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85 years of songs and singers Part 7   2 comments

85 Years of songs, singers, songwriters    Part 7

Fun songs from Broadway

A story song from yesterday, “Miss Otis Regrets” sung by Carmen McCrae written by Cole Porter for “Hi Diddle Diddle”

Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur  “Bosom Buddies” from “Mame”

Nathan Lane “Comedy Tonight” from “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

“A Musical” from “Something Rotten”

“Dance 10, Looks 3” (AKA T**s & A$$) Original cast of “A Chorus Line” with Pamela Blair as Val

“Adelaide’s Lament”  Vivian Blaine in “Guys And Dolls”

“Another Opening, Another Show” Broadway cast revival of “Kiss Me Kate”

“Big Spender” Original cast of “Sweet Charity” starring Gwen Verdon

Judy Holliday  Original BroadwayCast “Bells Are Ringing”  singing “I’m Going Back”

Posted February 22, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC

85 years of singers and songs Part 4   Leave a comment

85 years of songs & singers  part 4

The list of great singers is endless and I tend to favor those who were known before 1960 and mostly those referred to as balladeers. Of the singers and songs listed below the latest of the recordings was in 1966.

Like many listed above Sinatra first found fame in the 1940s and it would be hard to pick just one song of his to represent the singer because he had so many hits but the one I picked by him was a big hit when I was 30 and about to go a big change in my life.

All the songs, and singers, bring back memories, mainly in the 1950s as I came out in New York City and each one brings back many memories!

1)  Frank Sinatra “Strangers In The Night” 1966

2) Tony Bennett “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” 1957

3) Johnny Ray “Cry” 1951

4) Mel Torme “The Christmas Song” 1950 Though made more famous by Nat King Cole Torme wrote this song so—-

5) Eddie Fisher  “Wish You Were Here” 1953

6) Frankie Laine (One of my brother’s favorite singers–drove me crazy with “Mule Train” but I did like this one) “Black And Blue” 1946

7) Vic Damone “We Kiss In A Shadow” 1958  from “The King and I” a Gay anthem

8) Johnny Mathis “It’s Not For Me To Say” 1957

9) Billy Eckstine “My Foolish Heart” 1950 from one of my favorite movies

10) Harry Belafonte “Day O” aka “Banana Boat Song” 1956

11) Nat King Cole “Unforgettable” 1951

12) Al Martino “An Affair To Remember” 1957 Another favorite movie

13) Perry Como “If (They Made Me A King)” 1951

14) Tony Martin “Stranger In Paradise” 1954

Posted January 31, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC

85 years of music and memories Part 1   1 comment

I was doodling on a piece of paper and started to write titles of songs that brought back memories and before I knew it I had 500 titles!! Well, after 85 years of songs that mean something to you, that trigger a memory keep on coming back–so here are some of the songs, in no particular order–and in some case a snippet of memory! 

1. 1945–the first time I remember being stunned by a song and singer in a Broadway Musical: John Raitt singing the “Soliloquy” in “Carousel”

2. “But Not For Me”–Ella Fitzgerald–1950s–Everod Baths, NYC

3. “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”–1955–Chinese Grauman Theatre–met Jennifer Jones–I was in the Marines–one of my top favorite movies–song sung at the end by the 4 Aces ‘destroyed’ me

4. “Look of Love”–1967–Sergio Mendez–Bernie–Weight Watchers–The Boys in the Band–moved to Memphis

5.”I Wish You Love” Keely Smith–Basin Street East–I was 23–a young romantic nightclub kid

Posted January 18, 2021 by greatmartin in memories, MUSIC

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