I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day

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So I published a page today on the song “California Dreamin’,” written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips in 1963 and recorded by The Mamas and the Papas in November 1965. Here’s a link to the page:

California Dreamin’

 

Selected recordings included in the page:

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  • The Mamas and the Papas – live at the Monterey Pop Festival, Sunday, 18 June 1967
  • The Brass Ring, featuring Phil Bodner — issued in September 1966 on the single Dunhill D-4047, b/w “Samba De Orfeo (Black Orpheus)” — This seems to have been the same track featured on the Brass Ring albums Lara’s Theme (1966) and The Dis-Advantages of You (1967), each released on Dunhill Records.
  • Bud Shank — first track on the 1966 album California Dreamin’, (US) World Pacific WPS-21845, WS-21845, and also issued in 1966 on the single World Pacific 77824 — 45cat.com suggests that the single World Pacific 77824 (also WP-77824) was issued in May 1966. However, this may be incorrect because according to JazzDisco.org, the session that produced World Pacific 77824 occurred in August 1966.
  • Hugh Masekela – initial track on the 1966 LP Hugh Masekela’s Next Album, MGM Records E-4415 (Mono), SE-4415 (Stereo)
  • Bobby Womack — from Womack’s debut studio album, Fly Me to the Moon, Minit LP-24014, released in 1968; also issued in November 1968 on the single Minit 32055, b/w “Baby, You Oughta Think It Over”
  • José Feliciano

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  • Igginbottom — from their 1969 album ‘Igginbottom’s Wrench, (UK) Deram DML 1051 (Mono), SML 1051 (Stereo)
  • Winston Francis — originally released in 1970 on the album California Dreaming, (Jamaica, UK) Bamboo BDLPS 216; also issued on the 1970 single (Jamaica) Bamboo BAM 48, b/w “Soul Stew” (B-side by Jackie Mittoo & Sound Dimention)
  • Rosa Maria (Rosa Marya Colin) — originally released in 1988 on the single (Brazil) Estúdio Eldorado ‎ MIX 136.88.0542, b/w “Summertime II (B-side by Rosa Maria and Tony Osanah); also included on the 1989 album Rosa Maria, (Brazil) Philips 838 003-1
  • John Phillips — from the 2001 album Phillips 66, Eagle Records WK18854
  • Jim Young — instrumental, published 19 June 2013
  • Monophonics — from their 2018 album Mirrors, Transistor Sound TSR006 (CD), TSR-006 (12-inch disc)
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A summer night’s magic, enthralling me so

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Howdy. This post serves is to announce the expansion of the previously published feature Under a Blanket of Blue. I’ve added a dozen recordings over the past couple of days, plus a list of of the 32 recordings included in the page, and made it into a three part feature. Here are links to the three parts (or pages) of the feature:

Each page of the feature has links to all three pages. Recordings included in the feature still cover the time span 1933-1963, as they did before these additions. I may eventually add some more recent recordings.

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Under a Blanket of Blue (m. Jerry Livingston*, w. Al J. Neiburg and Marty Symes) — 1933 standard

Recordings added to the page yesterday and today:

  • The Southern Sisters — recorded in London on 10 October 1933; issued on the single (UK) Decca F.3690, c/w “Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia”
  • Paramount 6247 piano roll, played by Larry Arden — 1933
  • Maxine Gray with orchestra directed by David Rose — radio transcription; from the 27 June 1940 episode of the California Melodies program (see Old Time Radio Downloads, Old Time Radio Catalog OTRCAT.com)
  • Glenn Miller and his Orchestra — from the 19 December 1940 episode of the Chesterfield Cigarettes “Moonlight Serenade” radio series
  • Barry Wood and The Melody Maids, with orchestra directed by Henry Sylvern — radio transcription; from, according to the video provider, a 1946 episode of The Barry Wood Show
  • Benny Goodman Sextet – recorded in New York on 30 July 1952; released on the 1954 album The New Benny Goodman Sextet, Columbia CL 552 — session personnel: Benny Goodman (cl), Terry Gibbs (vib), Teddy Wilson (p), Mundell Lowe (g), Sid Weiss (b), Don Lamond (d)
  • Art Tatum – Benny Carter – Louis Bellson — recorded on 25 June 1954 in Los Angeles, CA; originally released on the 1958 album Makin’ Whoopee, Verve Records MG V-8227
  • Billy Tipton Trio — from the 1955 album Sweet Georgia Brown, Tops L1522
  • Jane Froman — from the 1957 album Songs At Sunset, Capitol Records T889/T-889; also included on the 1957 EP Songs At Sunset, Part 2, Capitol EAP 2-889
  • Doris Day — from her 1957 LP Day By Night, Columbia CL 1053

