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Check it out here and also the original Kings rendition , a rendition by Jack Pettis and His Pets in , a Glenn Miller version , and one by the Strings Orchestra. Memorial Day is normally a somber holiday; let's take a cue from the New Orleans spirit that remembered the dead with musical celebration; if the departed were going to Paradise, they'd have soared there with this jazz classic.
I enjoyed dancing to the original 12" vinyl mix , which was less guitar-driven than its album incarnation on the singer's debut release. Listen to audio clips of the album version and that 12" single. Boy does this bring back memories Listen to an audio clip of one of her tender renditions here. But Not For Me is a classic George and Ira Gershwin song introduced in the Broadway production of " Girl Crazy " and performed in both the and film versions too that has been recorded by countless artists from Ella Fitzgerald to Sarah Vaughan to Linda Ronstadt audio clips at those links.
For a change of pace, check out an audio clip of a version by the original " space cadet ," Sun Ra. A happy and a healthy to 1 Herman Blount Sun Ra Expert , my colleague and pal Robert Campbell , who also celebrates his birthday today.
On this date, in , Taylor was born. Paul Lynde made a career in the center square of the old game show " Hollywood Squares " for which he won two Daytime Emmy Awards , his answers so typically hilarious , and, of course, he was the warlock Uncle Arthur on the classic TV series, ' Bewitched. Check out the original Broadway cast recording , the ensemble film version , and a few really swinging renditions by: Chita Rivera who was in the original musical; this one is about 2 minutes into her " Great Performances " concert , Sammy Davis, Jr.
So we end our mini-Broadway tribute today; enjoy the Tony Awards tonight! As a baby, I'm tributing three of my favorite songs from that year from this musical, also adapted for the film version. It was, of course, the screen version that I saw as a kid and loved. Check out the cast album version and the film version [YouTube links] both performed by the ever-cheerful Dick van Dyke , joined by Janet Leigh in the film version and then jump on over to the joyful rendition of our Queens-born neighbor , Tony Bennett [YouTube link], who turns 80 years old on August 3rd and we'll be doing a mini-tribute to him as well.
It was later recorded by American country music singer Glen Campbell as the title track to his album. Campbell would go on to amass awards across the spectrum of American music, while also appearing in a dozen films. Today, he died at the age of 81 , following a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
This song was 20 on the Top songs of the twentieth century by BMI , ranked according to the number of times they were played on television and radio. Even Ol' Blue Eyes called this the " greatest torch song ever written. Cabaret was one of the best musicals on Broadway that I've ever seen.
The revival was an entertainment tour de force, powerful and deeply effective in its exploration of universal themes. The songs , written by John Kander and now, the late Fred Ebb , are boisterous, melodic, witty, and clever. So here's to the title song The song is a Dean Martin signature tune. Here is the scene from the film and the classic Dean Martin recording [YouTube links]. I was a mobile DJ in college and the Dance Bug is part of my genome. I still listen to current and recent hits, and really enjoyed DNCE 's live performance of this last night because they did a " Le Freak " Chic mash up with the iconic producer, composer, and musician Nile Rodgers.
Check out the official video naughty words included and the iHeart Radio Awards version. Calabria , produced by Rune DJ Enur , featuring the late Natasja Saad , is the soundtrack for one of the hottest Target commercials on the air. The two women roommates who stage a "dance off" to this track express infectious joy as they decorate their room see the commercial on YouTube. The track features a sample from a Taana Gardner disco classic: Check out a full-version video clip of this track at YouTube.
Calamity Jane "Secret Love" , music by Sammy Fain , lyrics by Paul Francis Weber , was composed for the movie musical , where it was introduced by the incomparable Doris Day , who celebrated her 92nd birthday on April 3rd.
