Las Vegas - Big Band song by Swingin' Crooner Frank Lamphere
Congratulations on another album replete with fantastic vocals, world-class musicianship, and top notch, hard swinging arrangements! This album is as good as anything out there - Ben Dockery
Las Vegas - A new song by swingin' crooner Frank Lamphere
Crooner Frank Lamphere sings his original "Las Vegas"
Las Vegas is a new song written by jazz-swing crooner Frank Lamphere. Las Vegas is the second track on the Frank Lamphere CD America the Beautiful, Swinging. The up-tempo song, that Lamphere waited 13 years to record, features an explosive big band that was arrangment by Lamphere's longtime accompanist Larry Harris.
There have been some powerful songs written about this iconic American city and Frank Lamphere's song, has joined those ranks.
Personnel on Las Vegas:
Larry Harris - piano
Dan McIntyre - guitar
Dennis Carroll - bass
George Fludas - drums
Russ Phillips - trombone
Mark Olen - trumpet
Eric Schneider - alto & tenor sax
Frank Lamphere - vocals
Frank Lamphere performing at The Palms, Las Vegas (in the background drummer Mike Mechem and bassist Ken Seiffert
Frank has been singing professionally for better than 20 years, yet he didn't enter the songwriting arena until 2007.
On an early September morning he awoke with a "vivid" melody (Las Vegas) and unlike with the previous dreams, he immediately hummed the melody and handful of lyrics into a nearby tape recorder. Deciding to take a shot at writing an entire tune, Lamphere devoted the next several hours to jotting down all of these ideas and by early afternoon, had a near completed song. This experience left him dumbfounded and thinking to himself "What-in-the-heck was that?"
With the help of some very talented pianists-arrangers (Skip Green and Bobby Schiff) Lamphere was able to get the notes and harmonies on paper and begin performing the song shortly after.
Music & Lyrics by Frank Lamphere
I awoke one morning, had a vivid dream
Thought "Well I'll be damned"
Had this song 'bout casinos and music
buzzin' through my head
Took four days off work,
then I scrammed!
Just booked a flight to Las Vegas
Off to where high-rollers go to play
On the boulevard,
there’s a tournament today!
A gambler said the air smells just like “C” notes
and Frank and Dino’s work, is still applauded there
The dream comes true, at last
I’ve had a lifetime to prepare
On Fremont Street, you see old Vegas
Not to-be-missed, I hear it's quite the show
Desert sky, after sundown
The perfect backdrop for that famous neon glow
Gonna’ take a drive around Las Vegas
Take-in places, Louis Prima used to swing
And Elvis Presley, right there, was crowned “the king”
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