Aida Overton Walker portrait art, 2016-19

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For reference, see also my page Aida Overton Walker slide show, gallery, and links.

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  by Energetic Principles, 22 January 2018 (@webstagram.me)

gracemakesart media 1 by Grace Freeman @gracemakesart, 2018 (@piknow.net)

emily.buchler media 1   by Emily @emily.buchler, c. December 2018 (@piknow.net)

sierralowe_art post   by Sierra Lowe Art @sierralowe_art, c. December 2018 (@piknow.net)

theswisscricket post   by @theswisscricket, 2018 (@piknow.net)

  by Claire: Illustrator @tunabake, 20 September 2016 (@webstagram.me)

Aida Overton Walker-Painting ©2018 by FM Looby-Portraiture, Paper, Women, Aida Overton Walker, American Singer, Vaudeville, 1890's by FM Looby, 2018 (@artmajeur.com)

#aidaovertonwalker #thequeenofthecakewalk #19thcentury #portrait #africanamerican #performer #collage #collageart #illustration #vector #digitalart #digitalcollage #colortherapy #kollaasi #mixmedia   by LN @collageshy, 4 June 2016 (@webstagram.me)

  by Josée Duranleau, 2017 (@joseeduranleau.com)

New illustration. This is my take if an art nouveau poster was done for Aida Overton Walker (1880- 1914). Here is Aida black nouveau style. She said " Unless we learn the lesson of self-appreceation and practice it, we shall spend our lives imitating other people and deprecating ourselves." Aida ain't ever lied :) #aidaovertonwalker #artnouveau #blacknouveau #mucha #blackgirlmagic #blackgirljoy   by Asha Jamila @astridbluebelle, 10 April 2018 (@webstagram.me)

I find painting so relaxing it is an amazing stress reliever :) another Aida Overton Walker. #sketchbook #watercolor #aidaovertonwalker   by Asha Jamila @astridbluebelle, 22 Decenber 2018 (@webstagram.me)

  by karuski @karuski@yahoo.com, 14 April 2016 (@karuski.co.uk)

Today is Aida Overton Walker’s Birthday. #hope_hummingbird #tmoms #aidaovertonwalker #philadelphia #streetart   by Hope Hummingbird @hope_hummingbird, 14 February 2018 (@webstagram.me)

change up in recess again: Aida Overton Walker was a vaudeville performer in the early 1900's from NYC. She was known as "the queen of the cakewalk" #photoshop #brushes #watercolor #starburst #typography #vintage #portrait #vaudeville #aidaovertonwalker #nycpubliclibrary #graphicdesign #helloneato   by Sister Valentine, 15 April 2016 (@webstagram.me)

#ad Did you know that Black people sometimes also performed in #minstrelshows (ie: blackface)? . Meet Aida Overton Walker, one of the few black actresses to perform during minstrel shows. In a time of racial discrimination and limited work in theater for people of color, Aida Overton Walker refused to be typecasted as ‘Mammy’ or be seen as promiscuous and paved the way for actresses song as #josephinebaker and #ethelwaters 👸🏾👸🏾👸🏾 . Raise your hand if you already knew about this amazing woman (and if not, learn more in our IG Stories! #aidaovertonwalker #att28days @att   by Quirktastic @quirktastic_co, 2 March 2018 (@webstagram.me)

lauraxdoodles post   by laurax marie olsen @lauraxdoodles, February 2019 (@piknow.net)

  artist unknown; found at OurMel.org.uk

Hey, whatever happened to…?

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Pages recently withdrawn from circulation on Songbook, either deleted or changed to draft status:

  • Embraceable You
  • Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
  • I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)
  • Just You, Just Me
  • The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
  • On Green Dolphin Street
  • Solitude

Other pages removed or deleted in the past few years:

*Top ten Oasis songs (official) – joke
*Cherokee (Indian Love Song)
*Les Paul
*Jayne Mansfield galleries
*The Cat Came Back, Hit the Road Jack, and Stray Cat Strut
*Some additional standards and hits, 1920-1929
*1940s — some additional hits and standards
*Burt Bacharach: selected early songs, 1955-1960, excluding hits
*Burt Bacharach: selected 1961 songs, excluding hits
*Please Stay (Bacharach, Hilliard)

It’s possible that some of the pages that have been moved to draft status rather than deleted may one day be repaired, revised, or otherwise modified sufficiently so that I’d consider publishing them again, but it’s not likely. For a page or post on this site to be sent back to draft status after having been published is usually a death sentence.

