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2010 Top £0 New and Old #3

Josh Ritter released another great album this year in the form of “So Runs The World Away”

However my favourite is from the famous Daytrotter Sessions and is a great cover of one of Fiona’s favourite songs.

“Moon River” – Josh Ritter

To buy the music of Josh Ritter click HERE

For another post on Josh Ritter click HERE

Paul Newman & Duke Ellington

I rediscovered the joys of “Paris Blues” both film and soundtrack this year.

“Take The “A” Train” – Duke Ellington

To buy the soundtrack click HERE


December 28, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, Fiona, Jazz, Movies, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

George Weiss (April 9, 1921 – August 23, 2010)

During my recent sabbatical from posting I had failed to clock the news of the passing of the great songwriter George David Weiss.

He had originally planned a career as a lawyer or accountant, but his love for music led him to the Julliard School of Music where he honed his skills in writing and arranging. This experience led to writing arrangements for Stan Kenton, Vincent Lopez and Johnny Richards.

Weiss went on to write some of the most popular pop songs of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.He worked with many collaborators, but a large number of his well-known songs were written with Bennie Benjamin.

Weiss also had successful song hits with other composers. That list includes “Lullaby of Birdland” (1952, with George Shearing), and two of my favourite songs of all time “Can’t Help Falling In Love” (1961, with Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, recorded by Elvis Presley), “What A Wonderful World” (1967, with Bob Thiele, recorded by Louis Armstrong).

“Can’t Help Falling In Love” – Elvis Presley

To buy the music of Elvis Presley click HERE

“What A Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong

To buy the music of Louis Armstrong click HERE

For a full obituary from The Scotsman click HERE

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October 1, 2010 Posted by | News, Old Music | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Sounds – La Vie en Rose

La Vie en rose” (Life through rose-coloured glasses, literally Life in pink) was the signature song of French singer Édith Piaf.

Piaf first popularized the song in 1946. The lyrics were written by Piaf and the melody of the song by “Louiguy” (Louis Gugliemi). Initially, Piaf’s peers and her songwriting team did not think the song would be successful, but it became a favorite with audiences.

An English version of the lyrics was written later by Mack David. Owing to its popularity, the song appeared on most of Piaf’s subsequent albums.

Here is the great Louis Armstrong with his version featuring the English lyrics.

July 18, 2010 Posted by | Jazz Vocal, Movies, Video | , | Leave a comment

Christmas Jukebox

Despite all my efforts it seems that Christmas cannot be ignored although I would rather draw the curtains and turn out the lights sometimes you have got to put on a face and get on with it.

Christmas only comes once a year and as such you need to let it happen as you never know what might be right around the next corner.

So to make posting easy for the coming week my concentration will be on the festive song, hopefully you will find some new holiday songs you can actually enjoy and hopefully some will re-kindle childhood memories or memories forgotten after dubious office parties.

First up a nice new cover version of an old Jim Reeves standard from the great Camera Obscura

“The Blizzard” – Camera Obscura

There’s a blizzard comin’ on how I’m wishin’ I was home
For my pony’s lame and he can’t hardly stand
Listen to that northern sigh if we don’t get home we’ll die
But it’s only seven miles to Mary Anne
It’s only seven miles to Mary Anne
You can bet we’re on her mind for it’s nearly christmas time
And I’ll bet there’s hot biscuits in the pan
Lord, my hands feel like they’re froze and there’s a numbness in my toes
But, it’s only five more miles to Mary Anne
It’s only five more miles to Mary Anne
That wind’s howlin’ and it seems mighty like a woman’s screams
So we’d best be movin’ faster if we can
Dan just think about that barn with that hay so soft and warm
For it’s only three more miles to Mary Anne
It’s only three more miles to Mary Anne
Dan get up you ornery cuss or you’ll be the death of us
I’m so weary but I’ll help you if I can
All right Dan perhaps it’s best that we stop awhile and rest
For it’s still a hundred yards to Mary Anne
It’s still a hundred yeards to Mary Anne
Late that night the storm was gone and they found him there at dawn
He’d a made it but he couldn’t leave ol’ Dan
Yes, they found him there on the plains his hands frozed to the reins
He was just a hundred yards from Mary Anne
He was just a hundred yards from Mary Anne

Now didn’t that just cheer you all up.


Well try this then

“Zat You Santa Claus?” – Louis Armstrong

‘Zat You, Santa Claus?
Gifts I’m preparing for some Christmas sharing,
But I pause because,
Hanging my stocking I can hear a knocking.
‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
Sure is dark out, ain’t the slightest spark out.
‘Pon my slackened jaw!
Who’s there? Who is it stopping for a visit?
‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
Are you bringing a present for me,
Something pleasantly pleasant for me?
Then it’s just what I’ve been waiting for.
Would you mind slipping it under the door?
Cold winds are howling, or could that be growling?
My legs feel like straws.
My my oh me my, kindly would you reply?
‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
Hanging the stocking, I can hear a knocking.
‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
I say, who’s there, who is it? Are you stopping for a visit?
‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
Oh there, Santa, you gave me a scare.
Now stop teasing cause I know you’re there.
We don’t believe in no goblins today,
But I can’t explain why I’m shaking that way.
Bet I can see ole Santa in the keyhole.
I’ll get to the cause.
One peek and I’ll try there; oh oh, there’s an eye there!
‘Zat you, Santa Claus?
Please, please, pity my knees!
Say that’s you, Santa Claus!

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Jazz Vocal, New Music, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

Jeepers Creepers

Picture : Sablan Bruni

Picture : Sablan Bruni

“Jeepers Creepers” is a popular 1938 song and jazz standard. The music was written by Harry Warren and the lyrics by Johnny Mercer, for the movie Going Places. It was premiered by Louis Armstrong and has since been covered by dozens of other artists.

This song was featured in the 1938 film Going Places starring Richard Powell, Anita Louise, Louis Armstrong and Ronald Reagan. Louis Armstrong plays the part of Gabriel, the trainer of a race horse named Jeepers Creepers. Jeepers Creepers is a very wild horse and can only be soothed enough to let someone ride him when Gabriel plays the song “Jeepers Creepers” on his trumpet or sings it to him. Louis Armstrong’s character, Gabriel, had written the song specifically for the horse, Jeepers Creepers.

“Jeepers Creepers” – Louis Armstrong

Jeepers, creepers….whered ya get them peepers
Jeepers, creepers…whered ya get those eyes
Gosh oh, git up….howd they get so lit up
Gosh oh, gee oh….howd they get that size

Golly gee…when you turn them heaters on
Woe is me…got to put my cheaters on

Jeepers, creepers….whered ya get them peepers
Oh, those weepers….how they hypnotize

(instrumental break)

Jeepers, creepers….whered ya get them peepers
Oh, those weepers….how they hypnotize
Where did ya get those
Golly whered ya get those
Where did ya get them there eyes


To buy the music of Louis Armstrong click HERE

October 17, 2009 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Jazz Vocal, Movies, Old Music, Video | | Leave a comment

Christmas Jazz For A Sunday

Here are some laid back jazz to wrap your presents to.


“O Come All Ye Faithfull” – Chet Baker (MP3)


“Jingle Bells” – Duke Ellington (MP3)


“Christmas Night In Harlem” – Louis Armstrong (MP3)

December 21, 2008 Posted by | Christmas | , , | Leave a comment


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