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SONG: How High the Moon ARTIST: Les Paul and Mary Ford YEAR: 1951 Listen to it here: THE SONG: “How High the Moon” is another jazz standard on our list, with music by Morgan Lewis and lyrics by Nancy Hamilton. It was first made popular in the 1940 Broadway revue Two for the Show, whereContinue reading “Song 43 – How High the Moon”
SONG: Cry ARTIST: Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads YEAR: 1951 Listen to it here: THE SONG: Cry was written by Churchill Kohlman in 1951 and originally recorded by Ruth Casey, but made popular by Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads. It became a Billboard #1 hit that year and spawned many a cover versions.Continue reading “Song 42 – Cry”
SONG: Rocket 88 ARTIST: Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats YEAR: 1951 Listen to it here: THE SONG: “Rocket 88” was originally recorded in Memphis, Tennessee in March of 1951, which is the version we’re listening to today. It was credited to “Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats”, who were actually “Ike Turner and hisContinue reading “Song 41 – Rocket 88”
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: Goodnight, Irene ARTIST: The Weavers YEAR: 1950 Listen to it here: THE SONG: What has become a 20th century American folk standard, started as a song written by and first recorded by blues musician Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter in 1933. For more information on Leadbelly, please see our review of Song 20 – GallisContinue reading “Song 39 – Goodnight, Irene”
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: Autumn Leaves ARTIST: Jo Stafford YEAR: 1950 Listen to it here: THE SONG: “Autumn Leaves” was composed by Joseph Kosma, with original lyrics by Jacques Prevert (French lyrics) and later English lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Joseph Kosma was a Hungarian composer who met Jacques Prevert in Paris. They collaborated on a few songs andContinue reading “Song 37 – Autumn Leaves”
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”
SONG: Saturday Night Fish Fry ARTIST: Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five YEAR: 1949 Listen to it here: THE SONG: Today, we’re welcoming another song from the jump blues genre: Saturday Night Fish Fry, written by Louis Jordan and Ellis Walsh, and made famous by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five. The first recording ofContinue reading “Song 35 – Saturday Night Fish Fry”
ALBUM TITLE: The Wildest! ARTIST NAME: Louis Prima YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: Night Train Kelly: Just a Gigolo ALBUM HISTORY: The Wildest! was recorded in April 1956 and released by Capitol Records in November of that same year. The album features Prima with his wife of the time and performance partner KeelyContinue reading “Album 4: The Wildest!”
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