Ill Wind


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Harold Arlen sings1934 Ill Wind (Arlen-Koehler) 24th Cotton Club Parade-d50-s3-c1a

Ill Wind (m. Harold Arlen, w. Ted Koehler)

“Ill Wind (You’re Blowin’ Me No Good)” was written for the 24th Edition of the Cotton Club Parade, the last on which the songwriting team of Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler worked, where it was originally sung by Adelaide Hall. The show opened on 23 March 1934. Another Arlen-Koehler standard, “As Long As I Live,” was also introduced in the show.

Harold Arlen — solo, piano and vocal — recorded on 6 February 1934; issued as Victor 24569, c/w “As Long As I Live”

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Eddy Duchin and his Orchestra-1

Eddy Duchin and his Orchestra, vocal: Harold Arlen — recorded on 28 February 1934; issued as Victor 24579-A, b/w “As Long As I Live”

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Will Osborne and his Orchestra, vocal: Will Osborne — recorded on 3 March 1934; issued on Perfect 15902, c/w “As Long As I Live”

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Leo Reisman and his Orchestra, vocal: Phil Neely — recorded on 5 April 1934; issued on Brunswick 6789, c/w “As Long As I Live,” vocal by “SS” (probably Sally Singer)

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Singer Maxine Sullivan of HOmestead at age 26 in 1938

Maxine Sullivan — recorded in NYC on 22 August 1939; issued on Victor 26344, c/w “Turtle Dove”

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Lena Horne with Orchestra conducted by Lou Bring — recorded on 15 December 1941; originally issued on the 1942 album Moanin’ Low, Victor P 118 (set of four shellac 10″ 78 rpm discs)

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Charlie Barnet--Capitol Big Band Sessions, 1998Trudy Richards 1

Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra : vocal: Trudy Richards – recorded on 16 August 1949; issued on Capitol 843, c/w “All the Things You Are”

audio file (Mp3) from trudyrichards.blogspot.com:


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Frank Sinatra — recorded at KHJ Studios, Hollywood on 16 February 1955; released on the album In the Wee Small Hours, arranger/conductor: Nelson Riddle, producer: Voyle Gilmore

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Dinah Washington — recorded on 12 November 1955; released on the 1956 album Dinah, EmArcy MG 36065

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1956 The Jazz Messengers-Columbia CL 897

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers — recorded in New York City, NY on 5 April 1956; issued on the 1956 album The Jazz Messengers, Columbia CL 897 — Donald Byrd (trumpet) Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone) Horace Silver (piano) Doug Watkins (bass) Art Blakey (drums)

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Dinah Washington — from the 1956 LP Dinah!, EmArcy MG 3606, which was recorded on 11 January and 11 November 1956

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Milt Jackson - Chuck Stewart-1-c1Milt Jackson — from the 1959 LP Bags’ Opus, United Artists Records ‎UAL 4022 — album recorded on 28 & 29 December 1958

Milt Jackson (Vibraphone)
Art Farmer (Trumpet)
Benny Golson (Tenor Saxophone)
Tommy Flanagan (Piano)
Paul Chambers (Bass)
Connie Kay (Drums)

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1961 After Hours-Sarah Vaughan-Roulette Records-R-520701961 After Hours-Sarah Vaughan-Roulette Records-R-52070, label (side B)

Sarah Vaughan — recorded at RKO-Pathe Studio, New York City, on 18 July 1961; released on the 1962 album After Hours, Roulette Records ‎R-52070

  • Mundell Lowe – guitar)
  • George Duvivier – double bass)

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Lee Morgan Sextet — recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on 18 September 1965: issued on the 1967 LP CornbreadBlue Note ‎BLP 4222 (mono), BST 84222 (stereo)

Lee Morgan (trumpet), Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone), Herbie Hancock (piano) Larry Ridley (bass) Billy Higgins (drums) — note: Jackie McLean (alto saxophone) sits out

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Athena at McElrath Cabaret
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 12:06:52

    Hi Jim: That Harold Arlen recording is one I’ve never heard before. So informative to hear what the composer himself does with a classic like this–that introduction for one part that really caught my ear. Thank you for your post!

    Reply

    • doc
      Feb 10, 2014 @ 21:46:17

      Hi Athena — How are you?
      I was surprised and delighted to come across the solo recording by Arlen. Hadn’t known about it, otherwise it would have appeared in my Arlen Sings Arlen page published in December (It’s in there now). The 1934 Eddy Duchin recording begins with the same rhythmic piano, featuring Arlen as the vocalist again, but the intro is only half as long, leading to an instrumental first run through the chorus.

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