cha Cha and two from Bacchanalia.

Now that I have you revved up, it’s time for some Bacchanalian revelry, Billy May style:

2 thoughts on “Album Cover Art Wednesday: Billy May

  1. christflora says:

    I’m nearly seventy, and for about 60 years, I have instinctively identified Billy May as the orchestra guy for the radio show and satirical history albums of the great Stan Freberg. He does cross-talk with Stan on several radio shows, and especially on Stan’s “The Old Payola Roll Blues.”

  2. Adrastos says:

    That’s right. I forgot to mention it. Thanks for chiming in.

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