Legendary guitarist Al Caiola passed away on 11/9/16 at the age of 96. Al Caiola provided guitar and arrangements for the Living Guitars' Christmas albums. In addition to recording himself ("Bonanza" TV Theme reached No. 19 in 1961), Al recorded with several of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. This is just a partial recording list:
Paul Anka - "Put Your Head On My Shoulder" Louis Armstrong - "Blueberry Hill" Frankie Avalon - "Venus" Tony Bennett - "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" Glen Campbell - "Galveston" Petula Clark - "Don't Sleep In The Subway" Rosemary Clooney - "Come On a My House" Perry Como - "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" Ray Conniff - "Melody For two Guitars" Bobby Darin - "Mack The Knife" Dion - "Abraham, Martin And John" Fabian - "Turn Me Loose" Percy Faith - "Theme From A Summer Place" Ferrante & Teicher - "Theme From Exodus" Eddie Fisher - "Oh! My Pa-Pa" The Four Lads - "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing" Woody Herman - "Body And Soul" Buddy Holly - "True Love ways" Ben E. King - "Stand By Me" Andre Kostelanetz - "The Impossible Dream" Al Martino - "Spanish Eyes" Johnny Mathis - "Chances Are", "Misty", "It's Not For Me To Say", "The Twelfth Of Never" Mitch Miller - "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" Elvis Presley - "Santa Lucia" Del Shannon - "Runaway" Simon & Garfunkel - "Mrs. Robinson", "Old Friends", "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Frank Sinatra - "Drinking Again" The Village Stompers - "Washington Square"
...and many, many more. R.I.P. Mr. Al Caiola.
11-11-16 @ 09:16AM Follow-up to above message:
A great video from 2015 of Al Caiola still performing at age 94: https://youtu.be/SkOKc_6ZxdQ
EDIT: I'm sorry but I was unable to post the video correctly...
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I remember my father listening to Mr. Caiola's collection of Italian music that was sold on TV. For some reason I also remember listening to a Christmas album that Mr. Caiola recorded. But that was so long time ago, I could be wrong.
With the exception of maybe the late, great Tommy Tedesco (member of the legendary "Wrecking Crew" and featured guitarist on so many of Tommy Garrett's popular 50 GUITARS albums) I'm not sure any guitarist played on more well known, popular, hit recordings than Al Caiola.