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1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 17 July 2011

Our little chain of connections and co-incidences this week starts with a request, by Russell's children, to hear a song they were introduced to at school - Jobim's One Note Samba no less. The attractive counterpoint in this performance reminds him of a similar device on an 80-year-old track by Coon-Sanders, Nighthawks, which was written not by Mort Dixon, as usually claimed, but by Harold Dixon.

Another of his compositions (There'll Be a Hot Time When the Boys Are Mustered Out) leads to a performance by Chris Barber and the recently deceased Ottilie Paterson of There'll Be a Hot Time in Old Town Tonight, followed by Bing and The Andrews Sisters' There'll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin. A remark in a recent book to the effect that Crosby's mood could be discerned by the angle of his hat leads to My Hat's on the Side of My Head (Al Bowlly) and A Sunbonnet Blue and a Yellow Straw Hat (Billie Holiday).

Russell then sends 80th birthday greetings to tenor saxist Plas Johnson and we hear him on four recordings. The birth on this day 90 years ago of two notable guitarists is marked with recordings by George Barnes (with Tony Bennett) and Mary Osborne. Ketty Lester's Love Letters was cut 50 years ago to the day; we hear that and another side, by The Four Preps, that uses the same pianist - Lincoln Mayorga - before Marion Montgomery takes us out with a frantic Changes Made and a final glimpse of Plas Johnson.

Music Played

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  • Image for Rosemary Clooney & John Pizzarelli

    Rosemary Clooney & John Pizzarelli One Note Samba

    “Rosemary Clooney ‘Brazil’ With John Pizzarelli”

    Concord, CCD 4884-2

  • Image for Coon-Sanders' Original Nighthawk Orchestra

    Coon-Sanders' Original Nighthawk Orchestra Stay Out Of The South

    “Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra Vol 2 ”

    The Old Masters, MB 112

  • Image for Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson

    Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson - There'll Be A Hot Time In Old Town Ton

    “Chris Barber’s Jazz Band – Bandbox No. 1”

    Lake, LACD 194

  • Image for Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

    Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters There'll Be A Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin

    “The Chronological Bing Crosby Volume 35”

    Jonzo, JZCD - 35

  • Image for Al Bowlly with Ray Noble & His Orchestra

    Al Bowlly with Ray Noble & His Orchestra My Hat's On The Side Of My Head

    “Ray Noble & Al Bowlly Hmv Sessions 1930-34 Vol 7”

    Vocalion, CDEA 6046

  • Image for Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra

    Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra - A Sunbonnet Blue

    “Teddy Wilson/ Billie Holiday – Too Hot For Words”

    HEP, HEPCD 1012

  • Image for Henry Mancini & His Orchestra

    Henry Mancini & His Orchestra The Pink Panther Theme [Excerpt]

    “Music To Watch Movies By” 2 CD Compilation

    Columbia, STVCD 114

  • Image for Nat King Cole

    Nat King Cole Blue Moon

    “Nat King Cole – The Billy May Sessions”

    Capitol, CDP 0777789546 2 0

  • Image for Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald You Couldn't Be Cuter

    “Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Jerome Kern Songbook”

    Verve, 314 519 847-2

  • Image for The Ruby Braff, George Barnes Quartet

    The Ruby Braff, George Barnes Quartet My Romance

    “Tonny Bennett Sings The Rodgers & Hart Songbook”

    Concord Records, CCD 2243-2

  • Image for Mary Osborne

    Mary Osborne You're Gonna Get My Letter In The Morning

    “Guitar Rarities Volume Two [1933 – 1947]”

    IAJRC, CD 1018

  • Image for Ketty Lester

    Ketty Lester Love Letters

    “Memories Are Made Of This: 40 Timeless Classics”

    Dino Entertainment, DINCD 47

  • Image for The Four Preps

    The Four Preps Got A Girl

    1960 British Hit Parade Part 1 [CD 5 Of 6]

    Fantastic Voyage, FVSD 090

  • Image for Marian Montgomery

    Marian Montgomery There'll Be Some Changes Made

    Marion Montgomery 2 LPS On 1 CD

    Capitol/EMI, 7243 8 66897 2 6

  • This Week's Show:

    The hoary old subject of poor rhyming in song came up in the mail this week. It was triggered by our mentioning our wish that a little more care had been taken over a song’s rhymes by a certain famous popular singing and writing pair. It’s a theme that recurs fairly regularly for, with sad monotony, we come across examples of sloppy imperfect and non-rhymes in popular music. Back in the ‘twenties, an infamous culprit was Benny (‘Baby Face’ and ‘Carolina Moon’) Davis of whom a wag wrote:

    “Heaven save us – From Benny Davis”

    One of our correspondents has suggested to us that there’s nothing wrong with rhyming ‘gem’ with ‘men’ but that is precisely the sort of anti-rhyme that offends our ears. Anyone can make lines almost rhyme but a craftsman will take a little more effort to make something that both scans and rhymes perfectly and thus make something that is properly satisfying to the ear. The Canadian master Bill Solly wrote a song – “The World’s In Rhyme” - that sums up perfectly all the ghastliness of wrong rhyming and the late Marty Feldman included it in his splendid album “I Feel A Song Going Off”. We’d recommend it to anyone who isn’t clear about what we’re talking about, though if you’re content with Mr McCartney rhyming ‘trim’ with ‘in’ then maybe Bill’s long list of solecisms in the song will also go un-noticed by you, too!

    Sadly, the Marty Feldman LP hasn’t made it to CD yet but you can download it as an MP3 file – and we’d recommend it to all would-be songwriters!

  • Featured In This Week's Show: Chris Barber

    Featured In This Week's Show: Chris Barber

  • Recommendations:

    “Rosemary Clooney – ‘Brazil’ – with John Pizzarelli” is something of a favourite of ours and is one of those albums you don’t have to cherry-pick odd tracks but let it play for all of its sixty one minutes. The idea of pairing Rosie’s voice in its Indian Summer with the sensitive acoustic guitar and, on five tracks, voice of Mr Pizzarelli was an inspired one. Much of the material is by Jobim but there are also examples of Luiz Bonfa (‘Sweet Happy Life’, ‘A Day In The Life Of A Fool’) and a very successful Latin translation of Cole Porter’s ‘I Concentrate On You’. John Oddo is responsible for most of the arrangements while on “The Boy From Ipanema” there’s a welcome guest appearance by Diana Krall. It’s on Concord CCD 4884-2.

    Fantastic Voyage continues its exploration of the history of The British Hit Parade – this time of 1960 - with two mammoth six-CD boxes, one of which we broached this week: Part 1: January – July. By then ‘pop’ rather than the Great American Songbook had become the predominant force although even in 1960 we find Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and others still managing to break through the relentless torrent of rock ‘n’ roll and doo-wop. There are plenty of interesting instrumentals from Percy Faith, Acker Bilk, Russ Conway and Joe ‘Mr Piano’ Henderson, too. Most of all, though, this is a feast of nostalgia – 179 tracks worth! – if you’re of a certain age. It comes with a book packed with pictures & information. The number is FVSD090.


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