The song of the day for Monday, December 6, 2021, is “I Concentrate On You.” About This Song Cole Porter wrote “I Concentrate On You” in 1940 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 […]
Quote of the Day
When I was starting out, I used to stay onstage too long. Instead of criticizing me, Fred Astaire told me, “What I’ve learned is when you get a set together that’s absolutely perfect, go in and pull out fifteen minutes of it.” That was his way of telling me that less is more.
The song of the day for Sunday, December 5, 2021, is “Dat Dere.” About This Song The jazz instrumental “Dat Dere” was written in 1960 by Bobby Timmons; it was first played by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in 1960, with Timmons on piano. Oscar Brown, Jr. wrote lyrics for the tune in 1961 […]
The song of the day for Saturday, December 4, 2021, is “Moonglow.” About This Song “Moonglow” was written in 1933 by Will Hudson and Irving Mills, with lyrics by Eddie DeLange. The first recordings were by Joe Venuti and His Orchestra, Ethel Waters, and The Benny Goodman Orchestra. Later recordings include those by Billie Holiday […]
The song of the day for Friday, December 3. 2021, is “If I Could Be With You.” About This Song “If I Could Be With You” was written in 1926 by James P. Johnson, with lyrics by Henry Creamer. Pianist Johnson, who wrote this song, made a piano roll of it in 1927, the same […]