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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Au Revoir, , , , , , , , music history, Rodgers and Hart,   

    THEY CALLED HIM AL 

    When I was writing about lyricist DOROTHY FIELDS and composer BERNICE PETKERE in my previous post (TWO TO GO), I had no thought of using it as a segue to¬†this post ….but that was before I discovered that tomorrow is the birthday of a music man who sang at least a half dozen of Fields’ 1930s songs, including ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET (sung in the previous post by Diana Krall), not to mention the Petkere song CLOSE YOUR EYES (sung in the same post by that very man). They called him Al.

    The ‘another-world-ago’ Al is this world’s forgotten man, except by a relative handful of Golden Age music devotees around the world (primarily in America and Great Britain). His name was ALBERT ALICK BOWLLY (Jan 7, 1899-Apr. 17, 1941), heard here in a recording of a Dorothy Fields/Jerome Kern song from the film JOY OF LIVING:

    Did you notice from the above dates that Bowlly had his life taken from him at a relatively young age? This was the tragic result of a WW II German air raid (one of many) on London in the early 1940s. But while he lived, who was this troubadour they called Al?

    Away from the bandstand he was a vagabond. He was a jazz mad musical nomad who traveled from his childhood home, South Africa, to London and all stops between in search of musical perfection with whatever band would have him. He plied his trade as a guitarist, a banjo, concertina and ukulele player, a pianist and occasional singer of songs. He took America by storm. The story of his musical meanderings, highs and lows, could only have happened in the thirties. –Roy Hudd, British author, comedian, actor, and expert on the history of music hall entertainment

    Listening to Diana Krall in the previous post — as well as CLOSE YOUR EYES vocalist Al Bowlly — we are taken by their way with a song, their Joy of Living the songs they sang…. as further evidenced by this rendition of the Rodgers and Hart classic, BLUE MOON:

    Here is one of his few appearances on film:

    For those interested in learning more of the story of Bowlly’s nomadic life, there’s an excellent bio called THEY CALLED HIM AL, by Ray Pallett, with Forward by Roy Hudd. As for this go-around, we’ve come to the last dance — it’s time to call it a day. I bid you a reluctant Au Revoir.

     

     

     
    • Don Ostertag 1:11 am on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He was so good.

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      • mistermuse 1:44 am on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Some thought of him as the British Bing Crosby. I think he had a better feel for a song than Bing.

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      • mistermuse 9:30 pm on January 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Early in his career (up to about the mid 1930s), Bing sang with a jazz feel and what you might call soul, but after that, he was a different and very ordinary singer, in my opinion. If you listen to his early 1930s recordings and then his 1940s (and later) recordings, you wouldn’t think it’s the same singer. Bowlly’s style didn’t change, and he was the better for it.

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    • calmkate 2:46 am on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      good looking and talented, beats Bing hands down, no competition!

      Blue moon bought back some good memories … like these little meanders with you thanks MrM ūüôā

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      • mistermuse 7:40 am on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        In my opinion, no one has ever sung BLUE MOON better than Al Bowlly. I never tire of listening to it.

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        • calmkate 5:35 pm on January 6, 2020 Permalink

          oh I’ve heard a very heart wrenching version by four drunks in Broken Hill … that was very surreal ūüôā

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        • mistermuse 7:01 pm on January 6, 2020 Permalink

          Well, that answers the riddle of how many drunks does it take to make a quartet, but not how many quarts does it take to make the four drunk. In Broken Hill, they probably drink their liquor by the gallon.

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    • scifihammy 7:25 am on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely light voice. ūüôā I love how they could actually Sing in those days!! ūüėÄ

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      • mistermuse 8:07 am on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Not only that, scifi, but for the most part, they had better songs to sing. In general, the music world of Fields, Kern, Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers and Hart, etc., has been largely replaced by a world of juvenile noise calling itself music — a culture without culture. A world that doesn’t know any better.

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    • masercot 7:51 am on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s a shame. He had a nice voice…

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      • mistermuse 12:12 pm on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        A shame indeed. Makes one wonder whether, if he hadn’t been killed by one of Hitler’s bombs, his popularity would have continued after the war years (like Bing Crosby’s did) into the 1950s.

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        • Wistful Nostalgic 1:05 am on July 20, 2020 Permalink

          Oh he sure would have! Think of the era of the singers in the 1940s. Al’s voice was perfect for all the standards that came after the 1930s.

