Now, in the wake of the first two volumes – 1960 and 1961 – comes Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of the Sixties Vol. 3 - 1962 which chronicles perhaps the biggest year ever for instrumentals. In fact, more than 13% of all Top 100 records in 1962 were instrumentals, and many were big hits. It was a magic, innocent time. America was young, bursting with promise, and literally twisting with energy on the cusp of its most creative, tumultuous decade – and it showed in the crazy quilt of wordless wonders that climbed the charts.
In the 1920s, Ellington performed in Broadway nightclubs as the bandleader of a sextet, a group which in time grew to a 10-piece ensemble. Ellington sought out musicians with unique playing styles, such as Bubber Miley, who used a plunger to make the "wa-wa" sound, and Joe Nanton, who gave the world his trombone "growl." At various times, his ensemble included the trumpeter Cootie Williams, cornetist Rex Stewart and alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges. Ellington made hundreds of recordings with his bands, appeared in films and on radio, and toured Europe on two occasions in the 1930s.
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