Questions

Q: Why are pages deleted or removed from published status?

A: Various reasons. See “too little time” below. I expect to continue to delete as many old pages as I create new pages in the future, although this may change if I upgrade my system.

Q: I noticed that last year you published not one but two pages on “Blackberry Winter” (1),(2), and just this month you published a multiple-page feature on the song “Come Saturday Morning.” Not only that, but you’ve got pages published on pap like the maudlin and melodramatic “Another Tear Falls,” and the utterly inane bubblegum pop song “Which Way You Goin’ Billy?” Since Christmas you’ve also done large features on the relatively unknown “I Never Has Seen Snow” and the obscure “I’m Getting Tired So I Can Sleep,” and two pages on the wrong “Porgy” (1),(2). Do you mean to say that you actually prefer these songs to magnificent classics such as George and Ira Gershwin’s “Embraceable You” and Duke Ellington’s “Solitude” and “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)”?

A. Yes. and it’s not even close. But aside from my eccentric tastes there are other factors that have led me to favoring pages on less well-known songs in recent years. Among these are the following:

  • too many covers to choose from on major standards (e.g. reportedly more than 25,000 covers of “Summertime.”) — My drop-in-the-bucket pick of 15-20 covers of “Summertime” would have no hope of representing the whole, and my take on the song would have little chance of saying anything that hasn’t been said before. In some cases, after days of hunting, I’m able to tally twice as many versions of a lesser-known or forgotten song as is presently listed at SecondHandSongs.com, with its potentially endless group of actively posting members. This is more fun for me, and may contribute (to researchers and the merely curious) something more valuable than my two bits on “Summertime,” possibly even something unique, if only for a short time.
  • too little time — If I want to continue to create new pages, I’m going to have to forfeit some old pages in order to keep the site viable. This is because the time spent maintaining the site, already excessive, would otherwise reach unsustainable levels. Unlike a typical text-focused site, most of my pages are full of videos. A typical page has 15-20 video players, and some have over 30. The site may have over 10,000 embedded videos. I’ve never counted them, but estimates can be made based upon the number of pages containing multiple videos and the average number of videos per page. YouTube videos, which comprise probably 95% of the videos on this site, tend to have a short shelf-life. They are often disabled without notice for a variety of reasons. The biggest issue with regard to embedding videos straight from YouTube without downloading them first is that they can be, and often are, removed from YouTube by either YouTube itself or the member posting the video there, and without any notice of the action provided until you visit the page or post that the video is on. This happens all the time on YouTube, and less frequently on other video libraries such as Dailymotion, Vimeo, etc.
    • Reasons for the removal of a video from YouTube are many, include the following:
      • removal by YouTube due to copyright claim by the owner of the music and/or film footage used in a video
      • removal by YouTube due to violation of Terms of Service agreement
      • account deletion by YouTube for violation of TOS
      • removal by YouTube member, without deletion of account
      • account deletion by member
    • If I take the figure of 10,000 as a reasonable estimate of the number of videos presently embedded on the site, and estimate that I can check the status of 500 videos per hour (probably a high estimate due to the slow loading speed on my present setup), while making notes on those missing, then it will take roughly 20 hours to complete the checking and note taking process.
    • I’ve further estimated that on average 5% of those 10,000 will be found, upon inspection, to be disabled. So that’s an average of 500 videos that will be found in need of replacement during a random check of the whole site. That number would be lower if I had a regular schedule of checking and replacing videos, but I don’t. I check them fairly randomly, periodically.
    • Replacing videos is the most time-consuming step in the process because it involves in each case searching in online video libraries for a video that corresponds to the exact recording to be replaced, listening to a group of prospective replacement videos (or at least a portion of each of them), and selecting from those found the one of the best quality.
    • Next, I’ve estimated that at a pace of 4-5 videos replaced per hour it will take 100-125 hours to replace the 500 videos missing at the start of the process.
    • So the total time to complete the process of checking and replacing videos across the entire site is roughly 20 + 100-125 hours, or 120-145 hours.
    • How long will that take? At 4 hours per day, 5 days a week, it will take 6-7 weeks. That’s such a length of time that by the time I’m finished with the job of replacement, it’s certain that other videos that were working at the start of the process will have been disabled in the interim. Probably not another 500 that quickly, but the number will be increasing every week. Before long the whole process of checking and replacement must begin all over again.
    • To me these calculations, while far from precise, serve to illustrate that maintenance of thousands of “borrowed” embedded videos on a site such as this is an endless, very time-consuming process. Do I have any volunteers that want to spend 10 hours a week replacing dead videos?
  • not a top ten site or a collection of standards only — I began work on this site in early 2009, so it’s been ten years. Although I never considered Songbook a ranking site, during the early years of the site I often did consult other sites which ranked songs by popularity, longevity, etc. before making my selections with the aid of such lists. These crutches helped me to construct the skeleton of the site very quickly. So during those early years I often tended to favor the more lastingly popular songs for each year, and for each songwriter, generally choosing standards. After a few years of building the site in this manner I was thoroughly fed up with creating pages on songs that I dislike, just because they happen to be high on this or that list. I’ve been happily moving away from the tendency to depend on ranked lists in recent years, so much so that the idea of sticking to standards now seems repulsive to me. The mere thought of doing that gives me hives. I’m not saying that I’ll never do a page on a standard again, because I will. But in choosing a song to create a feature page on, knowing whether it has been deemed a standard by those who deem, or rests especially high on somebody’s list of standards, are not the most important factors that I’ll consider.