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    • Rivergirl 9:06 am on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love those scratchy old recordings… never heard of Al though. Thanks for the introduction.

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      • mistermuse 12:34 pm on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe you can prevail upon husband to find and bring home to you some scratchy old records and an antique phonograph to play them on when he goes on his “treasure hunts,” Rg. It strikes me that he “owes you one” after all the old contraptions and doohickeys he buys for himself!

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        • Rivergirl 1:09 pm on January 6, 2020 Permalink

          As much as I appreciate the thought?
          No…
          No more old stuff!

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        • mistermuse 3:11 pm on January 6, 2020 Permalink

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          I hope you will make an exception for me, Rg, because even though I’m old stuff, what would you do without my puns to blighten — I mean BRIGHTEN — your day?

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    • Ashley 12:23 pm on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Goodness! Al Bowlly! How could anyone forget that wonderful voice. I wasn’t born until 1950 so it must have been in the b&w movies they showed on Sunday afternoons on the television that I heard him sing! The tunes and the voices have never left me! Thanks Mr. M. Happy New Year!

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      • mistermuse 12:42 pm on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ashley. I’m beginning to believe that more people remember Al Bowlly than I thought. Maybe it’s like the song says: AU REVOIR, BUT NOT GOODBYE.

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    • magickmermaid 7:54 pm on January 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I never heard of Al Bowlly so it was very enjoyable to read your post and listen to the music. ūüôā

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    • Elizabeth 5:27 pm on January 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He was new to me, but I loved the film singing of “The Very Thought of You.” I imagine my grandfather, lover of all songs on records, probably listened to him.

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    • Eliza 12:01 pm on January 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Happy new year! I hope this year brings good things your way…
      Love, light and glitter

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    • mistermuse 10:49 pm on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Eliza, if you’ll Google “al bowlly looking on the bright side youtube”, there are several clips of the recording to choose from. That should take care of it, but if not, let me know. Thanks.

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    • barkinginthedark 12:39 am on January 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      so wonderful MM…a joy. thanks. continue…

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    • Silver Screenings 3:52 pm on January 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’d never hear of Al Bowlly before, but thanks to you I’m an instant fan! Loved the footage of him – he has a surprising amount of charisma on film.

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      • mistermuse 10:51 pm on January 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate your comment, SS, which leads me to believe that more Al Bowlly would be good for you — so here he is with the Ray Noble Orchestra, singing IT’S BAD FOR ME:

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        • Silver Screenings 11:38 pm on January 19, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you for this. I’ve spent the past 40+ minutes listening to Al Bowlley, especially his rendition of “Heart & Soul”, which I listened to 3-4 times in a row. A wonderful way to end the weekend. ūüôā

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        • Wistful Nostalgic 1:07 am on July 20, 2020 Permalink

          I love this song!

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        • Wistful Nostalgic 1:14 am on July 20, 2020 Permalink

          There can never be too much Al! ūüėČ He’s a great way to start the day, and to end the day.

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      • Wistful Nostalgic 1:06 am on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Oh he sure did! His magnetic charisma and charming personality just shines on the Pathe clip.

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    • Wistful Nostalgic 1:13 am on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love your post on Al. He is my favourite singer of all time. He was THE voice of the 20th century. I’m 52 , so he was from my Grandad’s era, but it feels my “true” era. Al was unique; nobody sounds like him; he’s got a voice of liquid gold. I especially love “Oh Mister Moon”, “Red Sails In The Sunset”, “Maybe It’s Because”, “My Woman”, and “You’re My Thrill”. But there are many more I love too. I listen to his music every day!

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    • mistermuse 9:23 am on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. I have dozens of his albums, including those of bands (such as Ray Noble and Lew Stone) on which Al is the vocalist. Have you ever heard of Joey Nash? Some say he was the American Al Bowlly. Here he is in 1934 as a vocalist with Richard Himber’s Orchestra:

      P.S. Do you have a WordPress blog? As far as I can find, you’re only on Instagram, but I’m only on WordPress.

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on December 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , music history, , The Beach Boys, Wendy, Wilhelmina,   

    “W” MAY TROUBLE YA (it certainly troubles me) 

    I’ve seen¬†A Fish Named Wanda, but I’ve never heard a song named Wanda. I¬†thought of using the¬†Fish Named¬†Wanda¬†movie theme music¬†in this post, but¬†it’s hardly a song,¬†and in any case,¬†too recent (1988) to qualify as an oldie¬†by my¬†picky¬†standards for this series. This illustrates¬†my problem: although there are a¬†number of girls names starting with W, few of them made their way into old¬†song titles. Luckily (?) for you, however, I have managed to¬†dredge up¬†three, the first of which is so old (1906), even I don’t remember it.

