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  • mistermuse 8:58 am on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Miss Annabelle Lee, , , spelling bee   

    THE SPELL OF GIRLS 

    Four months ago today, a 12 year old girl by the name of Ananya Vinay won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. Happening that her first name begins with “A” leads to a question which leads to where this post is headed:

    For some time now, I’ve been kicking around in my head the idea of a series of posts featuring old songs, each title of which is (or includes) a girl’s first name, beginning with “A” and continuing through the alphabet. I’ve hesitated to put this idea to the test for several reasons, the main one being that I question whether there is much of an audience today for one of my passions, namely old songs (loosely defined as 50+ years old). But then I thought: THE SPELL WITH IT! It’s my party….

    So let’s get started. Fitting as it would be to get on the A Train with a song titled “Ananya,” I regret to say I know no such song. So I’m going to go with a gal who’s even older than I am, MISS ANNABELLE LEE. Hey, if she was good enough for Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote a famous poem titled ANNABELLE LEE, she’s good enough for me:

     
    • Richard Cahill 11:12 am on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wish I had the subject for my next 25 posts figured out, Sr. Muse. Probably half of them will be about the Caucasian in Chief, but I don’t know which half.

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      • mistermuse 11:39 am on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I can only hope to find songs with girls names for the next 25 letters of the alphabet, Ricardo. I’m already anticipating trouble with “Z” (unless there’s a song titled ZELDA after the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald), assuming I can get that far without allowing for a few Xceptions.

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    • Richard Cahill 11:53 am on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      There’s Xena, the Warrior Princess. She probably has a theme song. Let me know if you need further assistance

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      • mistermuse 7:39 pm on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ricardo, but Xena wouldn’t qualify, as I’m looking for oldies (over 50 years old). If I’m going to stretch the ‘rules,’ I’d rather go with The X-MAS SONG (there must be girls born on Christmas day whose parents named her Christmas).

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    • Carmen 6:45 pm on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I can help you out with the third letter of the alphabet . . . Never mind a song, there’s an opera! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:12 pm on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Are you admitting that you’re a diva, Carmen? (Not that I would hold it against you, because I’m a very broad-minded fellow!) 🙂

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      • Carmen 7:29 pm on October 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t think that’s quite the way that phrase goes, Mister. Isn’t it supposed to be, “If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me?” (From a very broad-bodied woman). 😉

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        • mistermuse 8:08 pm on October 1, 2017 Permalink

          That version sounds like something Groucho Marx said in A NIGHT AT THE OPERA — perhaps to Margaret Dumont, a very broad-bodied woman in the same film. In any case, I apologize for asking if you’re diva-ish, because I’m sure there isn’t a devious bone in your broad body….which is more than I can say of myself.

          Why do I get myself in these situations anyway? 😦

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    • Don Frankel 7:42 am on October 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Will this be only first names? If not well next up has to be Miss Brown, Miss Brown to you.

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      • mistermuse 11:16 am on October 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        You’ve got B covered both ways, Don — Billie and Miss Brown (and a beautiful combination it is). As for “only first names,” that is my intention, but I’m not ruling out last names as a last resort in a particular case.

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: "Let's Fall In Love", "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye", Annette Hanshaw, , , Jazz Age vocalists, , Miss Annabelle Lee, October 18   

    HAPPY IN-BETWEEN DAY, AND ALL THAT JAZZ 

    One of the first great female jazz singers,  Annette Hanshaw (Oct. 18, 1910 – Mar. 13, 1985) ranked near the top of her field, along with Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, the Boswell Sisters and Mildred Bailey. She gave proper feeling to the lyrics, improvised, and always swung. [She] began her recording career when she was just 15 (discovered by her future husband, Herman Rose, who was the A&R man for the Pathe label), sounding quite mature from the start. Her trademark became saying “That’s all!” (which she had spontaneously ad-libbed on one of her first recording dates) at the end of her records. But the singer hated to perform in public, and at the age of 25 she retired from singing.
    Scott Yanow, CLASSIC JAZZ – THE MUSICIANS AND RECORDINGS THAT SHAPED JAZZ, 1895-1933

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    At the behest of my good friend/mutual blog follower Don Frankel, I am deviating from my every-five-days publishing routine to post my first and (for a while, at least) last “in-betweener.” The occasion: the October 18, 1910 birthday of singer Annette Hanshaw and the slightly more recent (but decidedly less noteworthy) birthday of mistermuse. To celebrate the former’s birthday, I’d like to pay her tribute as one of my favorite vocalists of the late 1920s – early 30s. Regarding the latter’s birthday, the less said, the better.

