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)

A summer night’s magic, enthralling me so

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Howdy. This post serves 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

time washes clean, love’s wounds unseen

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It’s been a while since I published a new page, almost ten months! I hadn’t planned to keep you waiting that long, but the path that one’s life will take is not always easy to foresee. Anyway, it’s been a long time. Hope you enjoy this one.

This is a post announcing the new page. Here’s a link to the page:

Long Long Time (Gary White) — first recorded by Linda Ronstadt and issued on the 1970 album Silk Purse

In an undated interview with David Bromberg conducted by the Huffington Post, promoting the release of Bromberg’s 2011 album Use Me, according to a transcription provided at DavidBromberg.net, the artist said:

Well, Linda [Ronstadt] and I have been friends for a very long time. I think she may give me more credit than I deserve. For instance, one night, we were together in The Village in New York, and she had just had a hit with the song “Different Drum” but nothing else seemed to catch. So, I brought her back to the apartment I was living in, into my friend Gary White’s room, and I called Paul Siebel and had him come up as well. Gary and Paul sang Linda songs all night. When she left, she shared a cab with Jerry Scheff who suggested she listen to The McGarrigle Sisters’ “Heart Like A Wheel,” but that song came much later. Her next recording was a collection of Gary White and Paul Siebel tunes*, and she had a hit with Gary White’s “Long, Long Time,” which was the hit that revived her career.

Recordings included in the page:

Linda Rondstadt recording and early television performances

  • Linda Ronstadt — from her album Silk Purse, (US) Capitol Records ST-407, released in March 1970; also issued in June 1970 on the single Capitol 2846, b/w “Nobodys” (Gary White) — Although the title of the song is sometimes given as “Long, Long Time,” with a comma, the Silk Purse album track and the subsequent single were each titled “Long Long Time,” so I’m going with this spelling.
  • Linda Ronstadt — live performance recorded for television series Playboy After Dark, Season 2, Episode 21, taped on 16 April 1970**; original broadcast date unknown
  • Linda Ronstadt — from The Johnny Cash Show, Episode 2.4, airdate: 14 October 1970
  • Linda Ronstadt with Bobby Darin (on acoustic guitar) — from the television special The Darin Invasion, taped in October 1970 but broadcast in October 1971, according to a page on the Linda Ronstadt Forum that features an extensive list of television appearances by Ronstadt in the 1970s
  • Linda Ronstadt — from television series The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, Season 3, Episode 16; airdate: 10 January 1971
  • Linda Ronstadt — live television studio performance for the series The Midnight Special, Season 1, Episode 1 (pilot episode); airdate: 19 August 1972

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selected recordings by other artists

  • Claudine Longet — issued in October 1970 on the single Barnaby ZS7 2022, as the B-side of “Broomstick Cowboy” — The recording was also included on her 1971 album We’ve Only Just Begun, (US) Barnaby Z 30377
  • Gene Ammons — from the 1970 album The Black Cat! (Prestige)
  • Claudine Longet — Spanish version “Mucho tiempo mas,” with words by R. Pérez Botija; originally issued in 1971 on the single (Spain) CBS 7465, as the B-side of “Como la luna”
  • Harry Belafonte and Eloise Laws (duet) — from the 1973 Harry Belafonte album Play Me, (US, Canada) RCA Victor APL1-0094
  • Jody Miller — from her 1974 album House of the Rising Sun, (US, Canada) Epic ‎KE 32569
  • Larry Santos — from his 1975 album Larry Santos, (US) Casablanca NBLP 7018; in October 1976 it was issued on the single Casablanca NB 869, b/w “You Are Everything I Need” (Santos)
  • Lynn Anderson — from her 1976 album All the King’s Horses, (US) Columbia KC 34089
  • Tracy Huang — from her 1977 LP Portrait, (Singapore)‎ EMI EMGS 5042
  • Melanie Safka — from her self-released 1996 album Unchained Melanie
  • Smiffenpoofs — from the 1999 CD album Twelve
  • Babs — published on YouTube on 17 Jul 12012
  • Bryce Hitchcock — published 7 March 2014

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* This is an inaccurate description of Silk Purse, which has among its ten tracks two songs written by Gary White and one by Paul Siebel. Perhaps other songs by these two were recorded during the sessions but not included on the album.

