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AUGUST 29, 2009
Song of the Day: Blame it on the Boogie, words and music by Mick Jackson, David Jackson, and Elmar Krohn, was recorded in 1978 by both Mick Jackson and The Jacksons (no relation between them). The Jacksons' version, my favorite, sported an infectious and happy disco beat, and a sweet R&B-laced vocal by its extraordinarily talented lead singer, who, today, would have been 51 years old. In remembrance of Michael Jackson's birthday, Spike Lee is sponsoring a day-long festival in Brooklyn's Prospect Park today. From the Jacksons' album, "Destiny," take a YouTube trip down memory lane. (And check out Mick Jackson's original version on YouTube as well!)
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Posted by: 4yous | December 31, 2009 10:00 AM
AUGUST 13, 2009
Song of the Day: How
High the Moon, music by Morgan
Lewis, lyrics by Nancy
Hamilton, is one of those great
jazz standards that has been recorded by so many musicians through
the years. One of my favorite versions is by the master jazz violinists Stephane
Grappelli and Stuff Smith (audio clip at that link). Benny
Goodman and Helen
Forest recorded a terrific rendition (YouTube clip at that link) and Ella Fitzgerald recorded it several times as well (check out an audio clip from "Ella in Berlin"). But the song went to #1 on the Billboard chart in a classic version by Mary Ford and Les Paul. Les passed away today; he was a wonderfully talented musician and a titanic innovator in the art and science of modern recording. Check out Les and Mary on YouTube.