Album 6 – Ellington at Newport

ALBUM TITLE: Ellington at Newport ‘56 ARTIST NAME: Duke Ellington YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue Kelly: Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue ALBUM HISTORY: Ellington at Newport was recorded on July 7th 1956 and released later that year, and featured Duke Ellington and his band’s live performance at theContinue reading “Album 6 – Ellington at Newport”

Song 52 – Crying In the Chapel

SONG: Crying in the Chapel ARTIST: The Orioles YEAR: 1953 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Crying in the Chapel was written as a country song by Artie Glenn in 1953 for his son Darrell. Darrell recorded it in that same year but at first did not gain a lot of traction in his recording.Continue reading “Song 52 – Crying In the Chapel”

Song 50 – Just Walkin’ In the Rain

SONG: Just Walkin’ in the Rain ARTIST: The Prisonaires YEAR: 1953 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Just Walkin’ in the Rain was written by Johnny Bragg and Robert Riley in 1952, after walking across the courtyard of the prison where both men were jailed.  Riley told Bragg that that would be a great lineContinue reading “Song 50 – Just Walkin’ In the Rain”

Song 48 – Le Gorille

SONG: Le Gorille ARTIST: Georges Brassens YEAR: 1952 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Le gorille was written by iconoclast Georges Brassens in 1952.  He started writing it while in a German work camp during the War but by the time the war ended the only part Brassens kept was “beware the gorilla!” (a shotContinue reading “Song 48 – Le Gorille”

Song 46 – Dust My Broom

SONG: Dust My Broom ARTIST: Elmore James YEAR: 1952 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: While there is no solid origin story of where Dust My Broom came from, it was originally recorded by blues king Robert Johnson in 1936.  While Johnson’s version employed the use of repeating triplets for a boogie pattern, Elmore JamesContinue reading “Song 46 – Dust My Broom”

Song 44 – London is the Place For Me

SONG: London is the Place for Me ARTIST: Lord Kitchener YEAR: 1951 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: There is not a lot of information on the writing of the song, except that it was written by Adwyn “Lord Kitchener” Roberts in 1948 and recorded for the first time by him in 1951. THE ARTIST:Continue reading “Song 44 – London is the Place For Me”

Song 40 – Mambo No. 5

SONG: Mambo No. 5 ARTIST: Perez Prado YEAR: 1950 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: There is little information on the composition of Mambo Number 5, just that it was written by Perez Prado in 1949 and released in 1950. THE ARTIST: Damaso Perez Prado, AKA the King of Mambo was born December 11, 1916Continue reading “Song 40 – Mambo No. 5”

Song 38 – Summertime

SONG: Summertime ARTIST: Sarah Vaughan YEAR: 1950 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Summertime was written by George Gershwin for his 1935 opera Porgy and Bess, with lyrics by DuBose Heyward who wrote the novel Porgy.  Gershwin started writing the song in 1933 and tried to recreate the feel of a spiritual.  The song isContinue reading “Song 38 – Summertime”

Song 36 – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

SONG: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry ARTIST: Hank Williams YEAR: 1949 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry was written and recorded by Hank Williams in 1949.  The song was put to tape on August 30th of that year and Williams was backed by the Pleasant Valley Boys.  TheContinue reading “Song 36 – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”