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"Divaville Lounge" with Sarah O (archive)

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Sunday, January 12, 2014 | 14:00 to 16:00 | jazz/pop vocalists

Artist Song Album Label Comments
Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra Georgia On My Mind Hoagy Carmichael: First of the Singer Songwriters Proper UK Carmichael was the song's composer, this 1930 recording was a "who's who" of hot jazz with Bix Bieiderbecke, Frankie Trumbauer, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang
Ray Charles Georgia On My Mind The Genius Hits the Road Concord on today's show: "Two Takes on the Standards": two versions of 17 classic songs. Charles' 1962 recording of this song was a high point in American popular music, in my not-so-humble opinion
Hoagy Carmichael Georgia On My Mind Hoagy Sings Carmichael Blue Note inst. Today's show is pre-planned so no requests today, sorry!
Fred Astaire Night and Day American Songbook Series, Cole Porter Smithsonian Collection many songs in the Great American Songbook were originated by Fred Astaire because he was the favorite male vocalist of so many composers. This song was written for the play The Gay Divorce starring Astaire, and also appeared in the movie remake The Gay Divorcee (starring Astaire and Rogers)
Frank Sinatra Night and Day A Swingin' Affair Capitol Sinatra looms large over this program because he recorded so many "definitive" versions of so many songs. It's hard to imagine "Night and Day" without Sinatra
Libby Holman Body and Soul Something to Remember Her By Jasmine in 1930 Holman sang this song in a hit Broadway revue, and her recording reached #3 on the charts even though the song was banned from radio for being too sexually suggestive
Sarah Vaughan Body and Soul Swingin' Easy! Polygram masterful 1954 recording by Vaughan, backed only by a jazz trio featuring drummer Ray Haynes
Cliff Edwards It's Only a Paper Moon The Song Is ... Harold Arlen ASV Living Era song was written in 1932 for Broadway, Edwards and Paul Whiteman both charted with recordings in 1933
Nat King Cole It's Only a Paper Moon The Complete After Midnight Sessions Blue Note the After Midnight Session in 1956 was a high point in Cole's amazing career, every song on it is near perfection. includes Stuff Smith, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Juan Tizol and Willie Smith
Django Reinhardt It's Only a Paper Moon Jazz Tribune: The Indispensable RCA inst.
Ben Bernie & His Orchestra Sweet Georgia Brown Sweet Georgia Brown and Other Hot Numbers Retrieval Records rec. 1925, Bernie was one of the song's composers & this recording was on the charts for 13 weeks
Anita O'Day Sweet Georgia Brown Pick Yourself Up Polygram O'Day rocked the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival with this song (though we're hearing a studio recording using the same arrangement). check out her performance in the movie Jazz On a Summer's Day
Larry Clinton & His Orchestra v/ Bean Wain Love Is Here to Stay The Golden Age of American Sweet Bands Jasmine from 1938, this was the first charting recording of this song, written by George & Ira Gershwin for the movie The Goldwyn Follies
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Our Love Is Here to Stay Ella and Louis Again Verve hard to imagine a more beautiful, assured performance of this song than Ella and Louis in 1956, backed by Oscar Peterson. Ira Gershwin originally wanted the song's title to be "Our Love is Here to Stay" but it was shortened at first to "Love Is Here to Stay." Gershwin finally changed it back in 1960
Louis Armstrong I've Got the World on a String Jazz Tribune: Young Louis Armstrong RCA this song was written in 1932 for Cab Calloway who was the Cotton Club house band at the time, but I went with Armstrong's marvelous 1933 recording. features piano solo by a very young Teddy Wilson
Frank Sinatra I've Got the World on a String The Complete Capitol Singles Collection Capitol 1956. like so many songs in this show, Sinatra made this his own
Oscar Peterson I've Got the World on a String Plays the Harold Arlen Songbook Verve inst. - I hate talking over this, it's a noteworthy recording of the song in its own right
Hal McIntyre v/ Ruth Gaylor My Funny Valentine The Very Best of Master Classics Records this song was written in 1937 but didn't become a charting hit until McIntyre's 1945 recording
Chet Baker My Funny Valentine The Best of Chet Baker Sings Blue Note without a doubt this 1954 recording is the definitive one
