Al Caiola (pronounced kay-OH-lah) could really play guitar. His resume speaks volumes about how good he was.
Caiola’s version of the “Bonanza” TV theme made it to #19 on the Billboard singles chart. He had another top 40 hit, the theme from “the Magnificent Seven” that reached #35.
Caiola recorded with Buddy Holly, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, Simon and Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, Glen Campbell and Rosemary Clooney. He played in orchestras led by Percy Faith, Morton Gould and Andre Kostelanetz, and on radio and television with Steve Allen, Jackie Gleason, Arthur Godfrey and Ed Sullivan.
Caiola died last month at the age of 96.
Since we’re still in the Christmas season we feature a Christmas selection from Caiola you’ll never hear again, unless it’s on a vintage CD you buy or right here.