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Song of the Day #895

Song of the Day: Dark Eyes derives from the poetry of Yevhen Hrebinka and the "Valse Hommage" of Florian Hermann. It has been performed by so many artists in so many settings (from Joe Venuti to Itzhak Perlman, audio clips at those links). But today we throw the spotlight on that remarkable innovator Les Paul, who celebrates his 93rd birthday. Having worshiped at the altar of the great gypsy jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt, he is truly an "American Master." Check out the birthday boy at Iridium on Monday nights in New York City! Listen to an audio clip of Paul and take a look at YouTube (with some comic relief).