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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , G songs, Georgia On My Mind, 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 8:52 pm on November 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Best Years of Our Lives, , , Georgia On My Mind, Heart and Soul, , , , Lazy River, , , , To Have and have Not, Young Man With A Horn   

    THE AUTOBIOGRAPHIES OF HOAGY CARMICHAEL (Book Review) 

    On this, the 114th birthday of Hoagy Carmichael (11/22/1899 – 12/26/1981), I daresay you could mention his name to 100 random people under age 60, and 99 (maybe all 100) would say, “Hoagy who?”  But why waste time lamenting the fate awaiting almost all “celebrities” sooner or later? Fame is indeed fleeting — perhaps now more than ever — and relative few are the songwriters, actors and singers (for Hoagy was all three) who will be remembered on their triple-digit birthdays by succeeding generations. So it is with Bloomington, Indiana’s Hoagy — but his star shines on, nonetheless, for those who appreciate the timelessness of creative magic.

    For this occasion, I have pulled from my bookshelves a 1999 Hoagy double-autobiography which is a republication of The Stardust Road (1946) and Sometimes I Wonder (1965), with a new introduction by John Edward Hasse. I’d read this volume a few years ago, and it’s as good a way as any to re-visit Hoagland Howard Carmichael, a man whose music and film roles I’d known since my youth in the 1940s. As Hasse puts it in his introduction:

    Hoagy Carmichael was a true American original. First of all, there was his name…. Then there was that singing voice–the flat, Hoosier cadences–and that laconic public persona, impossible to mistake for anyone else’s. And there was his unusual career path–from law student, lawyer, and Wall Street employee to hit songwriter and celebrity via records, motion pictures, radio and television.
    But most original of all were the songs Carmichael wrote, songs that typically sound like nobody else’s.

    I love the way Hoagy begins The Stardust Road:
    The phone rang and I picked it up. It was Wad Allen. “Bix died,” he said
     (referring to Hoagy’s close friend and legendary early jazz trumpeter, Bix Beiderbecke).
    Wad laughed a funny laugh. “I wonder if it will hurt old Gabriel’s feelings to play second trumpet?” Wad asked.
    I could hear Wad’s breathing, then suddenly, but gradually getting clearer, I heard something else.
    “I can hear him,” I said. “I can hear him fine from here.”
    Over and around the sound I heard Wad’s voice.
    “Sure,” he said shakily. “So can I.”
    “I guess he didn’t die, then.”
    And so it went back and forth, until Hoagy said, “Call me up again,” I told him, “when somebody else doesn’t die.”
    But Wad had hung up. I tilted back in the chair before my desk and felt tears behind my eyes.  

    These are the kind of personal reminiscences you can only get from those who experienced them. If you’re a true lover of classic jazz and the Golden Age of popular music, you will find Hoagy’s autobiographies irresistible. THE STARDUST ROAD/SOMETIMES I WONDER combo is available on Amazon.com, AbeBook.com and elsewhere.

    And speaking of combos, let’s close with two versions of Hoagy’s immortal Star Dust, the first by Louis Armstrong, whose incomparable 1931 rendition still sets the standard after all these years, and the second, by Hoagy himself:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r94-7nJt-WM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2fbOAyNOpM

     
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