Friday, February 11, 2011

"I Remember You" by Frank Ifield.

OK, more 60's one-hit wonders: Born in England and raised in Australia, this country/pop crooner's one hit came in '62 with a cover of a 1941 Schertzinger/Mercer composition. He taught himself yodeling and falsetto by listening to Hank Snow. The song made its debut in the 1942 movie "The Fleet's In" sung by Dorothy Lamour backed by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. The '62 version topped the charts in the UK and peaked at #5 in the US. Covered by Slim Whitman, Nat "King" Cole and even the early Beatles. Johnny Mercer dedicated the song to Judy Garland, with whom he had an on-and-off relationship even though both of them were married - “I wrote it for Judy Garland. I always had such a crush on Garland I couldn't think straight, so I wrote this song.” Artist? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen. The word "genius' falls short when describing Leonard Cohen."Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, There is a crack, a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in." Pure delight in Cohen's face from backstage as he proudly listens to his "angels" Julie and Perla sing his opus.

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