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* credited under his birth name, Jerry Levinson

Look out, it’s coming in your direction

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Hi, folks! Hope you’ve been having a splendid summer. I published a new page tonight (Thursday 30 August), on the song “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.” It was written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Jerry Ross*, and introduced in 1966 by Dee Dee Warwick. Here’s a link to the page:

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

The page includes the following recordings:

  • Dee Dee Warwick with back vocals by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson — issued in November 1966 on the single Mercury 72638**, c/w “Yours Until Tomorrow” (Goffin & King) — produced by Jerry Ross, arranged by Jimmy Wisner — US singles chart success: #13 R&B, #88 Hot 100 in December 1966

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  • Dee Dee Warwick — B-side of the single (UK) Mercury MF 953, issued in December 1966, with “Yours Until Tomorrow” as the A-side
  • Jerry Butler — from the 1967 album Soul Artistry, Mercury Records SR 61105, SR-61105 (Stereo), MG 21105, MG-21105 (Mono)
  • Madeline Bell — originally released in November 1967 on her album Bell’s A Poppin’, and issued in January 1968 on the single Philips 40517, b/w “Picture Me Gone” (Taylor, Gorgoni) — Billboard Hot 100 singles chart success: #26 Hot 100, #32 R&B in April 1968
    • Madeline Bell — Beat Club promo video

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  • Aesop’s Fables — issued in July 1968 on the single Cadet Concept 7005, b/w “They Go Out and Get It” — also released in 1969 on the LP (US, Canada) In Due Time, Cadet Concept LPS-323
  • Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations — A recording of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” is included on their collaborative album Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations, which was released on 8 November 1968. Less than two weeks later, a slightly shorter edit (2:56 vs. 3:05 on the album) was issued on the single Motown M 1137 (also M-1137, MOTOWN 1137, etc.), b/w “A Place in the Sun.” Released on 21 November 1968, it became a top ten hit, peaking at #2 for two weeks in December that year.
  • The Lennon Sisters — originally released on their 1968 album The Lennon Sisters Today!!, Mercury SR 61164, SR-61164
  • The Temptations — performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show, Season 21, Episode 16 — airdate: 2 February 1969
  • Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross — live performance taped for the television series The Hollywood Palace, Season 6, Episode 22 — airdate: 8 March 1969

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  • Reuben Wilson — recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 21 March 1969; released on the 1969 album Love Bug, Blue Note BST 84317 — personnel: Reuben Wilson – organ, Lee Morgan – trumpet, George Coleman – tenor saxophone, Grant Green – guitar, Leo Morris – drums
  • Count Buffalo & The Jazz Rock Band — from the album Soul & Rock, (Japan) Denon ‎CD-5010, released on 25 July 1969
  • Peter Nero — originally released on his 1969 album I’ve Gotta Be Me, Columbia CS 9800; album reissued in the UK in 1973 under the title Piano Magic of Peter Nero, Embassy EMB 31008
  • Roy Meriwether — from his 1969 album Preachin‘, Capitol Records, ST 243, ST-243

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See also Songbook’s other Gamble & Huff pages:

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* Although Billboard, on page 18 of its 12 November 1966 issue, and the labels of early recordings credited only “Gamble-Ross” (Kenny Gamble and Jerry Ross) as writers of the song, BMI presently credits Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Jerry Ross as the songwriters. On disagreements regarding the songwriting credits, Wikipedia says:

Most versions of the song credit the songwriting to Jerry Ross and Kenny Gamble, who were the only two writers named on original record labels. Some recordings also credit Jerry Williams as a third writer, although BMI and some other sources credit Leon Huff, rather than Williams.

