Night owl chat – The Great American Songbook, Part 1

Okay, I admit it. Now that I’m in middle age, all those songs which I always thought “not cool” sound pretty freaking awesome. Europe has opera. (We do too, but that’s for another post.) And we have songs which the whole world sings. So the first in an indefinite series on the Great American Songbook


Nat King Cole – It’s Only a Paper Moon


Michael Buble – I’ve Got The World on a String


Ray Charles – Georgia on my Mind


Sarah Vaughn – The Nearness of You


Aretha Franklin – Skylark


Duke Ellington – It Don’t Mean a Thing


Doris Day – S’wonderful / Starlift


Billie Holiday – The Man I Love


Ella Fitzgerald – All the Things You Are


Chat on, lovers of American music!

131 Responses to “Night owl chat – The Great American Songbook, Part 1”

  1. May 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Ok. This is great stuff!

  2. 8 No Child Left Behind
    May 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Great Post, LL.

    Good Evening TODVille!

  3. 10 jackiegrumbacher
    May 4, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    LL, I love these selections–real hummable melodies and words you can remember. Most of these were even before my time, but they go on and on because that’s what ‘classic’ means.

  4. May 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    An absolutely beautiful selection of songs and artists LL, thank you HUGELY!

  5. May 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    You have a great selection. Thanks LL.
    CONGRATS to Vetivera!
    To the moon. . .

    • 18 99ts
      May 4, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Enjoy the rest of your day CarolMae ๐Ÿ™‚

      • May 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm

        Thanks again 99t. Was just thinking of you and wondering if any of these were your mothers favorites.

        • 20 99ts
          May 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm

          Most are too young for my mother CarolMae – my sister and I were Ray Charles fans many years ago ๐Ÿ™‚

          • May 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm

            I get it wrong. The Tennessee Waltz?

            • 22 99ts
              May 4, 2014 at 11:02 pm

              That was it – did I miss it somewhere? My music of youth was limited to what we heard on 1 radio station – no stereo, no TV – talk about deprived ๐Ÿ™‚

              • May 4, 2014 at 11:10 pm

                Did you grow up in the Australia outback? ๐Ÿ˜‰ You have the best of memories though. No you didn’t miss it. It just came to me. I’m always mis-remembering things. Then I remember we discussed a few songs. Enjoy your day. We didn’t have much either.

                • 24 99ts
                  May 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm

                  Lived in a small country town on the Eastern Coast. We had little money – my mother would NEVER buy anything on “time payment”. Didn’t have a car until I was 12-13.

                  With TV – there was none in Australia until 1957, got to my town in the early 1960s – my folks bought one about 1971 – I was well into my 1st marriage by then!

                  But like most – it was a great childhood – sun surf sand & the movies every Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚

                  • May 4, 2014 at 11:27 pm

                    Think your Mom was smart not using the time-payment plan. I’m surprised by the one radio station on the East Coast, even though it was a small town. My Mom was worried that having the TV when I was young would ruin me. We had 3 stations. I think it’s so interesting knowing our TOD family backgrounds at least a little. We’re so diverse. A quilt. ๐Ÿ˜‰

                    • 26 99ts
                      May 4, 2014 at 11:39 pm

                      The radio station was not in our town – it was from a town 40 miles away! But I am forgetting – I should add that there was a government run radio that could be picked up all over the country (still there today, our equivalent of the BBC) – which was what my parents listened to 90% of the time – but the only music it played was classical. It had news, sport and some light entertainment.

                      We thought the US was a very advanced country in comparison to our Country. ๐Ÿ™‚

                    • May 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm

                      Our radio was on the same station for as long as I can remember until my teenage years. I don’t remember much music from it at all. But we did have a 78 record player with a few 78 records. Mom and Dad met at a dance hall. Not the kind with drinking, but it wasn’t long after the war.

                    • 28 99ts
                      May 5, 2014 at 12:11 am

                      Some things are the same – when I went to college we had a 78 player in our common room – at a time when 45s and 33s were readily available. My folks met a teachers college (before the war). They married when my dad was sent overseas.

                      Good stories and memories CarolMae – on your birthday and all.

                    • May 5, 2014 at 12:39 am

                      When I left home I realized my life was about 10 years behind those who grew up in bigger cities. There are many more good stories and memories to share. My cousin and I did a lot before my eye gave out and I gave up the computer most of the time. She has done so much research on Ancestry.com. Is this the version you heard; http://youtu.be/_Ek3eCbfqp0

                    • 30 99ts
                      May 5, 2014 at 1:01 am

                      Version I heard most of the time was my mother singing ๐Ÿ™‚ She probably heard that one – 1950 we were still living in the city – lots of radio stations.

