40. Tea for Two: The acme of Banality

Posted on 18/03/2017

40. Tea for Two: The acme of Banality 'Tea for Two' is a remarkable song. It is both an extremely hackneyed piece, and also one which has inspired many jazz musicians and singers to remarkable feats... read more >

39. The girl from Ipanema

Posted on 15/03/2017

39. The girl from Ipanema 'The girl from Ipanema' is the second most recorded song in history (after 'Yesterday' by the Beatles). and a very charming song it is. But most of those who listen to it... read more >

38. Elvis and God

Posted on 12/03/2017

  38. Elvis and God When I was in my early teens Elvis was equivalent to a god, and for many of our generation, including my dear brother he still is. The King, reigning over us down below.... read more >

37. Paulo Conte’s work

Posted on 08/03/2017

37. Paulo Conte's work I first saw Paulo Conte in Paris in the 1980's. It was a riveting night, opening up a new world of music for me. Not only are his songs delightful, but his musicians are a... read more >

36. The new BB

Posted on 02/03/2017

Brigitte Bardot's initials dominated the news and the thoughts of boys and men in the late 20th century. Now a new use for initials has appeared: Bertrand Belin. He is a singer/songwriter but also a... read more >

35. Fats Waller: Full On

Posted on 27/02/2017

  35: Fats Waller : Full On I dealt with one aspect of Fats Waller in Post 11. That post only touched on one aspect of his genius. He had many other facets. This post will address some... read more >

34. Phil Harris: Some Little Bug

Posted on 23/02/2017

[audio mp3=""][/audio]     34. Phill Harris: Some little Bug Phil Harris is best known as Baloo in the original... read more >

33. Naming a song

Posted on 19/02/2017

33. Naming a song   I always find naming a thrill. Sometimes the lyrical idea is so obvious that you have little choice over the title. But in other, more interesting cases, it is a real... read more >