Wizard Oil (2019)

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TITLE: Wizard Oil

ARTIST: Jack Norton

RELEASE DATE: 17 January 2019

FORMATS: Digital

CREDITS: Reissue release of the 1999 album by singer-songwriter Jack Norton. Produced and written by Jack and Kitty. Paul Dandy: vocal, guitar, ukulele, washboard, comb, jug. John Gill: soprano sax, trombone, tenor banjo, drums, coconuts. Vince Giordano: tenor banjo, piano, string bass, bass sax, tuba, goofus, bones. Ralph Norton: cornet, bass sax. Jim Price: violin. Joe Savage: lap steel. Dan Lichty: castanets, harmony vocals. Track 14 – Kim Brown and the Capitol City District Choir, soloists: Kitty Norton, Kim Brown, Regina Davis, Gerrad Reeves. Rev. Henry Brown: message. Herb Johnson: piano. Rik Sterling: Hammond C-3 organ. Recorded by Dan Lichty at Hennepin Studios (Minneapolis, MN). Mixed at Logic Studios (Golden Valley, MN). Arrangements by Jack Norton. Musical Direction by Vince Giordano. Horn Arrangements by  John Gill.

SONGS:

  1. Mr. Norton’s Vaudeville
  2. 1925 Charleston
  3. Jerry The Junker
  4. The Ghost Of The Saint Louis Blues
  5. Brother Bill
  6. In A Little Hula Heaven
  7. Lazy Moon
  8. Minnie The Mermaid
  9. He’s In The Jailhouse Now
  10. The Gypsy
  11. Crazy Words, Crazy Tune
  12. I Ain’t Got Nobody
  13. Old Man Sunshine (Little Boy Bluebird)
  14. Take My Hand, Precious Lord

RELATED PHOTOS:

A few rare photos from the 1999 recording sessions.

A limited edition soda (called “Wizard Oil”) was released in 2000 to help promote this album. Jack partnered with the Spring Grove Soda Company (Spring Grove, MN) to manufacture the product. Although no photos of the bottles exist today, below is the original design sketches by Jack, and the logo used for the bottle.

A limited edition washboard was released in 2004 to help promote the album. Jack partnered with the Columbus Washboard Company (Columbus, OH) to manufacture the product. Here is the original design by Jack, and photos of one of the washboards made.