    On Oct. 15, Don did a satirical political post (on SWI) that ended with a clip of Hanshaw singing “Happy Days Are Here Again” about which I made a comment.  Turns out he didn’t know anything about her (but then who does, unless you’re really into early jazz?). But rather than go into detail that most readers probably aren’t interested in, I’ll let her singing do most of the talking. Here she is at age 16 in August 1927:

    Next, the lady sighs “We just couldn’t say goodbye” in a rare filmed performance:

    Finally, what could be more appropriate than to end with her last recording, Cole Porter’s “Let’s Fall In Love.”

    And now, because we just couldn’t say goodbye, we are left with That’s all.

     
    • Melanie (DoesItEvenMatterWhoIReallyAm?) 12:24 am on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I can hear butterflies fluttering their delicate wings in her beautiful voice! 😊
      And did you mention a birthday? Did I miss that? If so, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAR! 😘 ❤ I wish you all the best! XOXO 💖

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      • michele39 2:26 am on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Happy Birthday mistermuse. I wish you a long and healthy life enjoying the wonderful things you share with us, 🙂

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        • mistermuse 5:26 am on October 18, 2015 Permalink

          Much appreciated, michele 39 — and I wish you the same! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 5:21 am on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Melanie, it really is my birthday today, and I’m celebrating by knocking a year off my age rather than becoming a year older — which I plan to continue until I’m born again (evangelical proselytizers, eat your hearts out!)….(and yes, it absolutely does matter who you really are, you naughty girl!). 🙂

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        • Melanie (DoesItEvenMatterWhoIReallyAm?) 12:31 pm on October 18, 2015 Permalink

          Tee hee hee! I am loving your wicked little plan! 😈
          My father decided to do something similar several years back. Very amusing to say the least…
          It was great to see a post from you. You write so sparingly these days that I haven’t caught one from ya in ages! Be well my friend and have a rocking fun birthday! Lots of love, Melanie 💋💋💋

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    • Jane 6:36 am on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful Annette Hanshaw! I am sorry to say I was ignorant of her. What a beautiful voice she has. Happy belated birthday to you, Mister Muse! May you have many more. 😀

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      • mistermuse 11:49 am on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Jane. “Introducing” Annette Hanshaw to those who never heard her, or heard of her, is my pleasure.

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    • ladysighs 9:24 am on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday mistermuse! I used to ignore my birthdays and hope they passed unnoticed. Now I am glad to announce I am having one and happy to see the next one coming.
      Enjoyed listening to the oldies…….sigh.

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      • mistermuse 10:48 am on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, ladysighs. I have been, and want to continue, enjoying your blog for some time, so keep those birthdays (and posts) coming – that’s an order!

        Glad you enjoyed the songs. For my part, I enjoyed working “lady sighs” into the intro to the second one (“We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye”) as a small measure of appreciation for devoting your last post to, and singing, “my song” (and Cole Porter’s, I must admit – haha) on your blog.

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        • ladysighs 5:24 pm on October 18, 2015 Permalink

          Yep, saw the the “lady sighs” and gave a sigh in my comment. 🙂
          Blogging is full of surprises and fun. Will try to do my part.

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    • Don Frankel 9:29 am on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Before I posted her clip I listened to a half a dozen others both instrumental’s and other vocals. She just seemed to capture the spirit of the song better than anyone else. Glad I found it and Happy Birthday Muse. If you were on Fakebook as Michael calls it everyone would have known.

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    • mistermuse 11:10 am on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You have good taste in vocalists, Don, and thanks for the birthday greeting. I don’t do Facebook for several reasons, the main one being that I don’t have time….though I must admit that even if I had time, I’m not that into the social media culture.

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    • arekhill1 2:50 pm on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      And inspired Porky Pig, who just added “Folks!” for his signature sign-off

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    • mistermuse 6:40 pm on October 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I was thinking the same thing, Ricardo – great minds really do think alike.

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    • geo. raymond 12:11 am on March 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Her recording of ‘Under the Moon’ is one of my all time favorites

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  • mistermuse 1:15 am on August 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Charles Tobias, , , , , , Miss Annabelle Lee, , Ned Washington, , recordings, Rose O'Day, Sidney Clare, , Victor Young   

    ATTENTION! (Or, as the French say, ATTENTION!)* 

    *There is a pronounced difference.