With a melody based on the opening theme of the A-major piano Sonata D. A belated 92nd Happy Birthday to one of the world's greatest animal lovers , who will always be an Award-winner in my songbook! California Dreamin' , words and music by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips , was a huge pop hit for The Mamas and the Papas , sporting a wonderful alto flute solo by one of my all-time favorite jazz musicians: Bud Shank , who was born on this day in , and became one of the finest musicians in the West Coast jazz scene.
It's not a "winter's day" in Brooklyn; we've had summer-like weather for awhile. But I'm dreamin' of a particular California attraction that celebrates its 75th anniversary today: Happy Birthday to the Golden Gate Bridge! On this track, even Oscar-award winning actress Halle Berry makes a cameo appearance. Check out the album version [YouTube link] and a live performance at the Apollo [DailyMotion link, around the minute mark].
Call Me , words and music by Randy Muller , was performed by the group Skyy. It's particularly fitting on this day, the th anniversary of the first phone call made by Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas A. Over the next week or so, I'll have a few more favorite musical "calls" to make, in honor of this anniversary. And "for all you frustrated musicians," see here , where you can access directions on how to play songs on your touch-tone phone.
Vissi recorded the song previously as " Ise " in Greek. Listen to an audio clip of this song among others on disc 2 of Vic Latino's Ultra Dance It's a warm '60s chestnut. Call Me , words and music by Giorgio Moroder and Deborah Harry , the lead singer of the group Blondie , was the theme from the film, " American Gigolo.
This song is probably my favorite Blondie track in contrast to my favorite, and beloved, Blondie. Listen to an audio clip from the original soundtrack. I love a string jazz guitar version by Joe Pass. It provides what was probably "the year's most gripping hook," making it "one of the most irrefutable teen-pop songs in history," as New York Daily News music critic Jim Farber attests. Olympics Swimming Team [YouTube links]. It's a song that should be on any year-end countdown.
Tonight we'll be counting down till the ball drops in Times Square. Have a happy, healthy, and safe New Year's Eve! This classic Beatles track is still one of my all-time favorite kickin' rock 'n roll songs.
Performed by LeAnn Rimes , it's a peppy track that's been remixed fabulously for the dance floor as well; check out various versions, including this YouTube moment , this remix and this one too.
Can't Stop the Feeling! This is Timberlake's fifth solo 1 Hit and, perhaps, the most retro-disco sounding recording of his career. The voice cast has fun with the song in a pre-release video , even as the official video was released this week [YouTube links]. I remain a life-long Timberlake fanatic, and disco just might usher me through the Pearly Gates or the Disco Inferno , whichever is in store for me. Since posting this as Song of the Day , the video community has provided us with hilarious takes on the song; check out the Storm Troopers videos, Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , and Part 4.
And the DJ community has provided us with a plethora of wonderfully diverse remixes: The song has shown up in many films as well, including " The Deer Hunter " Listen to an audio clip here , and also to alternative versions by Gloria Gaynor and Lauryn Hill.
Can You Handle It? This classic " Prelude label " dance track was performed by the late Sharon Redd. It was one of those dance classics that has been remixed several times, but never at the expense of its wonderful feel. Capote "Out There" [YouTube link], composed by Mychael Danna , is a simple theme that holds within it the complexity of the person at the center of the film , Truman Capote , and the complexity of the performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman , who won a Best Actor Oscar for the role.
Sadly, this year old actor passed away yesterday ; death need not be tragic, since it is an organic part of life, but when it comes so young to an actor with so much talent and promise, I can find few other words to describe it. Cappucino audio clip at that link is a Chick Corea composition that made its debut on the phenomenal album " Friends. Captain America "Theme Song" , composer mysteriously unknown , was the classic theme song to the s Marvel Super Heroes cartoon.
It's a favorite from my childhood , and while there have been lots of takes on Captain America , this one still holds a special place in my heart.
Take a look at the animated opening theme [YouTube link], and have a safe and happy Independence Day! It was made famous by the Ellington orchestra audio clips here and here. Among the scores of recordings of this song, my favorite version of this tune remains one recorded by Johnny Pate's orchestra featuring the burning bold boss guitar of Wes Montgomery. Listen to an audio clip of that version here.
