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57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 10 June 2012

To mark what would've have been Judy Garland's 90th birthday, Russell opens with her duet with Johnny Mercer on Cole Porter's Friendship.

He follows this by recalling a famous song which Mercer presented to Judy the day after her marriage to David Rose - I Remember You - sung by Sue Raney.

Memories of songwriter Dick Manning, whose centenary falls on this day, with four very different songs for which he provided the lyrics. And then into some detective work, on behalf of a listener who asked: How did two different songs come to exist with identical melodies - Doris Day's version of I'm Confessin' and Fats Waller's Buddies playing Lookin' For Another Sweetie.

Russell proposes a solution to the mystery which involves the names Chris Smith - who wrote Ballin' The Jack (we hear Danny Kaye) and Cake-Walking Babies From Home (sung for us by the late Carrie Smith) - and Chick Smith, who could be the real composer of the tune.

Russell then looks at a mis-titling of Gin House Blues (Nina Simone) and a strange 1962 Tony Awards decision. Jack Jones illustrates with I Believe In You before a further garland of Judy performances winds the show up with a medley from Easter Parade, this time with Fred Astaire.

Music Played

13 items
  • Judy Garland & Johnny Mercer Friendship

    “Personality; Johnny Mercer Sings”

    ASV Living Era, CD AJA 5430

  • Image for Sue Raney

    Sue Raney I Remember You

    “When Your Lover Has Gone/Songs For A Raney Day”

    Capitol, 7243 8 59839 2 4

  • Image for The Four Lads

    The Four Lads Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellenbogen

    “The Four Lads – Moments To Rembember”

    Jasmine, JASCD 492

  • Image for Andy Williams

    Andy Williams The Hawaiian Wedding Song

    “To You Sweetheart, Aloha – Andy Williams”

    Varese Sarabande, 302 066 253-2

  • Hermione Gingold & Gilbert Harding Takes Two To Tango

    “Hermione Gingold Live At The Café De Paris – Plus”

    Stage Door, 5055122190103

  • Image for Jane Morgan

    Jane Morgan Fascination

    “Jane Morgan: Fascination – The Ultimate Collection”

    Jasmine, JASCD 489

  • Image for Doris Day

    Doris Day I’m Confessin’

    “Doris Day: ‘You’re My Thrill’/ ‘Young At Heart’

    Sony/BMG Columbia, 88697092822

  • Image for Fats Waller and His Buddies

    Fats Waller and His Buddies Lookin’ For Another Sweetie

    “Fats Waller: Complete Recorded Works Vol 2”

    JSP, JSP 928B

  • Image for Danny Kaye

    Danny Kaye Ballin’ The Jack

    “Danny Kaye – Ballin’ The Jack”

    Memoir, CDMOIR 559

  • Carrie Smith & Ny Jazz Repertory Company Cake Walking Babies From Home

    “Satchmo Remembered At Carnegie Hall”

    Atlantic, SD 1671

  • Image for Nina Simone

    Nina Simone Gin House Blues [Sic – Actually ‘Me & My Gin’]

    “Nina Simone: The Best Of The Colpix Years”

    EMI/Roulette, CDP 7985842

  • Image for Jack Jones

    Jack Jones I Believe In You

    “Jack Jones: 2 LPs - She Love Me/There’s Love &Co”

    MCA, MCLD 19378

  • Judy Garland & Fred Astaire Irving Berlin Medley From “Easter Parade”:

    “The Great MGM Stars – Judy Garland”

    MGM/EMI, CDP 79 5856 2

  • This Week's Show:

    This week we’ve marked the centenary of Dick Manning, who left us the lyrics of such deathless ditties as “Hot Diggity”, “Papa Loves Mambo”, “The Morningside Of The Mountain”, “You Can’t Be True To Two”, “While The Angelus Was Ringing” etc. – in addition to the ones we high-lighted on the show … so no Larry Hart or Cole Porter he. It’s surprising that he’s as much known for his work as a lyricist (usually in collaboration with Al Hoffman) as he is as a composer, for he was a more than merely competent musician, having attended the Julliard School Of Music. Indeed, he was a very busy man and in the early years of his long career (he died in April 1991) was a working musician, leading the band, under his original name of Sam Medoff. From 1940 he performed for New York’s Radio WHN on their regular show: “Yiddish Melodies In Swing”, where he led the Yiddish Swing Orchestra and the Yiddish Swingtet. Along with singers like The Barry Sisters, he continued successfully into the late ‘40s when, with his career as a songwriter developing, he adopted a new persona as Dick Manning. Some of his early work as pianist-bandleader is available on CD on “Music From The Yiddish Radio Project”; Shanachie 6057.

    Our grateful thanks go to listener Mr Frank Harvey for reminding us of the “I’m Confessin’/”Lookin’ For Another Sweetie” mystery. If you have any similar anomalies for us to investigate, do, please drop us a line. We can’t promise to answer all queries but are always keen to have a go!

  • Featured In This Week's Show: Hermione Gingold

    Featured In This Week's Show: Hermione Gingold

  • Recommendations:

    Of all the volumes in JSP’s monumental series charting every single commercial recording by Thomas Fats Waller (there are six boxes, five with 4 CDs, the final one with 5), we reckon the one we used for that recording of “Lookin’ For Another Sweetie” has to be our favourite. Beginning with the famous session in March 1st 1929 that gave us ‘Harlem Fuss’ and ‘The Minor Drag’, so hilariously described by Eddie Condon in “We Called It Music” and encompassing dates with The Chocolate Dandies, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, the orchestras of Jimmy Johnson, Jack Teagarden and Ted Lewis, Red McKenzie’s Blue Blowers and the great Rhythmakers sessions of July 1932 PLUS the first and some would say finest of the hundreds of “Fats Waller And His Rhythm” sides (the ones with Bill Coleman on trumpet) this is a great banquet of Fats, serving to show him in many guises. Oh – and some of the best of his piano solos are also included along the way, too. A great set, expertly re-mastered by Ted Kendall, it’s on JSP 928. Only downer, we could have done with some more comprehensive notes.

    Jasmine’s “Jane Morgan – Fascination, The Ultimate Collection” has a generous 58 tracks that take in plenty of decent ballads (‘Speak Low’, ‘My Man’) among the pop ephemera (‘Makin Love’, ‘I’ve Got Bells On My Heart’), and including both French and English language versions of “The Day The Rains Came”. Fascinating to compare Jane’s approach to ‘Who’s Sorry Now’ with that of Connie Francis. The number is JASCD 489.


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