     

    It is said that youth must be served, but the extent of what this generation knows of music is such that 1920s-1940s popular music/classic jazz, and hence this post, might as well be in a foreign language. However, for those past being served by the myopic world of current culture, listen up! August 15 is one of those days of a convergence which doesn’t come along every day: it’s the birthday of no less than four Golden Age American songwriters, the titles of whose songs afford me a theme-opportunity beyond the happenstance of their birthdays-in-common.

    All four (born on this date from 1892 to 1901) were prolific tunesmiths, but what caught my attention is that each wrote one song with a girl’s name in the title which, in two cases, became standards, and in all four cases, were big hits in their day. The writers: Harry Akst, Sidney Clare, Charles Tobias, and Ned Washington; the songs: DINAH, MISS ANNABELLE LEE, ROSE O’DAY and STELLA BY STARLIGHT.

    Although none of these men’s fame survived their era, a number of their compositions did (or, as an Irving Berlin song title put it, The Song Is Ended, But The Melody Lingers On). One such ditty is DINAH, by Harry Akst,  a favorite of jazz musicians which has been recorded countless times since the 1920s. I like so many versions of this song that I couldn’t further narrow down this list if you Akst me to:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhVdLd43bDI
    (Louis Armstrong)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P0XQuOd5HI
    (New Orleans Jazz Vipers)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlPLXNsz4GA
    (Bing Crosby/Mills Bros.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdkvJQuj2co
    (Fats Waller)

    The next tune, by Sidney Clare, is a particular favorite of mine.Written in 1927, it was recorded by numerous jazz and dance bands and became a toe-tapping best seller in America and Europe. What’s not to like about her? She’s wonderful, she’s marvelous….MISS ANNABELLE LEE:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqavTUwm7sM
    (George Fisher Kit Cat Band)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj-nTjL_aTY
    (Savoy Havana Band)

    Next we have Charles Tobias’s ROSE O’DAY, the most lightweight of the four — due, not to diet, but to being a silly novelty song which nevertheless was one of 1941’s top hits:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkH-hmRFA_Y
    (Dick Todd)

    Last but not lightweight, there’s STELLA BY STARLIGHT, composed by Victor Young as the theme for the 1944 film “The Uninvited,” with lyrics added by Ned Washington in 1946. This beautiful standard has been recorded by dozens of artists, including the following:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwSaY1oSCw4
    (Billy Eckstein)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UZ0xqdP2rw
    (Anita O’Day)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P94vB3mLRzc
    (Frank Sinatra)

    That’s all. AS YOU WERE (if you’ve ever been in the military, you know what that means).

     

     
    • sonniq 7:35 am on August 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You are right that the kids today won’t know this music. I listened to one with Louie Armstrong and then got lost in YouTube watching video after video of old clips. Fun.

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    • mistermuse 8:49 am on August 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I grew up with this music and was still in my teens in the early to mid 1950s when R&B and R&R burst on the scene, some of which I dug & some of which I didn’t. I think young people should be open to sounds different from what they hear every day, but they’re captives of their culture, and most will probably never know any better/grow to be open to expanded horizons.

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    • Mél@nie 2:24 pm on August 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      excellent post, comme d’habitude… 🙂 well, “attention!” sounds better than… “achtung!” 😉

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    • mistermuse 3:50 pm on August 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You got that right. When the Germans said “Ach-tung!”, they weren’t just “Act-ing!” – they meant it! 😦

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      • Mél@nie 6:24 am on August 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        it does mean almost the same thing nowadays, as well… they haven’t changed that much and do believe they’re THE best – at least in Europe…

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    • Don Frankel 3:41 pm on August 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m going with Louis Armstrong on Dinah, Billy Eckstein on Stella by Starlight and the Savoy Havana Band on Miss AnnaBelle Lee. But you can’t go wrong with any of these. Keep ’em alive Muse. Keep ’em alive.

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    • mistermuse 4:27 pm on August 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, did you notice that when Sinatra made that 1947 recording of STELLA BY STARLIGHT, he still pronounced Stella “Stellar’ like he never left New Jersey? But that doesn’t take away from his fine rendition, though I agree that Billy Eckstein takes the prize, and Anita O’Day’s version is also top notch.

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    • BroadBlogs 1:22 pm on August 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Lovin’ all that jazz.

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    • mistermuse 3:01 pm on August 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      If you didn’t love jazz before, I’m glad you’re lovin’ it now, because I love to win converts to my religion. 🙂

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