And so, for now, I conclude my Ellington tribute! Carol of the Bells emerges from a fascinating musical lineage , based on a musical composition by Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych. Most riveting when performed with a full chorus as in this Robert Shaw Chorale audio clip or full orchestra as in this Leonard Bernstein audio clip. Ring in a Happy New Year! It's one of those sensitively performed compositions, which has had a tendency to bring a bit of a puddle to my tear ducts. Listen to an audio clip of Henry Mancini here too.
Actually, Craig 's " Skyfall " is one of my favorite Bond flicks. But today's tribute goes to Cornell , another talent gone too soon. Check out the opening credits [YouTube link], and while you're at it, check out Cornell's transformative version of the Michael Jackson hit, " Billie Jean " [YouTube link]. RIP , Chris Cornell. It is featured on the album " Confessions " audio clip at that link. Like " Yeah ," this one's got a big bass line, minimalist instrumentation, and a great hook.
Check out the Champion vocal pipes of Underwood in the Super Bowl opening and in the official video, which features a rap by Bridges aka Ludacris [YouTube links]. Chained to the Rhythm features the words and music of Skip Marley grandson of Bob , and featured on the track , Max Martin , Sia Furler , Ali Payami , and Katy Perry , who released this recording as the first single from her fifth studio album, " Witness " In fact, it was the seventeenth consecutive 1 Dance Club single for Perry , the longest unbroken streak of 1 dance club hits in the history of the Billboard Dance charts.
Charade is another magnificent collaboration between composer Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer. It was nominated for a Academy Award for Best Song , featured on the beautiful score for the classic Cary Grant - Audrey Hepburn film of the same title, the best Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never directed. One of my favorite versions of this song is an instrumental rendering by jazz guitarist Joe Pass , who plays it on the string guitar.
Listen to audio clips from the original soundtrack here and a version by Andy Williams. The Charge of the Light Brigade "The Charge" [Screen Archives Entertainment mp3 link], written by the legendary Golden Age film score composer Max Steiner , captures the excitement of the climactic scene in this film , starring the swashbuckling Errol Flynn. This is one of the great Oscar-nominated soundtracks in cinema history.
Check it out as well on YouTube as conducted by William Stromberg. The Charleston , composed by stride pianist James P. Johnson , with lyrics by Cecil Mack , was featured in the all-black Broadway musical comedy " Runnin' Wild ," which debuted at the New Colonial Theatre on October 29, One of the most famous recordings of this jazz age standard was recorded in France on April 21, by the Quintette du Hot Club de France , featuring violinist extraordinaire Stephane Grappelli , the immortal jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt , guitar sidemen Pierre Ferret and Marcel Bianchi , and bassist Louis Vola.
Established far away from the American soil that originated the art form, the Quintette contributed to the rise of jazz as a genuine global cultural contribution. And subsequently, the group had a huge impact on American jazz musicians. Indeed, Reinhardt alone is credited as one of the most influential guitarists in jazz history.
As Bill Dahl put it: Les Paul , Chet Atkins , B. This year's festival takes place today in Paris, France. Vive Le Jazz Hot! Listen to audio clips of renditions by Frank Sinatra , Ella Fitzgerald , and of course, from the original film, Fred Astaire.
My favorite jazz rendition of this song is by alto sax player Phil Woods , " Live from the Showboat ," an album that won the Grammy for " Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Group " unfortunately no audio clip is available. Che La Luna Mezzo Mare is an Italian folksong composed, it is said, by Paolo Citorello , but infinite variations of the song have been heard throughout the years. Growing up in the Sciabarra household, we heard the bouncy Louis Prima-Keely Smith version [YouTube link], with its funny double entendres sung in both Italian and English.
