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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Blues for Yolande, , , old songs, , , Yolanda   

    Y ME, LORD 

    Friends, if you Xpected an X post after my W post, U haven’t been paying attention, because as I’ve previously Xplained, X is out. Even X post facto, there is no X factor here. Y? There are no old songs with girls named X in the title, that’s Y. That’s Y U C Y here.

    Now that we got that straightened out, a word to the Ys: even if I were a Ys man (or a Ys guy, for that matter), I am not Ys enough to know more than one or two Y girl songs. So let’s start with that, and then, if necessary, I’ll pray for God’s help to find another Y song.

    Sorry I asked, Lord. I could have done without that last one.

     
    • scifihammy 2:49 am on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nicely written 🙂 I was thinking there’s Xanadu – but not a girl’s name!

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    • mistermuse 5:24 am on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I thought of Xanadu too, but the movie and song of that name came out in 1980, so it doesn’t qualify as an oldie (by my criteria) even if it were a girl’s name. Nice song, though.

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    • Don Frankel 12:20 pm on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I think Yolanda’s Blues is the cream of the crop but Fred Astaire does a pretty good job. I think or read somewhere that Song writers really liked and wanted Fred Astaire to sing their songs. At first that sounded strange to me as he doesn’t have a strong voice but then I could hear how he pays such careful attention to the lyrics that it made sense.

      I got something for Z that does not fit the criteria so I’ll save it for the comments.

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      • mistermuse 2:10 pm on December 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Don, you’re right about Fred Astaire — he didn’t have a strong voice, but he knew how to sing, and songwriters knew he would sing their songs the way they wanted them sung.

        Re Z, I also have a song in mind that, literally speaking, doesn’t meet the criteria (not because it’s not an oldie). It’ll be interesting to see if we’re talking about the same song.

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    • tref 4:21 pm on December 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nice song. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it before.

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    • arekhill1 12:10 pm on December 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Couldn’t think of anything besides the theme from Xena, the Warrior Princess myself, Sr. Muse, and I’ve already posted that for your review. Can’t say as I really blame you for not including it.

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on December 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , old songs, 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 😀

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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 1:01 am on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Leslie Uggmas, Miss Piggy, , old songs, , Ukulele Lady, Utah,   

    U CAN’T BLAME ME FOR MESSING WITH U 

    I need to take liberties with U girl, because U girl songs are scarcer than u might think. There is a song titled URSALA (from the Latin ursa, meaning bear)….but it’s not an oldie, so I’m going to pass on Ursala. Bear with me as I try to make it through the pass before my puns become unbearable.

    Our first song, UTAH WE LOVE THEE, is a reach, but a few girls have been named Utah in Utah, so I’m of a state of mind to go with it. Georgia On My Mind, eat your heart out.

    Next is an even bigger reach, as I’m going with a Lady called Ukulele:

    Isn’t Ukulele Lady lovely? Who’d ever guess that gal is 92 years old (‘born’ 1925) and can still do wicky wacky woo…not to mention inka dinka doo? It’s all good in the moonlight.

    This brings us to the biggest reach of all — but the season is right and the singer is a U, even if the song isn’t:

     
    • scifihammy 4:42 am on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      A nice selection 🙂 The Muppets are fun! 🙂

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    • Garfield Hug 5:13 am on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the share😊

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    • Madame Vintage 2:31 pm on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have always liked the sound of a Ukulele and the Muppets do it nicely here. A jazz song I like is Under The Tranquil Moon, I believe by David Lewis Luong.

      Sincerely Sonea

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      • mistermuse 4:03 pm on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m more into classic than modern jazz, so I’m not familiar with David Lewis Luong. However, I do like this version of the song by Smooth Landing Jazz Group:

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        • Madame Vintage 4:16 pm on December 4, 2017 Permalink

          I’m afraid I couldn’t click on the link, it doesn’t access it for some technical reasons but yes I myself tend to listen to the older eras of Jazz and I am not as knowledgeable of this artist but had come across it a few days ago and thought it would fit nicely with your post on U.

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        • Madame Vintage 4:23 pm on December 4, 2017 Permalink

          I’ve had a listen to the song and it seems it is not the same as the one I mentioned. I couldn’t find the artist to show at hand unfortunately but it has a lovely tune.

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    • mistermuse 6:36 pm on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the comments. I corrected your typo that you mentioned, but in doing so, seem to have aroused a gremlin in my computer, so will quit while I’m ahead.

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    • Don Frankel 7:36 pm on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse you might have guessed this was coming even if it’s U with a Y. But it had to be.

