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  • mistermuse 3:32 pm on March 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bert Williams, , Goodbye, , ,   


    I have never been able to discover anything disgraceful in being a colored man. But I have often found it inconvenient. –Bert Williams

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    Yesterday marked the 96th anniversary of the death of the great “colored” comedian Bert Williams, whose humorous 1920 song I WANT TO KNOW WHERE TOSTI WENT (WHEN HE SAID GOODBYE) appeared in my last post. You can learn a bit more about this pioneering black entertainer in the racist America of the late 1800s/early 1900s by clicking here: https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200038860/

    To commemorate the anniversary of the day Bert Williams said “Goodbye forever,” I thought I would extend that post’s theme with a curtain call of several later “goodbye” songs from America’s Golden Age of Popular Music (if not yet America’s Golden Age of race relations). Just a little something to keep in mind, every time we say goodbye (courtesy of Cole Porter):

    So, what’s good about goodbye? I’m glad you asked (courtesy of Harold Arlen):

    Perhaps next post, I’ll transition into some ‘hello’ songs. It would help the transfiguration if I could put this song title in reverse:

    P.S. The first several readers of this post may have been confused by changes made in the last clip after I posted it. What I initially thought was a clip of another vocalist singing “Hello, My Lover, Goodbye” turned out to be in error, so, left with few choices, I hastily tried to switch to a clip of Doris Day (NOT one of my favorite vocalists) singing the song. After a few ‘haste-makes-waste’ starts, I made the substitution, but probably left a few of you wondering if I hadn’t said goodbye to my mind. But all’s well that ends well (I hope).


  • mistermuse 12:04 am on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adios, Auf Wiedersehen, , Goodbye, , , ,   


    AUF WIEDERSEHEN (German): until we meet again, a temporary farewell or goodbye

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    In a comment to my last post, I included a clip of a great German vocal group singing AUF WIEDERSEH’N, MY DEAR (a 1932 composition by American songwriters, not to be confused with AUF WIEDERSEH’N, SWEETHEART, a song which was a hit in 1952).

    As it happens, there are a number of “goodbye” songs, but some are more extreme than others. For example, the Italian composer Paolo Tosti (1846-1916) wrote a famous (in his day) song titled GOODBYE, in which that word appears ten times, including five times in the last two lines:

    What are we waiting for, you and I?
    A pleading look, a stifled cry.
    Goodbye, forever! Goodbye, forever!
    Goodbye! Goodbye! Goodbye!

    Bye and bye, such an effusive edict of terminal temerity caused famed black vaudeville comedian Bert Williams no end of alarm:

    And then, amigo mio, there’s the Spanish word for goodbye, which has a more soothing sound….unless you happen to be a gringo facing a bandito….

    ….which would be enough to give anyone the….

    THE END (but comments are open, if you have any final thoughts).

    • scifihammy 5:15 am on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t like Goodbyes – but your song choices are fine 🙂
      Oh – you forgot Bye Bye Baby by the Bay City Rollers! hahaha 😀

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    • Don Frankel 7:26 am on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      In addition to goodbye there is also goodnight and maybe Tosti just came back for next week’s show like this guy.

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      • mistermuse 9:03 am on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        The relationship between lovers(?) in the Tosti song sounds like toast, but not the relationship between Jimmy Durante and Mrs. Calabash! In any case, Don, thanks for the clip — I remember it well.


    • arekhill1 2:35 pm on March 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

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    • mistermuse 6:04 pm on March 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I must admit that Tosti was a piker when it comes to repeating the word “Goodbye” in song.


    • RMW 4:43 pm on March 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Then I don’t ever want to say “tosti.” But I prefer “hasta la vista.”

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