At the wedding, Mama Corleone played by Morgana King is invited to the stage to begin the verses of the classic song; an old man, not unlike many I've seen at countless Italian weddings that I've attended since childhood, gets up, and completes the verses with the kind of hilariously perverse body language that the song inspires.
How appropriate to note this song today, for 40 years ago, on this date, on the Ides of March in , " The Godfather " had its U. Yes, it has a haunting Nino Rota soundtrack. Cherish features the words and music of Terry Kirkman , a founding member of The Association , which scored a Number 1 hit with this song in Cherokee features the words and music of Ray Noble. As an aside, the Cherokee word for "Groundhog" is "Ogana". Punxsutawney Phil tells us six more weeks of winter Chicago , words and music by Cory Rooney , is a sweet track on Michael Jackson 's posthumously released album, " Xscape.
Listen to the track on YouTube , and the original demo MJ recorded as well. After the Red Sox , there are no more curses in baseball. Maybe the Chicago Cubs are next! Or maybe these triumphs are only possible for teams named after different kinds of, uh, socks.
Either way, listen here to an audio clip of Frank Sinatra singing this timeless tune. A Child is Born , words and music by Alec Wilder and Thad Jones , is a song that has come to be identified with this day, but it has also become a jazz standard. A sad loss for lovers of music to contemplate on this Christmas Day. The Children of Sanchez "Overture" , words, music, film score written and performed by Chuck Mangione , comes from the Latin- and jazz-infused score that has a musical integrity quite apart from the fact that it's from a film , starring Anthony Quinn , that I've still yet to see!
The theme made the hair of many New York tri-state area kids of the s stand on end including this one. The show was hosted early on by the great Zacherley before switching to the film montage of memory, with clips from such films as " Plan 9 from Outer Space ," " The Cyclops ," and " Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.
Chinatown "Love Theme" [aural clip at that link], music by Jerry Goldsmith , is stated simply by a bluesy trumpet soloist, harking back to its s' setting, accompanied by a full panoply of modern harmonies. Evoking solitude, this composition was written for the Roman Polanski -directed film noir classic , starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Goldsmith's mentor was Miklos Rozsa , who passed onto his pupil a melodic sensitivity that is readily apparent in this work.
It brings back cheerful memories of childhood. It still makes me chuckle. The original lyrics to the jingle boasted: Today, however, inflation has taken its toll, and the lyrics have been adjusted accordingly: Christos Anesti is a traditional hymn sung first at the midnight liturgy as the " paschal toparian " or celebratory hymn of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Greek and Eastern Orthodox churches to mark the arrival of Easter.
Though its authorship is unknown, it has been attributed to Romanos the Melodist , the " Pindar of rhythmic poetry. Growing up, this Easter hymn was, perhaps, my favorite; check out a lovely version of it on YouTube, featuring the actress Irene Papas with Vangelis.
It depicts the faithful carrying lit candles, that begin to lift the darkened church at midnight into light, as a single candle is passed on to the faithful one by one until the entire church is filled with the light of rebirth and renewal. I want to wish all my orthodox family and friends a very Happy Easter!
And it being the 1st of May, May it be a revolutionary one! It was later recorded by Jo Stafford [YouTube link]. A very Merry Christmas with peace on earth and goodwill to one and all! The Herald Angels Sing " with a grim theme of beckoning menace, foreshadowing the fate-altering tale of Ebenezer Scrooge , played in this film by the utterly superb Alastair Sim of all the cinematic treatments of this timeless Charles Dickens tale , this one is my favorite.
Addinsell wrote one of my all-time favorite popular concertos " Warsaw Concerto ". And he's in fine form here too. There are one or two neat videos on YouTube that provide an entertaining side-by-side comparison of the various Scrooges portrayed in film over the past century or so.
This concludes my mini-tribute to music from Christmas-oriented films, "in keeping with the situation" of this holiday season. The song has been panned by quite a few critics, but whatever your spiritual beliefs, this is just one of those songs that tugs at your heart. The warmth of his voice matches those chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Happy birthday to my friend JR!
