French singer Johnny Hallyday died last month, December 5, 2017, at age 74. He was the closest thing that France had for a rock’n’roll star.
Here is Johnny Hallyday with his soon-to-be wife Sylvie Vartan singing À plein cœur from the film D’où viens-tu Johnny? (1963).
Johnny Hallyday and Sylvie Vartan were married in 1965 and divorced in 1980. He subsequently married 4 times (including twice to the same woman). Sylvie Vartan remarried once.
In subsequent #MusicMonday posts, I’ll feature other singers whom we lost recently: Keely Smith (d. December 16, 2017) and France Gall (d. January 7, 2018).
Over at The Federalist, James B. LaGrand writes:
If your tastes run more to popular, folk, or jazz music, there are still plenty of beautiful, creative, and moving interpretations of classic Christmas songs in a Christian vein to listen to. Here are some favorites that can serve as an antidote for unsatisfying Christmas music concerts (as well as various other sad and troubling things in our world).
Source: Here’s A Christmas Pop Music Playlist That Won’t Drive You Insane With Schmaltz
Merry Christmas from Cold Cream ‘n’ Roses
The article includes videos for James LaGrand’s eight chosen songs, but I put those songs into a Spotify playlist:
In tribute to the holidays, here is Nat “King” Cole singing “The Christmas Song”, better known by its opening lines:
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
The Christmas Song was written by Mel Tormé, a crooner in his own right, and Bob Wells. It is among the Top 10 Christmas songs written by Jews, from ‘Silver Bells’ to ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.”
Della Reese died on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at age 86. Invariably, any news about her death mentioned Touched by an Angel, but she had a long and varied career before that.
Here’s a surprisingly vampish Della Reese singing Lonelyville, from the 1958 movie Let’s Rock:
I call Sunday afternoon “Radio Sunday” as WPFW 89.3 PM has 6 hours of great programming, starting with Miyuki Williams’ Sunday Kind of Love from Noon to 2:00 PM, continuing with Donnie McKethan’s American Songbook from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, and winding up with Larry Applebaum’s The Sound of Surprise from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
Donny McKethan often plays different renditions of the same song back to back. Today he had renditions of George & Ira Gershwin’s A Foggy Day (in London Town) by Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. The beauty of standards such as A Foggy Day is that different singers, with different styles, can perform them and be equally persuasive.
I had not heard A Foggy Day before, but I smiled when I heard the lyric:
A foggy day in London Town
Had me low and had me down
I viewed the morning with alarm
The British Museum had lost its charm
It reminded me of the weekend that I spent in London, in a hotel room no larger than a closet. Restaurants were so expensive, that I bought a grab’n’go sandwich at Boots to eat for dinner. The serendipitous discovery was that the British Museum was just around the corner from the hotel. I have more to say about the British Museum, but enough for now.
Here is another rendition of A Foggy Day, this time featuring Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald:
Speaking of AbFab, its theme song was “This Wheel’s on Fire” by Bob Dylan, as sung by Julie Driscoll. Here’s a version that Julie Driscoll did in 1968 with organist Brian Auger:
I Feel Alright, in which she held her own against Eric Burdon, Steve Winwood, Long John Baldry, and Rod Stewart.
I’m going through a major Julie moment. She was a great singer and she’s amazing to look at. We last saw Julie wearing a dark wig on
To mark the Fourth of July and #MusicMonday, I’m reaching back into recent history: namely, Lady Gaga’s rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl 50:
She starts out softly, but once she surmounts “and the rocket’s red glare,” you know that she’s killed it.
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