** According to 45cat.com, “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” is on the A-side of the US single Mercury 72638, and “Yours Until Tomorrow” is on the B-side. This order is confirmed in the 12 November 1966 issue of Billboard Magazine, where the single is announced on page 18, in the “Pop Spotlights” column. On the corresponding UK single, Mercury MF 953, the sides are reversed.

like a half forgotten song

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Today I published four new pages. Here are links to them:

See also the recent page: Alec Wilder slide show and gallery — published 11 April.

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Blackberry Winter (Alec Wilder, Loonis McGlohon)

In the book Alec Wilder in Spite of Himself: A Life of the Composer, by Desmond Stone (1996), in discussing the 1976 collaborations between Alec Wilder and Loonis McGlohon, the author says on page 206:

“Where’s the Child I Used to Hold?” has not been widely performed since Dick Haymes sang it, but that is certainly not true for “Blackberry Winter,” another 1976 Wilder-McGlohon collaboration, one set apart by its haunting sixteenth-note motive and its unexpected harmonic and rhythmic progressions…

Wilder has recalled that he wrote the tune on a day when he was visiting McGlohon and fussing at the piano:

Something I played pleased him so I worked out the idea into a full length melody. He expressed interest in putting a lyric to it. I was convinced that my rhythmically unconventional devices would seriously hinder any attempt to find adequate words. Not at all. Mr. McGlohon, in his usual impeccable taste, found all the right words even if the phrase “blackberry winter” is unfamiliar to Northerners.

Recordings included in part 1, 1976-2009:

Teddi King – vocal
Loonis McGlohon – piano, arrangement
Mel Alexander – bass
Jim Lackey – drums

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  • Keith Jarrett Trio — from sessions recorded at Generation Sound Studios, NYC, October 14, 15 & 16, 1976; released on the 1977 album Bop-Be, (US) Impulse! Records AS-9334, IA-9334, (UK) ABC Records IMPL 8053 — Keith Jarrett – piano, Charlie Haden – bass, Paul Motian – drums
  • Roland Hanna — from the 1980 LP Plays the Music of Alec Wilder, Inner City Records IC 1072
  • Dolly Dawn — from her 1981 album Memories of You, Dawn Records DDI 2001, Audiophile Records ACD-201 — personnel for this  track: Dolly Dawn – vocal, Bucky Pizzarelli – guitar, Phil Bodner – flute
  • Joe Derise — from the 1981 LP House of Flowers, Audiophile AP-153
  • Loonis McGlohon — originally released on the 1981 or 1982* album Loonis in London, Audiophile Records AP-166 — A 1996 CD album titled Loonis and London, Audiophile Records ACD-166, features the eleven tracks from the original album, plus an additional ten tracks.
  • Mike Campbell & Tom Garvin — from the 1984 LP Blackberry Winter, ITI Records ‎JL 009
  • Joyce Breach with Jerry Melaga — recorded in 1985; released in 1995 on the CD album Songbird, Audiophile ACD-199 — personnel, this track: Joyce Breach vocal, accompanied by Jerry Melaga on piano
  • Marlene VerPlanck — from her 1986 album Sings Alec Wilder, Audiophile AP-218, Audiophile (D)AP-218 (gatefold cover)
  • Joyce Breach with the Loonis McGlohon Quartet — from her 1991 CD album Confessions, Audiophile Records ACD-269 — album personnel (from Jazzology.com): Loonis McGlohon – piano, arrangement; Joe Negri – guitar; Virgil Walter – string bass; Reid Hoyson – drums
  • Alexis Cole, accompanied by Harry Pickens on piano — from the 1999 CD album Very Early
  • Valerie Errante, Robert Wason, Ken Meyer, Aleck Brinkman ‎– from the 2000 album Songs Of Alec Wilder, Albany Records TROY 404
  • David Daniels and Craig Ogden ‎– from the 2003 album A Quiet Thing: Songs for Voice and Guitar, on Virgin Classics — album review by Raymond Tuttle at Classical.net
  • Jack Donahue — from the CD album Strange Weather, released in May 2004 on the PS Classics label — album review: Playbill
  • Stéphy Haïk — from the musical program Lambert Wilson chante la Nuit américaine, recorded live at the Opéra Comique in Paris on 7, 8 & 9 June 2005; released 20 October 2005 on the DVD “La Nuit Americaine” — music arranged by Régis Huby

