Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

He Was Too Good To Me (Barry Galbraith, guitarra eléctrica)

An unsung hero of mine, playing a tune I guess not very familiar to many, but one of my favourites. This was recorded in the fifties.It's a Rogers and Hart composition written in the thirties, which like "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" by Fran Landesman and Tommy Wolf, became a jazz "standard" without ever really being popular with the general public.

Barry Galbraith worked with the best as a "sideman" and was reputed to be the inspiration to some of those who followed him like a couple of other favourites of mine, Tal Farlow and Jimmy Raney. He spent an increasing amount of time in the latter part of his life teaching, due to a medical problem with one of his hands.
He was quite versatile, like many jazz musicians in the leaner times, he was prepared to record with "pop" singers.
Barry and Mundell Lowe played guitar on the Everly Brothers recording of "Let It Be Me."

(Barney Kessel played on the Beach Boys recording of "Wouldn't It Be Nice?")

Barry Galbraith 1919-1983


Barry Galbraith guitar.
Hank Jones, piano.
Milt Hinton, bass.
James "Osie" Johnson, drums.
Recorded 3/5/1956.

Edit: 25/1/2014.

Here's a YouTube link to the 1961 short documentary film; "After Hours" I found today, with surprisingly, only 57 views, (I thank the originator Trevor Bascom) but I'm sure that it will get a lot more views now.
It features Barry playing (in his typical performing style), along with some very well known names: Cozy Cole, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Milt Hinton and Johnny Guarnieri. The singer is Carol Stevens.

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