Christmas Time is Here was composed and performed by the ever-recognizable pianist Vince Guaraldi. Also check out audio clips from lovely versions by Diane Reeves , Mel Torme , Anita Baker , and Brian McKnight , who is featured on a tribute album in honor of the 40th anniversary of the wonderful Peanuts cartoon.
Also listen to another jazz instrumental rendering by the Airmen of Note the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. I don't how those razor-thin models reacted to a song extolling the virtues of "girls with the big old hoops," but Bruno was 1 on the runway for me. Oh, and check out this great cinema montage set to the Mars-Ronson hit, "Uptown Funk". Ciaconna from "Partita in D-minor for Violin No. One of the greatest composers of all time, Bach wrote music that was definitive of the Baroque period.
This work has a special place in my heart, and I was able to track it down with the help of my friend Roger E. Ironically, however, I was first made aware of the piece due to an extraordinary video posted on YouTube in memory of jazz guitarist Joe Pass. It was recorded at the Adelaide Festival S. It is heard during a seminar that included Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco Pena , blues guitarist Leo Kottke , classical guitarist John Williams not the film score composer , whose birthday we celebrated last month as part of my annual Film Music February series , and jazz guitarist Joe Pass.
Beginning at around 2: Guitarist Williams is obviously fascinated by the spontaneous improvisation of the jazz artist, and to illustrate the spontaneity and brilliance of the process, he lays down the basic melodic structure of the Chaconne , and invites Pass to improvise simultaneously over that melody. Pass throws in a few jazz licks that get a chuckle out of the audience, but the whole video provides us with a lesson on the universality of music.
Check out the video clip here [YouTube link]. It was on this date in that the Disney film, " Cinderalla ," was released. This is one of the loveliest songs to emerge from the Disney musical catalogue.
Listen to the original animated version of this song [YouTube link] and then check out an instrumental rendition that is among my favorites; it was recorded by the Rob Mounsey Orchestra for the album, " Jazz Loves Disney " [YouTube link].
Legrand also directed this film , and in case you were wondering, the song is delivered with soul and grace by the only Ray Charles , accompanied by the greatest jazz harmonica player to have ever graced this earth, Toots Thielemans , both men no longer with us.
The soundtrack is pure Legrand , but boasts a few pieces by some lightweight composers, folks like Frederic Chopin and Johann Sebastian Bach. In any event, Happy 85th Birthday to one of my all-time favorite musical innovators , a brilliant and legendary composer who also happens to be a remarkable jazz musician. Listen to an audio clip from their magnificent album, " Equinox. Claire de Lune , written by the French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy , the third movement of his Suite Bergamasque , has been recorded by many orchestras, including this lovely version by the Philadelphia Orchestra , conducted by Eugene Ormandy.
I also adore a jazz version, featuring the Michel Legrand Orchestra, with alto saxophone soloist Phil Woods , from the album, " Images. It is a highlight from one of my favorite all-time musicals, " The Sound of Music ," sung in the film version by the character Mother Abbess, played by Peggy Wood. Listen to audio clips of this uplifting song from the soundtrack album , as well as from the original Broadway production , the London production , the studio cast album , and the Broadway revival.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind "Main Theme" [YouTube link], music by John Williams , is featured today, for it was on this date that the great composer was born in The Oscar-nominated score for this wonderful sci-fi film shows us, in five simple notes, that music really is the universal language. Alas, Williams lost the Oscar for this film that year to another film score of his: I'll give you a hint: See if you can catch it, uh, while you can.
And Happy Birthday, Maestro! C'mon Marianne , words and music by L. As our Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute concludes , listen to an audio clip of this pop smash here. My sister-in-law Joanne Barry used to do a hair-raising, glass-breaking version of this on stage, but I also love a slammin' Sammy Davis Jr.
