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July 12, 2006

Song of the Day #693

Song of the Day: Lover Come Back to Me features the music of Sigmund Romberg and the lyrics of birthday boy Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally from the 1928 Broadway musical, "The New Moon," the song has been recorded by many artists. Listen to audio clips from renditions by a young Barbra Streisand, Billie Holiday (here too), a swingin' Bobby Darin, and a blazin' Dinah Washington. Speaking of "coming back," I'll "come back" to you when Notablog returns from summer hiatus. No new entries or new comments will be posted till then. So ... keep the music playing ...

July 11, 2006

Song of the Day #692

Song of the Day: Be Without You features the words and music of Johnta Austin, Brian Michael Cox, Jason Perry, and its singer: Mary J. Blige. While the original mix is classic Blige, nothing compares to the scalding Moto Blanco dance remix (audio clips at those links). "Put Your Hands Up!"

July 10, 2006

Song of the Day #691

Song of the Day: SOS (Rescue Me) features the words and music of Jonathan Rotem, E. Kidd Bogart, and Ed Cobb, whose "Tainted Love" is generously sampled. Listen to an audio clip of this huge dance-pop hit for Rihanna.

July 09, 2006

Song of the Day #690

Song of the Day: Tainted Love (full-length Soft Cell audio clip at that link), words and music by Ed Cobb, has been recorded by many artists. Gloria Jones first recorded it in the 1960s, and even Marilyn Manson recorded it (audio clip at that link), but no version was a bigger hit than the one by Soft Cell (which paired the song with The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go?").

July 08, 2006

Song of the Day #689

Song of the Day: Thou Swell, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers, is a classic song, first heard in the 1927 Broadway musical, "A Connecticut Yankee." It was also heard in the 1943 revival (audio clip from that production here). The song has been recorded by many musicians and singers through the years, including Fats Waller, an early Bill Evans with Don Elliott, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter and Ray Bryant, Tony Bennett, The Supremes, and Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole, each with a swingin' big band.

July 07, 2006

Song of the Day #688

Song of the Day: Laia LaDaia (Reza), words and music by Norman Gimbel, Edu Lobo, and Ruy Guerra, is a Brazilian sparkler, which has been recorded by several artists, including Marvin Gaye in a live rendition at the Copa. Listen to audio clips of renditions by Vikki Carr, Brasil 66, and Nancy Ames.

July 06, 2006

Song of the Day #687

Song of the Day: Polovetsian Dance No. 2, composed by Alexander Borodin, is a selection from the opera "Prince Igor." It is perhaps best known in popular circles as the theme of "Stranger in Paradise," with words and music by Robert Wright and George Forrest (adapted for the Broadway musical, "Kismet"). Listen to the original composition performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy conducting, and to the popular vocal renditions by Tony Bennett, the Four Aces, and Tony Martin.

July 05, 2006

Song of the Day #686

Song of the Day: Subway features the music and lyrics (with a bow to Petula Clark) of Paul Statham and Peter Murphy, who greatly influenced so-called "Goth Rock." Murphy moved from Bauhaus to a complex solo career; he has recorded this song several times. My favorite version is a live rendition, captured on the album "Alive Just for Love" (audio clip at that link), which includes a soaring electric violin solo by Hugh Marsh. Happy Anniversary, Sweetie.

July 04, 2006

Song of the Day #685

Song of the Day: Stars and Stripes Forever (audio clips at that link), composed by the "March King," John Philip Sousa, is one of those rousing compositions that one hears on Independence Day. I can't think of this day without fireworks and this American staple. Have a safe and happy holiday!

July 03, 2006

Song of the Day #684

Song of the Day: Tristeza (Goodbye Sadness) features the words and music of Haroldo Lobo and Niltinho, with English lyrics by Norman Gimbel. I love a version by Brasil 66 (who else?), from their album "Look Around" (audio clip at that link).

July 02, 2006

Song of the Day #683

Song of the Day: Hooked on You, words and music by Joseph Malloy and David Sanchez, was recorded by Sweet Sensation. Back in 1986, I packed the dance floors with a custom remix that I did of this song, using its "Diamond Dub" version. Listen to an audio clip of the original mix here.

July 01, 2006

Song of the Day #682

Song of the Day: Let's Face the Music and Dance is a classic Irving Berlin song that has been recorded by many artists.  Listen to audio clips of a finger-poppin' version by Tony Bennett and a Brazilian-influenced take by Diana Krall.