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"Divaville Lounge" with Micheal Akutagawa (archive)

Guest Hosting in the Lounge
Sunday, July 31, 2011 | 14:00 to 16:00 | Specialty

Artist Song Album Label Comments
Bobby Darin Once in a Lifetime Ultra-Lounge--Vegas Baby! Capitol, 2009 Composition by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, from the 1961 musical "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off". Bricusse and Newley wrote, music, and lyrics for the musical, which also includes the song "What Kind of Fool Am I?" memorably recorded by Sammy Davis, Jr. The 1978 Broadway revival of the musical, in fact, starred Sammy Davis, Jr.
Club Des Belugas (with Fred Astaire, remixed) Puttin' On The Ritz Swop Audiographics, 2008 Irving Berlin composition. The song (and accompanying dance routine) has especially become associated with Fred Astaire, but it was also done by Clark Gable, among others. You may remember that Gene Wilder (as "Dr. Frederick Frankenstein") and Peter Boyle (as "the Monster") performed this song as a duet in the 1974 Mel Brooks film "Young Frankenstein". The 2007 Broadway musical adaptation of the film also contained the song and dance duet. There was also a popular 1980s synpop version of the song by Taco, on the album "After Eight".
Charlie Parker What Is This Thing Called Love? Confirmation: The Best of the Verve Years Verve/Polydor (Japan), 1997 Cole Porter composition. This recording, 3/25/1953, in NYC.
Original Cast (Music Theater of Lincoln Center, 1967) There Is Nothin' Like a Dame South Pacific Sony/BMG, 1967 Richard Rogers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) compositionj, from the musical "South Pacific". The book on which the musical was based was by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan and that, in turn, was based on James A. Michener's 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection, "Tales of the South Pacific". The musical premiered in 1949 and won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. There was a film version in 1958 and a hit revival of the musical in 2008.
Brian Wilson It Ain't Necessarily So Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin Walt Disney Records, 2010 George Gershwin/Du Bose Hayward/Dorothy Heyward/Ira Gershwin composition. Nick Walusko, featured vocals on this song.
Marlon Brando Luck Be a Lady Guys and Dolls (Original Cast Album) Universal Classics Group, 2000 From the musical "Guys and Dolls", music and lyrics by Frank Loesser; based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon. Brando (as "Sky Masterson"), as well as Frank Sinatra (as "Nathan Detroit") and Jean Simmons (as "Sarah Masterson"), appeared in the 1955 movie (written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz), from which this is a Bonus Track on the Original Cast album. Sinatra's contract with Capitol Records prevented Decca from releasing a soundtrack of the film which included any of Sinatra's performances. During his career, Sinatra has also memorably recorded this particular song.
Sarah Vaughan (remixed) & Gotan Project Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets Verve Remixed 2 Verve, 2003 Words and music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross for the 1955 musical "Damn Yankees". Lola was the Devil's Assistant in the play, which was a retelling of the Faust legend, set in Washington, DC, during the heyday of New York Yankee baseball dominance. Gwen Verdon was the original "Lola" for Broadway and film, but the song has been memorably performed by Eartha Kitt, Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, and Della Reese, among others.
Original Cast Night and Day "De-Lovely" Movie Soundtrack Sony Music, 2004 Song performed by Kevin Kline (playing "Cole Porter") and John Barrowman.
Dean Martin Volare (Nel Blu, Di Pinto Di Blu) The Essential Dean Martin Capitol, 2004, 2011 Martin put 36 recordings onto the pop singles charts between 1949 and 1969.
Brian Greene & Matt Zimmerman Brush Up Your Shakespeare Kiss Me Kate (Original Studio Cast) Jay Productions, 2001 Cole Porter composition. From the musical "Kiss Me Kate", music and lyrics by Porter, based on Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew". It won the first Tony Award presented for "Best Musical" (1949).