The Sammy Davis Jr. The song can also be found on Disc 3 of " Ultimate Sinatra. Comedian's Galop is a long-time favorite, composed by Dmitri Borisovitch Kabalevsky as part of an orchestral suite, " The Comedians. Also check out audio clips from the full suite, performed by the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.
Come Fly with Me , music by Jimmy Van Heusen , lyrics by Sammy Cahn , sung by a carefree Sinatra to a smooth Billy May arrangement, from the album of the same name check out that audio clip. The Winter Solstice arrives today at 7: ET, and what a nice way to celebrate it: Above the clouds, "where the air is rarefied Come Together , words and music by Paul McCartney and John Lennon , was the first Beatles single to go to 1 in November as part of a two-sided number one single with " Something ".
It appears on " Abbey Road ," the final recorded Beatles album. As we commemorate the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's murder , listen to audio clips of this song recorded by Ike and Tina Turner who took it to 57 in , Aerosmith who took it to 23 in , and Michael Jackson who has performed it in concert as well.
This " Paradise Garage " dance classic packed the floors in And I was among those dancing the night away to its rhymes and rhythms. Listen to audio clips from three renditions: Concerto for Viola Opus 37 audio clips at that link, featuring viola soloist Paul Silverthorne is a richly textured four-movement work that is one of composer Miklos Rozsa 's orchestral triumphs. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op.
Listen to audio clips of all three movements from the debut recording by violinist Jascha Heifetz , and another recording by violinist Robert McDuffie. I saw this grand piece performed live with violin soloist Glenn Dicterow and the New York Philharmonic. What better way to celebrate the First Anniversary of " Song of the Day "! I'll be posting music favorites sometimes more than one on a single day! The piece features an improvised piano introduction and an improvised cadenza, enveloped by composed orchestrations.
Listen to various audio clips here. Concierto de Aranjuez is one of the greatest and most memorable compositions of Joaquin Rodrigo. Julian Bream recorded this classical guitar evergreen many times, but my favorite version is that recorded with the Melos Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Colin Davis , which received a Grammy nomination for " Best Classical Performance Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra.
This concerto reminds me of my dear pal Lou, to whom I send birthday wishes today for much health, happiness, and success. But today it is posted in tribute to all the residents of Coney Island , who live just a few Brooklyn blocks away from me, and who survived evacuation , the shutdown of the NYC subway system , and Irene herself , which was downgraded from a Hurricane to a Tropical Storm. So here's a doo-wop shout out: The World of Confirmation , music by Charlie Parker , lyrics by Eddie Jefferson , has been recorded by many instrumentalists and vocalists.
With a line that says "Everyday was Spring to Me," this melancholy Brazilian song is one of the highlights on a Brasil 66 album entitled " Equinox " audio clip at that link. Listen also to two audio clips from Miriam Makeba. Controversy , words and music by Prince , begins our mini-birthday tribute to the Purple One , who tragically passed away last month, but whose birthday we will celebrate on June 7th.
And I'll have plenty of Prince songs featured in next year's February Film Music Month and in a special musical project I have planned for the Summer of I have already listed several Prince classics on "My Favorite Songs" list: Am I straight or gay? Prince was very protective of his recorded music, so check out the link to a live version here. This coming week, I will begin what has now become an annual Summer series: There was a time when if I heard Barry Manilow's name announced on the radio, I'd roll my eyes; that changed as the years went by, especially when I discovered his superb jazz-infused album, " 2: Cotton Tail chord changes at that link was composed by Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington , but "vocalese" lyrics were added later by J.
Hendricks of Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross audio clip here. It was recorded in a classic rendition by the Duke listen to an audio clip here and also in a Duke session with three violinists Stephane Grappelli , Svend Asmussen , and Ray Nance.
