Alec Wilder's American Popular Song - 20

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The list author says: "AMERICAN POPULAR SONG The Great Innovators 1900-1950 by Alec Wilder

Chapter 10 THE GREAT CRAFTSMEN

I HOAGY CARMICHAEL (1899-1981) II WALTER DONALDSON (1893-1947)"
First of the Singer Songwriters Key Cuts 1924-46
1.  First of the Singer Songwriters Key Cuts 1924-46 by Hoagy Carmichael
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  "Washboard Blues (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Fred B. Callahan and Irving Mills, lyric - 1926) Hoagy Carmichael with Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra  "cohesiveness...a long melody...unique musically...for 1926 something extraordinary is taking place""
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Clapton
2.  Clapton by Eric Clapton
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  "Rockin' Chair (Hoagy Carmichael, music and lyric - 1929) Eric Clapton  "a simple song, yet it never resorts to a cliche...form is not conventional...harmony is more satisfying than that of most songs of that time""
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Sixty Minute Men: The Best Of Billy Ward & His Dominoes
3.  Sixty Minute Men: The Best Of Billy Ward & His Dominoes by Billy Ward & The Dominoes
The list author says:
  "Star Dust (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Mitchell Parish, lyric - 1929) Billy Ward and The Dominoes  "perhaps the most recorded of all popular songs...instrumental beginnings are obvious...no trifle to sing or whistle...truly a most unusual song and absolutely phenomenal for 1929""
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Greatest Hits, 1985-1995
4.  Greatest Hits, 1985-1995 by Michael Bolton
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  "Georgia on My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Stuart Gorrell, lyric - 1930) Michael Bolton  "a very sweet, warm song...makes but one unusual melodic move...has its own distinct character, easily recognizable""
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Best of
5.  Best of by Matt Monro
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  "One Morning in May (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Mitchell Parish, lyric - 1933) Matt Monro  "an uncharacteristic song...a long, strong line...pleasing by itself in the manner of a great Kern melody...a perfect illustration of his theatrical flair""
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On the Track
6.  On the Track by Leon Redbone
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  "Lazybones (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Johnny Mercer, lyric - 1933) Leon Redbone  "John Mercer's perfect regional lyric...a song of narrow range...moves as lazily along as the title suggests""
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Alan Dale Sings
7.  Alan Dale Sings by Alan Dale
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  "Judy (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Sammy Lerner, lyric - 1934) Alan Dale  "a pleasing, innocent little song, always good to hear again...no particular innovations...a special charm""
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Julie Sings
8.  Julie Sings by Julie Andrews
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  "Little Old Lady (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Stanley Adams, lyric - from The Show Is On, 1936) Julie Andrews with orchestra conducted by Irwin Kostal  "one of his most successful...so cute and so stereotypically little-old-ladyish that I find it mawkish""
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Come Away with Me
9.  Come Away with Me by Norah Jones
The list author says:
  "The Nearness of You (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Ned Washington, lyric - 1937) Norah Jones  "isn't a typical Carmichael song, but it is a marvelous example of youthful sentimentality...tender, forthright...simple and unclever...sensuous without being sensual""
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Up Til Now
10.  Up Til Now by Art Garfunkel
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  "Two Sleepy People (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Frank Loesser, lyric - from Thanks for the Memory, film, 1938) Art Garfunkel  "melodic line is not so spare, needing many more notes to accommodate the very tender lyric...main idea, but for the engaging first measure, is made up of scale lines""
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Suddenly It's the Hi-Lo's / Harmony in Jazz
11.  Suddenly It's the Hi-Lo's / Harmony in Jazz by Gene Puerling
The list author says:
  "Small Fry (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Frank Loesser, lyric - from Sing You Sinners, film, 1938) The Hi-Lo's  "somehow unmistakably a Carmichael song...lyric...has such a Mercer flavor as to suggest Loesser greatly admired Mercer's work...very charming, inventive song from every point of view""
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The Ultimate Collection
12.  The Ultimate Collection by Cleftones
The list author says:
  "Heart and Soul (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Frank Loesser, lyric - from A Song Is Born, film, 1938) The Cleftones  "on the pedestrian side, not nearly up to Carmichael's usually high standard of writing, except for the release...what does fascinate me...is how it came to be more popular with small children than Chopsticks""
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You Can't Brush Me Off
13.  You Can't Brush Me Off by Dick Todd
The list author says:
  "Blue Orchids (Hoagy Carmichael, music and lyric, 1939) Dick Todd  "a weak, somewhat maudlin lyric and a very difficult melodic line, truly instrumental in character...harmony leads the melody every step of the way...constantly startles and resorts to...unheard-of devices""
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Timepiece
14.  Timepiece by Kenny Rogers
The list author says:
  "I Get Along without You Very Well (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Hoagy Carmichael and Jane Brown Thompson, lyric - 1939) Kenny Rogers  "a very clean, direct melody, as far from Blue Orchids as Kern is from Gershwin...borders on the saccharine...a class I choose to call Ladies' Luncheon Songs...unique in that it is unlike any other popular song I know""
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Complete Mercury Recordings
15.  Complete Mercury Recordings by Spanky & Our Gang
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  "Hong Kong Blues (Hoagy Carmichael, music and lyric - 1939) Spanky and Our Gang  "very entertaining...insouciant range of a half step less than two octaves...lyric...is very witty""
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Sings the Heart & Soul of Hoagy Carmichael
16.  Sings the Heart & Soul of Hoagy Carmichael by Crystal Gayle
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  "Can't Get Indiana off My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Robert de Leon, lyric - 1940) Crystal Gayle  "short, cheery...bounces along...innocent and deliberately notey without sounding cluttered""