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  • Thomas Marriott · Bill Anschell · Jeff Johnson · John Bishop — from the 2007 CD album The Cool Season – An Origin Records Holiday Collection, Vol. 2, Origin Records 82494
  • Marian McPartland — piano solo from her 2008 CD album Twilight World, Concord Music Group, Inc. ‎CCD-30528; album recorded on 11 & 12 September 2007
  • Solon High School jazz choir “Blame It On Our Youth,” of Solon, Ohio — published on YouTube, 10 May 2009 — featured soloists are video provider momomiller, Sami McAtee, Melanie Breza, and Kami Schmidt

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The world over was blue clover

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Late Saturday night (28 April) I published a page on the song “One Morning in May,” with music by Hoagy Carmichael and words by Mitchell Parish. Here’s a link to the new page:

One Morning in May

Links to the page have been added to the following relevant page indexes:

The first recording of “One Morning in May” that I’m aware of is that by Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra in Chicago in October 1933, an instrumental recording. Lanny Ross recorded the song in November 1933, possibly the first vocal recording, with accompaniment by an orchestra directed by Ray Sinatra. The Ross recording and a January 1934 recording by Emil Coleman and his Palais Royal Orchestra each feature a verse section that I haven’t heard in any other recordings of the song. A 16 November 1933 instrumental recording by Wayne King and his Orchestra was issued on (US) Brunswick 6735, c/w “Song of Surrender.”

In 1934 it was recorded by numerous bands and orchestras, including those led by the following: Emil Coleman, Harry Roy, Roy Fox, Ray Noble (with vocal by Al Bowlly), Bert Ambrose, Jack Payne, and Geraldo (Gerald Walcan Bright), and by Marion Harris with an orchestra that I haven’t yet identified. These were all vocal versions. The list suggests that the song may have been more popular in the UK than in the US early on. I’ve omitted videos or audio files of all of the early vocal recordings, mainly because I find it an ordeal to listen to them. I try to explain why in the page. I’ve yet discover any recordings of the song made during the years 1935-1951.

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  • Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra — recorded in Chicago on 10 October 1933; issued on the 78 rpm single Victor 24505, b/w “Armful Of Trouble,” B-side recorded by Don Bestor and his Orchestra

personnel (according to sources 12, 3):
Hoagy Carmichael – piano, Elvan ” Fuzzy” Combs (as J. Coombs) — alto sax,  Fred Murray – trumpet, Bob Vollmer* – drums, unknown – clarinet, unknown – guitar, unknown – bass

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  • Robert Farnon and his Orchestra — recorded on 26 June 1952; released in March 1953 on the LP Victor Schertzinger Suite / Hoagy Carmichael Suite, Decca Records LK 4055, (US) London Records LL 623
  • The Murray Arnold Quartet — from the 1956 album Overheard in a Cocktail Lounge, MGM Records E3457
  • The Octet of Max Albright — from the album Mood for Max, Motif Records ML502, release date unknown; album recorded in Los Angeles, CA, on 8, 16, and 23 November 1956 — also released on the album A Swingin’ Gig, Tampa Records TP 2 (color vinyl, 1957; black vinyl, 1958) — among members of the octet/session personnel are: Max Albright – drums, vibes, bells; Buddy Collette – alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, flute; Gerald Wiggins –  piano
  • Buddy Cole — theater pipe organ solo, from his 1957 LP Pipes, Pedals and Fidelity, (US) Columbia CL 1003 (Mono), and (US, Canada) Columbia CS 8065
  • George Shearing Quintet and Orchestra — from the 1957 album Black Satin, (US) Capitol Records T858 and Capitol T-858 (Mono), (UK) Capitol T 858 (Mono) — According to Discogs.com, stereo versions of the album weren’t released until 1959.
  • Benny Carter — from his 1959 album Aspects, (US) United Artists Records UAL 4017 (Mono), UAS 5017 (Stereo) — instrumentation on this track: Benny Carter – alto & tenor saxophone, Joe Comfort – bass, Shelly Manne – drums, Bobby Gibbons – guitar, Arnold Ross – piano, as well as two other tenor saxes, and a horn section including five trumpets and two trombones