Stay tuned for a Mega-Duke Tribute , coming up in December. I also love a Wes Montgomery blazing guitar version; listen to an audio clip of that rendition here. The Greatest Hits " The original track never hit the Billboard Dance Chart , but it provides the kind of chill rhythmic pulse best for sensual dancing. Listen to an audio clip from the classic Rosemary Clooney rendition. Listen to an audio clip of this jazzy cartoon theme, from one of my favorite childhood cartoons, here.
The theme features certain phrases that are quintessentially Horner such unique phrases are a hallmark of virtually all composers, whether for the concert stage or the silver screen. Gone too soon, James Horner left a body of work that has withstood the test of time.
Coventry Carol is a traditional English carol from the sixteenth century whose words are attributed to Robert Croo. I always associated this gorgeous, haunting carol with the alternate version of " Away in a Manger ," because it was recorded in a medley by the Living Strings featured on an album, " The Spirit of Christmas ," which I finally got after about 35 years of searching for it! Crazy , music and lyrics by Willie Nelson , was performed as a classic country song by the late, great Patsy Cline listen to audio clip here.
Nelson himself has recorded the song several times; listen to one audio clip here. This was the lead single from Beyonce's debut solo album, " Dangerously in Love ," and it is highlighted by a guest rap from the man she'd marry in , Jay Z.
The song went to 1 on the Billboard Hot and reached the peak of the Dance Club chart on September 13, due to a few stylish dance remixes.
Check out the original video single , the Pat. Happy birthday, Queen Bee! One of my all-time favorite Elton songs, this one still rocks. And Happy Birthday, Sir Elton! Cute , composed by Neil Hefti , is one of those familiar tracks that has been heard everywhere, thanks to the famous chart Hefti wrote for the Count Basie Orchestra , featuring the fabulous fills of drummer Sonny Payne , who was born on this date in The most memorable cinematic treatment of this tune, where one can see Music as Comedy and Comedy as Music, can be found in " Cinderfella "; watch how Jerry Lewis Does the Dishes.
They dominated that chart with this song and its companion tracks "Everybody Dance" and "You Can Get By" for 8 weeks in the fall of We are on the precipice of another Autumnal Equinox , which doesn't arrive until The double-sided hits held the 1 spot on the Billboard Dance Disco Chart for six weeks in the summer of We're partying straight through to the 4th of July, so don't you even think of leaving the dance floor!
Dancer , words and music by Gino Soccio , appeared on his debut album, " Outline. In all my years of being an on-again, off-again mobile DJ till the late s, and Gema LaBoccetta ought to know since she was one of my DJ partners back in the day!
And the - period brought back much excitement to the dance floor, due especially to the 11 weeks that all of Michael Jackson 's " Thriller " dance cuts held the top spot on the Billboard Dance Club chart. But the Disco era sported a variety of creative tempos and rhythms , which have influenced all dance music since, from hip hop to house to techno. This track, however, dispenses with social commentary, and is unapologetically propulsive in its beat and simple in its "message": Try to take it higher.
Listen to an audio clip here , just in time for All Souls' Day. Listen to an audio clip featuring the London Philharmonia Orchestra , another featuring Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra , and also a performance by pianist Vladimir Horowitz.
The film stars Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton and some truly explosive special effects. And any film that carries the name " Dante " the name of our cat has something special indeed. But one of the sweetest versions was recorded by Tony Bennett on a very early album, his first for Columbia , " Cloud 7 " audio clip at that link. The great Chuck Wayne is the featured guitarist on the album. The score for this classic science fiction film was remarkable for its revolutionary use of the theremin.
Dead End Street features the words and music of D. Raleigh, with a gritty monologue by Lou Rawls , who performs the tune to soul perfection. When this Classic 45 came out, I took an instant liking to it because Lou Rawls referred to the wind as " The Hawk ," a phrase my family had used for years. Sadly, the three-time Grammy winner passed away today. Listen to audio clips of the monologue and song here. The Dead Pool "San Francisco Night" [YouTube link], composed by Lalo Schifrin , is featured over the end credits for the film , which was the fifth and final installment in the "Dirty Harry" series.