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Portrait of Sheila
17.  Portrait of Sheila by Sheila Jordan
The list author says:
  "Baltimore Oriole (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Paul Francis Webster, lyric - 1942) Sheila Jordan  "a very unusual song both lyrically and musically...a slow jazz lament""
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Skylark
18.  Skylark by Jackie Paris
The list author says:
  "Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Johnny Mercer, lyric - 1942) Jackie Paris  "another feathered friend...like the oriole, has no verse, and it also has a superior lyric...proceeds on its memorable, distinguished way...until it arrives at one of the most extraordinary releases I've ever heard...a solid standard, loved equally by singers and players""
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The Songs Of Johnny Mercer
19.  The Songs Of Johnny Mercer by Susannah McCorkle
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  "How Little We Know (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Johnny Mercer, lyric - from To Have and Have Not, film, 1944) Susannah McCorkle  "a happy, romping delightful song...whole song is engaging, but I'm particularly fond of the release""
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Hoagy Sings Carmichael
20.  Hoagy Sings Carmichael by Hoagy Carmichael
The list author says:
  "Memphis in June (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Paul Francis Webster, lyric - from Johnny Angel, film, 1945) Hoagy Carmichael  "typical Carmichael, written as if for a rhythm section, and a very attractive song...one of those great regional lyrics...very solacing...a very fetching little song""
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Yes Indeed
21.  Yes Indeed by Jo Stafford
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  "Ivy (Hoagy Carmichael, music and lyric - from Ivy, film, 1947) Jo Stafford  "none of his characteristic harmony or melodic or rhythmic idiosyncrasies...one of his gentlest melodies...phrases which are like Kern and Rodgers...comes off as an expression of great tenderness and unity""
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My Resistance Is Low
22.  My Resistance Is Low by Dominique Eade
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  "My Resistance Is Low (Hoagy Carmichael, music; Harold Adamson, lyric - from The Las Vegas Story, film, 1951) Dominique Eade  "a fast waltz...absolutely great...witty gaiety...very pert and neat and smiling""
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Man Must Carry on 2
23.  Man Must Carry on 2 by Jerry Jeff Walker
The list author says:
  "My Buddy (Walter Donaldson, music; Gus Kahn, lyric - 1922) Jerry Jeff Walker  "an early waltz...moves back and forth between two notes...device already used by Kern in The Siren's Song...though no burst of invention...remains unlike any other song""
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Phonograph Entertains: Collection of Vintage Popular Recordings 1903-1924
24.  Phonograph Entertains: Collection of Vintage Popular Recordings 1903-1924 by Phonograph Entertains-Vintage Popular Recordings 1
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  "Carolina in the Morning (Walter Donaldson, music; Gus Kahn, lyric - 1922) The American Quartet  "a perennial standard...monotonous, yet its very insistence was what caught the public's fancy...towards its close, does an unexpected caper which pleases me""
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Greatest Hits: Walking To New Orleans
25.  Greatest Hits: Walking To New Orleans by Fats Domino
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  "My Blue Heaven (Walter Donaldson, music; George Whiting, lyric - 1927) Fats Domino  "only as one acknowledges the landmark of an era - big a hit as it was, there is nothing of any musical interest to mention""
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Mad Twenties / My Personal Property
26.  Mad Twenties / My Personal Property by Bobby Short
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  "Changes (Walter Donaldson, music and lyric - 1927) Bobby Short  "a swinging little song which does a few unexpected things...obviously because of the title, it does a little harmonic experimenting...lyric is sweetly naive""
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Early Years
27.  Early Years by Eddie Fisher
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  "At Sundown (Walter Donaldson, music and lyric - 1927) Eddie Fisher  "has been around so long that its natural and felicitous phrases may have become lost in familiarity""
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Ridin' High
28.  Ridin' High by Robert Palmer
The list author says:
  "Love Me or Leave Me (Walter Donaldson, music; Gus Kahn, lyric - from Whoopee, 1928) Robert Palmer  "a most unusual and marvelously conceived song - strict A-A-B-A, to be sure, but every note is right""
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Songs I Like to Sing!
29.  Songs I Like to Sing! by Helen Humes
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  "You're Driving Me Crazy (Walter Donaldson, music and lyric - 1930) Helen Humes  "for a rhythm song, it contains a minimum number of notes - insofar as it does, it's innovative...release is highly unexpected...a landmark of inventiveness""
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It's the Talk of the Town
30.  It's the Talk of the Town by Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
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  "Clouds (Walter Donaldson, music; Gus Kahn, lyric - 1935) Boulevard of Broken Dreams  "no world beater, but it does have an unaffected charm about it""
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Golden Celebration
31.  Golden Celebration by Patti Page
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  "It's Been So Long (Walter Donaldson, music; Harold Adamson, lyric - cut from The Great Ziegfeld, film, 1935) Patti Page  "shows immediate ingenuity...then, as if having taken the high dive, the writer returns to the side of the pool from which he makes safe and sane plunges""
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The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol.2: 1936
32.  The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol.2: 1936 by Billie Holiday
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  "Did I Remember (Walter Donaldson, music; Harold Adamson, lyric - from Suzy, film, 1936) Billie Holiday  "a much more open and free melody...this song simply happens, or at least it gives that illusion...it is in that one degree higher than pop song category""
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The Complete Helen Forrest with Benny Goodman
33.  The Complete Helen Forrest with Benny Goodman by Benny Goodman
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  "Mister Meadowlark (Walter Donaldson, music; Johnny Mercer, lyric - 1936) Helen Forrest with Benny Goodman and his Orchestra  "unlike any he had written up till then...lyric is by the bird man, John Mercer, and it's great as usual...simply splendid""
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