Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Blue Skies"

OK, back to the 20's: This pop 1926 pop classic was written by Irving Berlin for the Rodgers & Hart musical "Betsy". Belle Baker drew 24 (!) encores for the song on opening night. First recorded by Ben Selvin and His Orchestra with Charles Kaley on vocals as "The Knickerbockers" in '27, topping the Pop charts. One of the 9 songs by Al Jolson featured in the 1st "talkie", "The Jazz Singer". Count Basie and Benny Goodman charted with it in '46. My favorite version happens to be Willie Nelson's from "Stardust" in '78 which topped the Country charts.

Yesterday's answer: "Falling Slowly". From Jeff Bluml: "Glen is also a standout in the movie "The Commitments." We blended their version of Al Green's Take Me To The River with The Talking Heads and Al's. We actually give credit to Al Green's Committed Talking Head." Me: Agree 100% - beautiful tune and the movie is not to be missed!

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