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  • Pete Jolly Trio — from the 1965 album Too Much, Baby!, Columbia CL 2397 (Mono), CS 9197 (Stereo) — Pete Jolly – piano, Chuck Berghoffer – bass, Nicholas Martinis – drums
  • Frankie Randall — from the 1965 album Sings & Swings, RCA Victor LPM-2967
  • Art Van Damme Quintet — from the 1967 LP The Gentle Art of Art, (Germany) SABA SB 15 114 ST; also issued in the UK in 1968 on Polydor 583 713
  • Bert Kaempfert — from the 1969 album One Lonely Night, (Germany, UK) Polydor 184 313
  • Carrie Smith with the Loonis McGlohon Trio — recorded in Columbia, SC, in November 1976; released in 1994 on the album Fine & Mellow, Audiophile ACD-164
  • Jim Callum Jazz Band — from the 1990 CD album Hooray for Hoagy!, Audiophile Records ACD-251
  • Barbara Lea, Bob Dorough, Dick Sudhalter and others — from the 1994 album “Hoagy’s Children” In a Celebration of Hoagy Carmichael’s Songs, Volume One, Audiophile ACD-291 — The album is a partly a reissue of the 1983 album Hoagy’s Children – Songs Of Hoagy Carmichael, Audiophile AP-165, but it’s augmented by several more recently recorded tracks. This track was recorded at Seltzer Sound in New York on 17 June 1993.
  • Bill Charlap Trio —  from the album Stardust, Blue Note 7243 5 35985 2 5 (also Blue Note 35985); album recorded 6-8 September 2001 at The Hit Factory in NYC, and released in 2002 — Bill Charlap – piano, Peter Washington – bass, Kenny Washington – drums
  • Paul Kuhn Trio — live performance, from the CD album Unforgettable Golden Jazz Classics, IN+OUT 77050 — According to the site jazzlists.com, the album was released in 2002. However there is certainly no consensus upon that date. Among other release dates for the album claimed by merchants and discographers are 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2016.
  • Randy Carmichael — piano solo, published on YouTube, 4 July 2008 — The performer is the second son of Hoagy Carmichael. The video provider says: “After dinner, Randy Carmichael graciously performed at the home of Ed and Judy Thornberg in Richmond, Indiana.”
  • Herbie Steward, Gene DiNovi, Dave Young, Yukio Kimura — from the LP One Morning in May, (Japan) Marshmallow Export MMEX-118LP, released on 21 January 2008
  • trio, featuring 二村希一(piano), 加藤泉(guitar), 横山裕(bass) — 10 November 2011, Tokyo

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Some early vocal recordings, not included in the page:

  • Lanny Ross with orchestra directed by Ray Sinatra – recorded on 27 November 1933; issued on Victor 24493, c/w “The Harbor of Home Sweet Home.”
  • Emil Coleman and his Palais Royal Orchestra, vocal: Jerry Cooper — recorded in New York, New York on 11 January 1934; issued on Columbia 2877-D, c/w “On the Wrong Side of the Fence” — In the UK the same two sides were issued on Regal Zonophone MR 1282, under the name “The Broadway Bandits.”
  • Harry Roy and his Orchestra (from the May Fair Hotel), w/ vocal refrain — recorded on 20 March 1934; issued in May 1934 on (UK) Parlophone R1812, c/w “Mama Don’t Want No Peas an’ Rice an’ Cocoanut Oil”
  • Roy Fox and his Band, vocal: Denny Dennis — recorded on 26 March 1934; issued on (UK) Decca F3943 (F.3943). c/w “You Oughta Be in Pictures”
  • Jack Payne and his Band, vocal: Billy Scott-Coomber — recorded in March 1934, according to RateYourMusic.com, and released in May 1934, according to 78rpmcommunity.com, on (UK) Rex 8147, c/w “Let’s Fall in Love”
  • Ray Noble and his Orchestra, vocal: Al Bowlly — recorded on 5 April 1934, (HMV)
  • Marion Harris with unidentified orchestral accompaniment – issued in April 1934 on (UK) Decca F.3954, b/w “Oo-oo-ooh! Honey (What You Do to Me)”
  • Geraldo and his Sweet Music, with unidentified vocalist —  1934 Pathetone short film, identified at britishpathe.com as film ID#1096.14. The original is or was evidently part of the contents of canister PT 216.

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* However, according to the book  Stardust Melody: The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael, (2009), Richard M. Sudhalter, p. 159, the drummer was Andy Van Sickle.

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