Kudos to Google for celebrating the birthday of Ella Fitzgerald!!! I used to love seeing her on Ed Sullivan and other TV shows. What a silky smooth voice, what an interpreter and oh did I love her scat singing!!!! I can still visualize her singing, “A Tisket, A Tasket,” which, as a kid, I just adored!
Listen to her silky smoothness with her beautiful duet with Louis Armstrong on “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”
It’s Thankful Thursday…again…so Thankful for Music, For Ella, For Louis, For Richie and so many others!
Can’t let today go by without a great and loving shout-out to a great song, Stand By Me, written by Jerry Leiber (music by Mike Stoller) who was also born today in 1933. He also wrote, “Hound Dog” and “Charlie Brown,” “Come a Little Bit Closer (Remember Jay & the Americans singing that? Who can forget?), “Spanish Harlem” and many other songs that were part of the soundtrack of the Baby Boomer Generation, MY generation…Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation! (Thank you, WHO!)
Leiber & Stoller
“All music is folk music, I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song”-Louis Armstrong
Folk music has always been the music of the people.
Folk music has always been a transforming vehicle to bring people together; to highlight issues of the day; to inspire people to commit to and bring about change.
Folk music teaches…
Today is the birthday of a folk singer that I saw many, many years ago, several times, in Greenwich Village, NY: Jerry Jeff Walker, who turns 71 years old today!!! Jerry Jeff is an upstate NY boy, born in Oneonta, NY. If you aren’t familiar with Jerry Jeff Walker himself, you’re probably familiar with a song that he wrote and became a great hit for Sammy Davis, Jr., Mr. Bojangles. Mr. Bojangles was also a commercial hit for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Here’s Jerry Jeff performing his original version of Mr. Bojangles.