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The Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra: Sweepin' The Clouds Away

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by Leonard Maltin
December 12, 2009 1:58 AM
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Those of us who have enjoyed Johnny Crawford’s orchestra over the past twenty-five years or more in Los Angeles have pestered him about releasing some recordings—and he’s finally answered our entreaties with this compilation of live performances. If you only know Johnny as the juvenile costar of the TV series The Rifleman...

years ago you may be surprised to learn that he later reinvented himself as a crooner, fronting a band that plays original dance-band arrangements from the 1920s and 30s. Johnny’s voice is light and appealing; he brings great charm to his renditions of old favorites like “Louise” and “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams.” My favorite numbers are the ones that you won’t hear Michael Bublé or Harry Connick Jr. singing nowadays. These songs haven’t survived as standards but are treasured by vintage-music buffs just the same: “Sweepin’ the Clouds Away,” “The Day You Came Along,” “Look What I’ve Got,” et al.

Any band with a rhythm guitarist (the great John Reynolds) and a percussionist who isn’t afraid to use a woodblock is tops in my book. If you love this kind of music you’ll have a good time listening to Johnny Crawford. (Crawford Music)

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8 Comments

  • Rita Leid | November 16, 2013 10:18 PMReply

    WOW! I am binging on "The Rifleman" and decided to check out Johnny Crawford, to see what I could find out about his current status, I am so bowled over by this man's
    unknown talents! I had an album by him, many decades ago; but only recall a couple of
    songs, from these listed. Had no idea about his 20s/30s band music. I'll certainly make an attempt to acquire any of his music I can find. I loved his acting & singing, back in the day; and I am truly enjoying watching him again, on "The Rifleman".

  • Rita Leid | November 16, 2013 10:16 PMReply

    WOW! I am binging on "The Rifleman" and decided to check out Johnny Crawford, to see what I could find out about his current status, I am so bowled over by this man's
    unknown talents! I had an album by him, many decades ago; but only recall a couple of
    songs, from these listed. Had no idea about his 20s/30s band music. I'll certainly make an attempt to acquire any of his music I can find. I loved his acting & singing, back in the day; and I am truly enjoying watching him again, on "The Rifleman".

  • Rita Leid | November 16, 2013 10:16 PMReply

    WOW! I am binging on "The Rifleman" and decided to check out Johnny Crawford, to see what I could find out about his current status, I am so bowled over by this man's
    unknown talents! I had an album by him, many decades ago; but only recall a couple of
    songs, from these listed. Had no idea about his 20s/30s band music. I'll certainly make an attempt to acquire any of his music I can find. I loved his acting & singing, back in the day; and I am truly enjoying watching him again, on "The Rifleman".

  • Rita Leid | November 16, 2013 10:16 PMReply

    WOW! I am binging on "The Rifleman" and decided to check out Johnny Crawford, to see what I could find out about his current status, I am so bowled over by this man's
    unknown talents! I had an album by him, many decades ago; but only recall a couple of
    songs, from these listed. Had no idea about his 20s/30s band music. I'll certainly make an attempt to acquire any of his music I can find. I loved his acting & singing, back in the day; and I am truly enjoying watching him again, on "The Rifleman"!!!!

  • Rita Leid | November 16, 2013 10:15 PMReply

    WOW! I am binging on "The Rifleman" and decided to check out Johnny Crawford, to see what I could find out about his current status, I am so bowled over by this man's
    unknown talents! I had an album by him, many decades ago; but only recall a couple of
    songs, from these listed. Had no idea about his 20s/30s band music. I'll certainly make an attempt to acquire any of his music I can find. I loved his acting & singing, back in the day; and I am truly enjoying watching him again, on "The Rifleman"!!!!

  • Lynn Gowdy | July 15, 2011 5:26 AMReply

    I would love to have this CD. I've been listening to Johnny since I was a little kid. You might say we grew up together. I have all of his music and would love to add this one to my collection. VERY, VERY HARD TO FIND. Help please.

  • Lyn | April 13, 2011 11:36 AMReply

    We too are desperate to be able to obtain Johnny Crawford's wonderful Sweepin' The Clouds Away CD. How and where can we get it.

  • terry | March 30, 2011 11:12 AMReply

    How do I get the Johhny Crawford CD "sweeping the clouds away".....It's very difficult.

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