The song of the day for Thursday, January 19, 2018 is “Solitude.” About This Song “Solitude” was written in 1934 by Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Eddie DeLange and Irving Mills. One of his masterpieces, Ellington is said to have written “Solitude” in twenty minutes at the recording session, as they were one number short […]
Quote of the Day
Once, in the early days of my career, Duke and I were slated to do a live Ed Sullivan Show together. A few minutes before I was to go on the air, I went to stand by Duke, and he could see that I was nervous. He just put his hands on my shoulders and said, “Eliminate all negativity. Stress is a killer; just be positive.” The lights went on and the cameras started rolling, and somehow we made it work. I never forgot his calming influence in that crucial moment, and that was the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration.
The song of the day for Wednesday, January 17, 2018 is “Oh! You Crazy Moon.” About This Song “Oh! You Crazy Moon” was written in 1939 by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke. This was the first song that Van Heusen and Burke wrote together in what would be a long and successful partnership. The […]
The song of the day for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 is “I Concentrate On You.” About This Song Cole Porter wrote “I Concentrate On You” for the film Broadway Melody of 1940. It’s one of Porter’s best songs, with recordings by Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington and Judy Garland among others. About […]
The song of the day for Monday, January 15, 2018 is “The Girl I Love.” About This Song “The Girl I Love” was written in 1924 by George and Ira Gershwin. The song was originally written for the 1924 Broadway musical Lady, Be Good, though it was cut from that production. It was used again […]