Thank you to WSNC, Winston-Salem Public Radio, for putting The Last Whoop-dee-doo! in rotation on the Afternoon Jazz Show with Jim Steele
New songs added to the solo show repetoire:
I See the Want To in Your Eyes (Conway Twitty, 1974)
Who’ll Chop Your Suey? (Cleo Brown, 1936)
It Won’t Be Long (The Beatles, 1963)
Detour Ahead (Billie Holiday, 1949)
Careless Love (Snooks Eaglin, 1958)
And a couple of new originals, as well, to be recorded this year.
WBCQ will play my slapstick version of Walter Donalson’s “Makin’ Whoopee,” recorded many years ago. I’d not released it before. I found it lingering on an old hard drive and, yes, it made me laugh. So pleased it will go out on the airwaves and my thanks to the management (you know who you are!).
If you never heard me do Jimmy Durante, Barry White and Judge Judy in the same clip, you’re in for a treat. Well, you’re in for something, anyhow.
For fans in Europe and Japan, listen in tomorrow (March 16, 2017) between 2300 and 2330 UTC on 7390 kHz. For those stateside, that translates to 5:00-5:30pm Eastern. If you don’t have a shortwave radio, you can listen here.
I’ll be in great company with lots of novelty songs you’ve not heard in decades. Grab an ice cold Cheerwine or a hot toddy if you’re still stuck in the northeast and be prepared to laugh.
I always liked Reba McEntire’s voice and stage personality, but now I admire her. If you love and respect your audience, you want to please them. Today on TV:
Behar asked McEntire, “If you ever went on a political rant in the middle of your act, what would happen?”
“My fans would be shocked,” the two-time Grammy-winner said. “I take it this way: they have paid their hard-earned money to come in there and fill a seat — parking, getting something at the concession stand, go and eat before the concert — I am there to entertain them, to take their worries away from them, so when they walk out, they can kind of have a little lift in their step and go, ‘Aw, that was such a great break from all the problems I have to deal with during daily life.’ So I’m not going to give them my political views.”
Thanks to Chip Colcord who played “You Tell Lies” off of my 2011 album, Fire and Fall Back, on the most recent episode of his syndicated radio show, Out of the Woods.
“I’ll See You in My Dreams” (1924)
Lyrics: Gus Kahn Music: Isham Jones
I listened to several dozen versions of this perennial favorite, recently heard in the soundtrack of several movies, including Woody Allen’s, Sweet and Lowdown. But none it seemed played the verse, instead going straight to the chorus at the top of the song. Here’s an example:
Those few who sang the verse did so before 1930, it would appear. At some point, singers just dropped the verse. Curious, because it’s a wonderful verse, too. (Of course, it’s not as memorable as the hook and on radio of old, no time was wasted.)
These singers skipped the verse and went straight to the famous chorus.
Bing, Ella, Ezio Pinza, Pat Boone, Mr. Armstrong, Sue Raney, Doris Day, The Mills Brothers, Durante, Jolson, Frank Fontaine, Vaughn Monroe, The Platters (!)
Here’s who sang the verse (before 1930):
Red Nichols (instrumental, but the verse is played)
But other instrumental versions before 1930 are already lopping off the verse:
Even Isham Jones’s own recording of 1924!
And after 1930, almost no instrumental versions play the verse at the top: Jan Garber, for example.
The only recent recording in which the verse is at the top appears to be this:
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
So early on, the tradition was: cut the verse.
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