    ARRAH WANNA¬†tells of¬†an Irish lad named Barney Carney proposing marriage¬†to¬†an Indian maiden named Wanna, after which they “can love and¬†bill and coo¬†in a wigwam built of shamrocks green.” Arrah is an old Irish term; its¬†meaning isn’t well defined, but seems well intended, given the setup as¬†Barney sets a record for blarney¬†because he don’t wanna Lack-a-Wanna.¬†Needing a W¬†song, I¬†decided ‘owl’ play along — it may be¬†a hoot:

    Next is a song I do¬†remember, though it’s not¬†the most¬†memorable song in the world (well, maybe it is in Copenhagen):

    We close with an oldie so young, I suspect many of you remember it (first recorded in 1964 by the life-is-a-Beach Boys):

     
    • arekhill1 5:48 pm on December 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Not a song, or even particularly musical, but…

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      • mistermuse 6:50 pm on December 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Aside from the sound almost bursting my eardrums, I got a big laugh out of it, Ricardo. I’m sure I’ll appreciate it even more, once the ringing in my ears goes away.

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    • Don Frankel 6:19 pm on December 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse this wasn’t easy. Can I say Well Done? But some really nice songs here. And, I’m so old I remember the Beach Boys and I even think singing Wendy.

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      • mistermuse 7:00 pm on December 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Speaking of Well, I had to dig deep for that first one, but as I indicated in my lead-up to it, I think it’s a hoot….and a bit of a history lesson too as an example of the kind of humorous song that appealed to people in 1906.

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    • gadgetsgeek 12:30 am on December 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nice song though ūüėÄ

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      • mistermuse 10:15 am on December 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the invite to check out your blog, which I did. Unfortunately, the last thing I am is a “gadgets geek” — actually, I’m more of a “gadgets geezer” (meaning electronic gadgets and I are barely on speaking terms). So, although I won’t be a follower, I’m sure your blog will be of interest to younger generations. Best of luck.

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    • Madame Vintage 1:32 pm on December 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Your titles are a delight to see and the puns never cease to amaze me. Well I mean to say is Wilhelmina is my favourite amongst the choices here. I also like Frank Sinatras version of What’s now my Love.

      Sincerely Sonea

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    • mistermuse 3:58 pm on December 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      If Frank would have named one of his daughters WHAT instead of NANCY or TINA, I certainly would have included WHAT NOW MY LOVE in my post….or this one, for that matter:

      Nonetheless, they’re both great songs (and both over 50 years old!). Thanks for the link.

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      • Madame Vintage 7:39 pm on December 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I have heard the Elvis Presley version but I am more find if the orchestra behind Sinatras voice making the jazz age that much nicer to hear for me.

        Oh I am glad the link worked as It had disappeared on my screen so I was unsure.

        Sincerely Sonea

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on November 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , music history, , OLGA,   

    Olga, YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL 

    Who better than¬†a double¬†O-gal¬†to kick off¬†my O-girl post (which features¬†two versions of¬†the same¬†song,¬†as OLGA is the only old¬†song I know¬†with a girl’s name starting with O):

    Version #1 is the original¬†recording of the song¬†by its composer,¬†jazz legend Joe “King” Oliver (mentor of Louis Armstrong):

    #2, different version, same beautiful Olga song:

    Extra added attraction: the¬†song on which¬†I based¬†the title of this post….

     

     

     
    • tref 7:58 pm on November 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      King Oliver’s is perfection.

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    • mistermuse 10:53 pm on November 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I agree 100%.

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    • Don Frankel 9:38 am on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      In racking my brain for songs with ladies with the letter O, I wondered if there was a song about Olive Oil. I couldn’t find it. You did. And one thing about Popeye. There’s Popeye, Olive Oil, the baby Sweet Pea and Bluto but no one is married. So who’s the Father?

      I loved the King Oliver too.

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    • mistermuse 12:52 pm on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Don, your question led me to check out the history of Olive Oyl and Popeye. I was surprised to learn that Olive Oyl was created ten years before Popeye (1919/1929). The creator of all of the characters you mentioned was cartoonist E. C. Segar, so you could say he was the father. Even though they were ‘born’ decades ago, I say give that man a Segar!

