Ted's Tunes

January 12, 2024

Something Cool - June Christy

The text below is from the Wikipedia. This song is very different from most anything else you've run across. It tells the story of a lady in a bar. Very cool, indeed.

June Christy was an American singer, known for her work in the cool jazz genre and for her silky smooth vocals. Her success as a singer began with The Stan Kenton Orchestra. She pursued a solo career from 1954 and is best known for her debut album Something Cool. After her death, she was hailed as "one of the finest and most neglected singers of her time."

January 9, 2024

Love For Sale - Ted Heath

Ted Heath had one of my favorite big bands when I was younger. He was unusual because he was English. I picked this example of his music because I liked the arrangement.

It features the band’s pianist, Frank Horrox, who starts things off up tempo with just a rhythm section backing him. However, the rest of the band is lurking in the background making just a minor contribution here and there until they can finally let loose.

January 5, 2024

I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Frank Sinatra

This song is a Sinatra classic. It was recorded in the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, with backing by the band of Count Basie. I especially like when Basie takes over about halfway through.

Sinatra had a brief retirement in 1971, but in 1973, he unretired in a New York City concert. This was given a great deal of hype at the time. What wasn’t widely  covered was he held the same concert the previous week in Buffalo for practice. My sister, Jane, and Danny, her husband, attended that one.

BTW, this is a great song if you're a  dancer.  

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January 3, 2024

Fly Me to the Moon by Tony Bennett

I have always been irritated when I hear the music that I listened to in my younger days being referred to as “moldy oldies”. There were great performers and musicians in that time and I will do what I can on this website to present samples of their music to the listener, which brings us to the first song in our journey.

We lost Tony Bennett last year. I’m still a little sad about it, but he left us some beautiful tunes sung as only he could. “Fly Me to the Moon” is a standard which has been covered by hundreds if not thousands of others. Bennett’s version is a bit different, in that he included the intro to it and then took his time making sure you heard all the lyrics. This is not a Sinatra finger snapper, so pour yourself a second cup of coffee, put on your headsets, if you have them, lean back and take the time to enjoy what he has to offer.