Other reasons for deleting pages:

  • irrelevance — The Jayne Mansfield galleries page had become the most popular on the site. It had nothing to do with the rest of the site, nothing to do with music. Basically just T&A. So after a not unpleasant two year ride I bid farewell to Jayne.
  • jazz standards that are much less well-known outside of the field of jazz — examples: Cherokee, The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948), On Green Dolphin Street — I still have others that fall in this category. The axe hovers…

In conclusion allow me a moment to give a warm embrace of thanks to all of my visitors, both those who have been returning like the morning sun for years and the sparkling new ones. Without you, this site would not exist. I could not do it without your interest and support. Best to all of you.

Regards,
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And then we’ll move on, but we will remember long after Saturday’s gone

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Hi. Today I published a page on the song “Come Saturday Morning,” with music by Fred Karlin and words by Dory Previn. The song was first recorded by Liza Minnelli in 1968, and a recording by The Sandpipers was the theme song of the 1969 film The Sterile Cuckoo, released as Pookie in the UK and much of Western Europe, starring Ms. Minnelli. A separate recording by The Sandpipers became a top twenty hit in 1970.

Here’s are links to my latest page, which includes the complete film and 30+ selected recordings of “Come Saturday Morning”:

Recordings included in the page:

page 1 of 3 — recordings, 1969-1970 + the film

  • Liza Minnelli – from her album Come Saturday Morning, A&M Records SP 4164 (and SP4164), released on 26 January 1969; album recorded in August and November 1968

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  • The Sandpipers — Liza Minnelli’s recording was not used in the The Sterile Cuckoo. Instead, multiple different recordings of the song by The Sandpipers are featured in the soundtrack, one or the other being played during the title sequence and periodically throughout the film, usually following a dramatic peak. Monush, p. 347, indicates that the opening sequence was shot in Ontario, California.