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    • Don Frankel 6:12 pm on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      “And now we know the rest of the story.”

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    • markscheel1 6:57 pm on November 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      Well, not song titles, but I do know personally a beautiful lady who has made her mark in music (and attends a church I sometimes visit) whose name begins with an “O.” Oleta Adams, the spiritual/jazz singer. And she’s been around awhile, but looking at her, you’d never know it! She just won some black music lifetime award. So there you go.

      Mark

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    • mistermuse 1:19 am on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I like the name — “Oleta” has a certain ring to it, not unlike that of Oveta Culp Hobby, the first female HEW Secretary under Eisenhower in the 1950s (I’m really dating myself by remembering her, but unusual first names stood out in those days).

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , G songs, , Georgianna, Georgy Girl, Harlem Globetrotters, , , music history, 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 tunesūüėÉ

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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 ūüôā

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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). ūüôā

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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. ūüôā

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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 ūüôā 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 3:59 pm on June 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , June Is Bustin' Out All Over, , music history, Oklahoma, , , South Pacific, The Lady Is A Tramp, The Sound of Music   

    WASN’T IT GREAT? 

    I don’t believe that a writer does something wonderful spontaneously. I believe it’s the result of years of living, of study, reading, his very personality and temperament. At one particular moment all these things come together and the artist ‘expresses’ himself. –Richard Rodgers

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    Of all the songs Richard Rodgers wrote, first¬†with Lorenz Hart and then Oscar Hammerstein II, few are more obscure than one of¬†Rodgers & Hart’s¬†earliest,¬†Wasn’t It Great? Yet,¬†as I¬†surveyed the list of their far¬†better known titles: Manhattan, My Heart Stood Still, Thou Swell, Blue Moon¬†(their only¬†one published as a popular song, not¬†for a Broadway show or movie score)¬†and hundreds more, no title¬†seemed more fitting to remember his 113th birthday (June 28, 1902)¬†than Wasn’t It Great?.

    Richard Rodgers wasn’t just another songwriter coming of age¬†in that¬†dynamic¬†era of social, cultural¬†and artistic¬†change known as the¬†“Roaring Twenties.” When¬†composer Rodgers¬†and lyricist Hart first teamed up in 1919, American popular music was mostly “a thing of trite phrase and clich√©, of cloying Victorian sentiment, a tired and hackneyed commodity” (to quote biographer Frederick Nolan). “Moreover,” as Hart said in a 1928 interview, “the old love song….of the then popular waltz was usually a quiet exemplification of innocent amatory music; but today the barbaric quality of jazz dance music demands expressions of love that are much more dynamic and physical.”

    Over the evolving years, Rodgers composed songs for 42 Broadway musicals, of which 19 film versions were made. Even a partial list of shows is beyond impressive: THE GARRICK GAIETIES, SPRING IS HERE, LOVE ME TONIGHT, BABES IN ARMS, PAL JOEY, OKLAHOMA!, SOUTH PACIFIC, CAROUSEL, THE KING AND I, STATE FAIR (which included the 1946 Oscar-winning song It Might As Well Be Spring). As much as any composer from the 1920s to 1960s, Richard Rodgers WAS the Sound of Music.

    It is especially worth noting that Rodgers accomplished all this despite the completely different styles and¬†personalities of his two principal collaborators. Of Lorenz Hart (who died in 1943), Rodgers said, “Larry was much gayer and lighter than Oscar.¬†He was inclined to be cynical, where Oscar never was. Oscar was more sentimental and so the music had to be more sentimental. It wouldn’t have been natural for Larry to write ‘Oklahoma!’ any more than it would have been natural for Oscar to write ‘Pal Joey’.”

    And so I close with a Richard Rodgers song written with each collaborator (the first with lyrics by Hart):

     

     
    • Michaeline Montezinos 1:04 am on June 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse, I tried to watch and listen to Frank and Ella sing the Lady is a Tramp. I must tell you it was a strange video since it seemed to have an echo of the same song while they performed. I do not think it was my computer but then who knows. I will attempt to view and hear the second video link right now.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 1:23 am on June 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Well, this is odd. I could hear what I think is Ella is singing the “scat” versoin of a song. Then Frank Sinatra was on singing another song. Not June is Bustin’ Out All Over although I could see the orchestra and the members playing. Maybe Youtube was playing a true “mix” of Frank and Ella’s songs. Now I can hear Ella singing solo with an orchestra behind her. I know it is not April fools Day but I am a little confused.

