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Doodle-De-Doo to The Ho-Ho Song: All life is here!

57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 12 May 2013

All sorts of musical subjects engage Russell this week - a very minor song from the Twenties adapted by two major late 20th century cabaret artists opens the show and a connection with this to the New Orleans Rhythm Kings leads Russell to a massive hit of the '50s (an adaptation of the old jazz standard, 'Tin Roof Blues' which itself, he reveals, was an adaptation of an older - and ruder - song from the earliest days of Jazz in New Orleans). But the title wasn't new in 1954 - it had already been used a dozen years earlier so we hear Jo Stafford and Julie London singing two quite different songs called 'Make Love To Me'. The composer of the 2nd one also wrote a hit for Dickie Valentine and a much earlier one for Artie Shaw's orchestra, both of which Russell introduces - before moving to another bandleader, whose centenary falls this week.

In salute, Russell picks Woody Herman's 'Lemon Drop' (a wild one by the band), 'Louise' sung by Woody himself - and Woody's later band accompanying Frank Sinatra at Madison Square Garden in Jim Croce's 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown'. A discovery that Frank was a Jeri Southern fan presents an opportunity to play her smouldering version of Rodgers and Hart's 'Dancing On The Ceiling' and, from the same period, as a birthday salute to composer Burt Bacharach, Patti Page's 'Keep Me In Mind'. Co-composer of this song, Jack Wolf, is the connection to an unlikely one - Red Buttons and 'The Ho Ho Song' - and also to Billie Holiday's 'I'm A Fool To Want You', which Wolf co-wrote with Joel Herron and Frank Sinatra. Russell wraps up the show with a review of some new releases, playing Maurice Chevalier from a celebration of TV's 'Mad Men' and, from a re-issue of some '60s albums, Jack Jones.

Music Played

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  • Image for Hugh Shannon & Blossom Dearie

    Hugh Shannon & Blossom Dearie Doodle-De-Doo

    “Hugh Shannon & Blossom Dearie – Disgustingly Rich”

    Harlequin (US), HQ 703

  • Image for Jo Stafford

    Jo Stafford Make Love To Me

    “Jo Stafford: Make Love To Me – Her 54 Finest 1942-53”

    Retrospective Records, RTS 4112

  • Image for Julie London

    Julie London Make Love To Me

    “Julie London: Lonely Girl / Make Love To Me (2 Lps)”

    Capitol, 7243 5 41668 2 2

  • Image for Dickie Valentine

    Dickie Valentine The Finger Of Suspicion

    “Hits Of ’55: The Fabulous Fifties – Moments To Remember”

    Living Era (Sanctuary Records), CD AJA 5555

  • Image for Artie Shaw and His Orchestra

    Artie Shaw and His Orchestra They Say

    “Sweeter As The Years Go By – Helen Forrest W. Artie Shaw”

    Jasmine, JASMCD 2550

  • Image for Woody Herman and His Orchestra

    Woody Herman and His Orchestra Lemon Drop

    “The Woody Herman Story Vol 4: Four Brothers”

    Proper (4 CD Set), P 1160

  • Image for Woody Herman

    Woody Herman Louise

    “Woody Herman – Songs For Hip Lovers”

    Verve, 559 872-2

  • Image for Frank Sinatra with Woody Herman Orchestra

    Frank Sinatra with Woody Herman Orchestra Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

    “Sinatra – The Main Event From Madison Square Garden”

    Reprise, 7599-27219-2

  • Image for Jeri Southern

    Jeri Southern Dancing On The Ceiling

    “The Very Thought Of You: Jeri Southern – The Decca Years”

    Decca/GRP, GRP 06712

  • Image for Patti Page

    Patti Page Keep Me In Mind

    “Patti Page: Another Time – Another Place”

    Jasmine, JASBOX 30-4

  • Image for Red Buttons

    Red Buttons The Ho Ho Song

    “Red Buttons, Barbara Cook On Us Television ”

    Sepia, Sepia 1125

  • Image for Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday I'm A Fool To Want You

    “Billie Holiday – Lady In Satin ”

    Columbia Legacy, CK 65144

  • Image for Maurice Chevalier

    Maurice Chevalier Sweepin' The Clouds Away

    “The Many Moods Of Mad Men” (Music From Us Tv Series)

    Fantastic Voyage, FVDD159

  • Image for Jack Jones

    Jack Jones Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows

    Jack Jones: Our Song / For The ‘In’ Crowd

    Zone Records, Zone 1018

  • This Week

    Woody Herman (born 16th May 1913) has always been billed, amongst musicians, as one of the most decent and likeable of bandleaders in a profession that is not naturally given a good press by the workers. Some, because of their distance and aloofness, were resented by the men; some scorned for what they saw as lack of musical taste (often in reality mere commercial acumen: giving the public what they want) while others were such disciplinarians as to be feared as out-and-out monsters. Woody was none of these; liked by all his men and while never the brilliant artist of the calibre of Shaw, Goodman or Dorsey, good enough to make meaningful contributions to his output – and with a great eye for talent. There’s a telling quote from one of his sidemen, Nat Pierce, who said “We never feel we’re working for the man. It’s more like working with him.” And while some members of his ground-breaking Second Herd considered his own clarinet contributions old-fashioned, Gerry Mulligan pointed out that his solos were the only ones that had anything to do with the tune! What’s more, Woody was one of very few of the swing leaders who could actually sing well, too, as his relatively few albums testify. ‘Songs For Hip Lovers’, recorded in 1957 and which gave us “Louise”, is good as is “The Jazz Swinger” from 1966; but we’re also very fond of his first casual outing onto LP in 1954 in the company of the Erroll Garner Trio, which they called “Songs For Tired Lovers”! It’s worth looking out for.

  • Featured In This Week's Show: Dickie Valentine

    Featured In This Week's Show: Dickie Valentine

  • Recommendations

    Fans of Patti Page will know what a brilliant job Jasmine Records have been doing in championing their favourite artist and “Another Time – Another Place”, a 4 CD set, is no exception. We came across it when hunting for Patti’s “Keep Me In Mind” which our library possessed only on 78! Following their earlier box “Near To You”, this new one is full of as many classic hits and rarities, like, for instance, her early ‘60s Nashville sessions. Appropriate in the year that saw her posthumously granted the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. It’s on Jasmine Jasbox 30-4.

    If you’ve not followed the US TV series “Mad Men” the musical collection “The Many Moods Of Mad Men” (Fantastic Voyage FVDD 159) will seem a weird collection of contrasts, with Chubby Checker’s ‘Let’s Twist Again’ and The McGuire Sisters’ “Volare” sharing the same bed as Miles Davis’ “Blue In Green” and Ben Webster’s “Memories Of You”. It’s all part of the sound-track to life in the world of Madison Avenue executives on the ‘sixties and as well as being a reminder of this terrific series (“The Best Thing On TV” – [The Observer] “Superb” [The Times]) it makes a rather wonderful lucky dip of a collection!

    Just space for a word about the CD that gave us our final track by Jack Jones. Zone records 1018 gives us 2 complete Jones LPs from the late ‘60s: “Our Song” and “For The ‘In’ Crowd” – 24 tracks in all with backings by Don Costa, Ralph Carmichael, Bob Florence and Marty Paich, catches Jones at the height of his success.


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