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      • mistermuse 9:19 pm on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        That one was ‘born’ in 1924, Don, so it’s even older than Ukulele Lady….and speaking of ladies, I love the cynicism employed in showing all of Frank’s ex’s in that clip. It Had To Be You, indeed!

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    • arekhill1 8:47 pm on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You don’t cover all that much reggae here, Sr. Muse, but let me help u.

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    • markscheel1 12:26 am on December 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      I bet your back is aching from all the “stretching” u did, but u did pull it off! Ha.

      Mark

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    • mistermuse 7:55 am on December 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, if u think u was a stretch, I’d have to go on the rack to do x….which is y I’m going to x-clude it from this series of posts. O, my aching rack (just the thought of it).

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    • RMW 10:18 pm on December 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Being as old as I am, I can’t remember where or when I first heard Ukelele Lady or who sung it but I’ve always liked it and this has to be one of the best versions I’ve heard!

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      • mistermuse 10:43 pm on December 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        A number of artists recorded Ukulele Lady back in the day, but I agree that the Muppets’ version is as good as any. As for being old, age is just a number — problem is, sooner or later it does a number on us! 😦

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: culture, , , I'll Take Tallulah, , , , , old songs, , Tangerine, TINA, Tommy Dorsey,   

    IT’S T TIME 

    It’s T time — time once again to take to the links and “T” off. Our first link, as I post this in the wee small hours of the morning, is a tune that goes through a roll call of maids-in-waiting. As you will hear, Frank’LL TAKE TALLULAH. (It dawns on me that come the Don, Frankel take her too, or I miss my bet*):

    *referring to our friend Don Frankel, fellow unofficial member of the Frank Sinatra fan club

    Four years after the above 1944 recording, another T came into Sinatra’s life:

    As you may know, Tina is the name of Sinatra’s ‘other’ daughter (Nancy being the older and more celebrated of the two). So how did Tina really feel about her famous father?

    We started with a WW II era song from a movie, and we’ll close with another: Johnny Mercer’s TANGERINE, from THE FLEET’S IN (1942). The orchestra this time is Jimmy Dorsey’s (brother of Tommy, who took Tallulah aboard Ship Ahoy in the first clip):

    If the last clip, in particular, shows its age and looks/sounds quaint to us today, remember this is what your parents or grandparents listened and danced to in their day ….and you would have done the same in their place. Truth be told, aren’t most of us captives of the culture we’re in? I may be spitting into the wind, but it strikes me that we’re stuck in shallow water if we think there is only ‘now.’ Why so many have so little interest in where we came from is beyond me. It might tell us how we got here. It might even help tell us where to go (not that I would ever do such a thing).

     

     
    • scifihammy 5:41 am on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I love that last clip. It reminds me exactly of the kind of music my Mum loved to listen to. And they could really sing in those days – not like now! (Seems the Video is more important than the music these days!)
      I think it’s fascinating to find out things from the past.

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      • mistermuse 7:29 am on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m glad you like finding out things from the past, because there aren’t a lot of things more past than me. I’m so ancient, my dreams about girls are re-runs (as the old joke goes). 😦

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        • scifihammy 9:33 am on December 1, 2017 Permalink

          hahaha And oh dear! 😀
          But you may be surprised to learn I’m pretty sure I’m around your age and I always believe you’re as young as you feel . . Either that or I’m having my second childhood!
          Anyway, thank you for the great post as always 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 8:40 am on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, I never heard Tallulah and a nice piece of music too.

      The story I heard behind the song Tina is that after Nancy with the Laughing Face was such a big hit, Sinatra had to have a song for his other daughter. And you’re right if you like a subject you really need to know its history.

      But people need to know history, period. I was speaking to someone last week and Thanksgiving comes up and I’m stunned as I start talking about it that the guy I’m talking to has no idea what the holiday is all about. When it comes to history in this country it sort of amazes me how little we know.

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      • mistermuse 9:17 am on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. BTW, in case you didn’t notice it in the second sentence of my post, 8 of the words come from the title of one of Sinatra’s most popular albums: IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING. The reason I know it is I own it.

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    • arekhill1 2:27 pm on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t think of a T song to add to yours, Sr. Muse, but I’ve solved your X problem.

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      • mistermuse 4:16 pm on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Xena would have to age about 30 more years to qualify as an oldie in my book, Ricardo….and I doubt that she would appreciate being accorded oldie status just for the privilege of solving my X problem. So, though I appreciate the thought, unfortunately this doesn’t change the concession I’ve made about having to X-clude X from post-consideration.

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    • Don Frankel 7:35 pm on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, I caught that and that’s why I came up with “how little we know”.

