Charlie Shaffer - Master Of The Medley
During the first (and only) year at college, Charlie Shaffer played at some of the private clubs around Houston, but when summer came he relocated to Las Vegas, supposedly temporarily. He performed continuously (except for two years military service) at virtually every hotel there, plus Liberace's "Tivoli Gardens". He appeared in a Warner Bros. movie, on the Saturday night Dick Clark TV Show, and other network shows. Some award winning Las Vegas hotel commercials were composed by Charlie. He has also written orchestral arrangements for performance on the TV shows of Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Sammy Davis Jr, and Joey Bishop. As rehearsal pianist for the Jackie Gleason Las Vegas TV Show he worked daily with June Taylor, Ben Vereen, Lola Folana and others, creating dance sequences and musical arrangements. He has accompanied Peggy Lee, Debbie Reynolds, Dean Martin, Steve Lawrence, Don Cherry, Robert Goulet, Joe Williams, and others.
Ames Brothers-Sentimental Me, A Very Precious Love * Pat Boone-April Love, Love Letters in The Sand * Perry Como-Wanted, Dreamer's Holiday * Jimmy Dorsey-Green Eyes, Amapoloa, Tangerine * Billy Eckstine-I Apologize, Everything I Have is Yours * Four Aces-Tell Me Why, (Just a) Garden in The Rain * Dick Haynes-You'll Never Know, It Might As Well Be Spring * Hilltoppers-Trying, P.S. I Love You * Eddy Howard-Careless, Be Anything, But Be Mine * Ink Spots II-We Three, Maybe, Time Out For Tears * Joni James-Why Don't You Believe Me, How Important Can I Be * Gordon Jenkins-My Foolish Heart, Again * Franki Laine-That's My Desire, Music, Maestro, Please