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#MusicMonday Keely Smith “When Day is Done”

Three months ago, I promised a feature on Keely Smith, who died on December 16, 2017.

 

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Keely Smith

 

This video is taken from the Frank Sinatra show in 1958. It starts with wise-cracking between Sinatra and Keely Smith’s then husband Louis Prima. Keely sings “When Day is Done.”

 

While she put away the crinolines, she wore the same haircut throughout her life. 🙂

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#MusicMonday France Gall #France

France Gall was a French pop singer, one of the yé-yé girls of the 1960s, which included Françoise Hardy and Sylvie Vartan. She died earlier this month, on January 7, 2018, of an infection from cancer. She was age 70.

She shot to prominence when she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965, singing Serge Gainsbourg’s song PoupĂ©e de cire, poupĂ©e de son (wax doll, rag doll):

Wikipedia dissects the meaning of the lyrics of PoupĂ©e de cire, poupĂ©e de son: for example, poupĂ©e de son can also be interpreted as “singing doll.” The lyrics portray her as an ingenue, that is, “an innocent or unsophisticated young woman.”

Seule, parfois je soupire
Je me dis Ă  quoi bon
Chanter ainsi l’amour sans raison
Sans rien connaßtre des garçons

In English:

Alone, I sometimes sigh
Thinking, what’s the point
Of singing love like this, without reason
Without knowing anything about boys?

Gainsbourg exploited her innocence with Les Sucettes or Lollipops, which is a thinly veiled allusion to oral sex. France Gall apparently wasn’t aware of the double entendre. In this video, she talks about the humiliation she suffered when she found out the double meaning of Les Sucettes:

Next week, I will pay tribute to American singer Keely Smith, who died last month, December 2017.

#MusicMonday A #Christmas Pop #Music Playlist That Won’t Drive You Insane With Schmaltz

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

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:

#MusicMonday Nat King Cole “The #Christmas Song”

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

via https://www.facebook.com/natkingcole/posts/10155089032158807

The Christmas Song was written by Mel TormĂ©, 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.”

 

#MusicMonday Lonelyville Della Reese #RIP – from Let’s Rock 1958

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:

#MusicMonday A Foggy Day (in London Town)

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:

#MusicMonday Julie Driscoll “This Wheel’s on Fire”

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’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 I Feel Alright, in which she held her own against Eric Burdon, Steve Winwood, Long John Baldry, and Rod Stewart.