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    • Madame Vintage 2:11 pm on December 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It’s always Tea time for moi. The song in honour of Sinatras daighter -Tina is very admirable and in return to hear her speak of her father in such a ‘normal’ way. Tangerine being my favourite one here. It’s a beautiful orchestra which I favour the sound of quite fondly. It’s funny how were told not to grow up so quickly yet I always had a fondness for things that went beyond my years. Now nearing 30, I appreciate exploring such eras moreso with a passion, sadly not many people in my social friendship feel the same way.

      Sincerely Sonea

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  • mistermuse 1:02 am on November 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Billy Eckstine, Black Eyed Susan Brown, , , , , I Love You Samantha, , , old songs, , Susie,   

    THIS IS THE S’s (PART II) 

    Believe it or not, I have standards — which I have made the standard for S (Part II). One of the all-time great standards of America’s Golden Age of popular music is STELLA BY STARLIGHT, composed by Victor Young for the 1944 film THE UNINVITED.  I invite you to be my guest for this good-as-it-gets rendition by the man known as “Mr. B”….

    By most standards, the obscure tune which follows isn’t considered a standard….but when it’s by Cole Porter, almost any song (in my considered opinion) qualifies:

    Our next S song has had more lives than a cat named Susie. It was first recorded by Eddie Cantor on 4/6/1925 and became a bestseller. It was subsequently sung by an actor who played Cantor in THE GREAT ZIEGFELD (1936), by two guys named Gene & Frank in ANCHORS AWEIGH (1945), and again by Cantor in the films IF YOU KNEW SUSIE (1948) and THE EDDIE CANTOR STORY (1953)….not to mention other vintage recordings and performances. The clip below is from (guess which) one of the above:

    We close with a song which may be too highbrow for some of you, but a little taste of class is surely worth the risk of a black eye to your reputation (such as it is — ha ha):

     

     
    • arekhill1 2:44 am on November 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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      • mistermuse 8:47 am on November 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Ah, yes, Ricardo — life was a beach with Sandy. Where have all the good times gone?

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    • Don Frankel 8:22 am on November 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Am I old enough to remember Billy Eckstine singing on TV? Yes, and quite vividly too. And you’re right even some drunks singing in a bar, can’t ruin Cole Porter. You know there is an intricacy and a depth to his music and Gershwin too, that I don’t think exist in too many places.

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on November 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Don, in preparing this post, I listened to those first two songs multiple times. To repeat words from my first paragraph, they’re as good as it gets.

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    • Madame Vintage 3:07 pm on November 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Some wonderful song choices here. I type this as my heart agrees to the sound of Stella by Starlight. It does something magical when I hear them in movies so it’s a wonderful feeling to be had.

      Sincerely Sonea

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      • mistermuse 5:09 pm on November 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        When Stella By Starlight first appeared in the 1944 film THE UNINVITED, it was only an instrumental. In 1946 lyricist Ned Washington added words to the melody composed by Victor Young, and (as the old saying goes) the rest is history.

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        • Madame Vintage 6:55 pm on November 28, 2017 Permalink

          Ah I see. Thank you for letting me know. It works wonders in both ways.

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on November 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gene Autry, , , language translation, , old songs, S songs, Sioux City Sue, Sweet Sue,   

    THIS IS THE S’s 

    If perchance you wonder where my wandering minstrel brain finds the titles of my posts, some are based on old song titles, as with post OLGA, YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL. I will now return to the scheme of the crime with this S post, whose title is based on THIS IS THE MISSUS, fittingly played by S‘s Ben Selvin & His Orchestra/Paul Small, vocal refrain:

    With the setup out of the way, pardon me as I digress to rant on a matter impacting all of my posts for some of my readers: Is it asking too much for Google Translate do a more professional job of translating? As I read my foreign followers’ blogs, it’s obvious that the translation from their language (usually Spanish) to English leaves algo* to be desired, despite being generally forthright articles without the wordplay which rules my writing and thus requires intelligent (or at least non-mindless) translation. I hardly recognize my translated work, leaving me amazed that I have any non-English speaking followers at all.

    *Spanish for “something”

    Now that I’ve got that off my scalp, I am going to Sioux you before you sue me:

    If you think that was sweet, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet:

    Well, that’s a fine way to treat Sweet Sue. Surely such sophomoric she-nanigans shouldn’t stand, so we shall see that Sue shall see some sensible semblance of suitable staging here:

    I have more S-girl song selections, for which I will do a Part II, as I need to get a post ahead of the game to make up for the anticipated skipping of Miss(ing) X.