This particular film includes an unforgettable car chase in which Clint Eastwood 's Harry Callahan , driving his unmarked Oldsmobile 98 squad car, is pursued by a bomb-loaded electric race buggy.
As far as film scores go, you know you're in an Eastwood movie, because it is almost always jazzy , and Schifrin's soundtrack doesn't disappoint. And Happy Birthday , Chick! With lead vocals by Tony-Award winning " Best Actor in a Musical ," Ben Platt , the song is an inspiring call to "let the sun come streaming in" when "the dark comes crashing through.
For now, we can enjoy a gem from last year's winner, featured on the Broadway cast album [YouTube link]. Listen to audio clips from Fred Astaire who starred in the film , Dinah Shore , and, for jazz guitar fans, the great Wes Montgomery. America's Sweetheart by Scott Eyman. The First King of Hollywood: Special thanks to Allison Anders, who provided this image of Pickford and Thomas from her personal collection. Most of the rest of music used in this episode, with the exception of the intro and outro, was sourced from royalty-free music libraries and licensed music collections.
This season will interrogate a book that is considered by many to be the urtext of salacious movieland gossip: Written by Kenneth Anger, a child actor turned director of experimental queer art films, Hollywood Babylon has been derided by some readers as a work of dangerous libel for its embellishments and, in some cases, outright fictions about real people and events.
Originally published in France in , the book was not widely available in the US until An American Life by Richard Schickel. Sunshine And Shadow by Mary Pickford.
Where Bela Lugosi lived his last decade in sad obscurity, Boris Karloff worked until the very end of his life, even as his body began to fall apart. Some of that work was for Roger Corman, the extremely prolific independent genre film producer whose movies helped to define the generation gap in the 's, while serving as a training ground for the next generation of auteurs.
Hollywood's Merchants of Myth by Norman J. A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: Who the Hell's in It: All of the music used in this episode, with the exception of the intro and outro, is from royalty-free music libraries and licensed music collections.
Outro song "Weird Science" by Oingo Boingo. Our logo was designed by Teddy Blanks. Forgotten by Hollywood, struggling with morphine addiction and a dependency on alcohol, at the end of his life Bela Lugosi was welcomed into a rag tag bunch of micro-budget movie-making freaks led by Edward D.
Wood Jr,, who would later become known as the worst filmmaker of all time. Through their collaborations on movies like Glen or Glenda? Nightmare of Ecstasy by Rudolph Grey. The Reality of Terror by Joel E. From Cult Film Stardom: Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification.
This episode is sponsored by the Great Courses Plus and Squarespace. Featuring Patton Oswalt as Boris Karloff. Special thanks to Patton Oswalt who guest stars as Boris Karloff.
With Dracula , Bela Lugosi instantly became the first horror star of sound cinema. Special thanks to Taran Killam who guest stars as Bela Lugosi. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff were two middle-aged, foreign, struggling actors who became huge stars thanks to Dracula and Frankenstein , the first two of a trend of monster movie hits released by Universal Studios during the s. Last season our Jean and Jane opening montage included audio clips from various films, movie scores and interviews.
By popular demand, here is a list of the intro clip sources. For a full list of films referenced in the Jean and Jane series, or any other episodes in the archive, please check out the You Must Remember This Film Club. Jean Seberg, now plagued with mental illness and alcoholism, comes to a tragic end in Paris. Jane Fonda reinvents herself, once again, for the 80s.
Breathless by Garry McGee. Clara Bow Fake News: Portrait of Clara Bow, 's. In January the released a new song called "Homerun" on their app and in February released a song called "New Day" also on their app. This put to rest anything of a breakup although they still continue to pursue solo careers it also shows that Emblem3 is still going strong. Member Drew Chadwick is currently pursuing a solo career. The group is also scheduled to perform at music festivals and concert series throughout the summer such as Ramapo Summer Concert Series NY etc.
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