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Ted Goon Plays 'Sheik of Araby'

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With Ralph Ford on the Hammond organ. Ted's first record that sold 400,000 copies when 200,000 was a hit. Ted describes the process of selecting it, "We picked two tunes that had been popular in the late '20s, one of them 'The Sheik of Araby' and the other one was 'Ain't She Sweet'. They had been very popular, but had died out enough that they had become standards, and orchestras played them. Nobody had ever successfully, after all of these years, got a hit out of those two numbers. We thought that was an ideal thing to do, and we worked up an arrangement with rhythm and accents and the melody that required some 80 hours."

From a recorded live performance at a local California high school