     
    • arekhill1 11:07 am on November 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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      • mistermuse 12:58 pm on November 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll drink to SHERRY, Ricardo (but not to whoever cut off Cole Porter’s I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN, which follows).

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    • Don Frankel 8:57 am on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, I’m glad you decided to leave X out. I don’t think that song I found would be in either of our music books. I was just amazed that I found a song about a woman with a name that started with X. Now this one is not about a woman with a name starting with S but it does start with S and I was wondering if you’d had a Gershwin song.

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      • mistermuse 12:42 pm on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I did have a Gershwin song in my K post (Oct. 27), but not one as wonderful as ‘S’Wonderful. BTW, the man in the middle of the photo is Oscar Levant, a pianist, wit and sometimes-actor who was one of George Gershwin’s closest friends.

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    • markscheel1 11:04 pm on November 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      All your superb punning aside, you do raise a serious point–the difficulty of translating creative work from one language to another, especially humor! Invariably much of the word play is lost. Anyway, you really know your music of the good old days!

      Mark

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    • mistermuse 1:27 am on November 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Mark — it’s satisfying to know that my 5,000 old records (mostly 78 rpm) collection is good for something besides taking up space.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:39 am on January 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I really liked “Sweet Sue (That’s You)”. I’d never heard it before. Thanks for this wonderful series. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 12:39 pm on January 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Posting this series was my pleasure — thank you for taking time to express appreciation. As for the song, who knew you could “Sue” sweetly! 🙂

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Charioteers, , , , , , , old songs, R songs, Red, Rosalie, Rosetta,   

    THEY’RE PLAYING R SONG (PART II) 

    Although R (Part II) brings the number of posts (18) in this series in line with the corresponding letter of the alphabet, I foresee that after S and T, most of the remaining letters are going to present a challenge to staying on course  — especially X. The only gal I’m aware of whose name starts with X was Xanthippe, wife of Socrates, but as far as I know, no one back then wrote a song about her….and if they did, they left no record — or even sheet music. Papyrus would have been available, though apparently it was used for different ends, which in hindsight was a good idea on paper, but went to waste in practice.

    Meanswhile, back at the R, it’s time to ride:

    Red may have had a head start, but Rosetta and Rosalie have their own tales to tell:

    That’s all four now. Happy Thanksgiving!

     
    • arekhill1 12:04 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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      • mistermuse 12:53 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Now you’re “walking the (oldies) walk,” Ricardo. RENEE (1966) is my kind of R & R.

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    • Jackie 1:28 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Happy thanksgiving! 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 6:51 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great selection here Muse. You really out did yourself with the Ink Spots, Fats Waller and Artie Shaw. Can’t beat that.

      X I can see will be a problem. I do know another famous woman whose name started with X, Ximena Diaz wife of Rodrigo Diaz who you may not recognize by that name. He is better known in history as El Cid. But I don’t think there was a song about her either. Hey I’m trying.

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      • mistermuse 10:34 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. After writing this post, I thought of Xenia as a girl’s name, but it’s still a name without a song. However, there’s still a while to go before I get to X, so something may yet turn up. BTW, the Artie Shaw song (ROSALIE) is by Cole Porter, which I think is the first Porter tune I’ve posted in this series. It would’ve been a sacrilege to run the alphabet without at least one Porter song!

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    • Don Frankel 7:01 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      Look what I found.

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    • tref 10:59 pm on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      All great choices.

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      • mistermuse 12:34 am on December 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m particularly pleased that you liked RIDE RED RIDE, as The Charioteers were a very underappreciated quartet in those days, in my opinion.

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        • tref 2:30 am on December 2, 2017 Permalink

          I knew them from Darktown Strutters Ball, when I was a kid. Ezekiel Saw The Wheel, too.

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    • mistermuse 7:47 am on December 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have dozens of The Charioteers old 78s (on the Columbia label). Considering that they were competing against The Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots, I guess ‘third place’ was nothing to complain about, as they sold a lot of records.

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fanny Brice, , old songs, Only A Rose, Rose of Washington Square, Second Hand Rose,   

    THEY’RE PLAYING R SONG (PART I) 

    After combining P and Q in my last post, I’m again looking to bring the number of posts in this series up to its corresponding letter….and, as luck would have it, the next letter (which is R, for the benefit of the alphabetically challenged) is replete with girl’s name-song titles. Thus R will be divided in two parts, with Track I being a run for the Roses.

