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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ALFIE, , G songs, , Georgianna, Georgy Girl, Harlem Globetrotters, , , , Sweet Georgia Brown,   

    GEO ON MY MIND 

    How times flies — basketball season is back. The National Basketball Association began play yesterday, with college basketball to follow shortly. But, for the season opener (Oct. 19) which leads to this post, we have the Harlem Globetrotters, whose famous theme song is the Sweet G song which gets our ‘girl’s-names-starting-with-G-songs’ ball bouncing:

    Next, let’s go with this contemporary take-off on a 1937 Count Basie/Jimmy Rushing hit:

    Sensing a Geo-centric pattern here? This (from ALFIE, 1966) is the new girl of the bunch:

    Last, but no less ‘Geo,’ we have this all-time standard sung by the composer as it should be sung (not that others haven’t done it equal justice in their own way):

    NOTE: Sorry about eclipsing my usual limit of three clips per post, but all four songs rose to the level I was seeking in this ‘Geo-desy,’ and I couldn’t bring myself to drop one.

     
    • Garfield Hug 8:27 am on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing the tunes😃

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    • mistermuse 8:33 am on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Geo-literally my pleasure!

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    • arekhill1 3:43 pm on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The Ray Charles version of “Georgia on My Mind” is the only one that counts, Sr.Muse.

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    • mistermuse 6:07 pm on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t argue with that, Ricardo (but then I wouldn’t argue with several other versions, including Hoagy’s).

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    • linnetmoss 6:04 am on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I went to school in Georgia, so I appreciated these 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:26 am on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Linnet, in your honor, I offer another GEORGIA song (you probably went to another Georgia school, but I don’t know any other Georgia school songs). 🙂

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        • linnetmoss 6:14 am on October 20, 2017 Permalink

          Darn, could not get the link to work, was it the fight song for University of Georgia? I went to two smaller schools in Macon, Wesleyan and Mercer U.

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        • mistermuse 7:49 am on October 20, 2017 Permalink

          Linnet, sorry about the ‘missing’ link — it was the famous RAMBLIN’ WRECK FROM GEORGIA TECH. 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 8:04 am on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great picks with Ella and Hoagy Carmichael. Sweet Georgia Brown is usually played as an instrumental and I imagine it’s very hard to sing well. Most people would think of Ray Charles but I like going back in time there.

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    • mistermuse 8:45 am on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I think Ella sings Sweet Georgia Brown as well as it can be sung (if you’re into jazz/scat singing). Even as great a vocalist as Billie Holiday couldn’t have sung this one as well because it wasn’t her style. As for Ray Charles, I love his take on Georgia On My Mind, but I chose Hoagy’s version because I too like going back in time to the year it was composed and the way the composer sang it.

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    • Don Frankel 3:10 pm on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse you’re right about Ella being the best on this. I got interested and looked up various people singing Sweet Georgia Brown, Some of it was interesting, like Bing Crosby sang it many years ago in what sounded like a rag town band if I that’s what it was. I wasn’t sure.. Then there were other people singing it as some bit from a TV Variety Show like Nancy Sinatra. Nothing wrong there it’s a great song but there was nothing memorable either. The most interesting was a TV version by Jerry Lee Lewis. He let his piano carry most of the tune as he didn’t sing over it. No flies on himn. But who’ da thunk that one. Actually the next best to Ella that I found was by Pearl Bailey. Not sure where or when as it was a recording with a collage of pictures. But Ella was the best.

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    • inesephoto 1:17 pm on October 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Ah some of my favorite songs here 🙂 Have always loved Georgia On My Mind.