** I’ve used either tv.com or Internet Movie Database (IMDb) in identifying the season and episode, and (when available) both the taping date and broadcast date for each of the television show performances of the song by Linda Ronstadt included in the new page. However, a single page on the Linda Ronstadt Forum features an extensive list of 1970s television appearances by Ronstadt that provides more or less the same information.

What is a “Songbook standard”?

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The following page, published on 17 March, was substantially revised and expanded on 21-22 March (latest revision, 2 July 2017):

See also the relevant comment exchange between Robert Silvestri and myself at the bottom of the page.

“Pour toi” and “Feelings” (Sentimientos, Dime, Dis-lui)

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Morris Albert’s 1973 recording of a song that he wrote called “Feelings” was a big hit in 1974. Yet after a lengthy 1980s copyright infringement suit by French composer Louis Gasté was eventually decided in favor of the plaintiff, Gasté was legally named as co-songwriter of “Feelings.” Although there was only flimsy conjectural evidence to support the infringement claims (according to my reading of the case), a 1987 jury verdict in Federal District Court in Manhattan decided that the song had been adapted by Albert from the song “Pour toi,” composed in 1956 by Gasté, with lyrics by Albert Simonin and his wife Marie-Hélène Bourquin.

The claim made by the plaintiff Gasté that Albert “gained access” to the virtually unknown song “Pour toi” through his publisher Fermata, which “had had some dealings with Gasté’s publishing company, Les Editions Louis Gasté, in the 1950s” was unaccompanied by evidence that such access was ever obtained.

“Pour toi” had been recorded by the singer and actress Line Renaud, wife of Gasté, in 1956, and performed by Dario Moreno in the 1957 film Le feu aux poudres. The arrangements of the song used by Moreno in the film and in a separate studio recording with an orchestra sound very little like Morris Albert’s 1973 recording of “Feelings,” though portions of the melody are similar. Parts of the 1956 recording by Line Renaud have slightly greater resemblance to “Feelings,” melodically and in tone, but not enough to leap to the conclusion that the melody of “Feelings” was copied or stolen from the French song.

Morris Albert released an alternate version of “Feelings” with a Spanish-language lyric, titled “Sentimentos,” in 1974. The same single was released in some countries under the title “Dime. In 1975, Israeli-born French pop star Mike Brant recorded a version of “Feelings” titled “Dis-lui” (“Tell him”), with the French lyric written by Michel Jourdan.

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Pour toi (m. Louis Gasté, w. Albert Simonin, Marie-Hélène Bourquin)

Line Renaud — title song from the 1956 EP Pathé ‎(France) 45 EG 232

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Dario Moreno — in the 1957 film Le feu aux poudres

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1957 Imploration (EP) Dario Moreno- Philips 432.182 NE

Dario Moreno — from the 1957 EP Imploration, Philips 432.182 NE

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Feelings-Morris Albert (LP) RCA Victor APL1-1018, released in 1974

Feelings (m. Louis Gasté, Morris Albert, w. Morris Albert)

Morris Albert

Feelings — issued in 1974 on the single RCA Victor PB-10279, b/w “This World Today is a Mess” — US chart success: #6, Hot 100; #2, Adult Contemporary; also later released on the 1975 LP Feelings, RCA Victor ‎APL1-1018

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1974 Sentimientos-Morris Albert-(Brazil) Beverly 45-13.508

Sentimientos  — issued in 1974 on the singles Beverly ‎ 45-13.508 (Venezuela), Charger Records DF 510 (Argentina), Disfal QS-19 (Chile), and in 1975 on Padisco P-533 (Panama) — This recording was released in some countries (including the US, Mexico, and Columbia) under the title “Dime.” The songwriting is credited solely to Morris Albert on the label in each case. However, a recording of the song under the title “Sentimientos” released by Mexican singer José José in 1974 has a different lyric.

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