This Mitzi Gaynor/Benny Goodman clip is from a show which is showing a clip from Mitzi Gaynor’s 1978 TV special “Mitzi… What’s Hot, What’s Not.” (Draw a flowchart. That makes sense, I promise.)
Mitzi was born Francesca Marlene de Czanyi von Gerber. Gee, I can’t imagine why she shortened it. She began her career in 1943 at age 12 as a ballet dancer in the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera corps de ballet. She made her film debut in 1949 in the movie “My Blue Heaven” and then went on to star in several hits like “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “South Pacific.” Mitzi stopped making movies in 1960 but she had a string of television specials through the 60’s and 70’s. She is currently touring with her one woman show “Razzle Dazzle: My Life Behind The Sequins.”
The “What’s Hot, What’s Not” special starred “Love Boat’s” Gavin McLeod, “Young And The Restless'” John McCook, and jazz legend Benny Goodman so apparently they were “Hot” in 1978. I have never been cool but I never realized just how tragically unhip I was until now. Back then I was into stuff like the Bee Gees, mood rings, and “Charlie’s Angels.” If only I had listened to Mitzi Gaynor I might never have turned out to be giant nerd I am today. Bah who am I kidding, no offense to Mitzi but I’m glad I had bell bottom pants and huge hair wings. I LOVE being the giant nerd I am today!
I love Art Tatum! I’ve posted about him a few times on this blog and listened to him on You Tube quite a lot but I still haven’t bought any of his music. Looks like I have my second resolution for 2011 set! The first is this blog. I just finished a three month post every day run but I think I want to do 100 more days. Sorry dear readers, looks like you’re stuck hearing from me every day until April 11, 2011! Yipee! Hearing my tired old stories day in and day out will never get old!
But let’s get back to the point. Here’s Art Tatum doing a number written by Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Walter Hirsch and Clarence Profit called “Lullaby In Rhythm.”
My first dream of 2011 involved Jay Leno, the Mythbusters, and Kool-aid so I guess the lullaby gave me sweet dreams. I mean sure it had Leno in it but he was doing stand up and bombing so all in all I think it was a pretty good New Year omen.
NOTE: My friend had talked about listening to Bing’s version of Bob White.
Bob White is a swinging little number but I had the devil of a time trying to find videos of it! I finally came up with this 1937 version by Martha Tilton with Benny Goodman’s orchestra. The lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer who I just “discovered” thanks to my friend. I put discovered in quotes because Mercer penned many of the best songs of the 20th century and I had no idea!
And now for more Bing! Here’s the song my friend was probably listening to when he thought of the music from The Shining. It’s called “Moonlight Becomes You” and it really is very similar to the song “Midnight and the Stars and You” in the movie.