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Today Thursday November 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Brand New Heavies - Riverside, Neptune House, Close, Newcastle NE1 3RQ. 7:00pm. £25.00.

Alice Grace-Jordan Alfonso Quintet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student).

Son Yambu - Whorlton Village Hall, Barnard Castle DL12 8XD. Tel: 01833 627253. 7:30pm. £10.00., £5.00. child, £25.00. family.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (slto sax); Dave Archbold (keys). - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Skylark Flies Over The Rainbow

On another site, regular Bebop Spoken Here contributor Liz makes reference to the song "Skylark". As I was bored I looked up the song in the poor man's Britannica - Wikopedia - and came across the following gem. "Skylark" is an American popular song with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Hoagy Carmichael, published in 1942. Mercer said that he struggled for a year after he got the music from Carmichael before he could get the lyrics right. The yearning expressed in the lyrics is Mercer's longing for Judy Garland, with whom Mercer had an affair. You learn something everyday.

5 comments :

Liz said...

how very interesting. Somehow I find that an unlikely pairing, but what do I know!! "Skylark" is one of my all time faves though. I loved Marion Montgomery singing it, she had that earthyness about her, and such facial expressions. Another one of Hoagey's which she did well was..believe it or not, I have forgotten the title, it mentions sweet Orleander...Lance will know it I know!

Liz said...

"Memphis in June", I remembered it as soon as I had sent that last blog...always the way!

Lance said...

Yes, one of the good ones. I love the opening lines;

Memphis in June,
A shady veranda,
Under a sunny blue sky.
Memphis in June,
And Cousin Amanda's
Making a rhubarb pie.."

Magic! I can almost taste the rhubarb pie and smell the sweet oleander.
Surprisingly, it wasn't a Johnny Mercer lyric although he did sing it on record, the words were actually by Paul Francis Webster.

Hoagy also did okay with the previous month - One Morning in May is another gem, words this time by Mitchell Parish.

Anonymous said...

I too had read somewhere that Johnny Mercer was in love with Judy. She was married to David Rose at the time. However he wrote "That Old Black Magic" for her as well, Johnny Mercer that is, and of course she got to sing that one.

Liz said...

Yes, One morning in May, magical stuff...where did they get their inspiration? However I guess the world was young and so were they...'nuff said!

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