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AuntShecky
05-10-2010, 03:50 PM
Well, we just lost the last of the four great ladies of American song (Billie, Sarah V., and Ella being the other three.) Scores of jazz vocalists have produced their own versions of Johnny Green's classic song, but in my admittedly unschooled opinion, Lena's "Body and Soul" was the absolute best. (Haven't yet found a link to it on the web, but I'll keep looking.)

In the meantime, here's Lena's signature song by the great Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMf0Z7EPdLo

And over the weekend, we said "so long" to the Canadian musician, arranger, music educator, and orchestral leader who helped keep the big band genre going strong:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_McConnell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JMRE0Eza1k

Virgil
05-10-2010, 09:18 PM
Thank you for this Aunty. Out of the four you listed, I knew the least about Lena. In fact i don't think I have anything in my collection by her. She was one classy lady. That was always the impression I came away with whenever I saw her on TV. Rest in peace classy lady.

BienvenuJDC
05-10-2010, 09:57 PM
Here is one of my many favorites...
Glenn Miller (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIQq1j1-AQU&feature=related)

Who knows the famous dancing brothers and the singer in the second part of the video?

Gilliatt Gurgle
05-10-2010, 10:47 PM
Well, we just lost the last of the four great ladies of American song (Billie, Sarah V., and Ella being the other three.) Scores of jazz vocalists have produced their own versions of Johnny Green's classic song, but in my admittedly unschooled opinion, Lena's "Body and Soul" was the absolute best. (Haven't yet found a link to it on the web, but I'll keep looking.)



Brilliant AuntShacky and thanks.

How about some Stormy Weather?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCG3kJtQBKo&feature=related

Gilliatt

AuntShecky
05-11-2010, 01:17 PM
Here is one of my many favorites...
Glen Miller (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIQq1j1-AQU&feature=related)

Who knows the famous dancing brothers and the singer in the second part of the video?

Two "n"s in "Glenn," Bienvenu.
The dancing brothers were the Nicholas Brothers, right? The Miller band had the Modernaires with Paula Kelly (not to be confused with the B'way star of the 1970s) andTex Beneke. (Not sure that's how Tex spelled his last name.)

BienvenuJDC
05-11-2010, 01:37 PM
Yes, my mistake in mistyping Glenn's name. The lady is Dorothy Dandridge. The Nicholas Brothers were very talented dancers.