Central Park Sheiks -1975

A great Western Swing group from New York City. The group was comprised of Bob Hipkens (dobro, trumpet), Rich Lieberson (guitar), and Bert Lee (guitar). Matt Glaser (fiddle) later joined the group. But these recordings (March 9, 1975) predate him. Thanks to Bill Spence for these.


Rose of San Antone Wind in the Pines Instrumental I’m a Shipwrecked Man Sarah Take the A- Train Ode to New Jersey Lady be Good The Prize Fools Fall in Love

4 thoughts on “Central Park Sheiks -1975”

  1. I think after 40 years I have finally figured out the chords to the bridge of Shipwrecked Man. Some buskers in Seattle turned me on to the Sheiks in the late 70s. They sang four part harmonies on Honeysuckle Rose etc. They won the best street musician award. I recently looked one of the guys up and there was a video on his website of him playing with Tommy Emmanuel. They were poverty stricken street musicians. I bought their PA system and got one guy’s 1930s Martin out of hock.
    I moved to Maui and one of the guys came over before I left and taught me the swing chords. The Sheik’s music pretty much changed my musical oeuvre.
    Later I found the album in Manhattan but left it in Brunos coffee shop in the Village. I called Lieberson asking if I could look at the charts but he said they were in a closet somewhere and anyway I wouldn’t understand them. I thought he might be impressed that a muscian and writer (I had a music column in Maui) came all the way from Maui to call him. He wasn’t impressed.

    1. You can always reach out to Bert Lee for the chords if you’re not sure of them. As for Rich, he unfortunately died several years ago. I really liked him, he was such a character, and I was very upset to hear of his passing.

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