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    • moorezart 1:35 pm on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • mistermuse 10:50 pm on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you! The moore(zart), the merrier!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ALFIE, Bert and Ernie, BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ, , , BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, ELMER GANTRY, FIELD OF DREAMS, , LOCAL HERO, ,   

    THIS POST IS FOR THE BURTS (and Bert) 

    Today, boys and girls, I’d like to honor two distinguished BURTs who have left their unique mark in their respective fields….but first, here’s a distinguished Bert who’s a different kettle of fish in his own right:

    Thank you, Bert, for ‘e‘asing us into this tribute to our honorees. Let us now introduce the first of our two ‘u‘ Burts, the Burt-man of actors, BURT LANCASTER:

    Lancaster was born in 1913 in NYC. He starred in his first film (“The Killers”) in 1946 and went on to appear in 85 movies in his long career, also directing 3 and producing 23. Oddly enough,  I never thought of him as one of my favorite actors, yet he starred in some of my all-time favorite films: ELMER GANTRY (1960/Academy Award for Best Actor), JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961), THE SWIMMER (1968), ATLANTIC CITY (1980), and LOCAL HERO (1983). His last film was FIELD OF DREAMS (1989).

    Last but not Lancaster, we have composer/song writer BURT BACHARACH who, like the other Burt, isn’t one of my favorites in his chosen field, but nonetheless wrote (with Hal David) a number of my favorite 1960’s songs, including WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE (1965), WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT (1965), ALFIE (1966), I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER (1967), DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE (1968), THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU (1968), I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (1969), and this Academy Award winner from BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969):

    This wraps up another thrilling episode in my “THIS POST IS FOR THE ____” (anything from BIRDS to BURTS) series. Dew drop in again next time (Feb. 5), boys and girls, to see weather the reign drops dead or keeps callin’ in my head. The series has to end sometime….but when? The suspense is about to kill me.

     

     
    • scifihammy 6:04 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oh I’m so glad you chose Burt Lancaster – I was hoping you would! I think he is quite underrated as an actor, bit like you say, there are many great movies he’s been in.
      And I didn’t realise that Burt Bacharach wrote those awesome songs! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:26 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Burt Lancaster is one of those actors who, when you think about it, it’s hard to remember a BAD movie he made (though there were probably a few, like almost every actor who was in a lot of movies). Of his movies that I listed, I would particularly recommend LOCAL HERO, a great and quirky little film which didn’t get a lot of attention at the time, but is truly a ‘hidden gem.’

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      • Mél@nie 2:46 pm on February 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I totally agree with you about Burt… he was admired and appreciated, and popular all over Europe…

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        I also love Burt Bacharach’s music… some of his famous songs have been sung by European singers, too.

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    • arekhill1 10:33 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      And you left yourself an opportunity, unmentioned but illustrated, to do a post on “Ernie and Ernie.”

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      • mistermuse 11:52 am on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I think I’ll pass on “Ernie and Ernie,” but if I were to do a post on Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day), I might do one on PunxsutErnie Phil. Unfortunately, my next post day is Feb. 5.

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    • Don Frankel 4:26 pm on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I missed the first Bert. By the time he came on the scene I was probably out looking for a job. But the next Burt was as you point a classic. Let us not forget From Here to Eternity and Vera Cruz where he told Gary Cooper. “So we’re friends. I’ve never had a friend before.” Now the last Burt wasn’t one of my favorite composers either but it shouldn’t have ever bothered him as he was married to Angie Dickenson for a long time.

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    • mistermuse 4:55 pm on January 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t realize that Angie Dickinson is 85 years old and still with us (as is former hubby Burt B., who is 88). I’m sure they made beautiful music together — at least, for a time.

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    • BroadBlogs 7:33 pm on January 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have nice memories of Ernie and Bert. That’s one big Fish story!

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    • mistermuse 10:01 pm on January 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Even at my age,I have to laugh at the Bert and Ernie clip. Guess I’m still just a kid at heart!

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    • milliethom 5:28 pm on February 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      My mum was a huge Burt Lancaster fan (we’re in the UK). He was very popular over here and mum’s liking of him rubbed off a bit on me, too.

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    • mistermuse 7:03 pm on February 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for your comment. Have you seen Burt Lancaster in LOCAL HERO, a British film set in Scotland? If not, I highly recommend it. Here’s the trailer:

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    • inesephoto 4:41 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Burt Lancaster, wow, a legend. Thank you for sharing!

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    • mistermuse 11:27 pm on February 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Lancaster was such a strong and convincing presence in his films that he didn’t seen to be acting at all. He was truly one of the greats.

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