        I enjoyed reading the stories behind the composers of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II and Lorenz Hart. I had no knowledge of Frederick Nolan before but I think his opinion of music of that time period is very accurate. Now I hear the song about the Yellow Basket which is the one song my Daddy sang to me while I sat on his lap at a tender age. One of my favorite songs since the memory of that experience is still with me after many years. Thank you!

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    • mistermuse 6:09 am on June 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I just listened to both videos again and noticed nothing wrong, so I assume any problems are at your end, Michaeline. You might try getting your hubby to listen to the videos – as they say down Mexico way, two heads are better than Juan.

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    • arekhill1 9:45 am on June 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Barbaric quality of jazz…how quaint.

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    • mistermuse 1:06 pm on June 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      If the strange new music called jazz sounded barbaric to 1920s ears, one can only imagine what hip hop and rap would have sounded like. They might have thought jazz wasn’t so barbaric after all.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 3:30 pm on June 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I believe you are correct in saying it is my computer that did not work correctly. But I did get to hear both of the songs and I enjoy them. Did you happen to read my second comment? I wrote to thank you for all the information about the duo of Rogers and Hammerstein. I learned about Frederick Nolan and Lorenzo Hart.. Maybe my demon computer did not let you read my second reply. It has been a strange week of lost or misplaced items. I gave my husband two cards to mail. However, after putting them both in the car he came upstairs to check with me. Apparently my brother’s birthday card had vanished. After looking everywhere, including the car, our apartment and the parking lot, it seemed to have vanished.. Finally he gave up and went on to the store. Next to disappear was my new little flashlight. Again we searched every drawer and underneath all of our furniture and in the corners. No flashlight! Same thing had happened with small kitchen items that were nowhere to be found.
        did anyone write a song about missing stuff?

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    • mistermuse 6:27 pm on June 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know of a song about missing items, but I wrote a poem titled THE CASE OF THE MISSING SOCK which I posted on May 9. As for missing stuff in general, I think the older we get, the more we tend to forget where we leave things, which probably accounts for 99% of “vanished” items. You’ll get used to it by the time you’re my age, Michaeline.

      As for Frederick Nolan, I got his quote from his book titled simply LORENZ HART, a biography which I’m sure you can buy online, if interested.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 6:47 pm on June 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        mistermuse thank you for reminding me that I am getting older. How old can you be? I think there are not many years between your birthday and mine.Are you claiming to be the descendant of Methusalah? Hee! Hee! Hee!

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        • Michaeline Montezinos 7:10 pm on June 29, 2015 Permalink

          Well thumbs up for my computer! I tried to watch the videos again and this time it worked. Yes, indeed, and I enjoyed Ella and Frank singing THE LADY IS A TRAMP… I also listened to Tony Bennett and Marianna do a lively version of the tramp song. June is Bustin’ Out All Over was stupendous. I recognized the women sopranos and one of the tenors from the British opera company based in London. Yes, I like opera and do not fall asleep while attending these magnificent events. Thank you again, mistermuse for your wonderful contributions to our musical library. ūüôā

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    • Don Frankel 6:08 am on June 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting point is how Rodgers changed his music to fit his lyricist. I never would have thought anyone ever did that or could.

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    • mistermuse 7:39 am on June 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s something Cole Porter never had to deal with because he wrote both the music and lyrics. Of course, Irving Berlin did the same, but Porter’s lyrics were wittier, like Hart’s, whereas Berlin’s lyrics were more sentimental, like Hammerstein’s.

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    • BroadBlogs 1:33 pm on June 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting to get more background on these great talents.

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    • mistermuse 3:15 pm on June 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I applaud you for being interested in the music (and its makers) of a time which has been left in the dust of our own times, but has not been diminished by circumstances beyond its control.

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    • scifihammy 10:36 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed reading this about Rodgers – lots I didn’t know. ūüôā Songs were just so much more musical back then!

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    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 10:19 pm on January 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      As I have a moment (or need to take one), I will be back to troll your archives. Please don’t make it mean anything other than competing to-dos if I “like” but do not comment. ALL of your stuff is wonderful.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
      ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • mistermuse 12:13 am on January 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, and no problem with “like” but not comment. I often have to do the same, as there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything.

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