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14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Billie Holiday - You're a Lucky Guy (Vocalion Records 1939)


I first heard this Saul Chaplin/Sammy Cahn song about 70 years after it was first recorded. Where had I been all these years?

The Damascus moment came via Roly Veitch at the Side Café - remember those wonderful Monday evening sessions?

Since then, apart from Billie's (and Roly's) versions I've heard it by Louis, Daryl Sherman, Rebecca Kilgore, Artie Shaw and Dave Frishberg as well as instrumental versions by Ruby Braff and Clifford Brown.

I suspect there maybe be something in the lyric that I'm missing - not sure - but it is a great song that seems to have bypassed a lot of the current crop of both singers and instrumentalists. Still, thanks to Roly, I feel I'm the lucky guy - Lance

PS: Olive Rudd could do a job on it - are you listening Olive?

3 comments :

Patti said...

Such a great song, this one! Billie, with Buck Clayton, Lester Young, etc. - maybe Teddy or Joe Sullivan on piano. Fabulous. I'd love to hear Roly singing it sometime too!

Lance said...

Alan Rudd tells me that Olive has been singing "You're a Lucky Guy" for quite a few years going back to the Burton House where Ronnie Pipe wrote an arrangement for her.

Ann Alex said...

Lance I'm totally intrigued by the lyrics of this song and like you I'm not sure if I'm missing something. Is the singer singing about herself and the lucky guy, or the guy and another woman? Billie doesn't sing it in an ironic way. it's quite different when sung by a man (I listened to Dave Frishberg) unless of course the two men are in a gay relationship.

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