Two of a Kind (Bobby Darin and Johnny Mercer album)

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Two of a Kind
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Studio album by Bobby Darin
Released April 1961
Recorded August 13 & 17, 1960
Genre Pop
Length 35:19
Label Atco
Producer Ahmet Ertegün
Bobby Darin chronology
The 25th Day of December
(1960)The 25th Day of December1960
Two of a Kind
(1961)
Love Swings
(1961)Love Swings1961

Two of a Kind is an album by American singer Bobby Darin and singer/composer Johnny Mercer, released in 1961. It was arranged by and features Billy May.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

In his Allmusic review, critic Richard S. Ginell wrote "Give a pair of medals and hefty raises to the two fellows at Atlantic who thought of pairing Bobby Darin—then 24—and Johnny Mercer—then 51—and backing them with the charts of Billy May... The music world hadn't heard this brand of impeccably timed, back-and-forth joshing since the heyday of Hope and Crosby (or perhaps Mercer and Crosby)—or the inspired Nashville rivalry of Red Foley and Ernest Tubb. Don't miss it."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Two of a Kind" (Walden Cassotto, Johnny Mercer) – 0:49
  2. "(Back Home Again In) Indiana" (James F. Hanley, Ballard MacDonald) – 2:40
  3. "Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)" (Bernie Hanighen, Mercer) – 3:37
  4. "Ace in the Hole" (James Dempsey, George Mitchell) – 3:09
  5. "East of the Rockies" (Sydney Robin, Lou Singer) – 2:49
  6. "If I Had My Druthers" (Gene DePaul, Mercer) – 3:58
  7. "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This Jelly Roll" (Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams) – 1:48
  8. "Lonesome Polecat" (DePaul, Mercer) – 3:28
  9. "My Cutey's Due at Two-to-Two Today" (Irving Bibo, Leo Robin, Albert Von Tilzer) – 2:23
  10. "Medley: Paddlin' Madelin' Home/Row Row Row" (William Jerome, James V. Monaco, Harry Woods) – 1:55
  11. "Who Takes Care of the Caretaker's Daughter?" (Chick Endor, Paul Specht) – 3:10
  12. "Mississippi Mud" (Harry Barris, James Cavanaugh) – 1:56
  13. "Two of a Kind" (Cassotto, Mercer) – 3:41

Personnel[edit]

  • Bobby Darin – vocals
  • Johnny Mercer – vocals
  • Milton Raskin – piano
  • George Van Eps – guitar
  • Morty Corb – bass
  • Ronnie Zito – drums
  • Manny Klein – trumpet
  • Dick Cathcart – trumpet
  • John Best – trumpet
  • Conrad Gozzo – trumpet
  • Ed Kusby – trombone
  • Bill Schaefer – trombone
  • Elmer Schneider – trombone
  • Wilber Schwartz – saxophone
  • Skeets Herfurt – saxophone
  • Eddie Miller – saxophone
  • Chuck Gentry – saxophone
  • Bill Putnam – engineer
  • Billy May – piano, arranger, conductor

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ginell, Richard S. "Two of a Kind > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved May 15, 2015.