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57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 27 January 2013

Russell celebrates the art, craft and inspiration of the popular song.

Music Played

13 items
  • Image for The Hi-Lo's

    The Hi-Lo's June In January

    “The Hi-Los – A Musical Thrill [2006 2 CD Set]”

    Jasmine, JASCD 433

  • Image for Beverly Kenney

    Beverly Kenney Ball And Chain

    “Beverly Kenney – Complete Royal Roost Recs”

    Fresh Sound, FSR CD 720

  • Image for Coon-Sanders' Nighthawks

    Coon-Sanders' Nighthawks Here Comes My Ball And Chain

    “Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawks 1924-1932”

    Retrieval, RTR 79019

  • Image for Jackie & Roy

    Jackie & Roy Two Peas In A Pod

    “Jackie & Roy – “In The Spotlight & Sweet & Lowdown ”

    Solar Records, 4569931

  • Image for Sammy Kayer Orch W. Don Cornell, Vocal

    Sammy Kayer Orch W. Don Cornell, Vocal My Lily And My Rose

    We’ve Not Found It On A CD…Yet

    RCA Victor [78 RPM Single], 20-3609-A

  • Image for Doris Day and Frankie Laine

    Doris Day and Frankie Laine Doris Day and Frankie Laine - Sugarbush

    “The Classic Duets Box [3 CD Set From 2005]”

    Pure Nostalgia, PNATD303

  • Image for Alberta Hunter With Fats Waller

    Alberta Hunter With Fats Waller Sugar

    “Fats Waller Complete Recordings Vol 1”

    JSP, JSP 927B

  • Image for Steve Lawrence

    Steve Lawrence My Claire De Lune

    “Steve & Eydie: Cozy/Two On The Aisle – New!”

    Sepia, Sepia 1212

  • Image for Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five

    Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five Sugar Foot Strut

    “Louis Armstrong Complete Hot 5’s And Hot 7’s”

    Columbia/Legacy, C4K63527

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra I Get A Kick Out Of You

    “Frank Sinatra – The Nelson Riddle Years”

    Avid, AVC 902

  • Image for Les Paul & Mary Ford

    Les Paul & Mary Ford How High The Moon

    “The Very Best Of Les Paul And Mary Ford”

    EMI Gold, 50999 5 19036 2 6

  • Image for Duke Ellington Orch W. Betty Roché, Vocal

    Duke Ellington Orch W. Betty Roché, Vocal The Blues [From Black, Brown & Beige Suite]

    “Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concert Jan 1943”

    Prestige, 2PCD 34004-2

  • Image for Chita Rivera

    Chita Rivera The Lady's In Love With You

    “Chita” & “And Now I Sing”: Release Date: Feb 25th

    Stage Door, Stage 9032

  • This Week's Show:

    As we mentioned in the show, we’re enlisting your help – to assist in deciphering the official lyric to that curious Celebration of The Sweet Yam, which is what “Sugar Foot Strut” turns out to be. Of course, if you’re able to produce a copy of the original sheet music, that would solve all our queries. If not – and you have exceptional ears (you’ll need them) try unscrambling what Louis Armstrong sings in his version – and, if you have access to it, give a listen to the Red Nichols/Charleston Chasers version too, where Craig Leitch, though clearer than Louis, leaves just as many imponderables. Here’s how WE hear it:
    “Now the Sugar Foot Strut – Just Let Me Warn (or Warm) you; Sugar Foot Strut – Let Me Inform You
    Dance In The Street – Down Where The Sweet Yams Roll – Sweet And Low
    Ginger-Cake Sue, Brown as a Cookie – Deacon Jones Too – Even Aunt Sukie
    Form In A Ring – Holler And Sing Let’s Go
    Yams Are For Young And Old – Dig ‘Em Up Cold – Like ‘Em Rolled In The Coal
    Food From The Sod – Goodies (Good Is) For Body and Soul, Babe (Cinnamon Roll!)
    Black As Old Joe – Brown As What Sam Is – Yellow Is Cold (Close?) But Gold Is What Yam Is
    Troubles Are Tough – Let’s Do The Sugar Foot Strut!”
    We ran this past vintage jazz specialist Keith Nichols and he concurred with our findings (incidentally, his website: www.keithnicholsjazz.co.uk is well worth a visit) but, as you’ll see, there are bits that don’t make sense – or could certainly do with improving. Anway – have a go and let us know your findings!

  • Featured In This Week's Show: Duke Ellington

    Featured In This Week's Show: Duke Ellington

  • Recommendations:

    Seldom out-of-print, the Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Sevens have been issued over the years in all sorts of shapes and sizes but Columbia Legacy’s 4 CD box is, for us, the ultimate production. Collecting together the entire oeuvre, including those for labels other than Okeh and sessions where they backed singers (Hociel Thomas, Butterbeans & Susie and Lillie Delk Christian) all in the very finest sound, there’s the considerable added bonus of a hard-cover 83 page presentation, crammed with detail, many rare photos and knowledgeable commentary. For anyone interested in the history of 20th Century music this is a must, we’d say: C4K 63527
    Is the number.

    We’re pleased to welcome Stage Door’s new album of two Chita Rivera lps on one CD. The first, with arrangements and musical direction by Alyn Ainsworth, was recording in London and issued as “Chita” – 12 tracks of standards and show tunes from ‘Love Look Away’ from ‘The Flower Drum Song’ to Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Small Fry’. The other album, cut a year later in New York with Joe Cain as producer/arranger, has a similarly eclectic selection, from Rodgers & Hart to Henry Mancini. Not due for release until February 25th, it’s worth waiting for and the number to ask for is Stage Door 9032

    Which just leaves room to recommend a new release from Sepia: Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé “Cozy/Two On The Aisle” from the same period as Chita’s, with Don Costa arranging/conducting. An excellent programme of 29 tracks, the number is Sepia 1212.


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