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I will have to check out those songs !!!
I've seen his name, lately~ was it on the Grammies, last night?
Or maybe mentioned on this blog?
I can't recall, but I know I've seen his name, very recently.
We both posted Music today. I have been sharing my music every Monday. I loved learning about Billy. I looked for a video or music code for you to post but all searches turned up zip. I have another artist that I can't get codes on. I really want to do a post on Claudio Baglioni with the song "a modo mio". Some of the great artists are hard to find.
I wish I knew how to post a song I have on my computer to my blog.
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A wonderfully passionate post as ever. What a wonderful talent he was and it's fantastic that you got to actually hear him play and arrange music.
I know of the songs you specifically mention as my Dad used to play Duke Elligton, Count Bassie and Artie Shaw when I was a child.I had not realsise dthey were in fact written by Billy Strayhorn so thanks for enlightening me :-)
What a lovely and passionate post about some great musicians. I think at least Benny Goodman have been to Norway a couple of time and they where very popular here and still are among jazz lovers.
Oh, those were the days, when musicians was musicians, when you could hear the passion for the instrument and the music. All real.
Excellent post. Thanks for sharing good old memories.
I was 19 years old and Duke Ellington was playing to a huge crowd at a dance in New Hampshire. My memories of that evening are vivid because I was an aspiring young singer back then and excited about seeing him in person. The bandstand was crowded with folks wanting to meet him and I still have the autographed picture I took home from one of the best musical nights of my young life. Needless to say, your piece on him and his relationship with Billy Strayhorn was a special treat to read about.
Strays was incredible. Duke was crushed when he died. He hasn't been fully recognized for his contributions. You're right. That was music.
Thanks for this.
I think what makes your in-depth reviews so wonderful and special are those personal touches you add from having known the artist. The producer of that special should have had you as one of his sources.
Happy Valentine's Day!
is there anyone you haven't met at least once?? lol..
Great story on him Naomi.. you enlighten many people with your blog letting us all know so many we many not have known about.
I have never heard of Billy Strayhorn but I have heard of Duke Ellington.
I love those lyrics! I'm so glad you post about these things Naomi. It's always so interesting and pieces of history that we otherwise might miss. You are a jewel!
Isn't that something? I have never heard of him -- but I certainly AM aware of Duke Ellington and Count Basie -- LOVE both of them! Benny Goodman too! You know... I can understand that he didn't get the 'recognition' he deserved -- but dang - he SHOULD have gotten his share of the money! Of course -- isn't this the way it works in SO many areas of life -- especially in the "arts" - that people are not well recognized or VALUED until after they are dead. It's so sad!
This happend in a MUCH smaller way too, to my grandfather. As an engineer in the military, he DESIGNED the Bazooka gun. It is well known family history. But I went on line to look it up and 'prove' it to one of my kids and some General is credited with it - one that my family has never even heard of! But that's the way it is. My grandfather did this, and it was just part of his job. He never really expected recognition for it -- he was just doing his job! But it's sad that someone else is given the credit for it!
Naomi -- I have a little piece of "local history" posted today! I think you might enjoy it!
I love Duke Ellington but have never heard of this guy. That is sad because it seems he deserves so much credit for great music! I loved they lyrics you've chosen!
I missed the documentary but I am wondering if they will play it again and when? I would love to see it. I loved Duke Ellington and many of the musicians of that era.
I downloaded one of his tracks from iTunes - great stuff!
Sounds like it was a great documentary.
I'm not familiar with his name, but certainly know of the songs he wrote.
Gosh, I've never even heard of him. That's what I like about your blog, Naomi. You bring so many 'behind the scenes' people to the front. He sounds amazing!
Okay, the cat for Raggedy's icon is just too cute!
I remember well hearing this musician. Thanks for printing the lyrics of "Lush Life." Like you, I enjoyed that PBS special and hope they air it again in the future.
I've been snooping around reading old posts, and I just read about Mr Strayhorn.
There are certain people that I wish I could have met and had a one-on-one with...some of those people include: Elia Kazan, Dear Natalie Wood and Billy Strayhorn.
I'll never forget the first time I heard "Lush Life" or "Something to Live for"...these are very deep and thought provoking songs... certainly not in the vein of your typical love songs. They really are two of the greatest songs in The Great American Songbook. Thanx, Kevin Raftery
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