Readable From the Sydney Penthouse the Lounge Lothario has been working overtime putting in the long distance calls across the globe to find you the craziest cats of the retro scene along with the legends who cohabit the swank universe that is the Cocktail Nation. In this edition the Lounge Leader talks magazines with Tiki Magazine founding father Nick Camara, art with El Gato Gomez and, most importantly, he explores the beginning of the scene with the rediscovery of the one and only Esquivel. The archaeological dig is dug with Kooper discovering a canary by the name of Laurie Allyn who missed her initial fame train by seconds but now her name is on the lips ( continue reading... )

The Cocktail Nation

The Cocktail Nation: Clouseaux

Episode 320    Jul 27th 2014

This week we find out about a new release from Clouseaux. There’s news on the passing of a film great, the death of the worlds oldest working jazz musician, a wonderful documentary on Pan Am and of course the best Lounge and Exotica from across the globe!

Music With the 50th Anniversary of the British invasion of America via the Beatles upon us, I thought it apropos to take a walk down Memory Lane, remembering the highlights of Beatlemania in my own life. When the Beatles hit the Mainland in 1964, I had just turned six years old and my whole world was getting through 1st grade without getting my knuckles rapped by Sister Marie Louisa’s Golden Rule ruler, keeping my ever growing number of siblings at bay and taking in the undeveloped desert that surrounded my Scottsdale, Arizona home. As with many of my earlier memories, this ( continue reading... )


Interview In 1992, I was performing extensively under the stage name Jimmy Ross through Orange and Los Angeles Counties as a solo pianist/vocalist entertainer and occasionally in jazz trio and quartet settings. I had just started a double emphasis graduate program in piano and vocal performance at California State University. I was performing two nights a week across the street from where Diana Krall was performing, ( read more... )

Music If you are familiar with Faith No More, then you probably know exactly who Mike Patton, the lead singer, is. Since the 1990s, Patton has worked on a multitude of projects and solo albums, including his 2010 release Mondo Cane. Mondo Cane is Patton’s version of Italian pop from the 1950s and 1960s, but with his own twist to the music. Patton was inspired by ( read more... )

Fashion Before the advent of go-go boots, which arrived in America from Europe in the early 1960s, boot wearing for women was limited to outdoor activities and inclement weather. The go-go boot became a symbol for female empowerment and independence at a time when social equality movements were harbingers for styles and fashions. I suppose my love affair with boots began one evening in 1966 when ( read more... )

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Daydreaming From Solsoulvideo comes ‘Larmes Dans La Pluie’, a nostalgic, melodic and dramatic voyage into the night, depicting melancholic Parisian inner city life set to the bittersweet melodies of swing, jazz, chanson and modal lounge tracks. The clips are taken from the 1967 Italian/French/American movie Woman Times Seven starring Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine and Peter Sellers. What do you daydream about today? ( read more... )