                      We have lots in common – I use ancestry to research my family – have even found family in the US – around WV and PA

                    • May 5, 2014 at 1:06 am

                      That’s interesting. I’ve had family in Australia during WWII and other reasons but don’t know of any yet that lived there. Did you do your DNA? We found were a little Irish on my Mothers side but that’s as close as we’ve narrowed it down. I’ve got to say G’Day now. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m getting sleepy.

                    • 32 99ts
                      May 5, 2014 at 1:09 am

                      No dna – but I have roots in Ireland, England and Scotland

                      sleep well – look after the eyes

    • 35 Dudette
      May 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      For you lovely CarolMae!

  6. May 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    LL, I was preparing to post the following in the previous thread and then your lovely selection appeared and decided to wait a bit and post it here.

    Would urge everyone to watch the “Alonzo King Ballet Interview” posted in the previous thread as context for just how this artistic master and exceptional humanitarian thinks and creates. But, no matter what, I do hope you watch and share the following with everyone you know. What is most remarkable to me is how tightly aligned Alonzo and President Obama are re: empathy.

    Thank you, LL!

  7. 40 amk for obama
    May 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm

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    The frakin’ kraken is awake…..

  8. May 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    What I find to be one of the supreme ironies to white supremacists is that the Great American Songbook is based on African American music (AA’s are inferior) filtered and rearranged by Jewish songwriters (OMG Jews are ruling the world!!). And this music will last long after those KKK fools are forgotten in the dust.

  9. 53 GGAIL
    May 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Great choices LL, thanks!

    I was still on the last post stating that as a lefty, I wear my watch on my left wrist and I said PBO is also a lefty so which wrist does he wear his? We should have a pic or two…

  10. 54 Paulita
    May 4, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    When I told my mom that I wanted to learn to play the saxophone she said “why can’t you just clap your hands?”

  11. 56 yardarm756
    May 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Here’s one for ya LL. ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. 60 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Great selection LL! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 61 mtmarilyn
    May 4, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    LL, you have hit many of my favorites. I have found the older I love all kinds of music. Some I just can’t handle as loud as I use to. We are exited because here in Missoula Sir Paul is coming in Sept. This is WOW, WOW. I know we will be getting tickets. He is coming because the Rolling Stones did come afew years ago and they had a great time. It was a great performance. We heard Mick told Sir Paul this was a great place to come so he is coming. We also get to see ZZ top and Glen Beck this summer. We are on a music high.

  14. 62 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2014 at 10:27 pm

  15. 69 Dudette
    May 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Gotta mention Gershwin when you talk about the Great American Songbook. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here’s Audrey Hepburn singing a Gershwin classic. She would’ve been 85 today.

    • May 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      Was watching a report on BBC World. The leader of Boko Haram said that any women who feel into their hands would be treated as slaves. Despicable.

      • May 4, 2014 at 10:34 pm

        And the world stands idly by. If they had oil in their pockets, they’d be freed by now. Can’t even bear thinking about it.

        • May 4, 2014 at 10:47 pm

          What can we do…what should we do….I have been thinking about this…..the Nigerian government is either unwilling or unable to rescue the girls….PBO offered assistance…I.don’t know what kind of help it was or whether it was accepted

          • May 4, 2014 at 10:51 pm

            I’m at a loss Prettyfoot, I know Nigeria is a huge country, and the strife there is enormous, but I still cannot believe these girls have not been rescued yet. How could that number of human beings be hidden, unless no one is seriously looking for them. It’s mindblowing.

      • 76 anniebella
        May 4, 2014 at 10:38 pm

        The longer you live the more you learn that this world is fill with evil folks. I wish they fine these Boko Haram bastards and get rid of every last one of them.

  16. 78 Dudette
    May 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm

  17. 79 Dudette
    May 4, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    … and of course this

    • 80 jacquelineoboomer
      May 4, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      You may have mentioned it but Audrey would have been 85 today! She was one of my all-time role models. That film was one of about a handful that changed my life. #IsThereTruthSerumInThisWine? (Ha!)

  18. 81 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2014 at 10:38 pm

  19. 89 yardarm756
    May 4, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Another cocktail please.

  20. 99 MightyPamela
    May 4, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I watched PBO’s speech from last night again just now, and I’m thinking his joke about his ‘artistic side’, when the slide did not show up, was the driest and most sly of all his jokes!! I think the slide not showing up WAS the joke, as if he was saying he has no artistic side…. (or am I the only one who missed it?) Because he really seemed quite delighted with all the punch lines which followed!! I’m outta here, working tomorrow and did way too much around here today. What a weekend… Night y’all, music all around! http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

    • 100 jacquelineoboomer
      May 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      MP – I also thought it may have been a set-up for the later pre-planned “fiasco” where Kathleen Sebelius had to step in and fix the computer glitch, but what do I know!