    First out of the gate is SECOND HAND ROSE, made famous by Fanny Brice in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921, but sung here by someone else because it’s only fitting that someone else sing a second hand song someone else sang first:

    Second, we have the first Rose song from a Ziegfeld show (Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic, 1920):

    Selecting my last pick for Part One could have gotten a bit thorny because a number of good Rose songs remain to vie for my favor, so I made an arbitrary choice in order to avoid — are you ready for this — the War of the Roses. After all, it’s Only A Rose:

     
    • scifihammy 5:30 am on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not surprised there are many rose songs to choose from. You give a good selection – I’ve never heard that last one. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 8:37 am on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The last song is almost as old (from a 1925 operetta called THE VAGABOND KING) as the other two, but unlike them, has hardly been heard since THE V. K. was last filmed in 1956.

      Part II will have no Rose songs, but one or two will be close (ROSETTA, for example).

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    • arekhill1 10:54 am on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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    • mistermuse 1:03 pm on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the ‘rocks-anne’ clip, Ricardo. I’ve never been a fan of these overly-glitzy performances that characterized much of rock ‘n’ roll musicianship in those days. Unfortunately, I’m in the non-vast minority, so I can’t call The Police (for relief).

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    • Don Frankel 1:14 pm on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      R is mega rich in songs. In fact you could have just done an article on Rose. In that spirit here’s one more from the late great Nat King Cole.

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      • mistermuse 2:21 pm on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. Although R’s upcoming Part II won’t have additional “Rose” songs, you’re right that I could easily post many more, such as Rose of San Antone, Lida Rose and Rose Room.

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    • RMW 2:02 pm on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “Rose” is the pseudonym I am forced to use when waiting for a table at a restaurant or for a latte or any other time my name will be called out. When I use my real name, 90% of the time it gets mangled to something so unrecognizable I don’t even know my name has been called. Rose has saved a lot of confusion over the years. You wouldn’t think “Roslyn” would be so difficult to spell or pronounce but it is what it is and I gave up trying… Barbara Streisand’s half-sister is also named Roslyn so she may be capable of singing it out correctly! But I like her rendition of Second Hand Rose (Roslyn) anyway!!!!

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      • mistermuse 2:45 pm on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Interesting! I wonder if former first lady Roslyn Carter ran into the same problem!
        I’ve always liked Streisand’s rendition of Second Hand Rose and am glad you do too.

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  • mistermuse 1:01 am on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Miff Mole, old songs, Peg o' My Heart, Peggy O'Neill, , ,   

    MINED MY Ps and Qs 

    I had to dig deep to come up with a few tunes for this post. When it comes to good old songs with girl’s names beginning with P, the pickings are paltry, so I decided to add Q — which I found to be even paltry-er. But perhaps I’m too particular — after all, if Peggy’s good enough for The Three Stooges, she should be good enough for Mimi and Youyou:

    Who knew The Three Stooges sang? I soitainly didn’t — at least, not until I checked THE THREE STOOGES SCRAPBOOK, which has a whole chapter devoted to “The Three Stooges on Record” (“Peggy O’Neil” is from their early 1960s record album titled THE THREE STOOGES NONSENSE SONG BOOK).

    If you think Three Stooges singing is Moe-stly nonsense, don’t get miffed. Just get Miff:

    Now we come to Q. There is a bygone song called Queenie, but I can’t find a clip of it…or of any old song with a girl’s first name starting with Q in the title. So this will have to do:

    And right on cue, this Miss Q is thru. Naught left to do but bid adieu.

     
    • Garfield Hug 9:44 am on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I love the 3 stooges! They are a classic icon👍☺

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      • mistermuse 10:37 am on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        There was a time when liking The Three Stooges was thought to be something only males did. For a female to dig the Stooges would have been considered odd (not that I think you’re odd — ha ha). 🙂

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    • arekhill1 7:17 pm on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, it’s in black and white, too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfu_gfPBPWc

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      • mistermuse 12:34 am on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ricardo — I forgot about Peggy Sue. My bad. I hope Peggy doesn’t sue me.

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    • Don Frankel 11:16 am on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I thought of Peggy Sue as well but Richard the IVth, beat me to it. But let’s run it up with the late great Buddy Holly with a little cameo by Ed Sullivan since it’s from his show.

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      • mistermuse 12:20 pm on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Now that’s what I call two for the price of one, Don….speaking of which,the guy on the far left looks enough like Buddy to be his twin brother. Coincidentally, I look enough like me to be my twin brother.

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    • Don Frankel 8:36 pm on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, you know he does there. It got me curious too so I did a search. But it’s only the similar hairdo and the the glasses. In other pictures he doesn’t look at all like Buddy. His name was Niki Sullivan.

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      • mistermuse 11:15 pm on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the info, Don. This means I may now have to reconsider whether my similarity to me is as close as I thought it was.

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on November 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , old songs, 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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