Squeeze Play (album)

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Squeeze Play
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Studio album by John Serry Sr.
Released 1956 New York City
Recorded 1956 New York City
Genre Pop, Classical, Instrumental
Length 30:14
Label Dot Records
John Serry Sr. chronology
RCA Thesaurus - RCA Victor Transcriptions (1954) Squeeze Play - Dot Records (1956) Leona Jump Sonora Records Jukebox Single (music) (1945)

Squeeze Play is an Ultra High Fidelity monaural phonographic album (3313 RPM) which was released on the Dot Records label in 1956 (DLP-3024)[1] featuring the artistry of John Serry Sr. It includes an original composition by Mr. Serry, classical works and popular music of the era. Ben Selvin serves as the musical director/producer for the album. The works were arranged by Mr. Serry and performed with his ensemble featuring two accordions, piano, guitar, bass, drum, vibes and marimba.[1] [2]

The liner notes of the album indicate:

the tunes that Mr. Serry has so expertly recorded are craftily arranged, superbly performed. Each tune is a small production within itself... and look at the variety of material...What Serry has done here is present the accordion as the melodic instrument that is capable of producing beautiful sounds in a legato style...Serry has placed the accent on interpretation and in doing so has come up with twelve sparkling performances that provide a delightful contrast to the much overdone virtuoso style of accordion playing.

A copy of the album and the composer's original orchestral score have been donated for archival purposes to the Eastman School of Music's Sibley Music Library within the Ruth T. Watanabe Special Collections Department for the benefit of researchers and students. [3]

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Garden in Monaco" (Arr. John Serry Sr.) – 2:58
  2. "Terry's Theme" - Charles Chaplin – 2:39
  3. "When My Dreamboat Comes Home" - Cliff Friend/Dave Franklin – 2:31
  4. "Blue Bell" - S. Stanley – 2:15
  5. "Rockin' The Anvil" - melodic theme by Giuseppe Verdi (See Anvil Chorus)/ music John Serry Sr. – 2:35
  6. "Secret Love" - Paul Webster/Sammy Fain – 2:18

Side Two

  1. "Granada"- Agustín Lara – 3:14
  2. "Side by Side" - Harry M. Woods – 2:18
  3. "My Heart Cries for You" - Percy Faith/Carl Sigman – 1:58
  4. "Hawaiian Night" - Hans Carste/Francis Vincente – 2:37
  5. "Button Up Your Overcoat" - DeSylva/Brown/Henderson – 2:14
  6. "Rock 'N' Roll Polka" - Mort Lindsey/Skinner – 2:37

Ensemble artists[edit]


  1. ^ Who Is Who In Music International 1958, Publisher: Who Is Who In Music International, Chicago, IL. Biography File # B11719 for John Serry. See International Biographical Center, Cambodge, England as the current publisher.
  2. ^ The Billboard 1 December 1956 P. 22
  3. ^ http://www.esm.rochester.edu/sibley/specialcollections