      Goodnight, and sweet, sweet dreams to you!

  21. 101 amk for obama
    May 4, 2014 at 10:48 pm

  22. 102 hopefruit2
    May 4, 2014 at 10:51 pm

  23. 106 amk for obama
    May 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Moved my task bar from the bottom to the right. So much easier on the wrist.

  24. 110 amk for obama
    May 4, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    And I am outta here.

  25. May 4, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    All right kids, turning in. Enjoy the music. See y’all on the flip.

  26. 112 vcprezofan2
    May 4, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Je suis trรจs fatiguรฉe, moi. Bonne nuit, tout le monde, et Beaux Rรชves!

    • 113 jacquelineoboomer
      May 4, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      See you in Paris! #InMyDreams

    • May 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      ๆ™šๅฎ‰VC (Goodnight VC)

      • 116 vcprezofan2
        May 5, 2014 at 7:26 am


        (That’s it! I looked but they wouldn’t tell me how to say ‘driving me crazy’.) ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 117 99ts
      May 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      sweet dreams vc

      • 118 vcprezofan2
        May 5, 2014 at 7:29 am

        TY. May *your* dreams be untroubled, TS. [My trusty international clock tells me that it’s just about bedtime Monday night where you are. Was Monday a good day, or should I just go back to bed and await Tuesday? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ]

        • 119 99ts
          May 5, 2014 at 9:02 am

          Your clock had me going to bed rather early. Tis now 11pm & I’ve been watching Foyle on the TV.

          Monday was freezing – did we get a cold spell that started this weekend.

          • 120 vcprezofan2
            May 5, 2014 at 9:45 am

            ๐Ÿ˜‰ ‘Your clock had me going to bed rather early’

            Knowing you were up late at WHCD, was only trying to prod you to get a full night’s sleep…while nothing major was happening. ๐Ÿ˜€

            • 121 99ts
              May 5, 2014 at 9:57 am

              WHCD started around 9am here – PBO spoke about 11.30am and I turned off the other guy. Evening events in the US fit very nicely into my schedule (unless I have things to do in the real world).

              Years since I had a “full nights sleep” – think it’s an age thing – I rarely sleep more than 4 hours at a stretch – but I can do that 2 or 3 times a day ๐Ÿ™‚

              • 122 vcprezofan2
                May 5, 2014 at 10:01 am

                Duh….shows how much, and how well, I think. ๐Ÿ˜€

                BTW, I envy all you people who can nap during the day. My body definietly reacts to, I’d almost say is programmed by, sunlight.

                • 123 99ts
                  May 5, 2014 at 10:12 am

                  I envy anyone who can go to bed & sleep for 8 hours ๐Ÿ™‚ – and now being 12:12 – I’ll head off for the first 4 hours – enjoy your day

  27. May 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm

  28. 125 carolyn
    May 4, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks for this night of music LL……I go way back to these and further back. Know them all well. When we used to travel as a family, every summer, we sang. My folks knew ALL the songs from the 20s and 30s and 40s…. so my sister and I learned those too. Weird to hear kids of 12 & 14 singing songs from the 30s in the 50s and 60s…….but we all sang, the four of us, in parts. Best vocal training I ever had. My dad and sister sang melody, my mom and I sang harmony. That was how I learned to sing harmony, which prepared me for choirs and ensembles later in life.

    During the 20s & 30s, my mom and two of her brothers used to go to the dime stores in downtown Kansas City and advertise sheet music. Uncle Harold played the piano (he was concert class) and my mom and her other brother sang the songs. The three of them sold more sheet music than any other combo. So…..my mother had a limitless treasure trove of songs.

    • 126 jacquelineoboomer
      May 4, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      What a great family story! I still have some of my grandmother’s sheet music (she played the piano), also a treasure.

  29. 128 Dudette
    May 4, 2014 at 11:37 pm

  30. 129 Bill R.
    May 4, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I grew up with these songs. Most of them I first heard on the radio. In my childhood we didn’t have a television, so our entertainment was the radio. My childhood encompassed the pre-rock swing/jazz era. I grew up with the voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole, two of my mother’s favorites. I used to play some of them on a little 45 Rpm turntable I got as a child. And Julie London, she has a tremendous start as a jazz singer. Sadly she faded with age and ended up playing bit parts on television. And Sam Cooke, what a talent. There is no inspirational song like “A Change Gonna Come”.

  31. 130 Bill R.
    May 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    As a graduate student in Bologna, Italy in the fall f 1971 I attended a jazz concert where Ray Charles was headlined along with several other jazz greats of the period. If memory serves, he performed “Georgia on my Mind” and brought the house down. The Italians knew his music well and loved him. He was especially spectacular in a live concert.

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