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57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 18 November 2012

Russell opens the show with tracks from two new releases - one featuring Nat King Cole, the other by his lesser-known brother, Freddy.

Russell proceeds to take a lead from the second song - The Girl From The Piano Bar - to search for more songs "about person X from locality Y". We hear Cher's version of The Girl From Ipanema, Millicent Martin singing Sondheim's comic The Boy From..., and Dubin & Warren's She's A Latin From Manhattan, in a period recording by Victor Young's orchestra.

There are also two airshots: The Lady From 29 Palms and The Lady In Red" (both written by Allie Wrubel); Rube Bloom's riotous The Man From The South and (after a divergence about cigar-smoking 'drummers' from The Runaway Train), Peggy Lee's You Came A Long Way From St Louis.

The writer of that song brings up Where Flamingos Fly in a newly re-released version by Dakota Staton, after which Russell reminds us of a different song of the same title sung by The Ink Spots.

A short tribute to author Han Suyin comes in the shape of Matt Monro's Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing and the show is rounded off with one more "from" song - Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia, by The Boswell Sisters.

Music Played

14 items
  • Image for Nat King Cole

    Nat King Cole I Used To Love You [But It's All Over]

    “Nat King Cole: The Forgotten 1849 Concert”

    HEP, HEPCD 91

  • Image for Freddy Cole

    Freddy Cole The Girl From The Piano Bar

    “Freddy Cole: One More Lovesong/Right From The Heart”

    Vocalion, CDSML 8495

  • Image for Cher

    Cher The Girl From Ipanema

    “The Sonny Side Of Cher”

    Beat Goes On, 673

  • Image for Millicent Martin

    Millicent Martin The Boy From …

    “Comedy Tonight: Sondheim’s Funniest Songs”

    BMG Heritage/RCA Victor, 09026 67301 2

  • Image for Victor Young & His Orchestra

    Victor Young & His Orchestra She's A Latin From Manhattan

    “Manhattan Serenades: Classic Songs Of New York”

    Jass, J-CD-641

  • Image for Doris Day

    Doris Day The Lady From 29 Palms

    “Your Hit Parade Volume 3” [Airshots]

    CBS [LP], WZCSP 169361

  • Image for Anita O’Day With Stan Kenton Orchestra

    Anita O’Day With Stan Kenton Orchestra The Lady In Red

    “Anita O’Day: A Song Stylist In Swingland”

    Saga, 982 994-8

  • Image for Rube Bloom & His Bayou Boys

    Rube Bloom & His Bayou Boys The Man From The South

    “The Charleston Chasers Vol 2 Etc.,”

    Timeless, CBC 1-081

  • Image for Vernon Dalhart

    Vernon Dalhart The Runaway Train

    “Children’s Favourites – Original Recordings 1926-52”

    Naxos Nostalgia, 8.120704

  • Image for Peggy Lee Ad George Shearing

    Peggy Lee Ad George Shearing You Came A Long Way From St Louis

    “Beauty & The Beat – Peggy Lee With George Shearing”

    Capitol, CDP 7 98454 2

  • Image for Dakota Staton

    Dakota Staton Where Flamingos Fly

    “Dakota Staton Sings Ballads & The Blues”

    Sepia, Sepia 1205

  • Image for The Ink Spots

    The Ink Spots Where Flamingo's Fly

    “The Ink Spots – Their Greatest Hits”

    Memoir, CDMOIR 538

  • Image for Matt Monro

    Matt Monro Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing

    “Matt At The Movies Starring Matt Monro”

    EMI Gold [3 CD Set], 50999 5 09985 2 4

  • Image for The Boswell Sisters

    The Boswell Sisters Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia

    The Boswell Sisters Collection

    Storyville [5 CDS + DVD Set], 1088608

  • This Week's Show:

    If you’ve ever tried to find some background to the life and works of songwriter and musician RUBE BLOOM, you’ll have discovered how little there is available. Reference books quite often don’t even include him – or if they do, it’s as a mere footnote. For one whose compositions included “Fools Rush In”, “Give Me The Simple Life”, “Truckin’”, “Day In, Day Out”, “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me”, - it would appear that he’s been seriously undervalued. He left some fine recordings – of his own piano compositions, (“Spring Fever”, “Soliloquy”, “Sapphire” etc.), some historic sessions – with Bix and friends as “The Sioux City Six, with Red Nichols & co as “The Hotsey Totsey Boys” and “The Hottentots” not to mention some uproarious ones with Joe Venuti’s Blue Four or his own Bayou Boys. That enormous and entertaining tome by Rube’s namesake, Ken Bloom, “The American Songbook – The Singers, The Songwriters and The Songs” hardly mentions him. Even Wikipedia’s resumé of Bloom’s life is unusually reticent. However, we’re happy to report that we’ve come across a splendid article on the web, by Bill Edwards, who goes a long way to redress the situation. Bill has managed to assemble a good body of the known facts of Rube’s life as well as listing all his compositions and a selected discography and ‘rollography’ (Rube made many piano rolls in the ‘20s). In addition, there are photos, reproductions of piano sheet music etc., in the article, which you find at http://ragpiano.com/comps/rbloom.shtml

  • Featured In This Week's Show: Millicent Marton

    Featured In This Week's Show: Millicent Marton

  • Recommendations:

    Sepia are spoiling us again – from among their recent cornucopia of releases comes a re-issue of two excellent albums by Dakota Staton from 1959 (‘Dakota Staton Sings Ballads And The Blues”) and 1960 (“Dakota”). Two good programmes of unhackneyed material are presented, with Sid Feller’s or Eddie Wilcox’s direction on the earlier sessions; The great Benny Carter arranging and directing the 1960 ones. In addition, there are two makeweight tracks from 1962 with Norman Simmons’ Orchestra. Re-mastering is by the ever-dependable Robin Cherry and the only cavil we have is that her “Where Flamingos Fly” is credited to the wrong composers! But then we note this happens all the time: Linda Lawson’s and Chris Connor’s versions have also been wrongly attributed! Anyway, this is a great CD: The number is Sepia 1205.

    Have we mentioned before a stunning album on the rare JASS label – “Manhattan Serenades”? One of our favourite vintage compilations this, with 27 classic songs of New York performed by a galaxy of artists: Ramona with Paul Whiteman (“Broadway’s Gone Hill Billy”) and Mildred Bailey with Red Norvo (“Slumming On Park Avenue”) rarities like Teddy Lynch’s “Way Out West On West End Avenue” (a favourite of Hubert Gregg!), Stuart Allen with Richard Himber (“Monday In Manhattan”) and The Deep River Boys’ “Sidewalks of New York”. Mainly from the ‘30s and sounding brilliant, it comes with a fine, thoroughly informative booklet with notes by Paul ‘Fletch’ Lindermeyer! Look for J-CD 641.


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