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11/11/2012

Duration:
57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 11 November 2012

Taking 11th November - Armistice Day - as the principal subject of the programme, Russell introduces Jo Stafford's suitably cool and beautiful version of Roses Of Picardy, which is indelibly associated with the First World War. He follows with a medley, by The Morriston Orpheus Choir, of Songs Of The First World War.

The Long Long Trail A-Winding leads to The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine by The Mellomen, then Russell continues to investigate the use of "Long Long" in song, finding three more classics. Celebration of singer/jazz pianist Mose Allison's 85th birthday brings his I Don't Worry About A Thing, while a newly-acquired CD gives us Lucy Ann Polk with Duke Ellington's I'm Just A Lucky So-And-So. Out of that comes, from Frank Sinatra, "the softest thing he'd sung since he had the laryngitis" - Dindi.

Along with the birth of Mose Allison, 11 November 1927 gave birth to Ruth Etting's version of The Song Is Ended, which we hear and this is wrapped up, curiously, with the name of Beda Loehner. Russell unravels it and in the process gives us Ausgerechnet Bananen sung by Willi Rose. The show concludes with two remarkable tracks from Diana Krall's new CD, Glad Rag Doll.

Music Played

13 items
  • Image for Jo Stafford

    Jo Stafford Roses Of Picardy

    “Just Reminiscin’ – Jo Stafford”

    Vocalion, CDUS 3019

  • Image for Morriston Orpheus Choir & Band Of Royal Marines

    Morriston Orpheus Choir & Band Of Royal Marines Oh What A Lovely War / It's A Long Way To Tipperary/There's A Long, Long Trail A-Winding

    “A Grand Night For Singing”

    EMI Gold, 50999 9 68114 2 9

  • Image for The Mellomen

    The Mellomen The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine

    “Barbershop Melodies Volume 1: The Mellomen”

    Saxony Records, CD 105

  • Image for Tina Louise

    Tina Louise It's Been A Long, Long Time

    “It’s Time For Tina Louise”

    Sound Hills, 57200

  • Image for The Andrews Sisters / Billy May Orchestra

    The Andrews Sisters / Billy May Orchestra A Smile Will Go A Long, Long Way

    “Billy May & His Orchestra W. The Andrews Sisters”

    The Entertainers, CD 387

  • Image for Marty Robbins

    Marty Robbins Long, Long Ago

    “Marty Robbins – Long, Long Ago”

    CBS 92 LPs, 88649

  • Image for Mose Allison

    Mose Allison I Don't Worry About A Thing

    “Introducing Mose Allison”

    Rhino / Warner Jazz, 8122733732

  • Image for Lucy Ann Polk

    Lucy Ann Polk I'm Just A Lucky So-And-So

    “But Beautiful – Lucy Ann Polk”

    Fresh Sound, FSR CD 708

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra Dindi

    “Frank Sinatra – The Reprise Collection”

    Reprise, 9 26340-2

  • Image for Ruth Etting

    Ruth Etting The Song Is Ended

    “Ruth Etting – America’s Sweetheart Of Song”

    Living Era, CD AJS 2012

  • Image for Willi Rose

    Willi Rose Ausgerechnet Bananen

    “100 Gassenauer”

    Membran, 220977-354 [4 CD Set]

  • Image for Diana Krall

    Diana Krall We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye

    “Diana Krall – Glad Rag Doll” New Release

    Verve, 0602537126934

  • Image for Diana Krall

    Diana Krall Just Like A Butterfly

    “Diana Krall – Glad Rag Doll”

    Vervei, 0602537126934

  • This Week's Show:

    Many topics of late have elicited interesting responses from you and we feel we should air them here. For instance, two recent shows have stimulated comments via Email from Andrew Mathewson: After our review of a new CD concerning influences on The Beatles, Andy writes:
    Thanks for last Sunday's inclusion of the influence on The Beatles' compositions… One more point you may be interested in about ‘ Till There Was You’: if you play it on the guitar (as I do), when it comes to the line "...heard them at all...", behind "heard", "them" and "all", respectively you play three descending minor chords . (If you play the song in the key of G, the three chords are B minor 7, A sharp minor 7 and A minor 7.) And this is the same chord sequence -- really the hook-- that recurs in a song on The Beatles' first LP, namely ‘ Do You Want To Know A Secret?’

    It appears 6 times in each verse, for the first time after the very first word: "Listen..." and then after "Do you want to know a secret.." etc . (The Beatles Complete Chord Songbook gives the key … as E, in which case the… chords become G sharp minor 7, G minor 7 and F sharp minor 7, but the point remains.)
    A subconscious borrowing? Very possibly. But the similarity is too close to be a coincidence!

    The following week, Andy was moved by our mention of the WPA and, if we’ve room, we’ll include his comments on that subject next time. We very much welcome your views and, if you keep them succinct, we’re happy (if you are) to share them.

  • Featured In This Week's Show: Jo Stafford

    Featured In This Week's Show: Jo Stafford

  • Recommendations:

    Fresh Sound, the excellent Spanish-based company that specialises in re-issuing jazz and jazz-associated albums of the past scored another hit with us by putting out a pair of rare vocal albums from the ‘fifties: “Lucky Lucy Ann” which finds ex-Les Brown girl-singer Lucy Ann Polk paired with the Marty Paich Sextet in a varied set of standards; and “Lucy Ann Polk with The Dave Pell Octet” – a similar concept recorded a couple of years earlier plus two later numbers with the Marty Paich Quartet for good measure. Together, they give us 22 stylish interpretations of (eg) ‘Easy Living’, ‘It’s Always You’, ‘Looking At You’ etc. Strongly recommended. Ask for FSR CD 708.

    The quirky individuality of folksy-jazz pianist-singer Mose Allison is celebrated in Warner Jazz/Rhino’s “Introducing Mose Allison”. Gathering examples from albums recorded between 1962 and 1982 for Atlantic and (later) Elektra, it gives a portrait of Allison’s sly lyrics and deceptively simple-sounding blues-influenced piano. Not everyone’s taste but we love him! The albums visited include “The Word From Mose”, “Swingin’ Machine”, “Wild Man On The Loose”, “Middle Class White Boy” and others. The number is 8122 733732

    Which leaves just room to rave about Diana Krall’s new “Glad Rag Doll”. Make no mistake, we’ll be returning to this one: Much of the repertoire is old 20’s stuff, wonderfully re-interpreted. Her backing groups are the tops and Diana has, to these ears, never sounded better. It’s on Verve 0602537 12693 4.

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