Saturday, 26 March 2016

LP Artwork: Goin' to Chicago

A great cover of an album by one of the great blues shouters, Jimmy Rushing.

Recorded on December 1st, 1954 in New York, Rushing's energetic and emphatic delivery is complemented by an all-star line up including Buddy Tate, Freddie Green, Walter Page, Emmett Barry, Lawrence Brown, Sammy Price and Jo Jones.

Quite simply, they don't make 'em like that anymore!

Friday, 25 March 2016

Series 6, Program 20

LEAVING...

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

When Did You Leave Heaven - Nancy Wilson: Hollywood My Way
Don’t Ever Leave Me - Margaret Whiting: The Jerome Kern Songbook (Vol 1)
Leaving On a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary: Album 1700
Leaving Again/In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Kurt Elling: Nightmoves
She’s Leaving Home - Claire Martin: Time & Place
Softly, As I Leave You - Frank Sinatra: Softly, As I Leave You
When I Leave the World Behind - Lee Wiley: Back Home Again
You Leave Me Breathless - Nat King Cole: Nat King Cole at The Sands
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Dinah Shore: For the Good Times
Leave Me - Jimmy Rushing: Goin’ to Chicago
Love Me or Leave Me - Nina Simone: My Baby Just Cares for Me
I Hope I Never Leave This Place - Lorraine Feather: Attachments
You Can Leave Your Hat On (Demo) - Randy Newman: Sail Away (Bonus Track)
You Can Leave Your Hat On - Joe Cocker: The Best of Joe Cocker
If You Ever Should Leave - Ella Fitzgerald: The Complete Recordings (1935-1939)
Leave My Woman Alone - Ray Charles: Yes Indeed!

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Friday, 18 March 2016

Series 6, Program 19

SAIL AWAY

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Smooth Sailing - Ella Fitzgerald: Smooth Sailing
Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin: That's All
Sails - Denise Donatelli: What Lies Within
Red Sails In the Sunset - Big Joe Turner: Nobody In Mind
A Ship Without a Sail - Lee Wiley: Lee Wiley Sings Rodgers & Hart
My Ship - Anita O'Day: Anita O'Day and the Three Sounds
Honey Pie - Barbra Streisand: What About Today?
Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat - Dinah Washington: The Fats Waller Songbook
Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat - Sammy Davis Jr: Guys and Dolls
Trains and Boats and Planes - Dionne Warwick: Here Where There Is Love
Ferry Boat Serenade - The Andrews Sisters: In Hi-Fi
I'll Sail This Ship Alone - The Beautiful South: Welcome to the Beautiful South
Shipwrecked Blues - Jimmy Rushing: Jimmy Rushing and the Smith Girls
Little Boat - Peggy Lee: Mink Jazz
On a Slow Boat to China - Dee Dee Bridgewater: Live at Yoshi's

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Saturday, 12 March 2016

EP Artwork: Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit originated as a poem by Jewish New Yorker Abel Meeropol (under his pseudonym Lewis Allan) and published in 1937. It was an unflinching protest against racism and the lynchings that were still commonplace in the Deep South at that time. Holiday started to perform the song in 1939 and her recording of it sold more than a million copies becoming her biggest selling release.

This dark and suitably sombre artwork was for an EP released on the Swedish Sonet label.




Series 6, Program 18

A BOWL OF CHERRIES

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Pineapple Pete - Johnny Mercer: Singer-Songwriter
Peel Me a Grape - René Marie: I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt)
Best Is Yet To Come - Mark Murphy: A Swingin’, Singin’ Affair
Strange Fruit - Bille Holiday: Lady Sings the Blues
In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree - The Mills Brothers: Golden Greats
Little Green Apples - Nancy Wilson: RSVP 
Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree - The Andrews Sisters: Andrews Sisters In Hi-Fi
Coconut - Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson
Forbidden Fruit - Nina Simone: Forbidden Fruit
Underneath the Apple Tree - Carmen McRae: Live at Bubba’s!
Peach Trees - Rufus Wainwright: Want Two
Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries - Judy Garland: Judy
Apples, Peaches and Cherries - Peggy Lee: Songs In an Intimate Style
Come On-a My House - Rosemary Clooney: single
Cherry Pies Ought To Be You - Frank Sinatra & Rosemary Clooney: The Columbia Years (1943-1952)/The Complete Recordings - Vol 11
Banana Split for My Baby - Louis Prima: single

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (Stem Label)

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Series 6, Program 17

TWO BY TWO...

Intro: A Little White Ship - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)

Love Me - Billy Eckstine: Single
With Every Breath I Take - Billy Eckstine: Once More with Feeling
Sentimental Journey - Dinah Shore: Yes, Indeed!
The Man I Love - Dinah Shore: Dinah Sings, Previn Plays
Less Than a Second - Lena Horne: Feelin' Good
Paradise - Lena on the Blue Side
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? - Bing Crosby: American Songs During The Great Depression
Gonna Build a Mountain - Bing Crosby & Count Basie: Bing 'n Basie
Unforgettable - Aretha Franklin: Unforgettable (A Tribute to Dinah Washington)
I Told You So - Aretha Franklin: The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
Memphis in June - Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers: His Greatest
Pineapple Pete - Johnny Mercer: Singer/Songwriter
One for My Baby - Lou Rawls: You're Good for Me
So Hard to Laugh, So Easy to Cry - Lou Rawls: Soulin'
Darktown Strutters Ball - Alberta Hunter: Amtrak Blues
I'm Havin' a Good Time - Alberta Hunter: Amtrak Blues

Outro: Holding On - Todd Gordon: Love dot com (STEM)