Elektra’s Ed McCurdy & Theodore Bikel

Ed McCurdy was a gospel- and folksinger from Pennsylvania, who began playing his folksongs in 1946 for the Canadian Broadcast System, went to New York City in 1954 and became a popular singer on radio and also an actor on television. His songs were based on baroque like Elizabethan English and Shakespearian themes and stories about love and lust. Sweet and joyful theatrical songs with a vulgar or naughty twist and sometimes a guilty edge. The four albums in the series When Dalliance Was In Flower And Maidens Lost Their Heads were among his best. The third volume was based on a collection of songs from 1719 about celebrating pleasure. ‘This joyful acceptance of the variegated delights of sex was: Songs Of Wit And Mirth or Pills To Purge Melancholy’.  The sleeve photography and type design was made by W. S. Harvey and features far out studio photo’s in 17th century style. 

 

Ed McCurdy Elektra albums:

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EKL-16 Ed McCurdy – Badmen And Heroes (1955) (two editions)

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EKL-24 Ed McCurdy – Sin Songs – Pro And Con (1955)

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Different Lp issue

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EKL-108 Ed McCurdy – Blood Booze’n Bones (1956)

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EKL-110 / M-987 Ed McCurdy – When Dalliance Was In Flower And Maidens Lost Their Heads (1956)

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Alternative LP issue

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EKL- 112 Songs Of The Old West (1957)

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EKL-140 Ed McCurdy – When … Volume II (1958) (two color versions)

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EKL-160 / M-989 Ed McCurdy … Volume III (1958)

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EKL-170 / M-990 Ed McCurdy – Son Of Daliance (1959)

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EKL-205 Ed McCurdy – A Treasure Chest Of American Folk Songs (1960)

EKL-213 Ed McCurdy – The Best Of Dalliance (1961)

 

Ed McCurdy Riverside albums:

 

RLP-12-807 Barroom Ballads (1956)

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RLP-12-810 The Legend Of Robin Hood (1956)

RLP-12-828 Songs Of A Bold Balladeer (1956)

 

Ed McCurdy Prestige albums:

 

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INT-13002 The Best Of Ed McCurdy (1961)

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INT-13044 Lyrica Erotica, Vol.1 (1962)

INT-1304.  Lyrica Erotica, Vol.2 (1962)

INT-13050 Lyrica Erotica, Vol.3: Women’s Delirium (1962)

 

On other labels:

 

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Capri 507 Let’s Sing Out (195.)

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Tradition TLP-1003 A Ballad Singer’s Choice (1956)

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Tradition TLP-2061 Songs Of The West (1956)

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Tradition TLP-1027 Children’s Songs (1956)

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Tradition TR-2051 The Best Of … (196.)

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Classic Editions CE-1045 Frankie & Johnny (1956)

Folkways FC-7771 Children’s Stories & Songs (1959)

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Seeco CELP-439 The Folk Singer (1959)

Tiara  TMT-7537 Ed McCurdy Sings Folksongs Of The Sea (196.)

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Washington WLP-705 The Ballad Record (196.)

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Premier PS-9004 Burl Ives Sings Five Early Tunes, Also Starring Ed McCurdy (196.)

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Folkways FTS-32430 On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand …, with Dana McCurdy (1977)

 

Theodore Bikel Elektra Albums:

 

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Elektra 32 Folk Songs Of Israel, Sung by … (195.)

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Elektra 105 An Actor’s Holiday With … (1956) sleeve #1

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Elektra 105 An Actor’s Holiday With … (1956) sleeve #2

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Elektra 109 A Young Man And A Maid Sing Love Songs Of Many Lands, with Cynthia Gooding (1956) sleeve #1

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Elektra EKL-109 A Young Man And A Maid Sing Love Songs Of Many Lands, with Cynthia Gooding – sleeve #2 (1960)

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Elektra 132 … Sings Songs Of Israel (1957)

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Elektra EKL-141 … Sings Jewish And Folk Songs (1958)

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Elektra EKL-150 Songs Of A Russian Gypsy (1958) sleeve #1

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Elektra EKL-150 Songs Of A Russian Gypsy (1958) sleeve #1

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Lobby photographs from the 1959 movie The Blue Angel

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Elektra EKL-161 … Sings Folk Songs From Just About Everywhere, with Geula Gill (1959)

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Elektra EKL-165 … Sings More Jewish Folk Songs (1959)

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Elektra EKL-175 Bravo Bikel; … Town Hall Concert (1960)

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UK LP issue on Pye Golden Guinea

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Elektra EKL-175 Bravo Bikel; … Town Hall Concert 2LP (1960)

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Elektra EKL-185… Songs Of Russia, Old & New (1962)

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French LP issue on Disques Mode

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Elektra EKL-189 Newport Folk Festival 1960 (1960)

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Elektra EKL-200 From Bondage To Freedom (1960)

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Elektra 7210 A Harvest Of Israeli Folksongs (1960)

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Elektra EKL-220 The Poetry And Prophecy Of The Old Testament (1962)

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UK LP issue on Pye Golden Guinea

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Elektra EKS- 7225 The Best Of … (1962)

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Elektra EKL-250 A Folksinger’s Choice (1964)

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Elektra EKL-7230 … On Tour (1963)

 

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Elektra EKL-281 … Sings Yiddish Theatre And Folksongs

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French LP issue on Disques Mode

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Signed poster for the famous Broadway musical Fiddler On The Roof (1967)

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Elektra EKS-7326 Songs Of The Earth, with The Pennywhistlers (1967)

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Elektra 7″ EP’s

 

Theodore Bikel on other labels:

 

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Israel Made Foundation LP-7 Israeli Folk Dances, with Theodore Bikel (196.)

 

 

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Capitol ST-245 My Side Of The Mountain, O.S.T. with Theodore Bikel (1969)

 

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Star Record Co. ST-119 Silent No More (1971)

 

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Theodore Bikel’s Songbook ‘Folksongs And Footnotes By … (Meridian Books MG-27)

 

Cynthia Gooding:

 

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Turkish And Spanish Folk Songs (Elektra 10″ LP EKLP-6) 1953

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Mexican Folk Songs (Elektra 10″ LP EKL-8) 1953, in two different colors

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Queen Of Hearts; Early English Folk Songs (Elektra 10″ LP EKLP-11) 1953, in two different editions

 

 

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Italian Folk Songs (Elektra 10″ LP EKL-17) 1954

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… Sings Of Faithful Lovers And Other Phenomena (Elektra EKL-107) 1957

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Spanish, Mexican And Turkish Folk Songs (Elektra EKL-128) 1957

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French Troubadour Songs, Sung by Yves Tessier and Italian Folk Songs Sung by Cynthia Gooding (Elektra 2LP EKL-221) 1962

 

 

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