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Singin’ Bout The Rain

Isn’t this a lovely version of “Isn’t This A Lovely Day?” It’s an Irving Berlin song written for the 1935 Ginger Rogers Fred Astaire movie “Top Hat.” Mel Torme recorded it in 1946. This song often comes up on rainy days. It’s certainly one of my favorites.

Remember when I said love, loss, and bird flesh were the most important themes in music? You don’t? Well trust me I said it. Anyway I take it back! It’s love, loss, RAIN, then poultry. Need proof? Check out this or this or even this or this. Convinced yet? Okay then try this and this and this. I could go on all day, really. But I think the best song to describe the weather in LA right now is this one.

But if you don’t like that you can always try this. Oh wait, that’s another chicken one.

Hope it lets up soon California!

Jo Stafford And Guests

I believe “County Fair” and the other songs in the clip were first used in the 1948 film Disney film “So Dear To My Heart” which was slated to be Disney’s first live action feature until distributor RKO convinced Disney that no one would buy a non-animated film from him. This Torme, Stafford, Clooney, and Byrnes version is from a Jo Stafford’s 1961 TV show.

For the kids, Edd “Kookie” Byrnes starred in the 60s TV Series “77 Sunset Strip” as Gerald Lloyd ‘Kookie’ Kookson III and he was a teen dream! Fans of the 1978 movie “Grease” may remember him as Vince Fontaine.

Back in the 60’s I think there was some unwritten law that if you were a popular TV star you also had to record a pop song. Edd was no exception. Here he is with Connie Stevens doing their duet “Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb.” I’m pretty sure no one was ever hip enough to understand these lyrics.

Someone mentioned that popular music has lost its sense of fun. I actually like modern pop music… well okay “like” is a bit strong. Let’s just say I find it inoffensive and pleasant in small doses but I agree, it’s really not fun. “County Fair” and “Kookie’s Comb” would never get air time in this day and age and that’s a real shame. Pop music is made for people younger than me so it could just be my age talking but without a little “Kung Fu Fighting” to break it up, the cookie cutter monotony is terribly grating after a while. So, once again Celine Dion I hope you’re taking notes here because you could single handedly revitalize the music industry. Rick Dees’ “Disco Duck” is ripe for a remake!

Nat, Mel, or June: Can You Spot The Domestic Goddess?

This is a clip from “The Nat King Cole Show” which ran from 1956 -1957. I believe this is the first June Christy we’ve had on this thread! I love it when women show up. June was born in my home state Illinois and she began singing professionally at the tender age of 13. She came to prominence when she replaced Anita O’Day in Stan Kenton’s orchestra where she scored hits with “Tampico” and “How High The Moon.”  I always LOVE to hear Nat King Cole play and Mel Torme on drums is a treat!

While I was looking up info for this post, I came across some publicity photos of June. A couple showed her with her hubby in their spotless home in typical poses of 1950’s domesticity. It made me smile because my mom will be visiting all next week. I love my mom and we always look forward to her visits. Here’s my question though, why do I feel the need to imitate that same image of perfect domesticity whenever anyone comes over? I don’t live in squalor. A&E is not about to show up with a camera crew. But I work full time and I Mom full time too and I confess that when I have time to myself, I do not always feel like picking up a dust rag. But now that my mom is coming I am polishing and dusting and organizing like a mad woman! I’m thinking entertaining would be a lot less stressful if I just print up a form letter of domestic confession:

Dear [insert visitor here],

My knick knacks are often dusty, my toiletries are shamefully unorganized, and sometimes there’s pet hair on the furniture. I hope you can still find it in your heart to love me somehow.

Love
B

P.S. Caution: Restroom sometimes contains disgruntled flying rodent.

Mel Torme and Me

Last time I chose a fairly recent clip of “The Christmas Song.” This time I thought I’d post some vintage Mel. Here’s “When Sunny Gets Blue” because it’s one of my mom’s favorite songs.

Child prodigy Mel Torme began performing at age 4. He began composing at age 13 and had written his first hit record at 16. I gave my first performance at 4 too. I sang “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and recieved rave reviews from both my grandma AND my mommy!

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