Guess Who I Met Today! features 275 pages of personal memories, plus 220 rare photos and images from Danny’s own archives.
Danny was a Grammy Award winning musician, internationally known as the founder of The Nashville Brass, but that was just a small part of his lifetime achievements. Yes, The Nashville Brass recorded dozens of hit albums for RCA Records, and won six Country Music Association (CMA) Awards for best instrumental group, along with hundreds of other industry awards and honors.
He was also an acclaimed record producer, working with such best-selling performers as Connie Francis, Nina Simone, Jose Feliciano, Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Chet Atkins and dozens more.
He was also one of the planet’s most respected trumpet players, creating, producing and performing on the classic album, Brass on the Rebound, featuring the best of the best of Manhattan’s musicians.
Did you know he was the U.S. record executive who discovered Herman’s Hermits talents in a stack of demo 45s sent over from England at the start of The British Invasion, signing them to MGM Records, leading to a chain of international hits?
Would you have imagined that Danny is one of the three singers on the theme song of the original Speed Racer cartoon show?
Did you ever hear his story about how he was part of the dubious team of New York record executives who decided to turn down Barbra Streisand’s first demo sessions, the exact same songs that went on to become one of the most successful albums in the history of records? You won’t believe the reason why they passed on signing “Babs.”
You also won’t believe the story about Zorita, The Snake Dancer, and the time her reptilian partner died on her in the middle of her act, right on stage, leaving Danny and his combo to calm down the packed house of rioting fans.
Do you know the facts about how Danny took a forgotten instrumental track collecting dust on the shelf, and turned it into a multi-million selling worldwide hit when he gave it a name – The Stripper, and produced Dave Rose’s number one song?
From his teen years as a member of some of the top big bands in the business (Gene Krupa, Blue Barron and Art Mooney, among others) to his time as a solo vocalist for MGM Records (during which he won that era’s leading television talent shows, The American Idol of the 50s), Guess Who I Met Today! takes you behind the scenes of an amazing lifetime of encounters.
His years as a record executive and producer are covered indepth, offering inside looks at the inner workings of the music and entertainment industries.