Charles Trenet La Mer The Immortals Trenet wrote this song, later translated as "Beyond the Sea," in 1946
Bobby Darin Beyond the Sea As Long As I'm Singing Rhino 1959, this was by far the most popular version of this song in the US and Europe
Fred Astaire A Foggy Day Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at RKO Rhino written in 1937 by George and Ira Gershwin for Astaire in A Damsel in Distress. this recording is from the movie
Frank Sinatra A Foggy Day Ring-a-Ding-Ding! Reprise 1961, this was Sinatra's first album for his own label Reprise. Note how Sinatra omit the "sectional verse," the introduction that sets the theme of the song. Sectional verses were common in songs written for musicals & often left out of later arrangements
Buddy DeFranco, Art Tatum A Foggy Day I Got Rhythm: The Music of George Gershwin Smithsonian Collection inst. - this is also a standout recording, I hated talking over
Louis Armstrong Stardust Satchmo: Ambassador of Jazz Verve in 1927 composer Hoagy Carmichael intended "Stadust" to be a fast hot jazz song, and Armstrong here (in 1931) does the definitive version of that interpretation. imo this recording is a watershed moment in early jazz. check out the Proper UK box set Hoagy Carmichael: First of the Singer-Songwriters to learn more about the evolution of this song
Nat King Cole Stardust The World of Nat King Cole: His Very Best Capitol Cole here in full-on balladeer mode. It was the shift from hot jazz to ballad that made Stardust such an evergreen. The song has been recorded over 1500 times, possibly the most recorded song of the 20th century
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra v/ Edythe Wright The Lady is a Tramp Tommy Dorsey and his Clambake Seven Jasmine written in 1937 by Rodgers and Hart, this recording from the same year was the first charting hit for this song
Frank Sinatra The Lady is a Tramp A Swingin' Affair Capitol another signature song for Sinatra, he recorded this many times over the years. Rodgers reportedly hated the way Sinatra would change the lyrics as he went (adding "koo-koo" or changing "girls" to "broads")
Leo Reisman Orchestra v/ Lew Conrad What Is This Thing Called Love? The Golden Age of American Sweet Bands Jasmine the song was written in 1929, this 1930 recording was the first to chart
Sarah Vaughan What Is This Thing Called Love? Sassy Swings the Tivoli Verve early 60s live recording in Copenhagen. most modern arrangements of this song are very fast & this is a classic example. check out Clifford Brown & Max Roach's instrumental version for a definitive take
Charlie Parker What Is This Thing Called Love? Jazz Masters 28 Verve inst.
Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Orchestra v/ Kenny Sargent Blue Moon The Golden Age of American Sweet Bands Jasmine of the 3 versions of this song we're hearing today, this (from 1935) was the only one composer Richard Rodgers liked
Mel Torme Blue Moon Spotlight on Mel Torme: Great Gentlemen of Song Capitol Torme sang this song in the Rodgers & Hart biopic Words and Music. Torme and Rodgers fought bitterly over how to arrange the song. Rodgers, being much more influential at the time, won out. Torme did the song his way in 1949, which we're hearing now, and history vindicated Torme as his version became a classic
The Marcels Blue Moon Blue Moon Collectables Rodgers hated this 1961 version so much he planned to sue the Marcels to force them to remove it from circulation. Rodgers' friend Oscar Hammerstein convinced him to let it go, telling Rodgers that it would make him a lot of money; the recording sold over a million copies.
Dick Powell I Only Have Eyes for You Memories of You Powell originated this Warren & Dubin song in the 1934 Busby Berkeley movie Dames
The Flamingos I Only Have Eyes for You The Fantastic Flamingos Cherished Records this 1959 is now the most popular version of the song
Coleman Hawkins Quintet I Only Have Eyes for You Jazz Masters 34 Verve inst. - 1944 recording featured Roy Eldridge and Teddy Wilson
Fred Astaire One For My Baby (And One More for the Road) Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers at RKO Rhino written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for Astaire in the movie The Sky's the Limit in 1943, the version in the movie is what we're hearing now
Frank Sinatra One For My Baby (And One More for the Road) Only the Lonely Capitol this 1958 version with Nelson Riddle is now definitive