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  • The Sandpipers — A different recording of the song, for A&M Records, became a hit single. The single was issued in October 1969 on A&M 1134, b/w “Pretty Flamingo,” and the recording also became the title song of the Sandpipers album A&M SP4262, SP-4262, released in August 1970.
  • Peter Nero — issued on 13 January 1970 on the single Columbia 4-45077, c/w “Maybe Tomorrow”; also included in the 1970 album I’ll Never Fall in Love Again — Peter Nero Plays the Great Love Songs of Today, Columbia CS 1009
  • Mark Lindsay — from his 1970 LP Silverbird, Columbia CA 30111
  • Tony Bennett — from his 1970 album Tony Bennett’s Something, (US) Columbia C 30280, (UK) CBS S 64217
  • Wayne Newton — from the 1970 LP The Long and Winding Road, Capitol Records ST-474
  • Bobbi Martin — from her 1970 album With Love, United Artists Records UAS 6755; featuring an arrangement by Lee Holdridge
  • Chet Baker — recorded, with orchestra arranged and conducted by Jerry Styner, at Sunwest Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA, on 6 July 1970; released on the 1970 album Blood, Chet and Tears, Verve Records V6-8798
  • Roger Williams — from the 1970 LP Themes From Great Movies, Kapp Records ‎KS-3629
  • Ray Conniff and The Singers — from their 1970 album Love Story, Columbia C 30498
  • Mystic Moods Orchestra — from the 1970 LP Stormy Weekend Philips,  PHS 600-342
  • Les Troubadours — (French-lyric version “N’attends pas l’automne,” words by Boris Bergman) released in 1970 on the single (France) RCA Victor 49.077, b/w “Ceux qui n’ont pas encore 20 ans”

page 2 of 3 — recordings, 1971-2014

  • Percy Faith — from the 1971 album A Summer Place, (US) Harmony KH 30607
  • The Impossibles (Thai band) — from a 1971 rehearsal
  • Silver Creek Junior Chorus — from the 1971 LP Silver Creek Sings 1971
  • Scott Walker — from his 1972 album The Moviegoer, (UK) Philips 6308 127 (vinyl), 7108 076 (cassette)
  • Mary Ann Santi — from her 1973 LP A Time to Keep, Presque Isle Records HRS-42473

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  • Woody Herman — from the 1974 LP Thundering Herd, (US) Fantasy F-9452; album recorded 2-4 January 1974 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA; track arranged by Alan Broadbent
  • Apolinario Hiking Society — Come Saturday Morning/Without Her (Nilsson) medley, from the 1974 LP In Concert #$%*!?, (Philippines) Sunshine TSP-5194
  • Kalesa — recorded in 1978; members of the group were George Washington University students
  • Kimbo Children’s Music — piano solo; from the 2004 album Yoga For Kids, on the Kimbo Educational label
  • Rumer — from her 2010 CD single Aretha, (UK) Atlantic ATUK096CD, Warner Music UK Ltd. 5052498330928; also included on the 2015 CD compilation album B Sides & Rarities, Atlantic 825646139750
  • calikokat100 — published on YouTube, 3 September 2010
  • Paul Sonnenberg — solo, guitar and voice; recorded c. October 2011
  • mumd2003 — solo, guitar and voice; published on YouTube, 29 September 2012
  • edex7 — Come Saturday Morning/Without Her (Nilsson) medley; published on YouTube, 5 April 2013 — Sounds like it’s based on the Apo Hiking Society arrangement.
  • Puii (vocal) with music by Percy Faith (1971) — published on YouTube, 9 August 2013; slide show of photographs of Waujeongsa Temple, Yongin, South Korea
  • Phillip Sear — piano solo arrangement published in 1970; video published on YouTube, 27 October 2014

page 3 of 3 — recordings, 2015-2018 + selected links

  • Laura Garinger — ukulele and voice; published on YouTube, 3 July 2015
  • โชควสุพล คล้ายขำ (Google translation: Chok Vasupon Khokkum) — piano solo; published on YouTube, 7 November 2015
  • Agis Shaw — vocal, guitar, and recorder; published on YouTube, 3 November 2018

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Published yesterday:

Got the warm all overs a-smoothin’ my worried brow

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Published a new page today, on the song “I Never Has Seen Snow,” which was written, with music by Harold Arlen and words by Truman Capote and Harold Arlen, for the 1954 Broadway musical House of Flowers. Here’s a link to the page:

I Never Has Seen Snow

Recordings included in the page:

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  • Diahann Carroll — from the original Broadway cast recording LP House of Flowers, Columbia Masterworks ‎ML 4969, OL 4969, released in 1955
  • Percy Faith — from the 1956 album Plays Music From The Broadway Production House Of Flowers, Columbia CL-640
  • Beverly Kenney — from the 1957 album Sings with Jimmy Jones and “The Basie-Ites”, (US) Roost RLP 2218, (UK) Vogue VA 160141
  • Quincy Jones — from the 1959 LP The Great Wide World of Quincy Jones, Mercury SR 60221 (Stereo), Mercury MG 20561, MG-20561 (Mono)
  • Eileen Farrell with Percy Faith and his Orchestra — from the 1962 album This Fling Called Love, Columbia CS 8539
  • Liza Minnelli — from her 1965 LP It Amazes Me, Capitol Records ST 2271, ST-2271; with orchestra arranged and conducted by Peter Matz
  • Audra McDonald — from her 2000 CD album How Glory Goes, (US) Nonesuch 79580-2, (Germany) Nonesuch WE810
  • Audra McDonald — live performance, date unknown
  • Audrey Lavine — from her 2002 album At Home With Arlen, Ostinato 2266
  • Vanessa Williams — from the 18 July 2004 episode of Evening at Pops, with Keith Lockhart conducting; featuring Martha Babcock on cello
  • Shelly Watson with Karen Schwartz on piano — Christmas show at Don’t Tell Mama, NYC, 22 December 2007
  • Alison Alampi — performs at Marymount Manhattan College, 16 May 2011
  • Beth Lanza — in the cabaret show “Nobody’s Side: Broadway’s Cult Classics” at Davenport’s Piano Bar, Chicago, 28 July 2011
  • Amasia Gordon — published on YouTube, 31 May 2014
  • Alia Hodge — Bill Casey Senior Rep Studio Recital, 16 December 2014 at The Boston Conservatory
  • Kyra Selman — Rogue Songs Benefit concert at Prospect Theatre, 15 September 2016
  • Angel Harrison — at the West End Lounge in NYC; published on YouTube, 3 May 2017
  • Olivia London — at the West End Lounge in NYC; published on YouTube, 12 September 2018

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)

Recently published pages

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December 2018

29 Dec — Irving Berlin: selected “I’m” songs — I’ve made a companion for the page Bert Ambrose and his Orchestra: 19 “I’m” songs, recorded 1928-1940, published in 2011. However, none of the nineteen “I’m” songs in the Ambrose page were written by Berlin.

January 2019

2 Jan — I Want to Be In Dixie (1912): selected sheet music covers

2 Jan — When That Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’ (1912): selected sheet music covers

3 Jan — I’m Getting Tired So I Can Sleep (Irving Berlin)

4 Jan — Irving Berlin: sheet music galleries — index for new and previously published Irving Berlin galleries

5 Jan — Porgy (McHugh, Fields) – © 1928

See also the 8 January post Porgy (Fields & McHugh), 1928 – lyric, which features a transcription of the 1930 Ethel Waters recording.

10 Jan — I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Irving Berlin) — replaces a previously published post

10 Jan — Van Heusen, Jimmy: selected standards with music by — index to previously published pages

10 Jan — Fox Chase & Lost John – selected recordings, 1923-1972

11 Jan — Hit the Road Jack

14 Jan — Walt Disney: selected songs from animated Disney films, 1937-1942 — index to new and previously published pages

14 Jan — Bambi (1942): selected songs

Let’s Sing a Gay Little Spring Song

Little April Shower

19 Jan – Swanee – selected early recordings, 1919-1920

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Recently repaired, expanded, or otherwise revised pages (last few weeks):

Songbook top ten lists, first ten years (February 2009-February 2019)

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The numbers at right represent collective page views.