Oscar Peterson Trio Somewhere West Side Story Verve, 1998, 1962 From Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story", which was, of course, the Broadway musical update of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". However, according to the liner notes to the album, years before its 1961 premiere, "West Side Story" actually grew out of an idea by choreographer Jerome Robbins to do a Broadway musical that was a tragedy rather than a comedy, but yet not an opera. Robbins brought the idea to conductor and composer Bernstein, and the idea eventually morphed and its ethnic flavor changed, from a love story about a Jewish boy for an Irish girl on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, to the love story of a white boy for a Puerto Rican girl, amidst the street gang rivalries of the inner city Upper West Side (the area that has since become Lincoln Center). Bernstein had apparently intended to write his own lyrics, but he decided to bring on 25 year old Stephen Sondheim as lyricist.
Julie London My Heart Belongs to Daddy Cocktails With Cole Porter Capitol, 2004, 2011 Cole Porter composition. The song originally made a star out of Mary Martin when she sang it on Broadway in "Leave It To Me" (1938). Mary Martin was also featured in the original Broadway version of "South Pacific" (#4, above).
Fine Young Cannibals Love for Sale Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter Chrysalis, 1990 Cole Porter composition.
Blossom Dearie Guys and Dolls Blossom Dearie Sings Broadway Hit Songs Verve, 1960 Frank Loesser composition. From the musical "Guys and Dolls" (#6, above)
Miles Davis It's Only a Paper Moon Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration Concord Music Group, 2005 Harold Arlen (music) / Johnny Mercer (lyrics) composition.
Ray Charles Come Rain or Come Shine Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Rhino, 1997 Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer composition. Recorded 5/6/1959, NYC.
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra I'll Be Seeing You Sentimental Journey: Hits from the Second World War Sony BMG, 2007 L. Kahal/S. Fain composition. Frank Sinatra, vocals; Johnny Mince, clarinet. Recorded 2/26/1940, in NYC.
Roy Rogers Don't Fence Me In It's De-Lovely: The Authentic Cole Porter Collection BMG, 2004 Cole Porter composition. That really is Roy Rogers, "King of the Cowboys", doing the vocals. Recorded 1952.
Curtis Fuller Stormy Weather Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration Concord Music Group, 2005 Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer composition. Recorded 5/6/1959, NYC. Curtis Fuller, trombone.
Helen Merrill After You, Who? Cole Porter Songbook Verve, 1991 Cole Porter composition.
Jeff Beck, featuring Imelda May Cry Me a River Rock'n'Roll Party Honoring Les Paul Deuce Music, 2011 Arthur Hamilton composition. Imelda May vocals, doing "Mary Ford". Of course, that's Beck doing "Les Paul". Husband and wife team Paul and Ford sold millions of records together in the 1950s and beyond. For years, before his death in 2009, Paul used to play every Monday night at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC.
Ms. Ann Margret Begin the Beguine Jackpot! The Las Vegas Story Rhino, 1996 Cole Porter composition. Ann Marget, vocals.
Jimmy Witherspoon Blues In The Night Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration Concord Music Group, 2005 Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer composition. Jimmy Witherspoon, vocals.
Louis Jordan Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying No Moe! Louis Jordan's Greatest Hits UMG Recordings, 1992 Joe Green composition. Recorded 1956.
Dr. John Accentuate The Positive Mos' Scocious: The Dr. John Anthology Rhino, 1993 Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer composition. Dr. John, vocals.
Jackie Gleason and His Orchestra Our Love Is Here to Stay And Awaaay We Go! Capitol, 1996 George Gershwin composition. The song always signaled the "apology" by Ralph Kramden (Gleason) to wife Alice (Audrey Meadows) that ended their lover's spat--and usually that particular episode of "The Honeymooners". The song was also the main theme for the 1951 film "An American in Paris", starring Gene Kelly.
Junko Onishi Stardust Baroque Verve, 2010 Hoagy Carmichael composition.
Rodrigo Rodrigues Let's Face the Music and Dance Fake Standards` Dubas Musica, 2007 Irving Berlin composition for the 1936 movie "Follow the Fleet", where it was introduced by Fred Astaire and featured in a dance duet with Ginger Rogers.
Cab Calloway Bye Bye Blues Best of Big Bands Sony BMG, 1990 Hamm/Bennett/Lown/Gray composition. Originally released 1958.
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra & Hot Lips Page St. James Infirmary Blues parts 1 and 2 The Essential Artie Shaw Sony BMG, 2005