Something for the weekend. The incomparable Ella Fitzgerald singing That Old Black Magic, which was written in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, with music by Harold Arlen, and which seems appropriate on this pre-Halloween weekend.
It was initially performed by Glenn Miller:
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer sung by Gene Autry. Rudolph first appeared in a coloring book written and drawn by Robert L. May in 1939 as a Christmas giveaway by Montgomery Ward. The tale of Rudoplph proved immensely popular with kids, with the coloring book still being in print and sold more than seven decades latter. The famous song was written by Johnny Marks, a song writer and World War 2 combat veteran. It was first sung by Harry Brannon in November 1949, shortly before the singing cowboy, Gene Autry, performed his immortal rendition. Continue Reading
Something for the weekend. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong team up to give an unforgettable rendition of Summertime. Composed as an aria in 1934 by George Gershwin for the play Porgy and Bess, it always conveys to me memories of the various hot summers of my boyhood when home air conditioning was rare and a luxury.