The song of the day for Tuesday, May 8, 2018 is “Limehouse Blues.”
About This Song
“Limehouse Blues” was written in 1922 by Philip Braham and Douglas Furber for the London review Andre Charlot’s Revue of 1924, which was imported to New York and introduced Gertrude Lawrence to America.The song concerns life in London’s Chinatown. The song has a standard place in the jazz repertory, with recordings by Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet and the Dave Brubeck Quartet in addition to this recording by Tony Bennett.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Limehouse Blues” in 1963 for the 1964 album The Many Moods of Tony. Dick Hyman played the organ for this recording, joining the Ralph Sharon Trio, with Sharon on piano, Hal Gaylord on bass and Billy Exiner on drums.
“Limehouse Blues,” as well as The Many Moods of Tony, is available from iTunes.