Top ten pages, 17 March 2009 to 16 January 2019 (11AM PST):

1940-1949: selected standards and hits More stats 41,910
Duke Ellington: selected songs, 1927-1953 More stats 37,161
1890-1899 selected hits and standards More stats 35,067
Route 66 More stats 25,023
1900-1909 selected standards and hits More stats 23,781
Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes) More stats 16,836
Bei Mir Bistu Shein / Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Schoen): selected early recordings, part 1 (1937) More stats 14,819
1910-1919 selected standards, hits and special features More stats 13,628
Bing Crosby: selected recordings, 1927-1934 More stats 13,191
Selected popular dances of the Jazz Age More stats 12,685

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Top ten pages featuring a single song, March 2009-January 2019:

Route 66 More stats 25,023
Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes) More stats 16,836
Bei Mir Bistu Shein / Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Schoen): selected early recordings, part 1 (1937) More stats 14,819
Midnight, the Stars and You – 1934 More stats 10,012
Corcovado More stats 9,616
My One and Only Love More stats 9,568
Why Don’t You Do Right? More stats 9,344
Non Dimenticar (T´ho voluto bene) More stats 8,925
Hot Feet (Wendell Hall) – 1927, with lyric More stats 8,069
Tornerai / J’Attendrai / Komm zurück / Věřím vám / I’ll Be Yours
More stats
7,334

The biggest surprise in the second list would have to be the 1927 song “Hot Feet,” which until Disney resurrected it in an episode of Girl Meets World a few years ago had been lost in the mists of time. According to evidence that I present in the page, the song was recorded by its author, Wendell Hall, at least four times (1927-1928), though I’ve only heard one of the four, and this is the one featured in a video included in the page.* The only other recordings of “Hot Feet” that I’m aware of are a 1927 piano roll and a 1927 cover by Paul Specht and his Orchestra. I suspect that the Disney connection is a large factor in the sustained popularity of this page.

That “Midnight, the Stars and You” appears so high on the list is also rather odd. I’ve found no evidence that the 1934 Ray Noble-Al Bowlly recording was a hit, or that the song was ever popular in the 1930s or for decades after it was written and first recorded. There were two contemporaneous covers that I know of, and then there’s not a trace of interest in the song until its inclusion in the soundtrack of the 1980 horror film The Shining. I’d guess that many visits to my page on the song might have more to do with curiosity about the anachronistic use of the song in that film, or general curiosity regarding Kubrick and the film, than interest in the song itself.

While that soundtrack appearance has evidently resulted in few commercial studio recordings — SecondHandSongs, lists only four studio covers, none released before 2009 — the numerous recent live covers (found on YouTube, for example) by bands and solo artists suggest sustained and possibly growing interest in the song over the past several years.

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The top ten pages on a Latin standard, March 2009-January 2019:

  1. Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
    More stats 9,616
  2. Perfidia
    More stats 7,130
  3. Manhã de Carnaval
  4. El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor)
  5. Chega de saudade
  6. Águas de março (Waters of March)
  7. Malagueña salerosa (La Malagueña)
  8. Bésame Mucho
  9. Te quiero dijiste / Magic is the Moonlight
  10. Para Vigo me voy (Say Si Si)
    More stats 3,035

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Last 365 days

Top ten pages featuring a single song, last 365 days:

Crawdad Song — lyric (Woody Guthrie version) More stats 1,350
Midnight, the Stars and You – 1934 More stats 1,331
Hot Feet (Wendell Hall) – 1927, with lyric More stats 892
White Christmas More stats 862
Non Dimenticar (T´ho voluto bene) More stats 822
Águas de Março (Waters of March) More stats 775
How Deep is the Ocean? (How High is the Sky?) More stats 728
Te quiero dijiste / Magic is the Moonlight More stats 615
The Cat Came Back More stats 589
It’s Time to Say Goodnight — 1934 More stats 573
Sayonara More stats 564

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* However, I’ve been unable to confidently identify which of the four recordings by Hall is represented in the video included in the page.

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

About sixteen bloodhounds took in after him

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New page published late tonight (Thursday, 10 January):

(Hint: Click on the link directly above to visit the page.)

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