Thursday, August 18, 2011

"Save The Last Dance For Me" by The Drifters.

OK, back to the 60's: Doc Pomus was struck with polio at an early age and ambulated with crutches. His wife was a Broadway dancer and actress. In this 60' Latin-melody collaboration with Mort Shuman he shows his vulnerability and fear especially when they would go out to parties. It topped both the Pop and R&B charts and is ranked #182 among Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. First recorded by The Drifters with Ben E. King on lead vocals and the great Bucky Pizzarelli on Spanish guitar. Produced by Leiber and Stoller and co-produced by a young and yet unknown Phil Spector. Masterfully covered by Jay and The Americans. (Lyricist Jerry Leiber left us yesterday at the age of 78.)

Yesterday's answer: Blood, Sweat and Tears. "And When I Die", "Spinning Wheel" and "You Make Me So Very Happy". Garibaldi coined the phrase "blood, toil, tears and sweat" in 1849. Teddy Roosevelt also used it in 1897. Most famously spoken by Sir Winston Churchill while addressing The House of Commons of Parliament in 1940: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.".

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