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Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You

December 4, 2022

“Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You,” written by Andy Razaf and Don Redman, recorded by Diana Krall, 1996. Diana Krall (piano, vocals), Russell Malone (guitar), Paul Keller (bass). Originally recorded in 1929 by McKinney’s Cotton Pickers.

Diana Krall website

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Can’t You Just See Me

December 4, 2022

“Can’t You Just See Me,” written by Belford Hendricks and Clyde Otis, recorded by Rozetta Johnson., 1972.

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The Great City

December 4, 2022

“The Great City,” written by Curtis Lewis, recorded by Claire Martin, 2019. Martin Sjöstedt (piano), Niklas Fernqvist (bass), Daniel Fredriksson (drums).

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Bilbao Song

December 4, 2022

“Bilbao Song,” written by Kurt Weil and Bertolt Brecht, translated by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, recorded by Marianne Faithfull, with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,1998. Originally recorded (in German) by Lotte Lenya in 1929.

Brecht’s lyrics describe the Spanish city’s gentrification:

“Bill’s beer hall in Bilbao
now they’ve cleaned it up and made it middle class
with potted palms and ice cream
very bourgeois, very bourgeois
just another place to put your ass!”

The lyrics themselves get gentrified in the bourgeois translation by Johnny Mercer, which omits Bill’s bar entirely, substituting “Tony’s Beach Saloon” to make the cheap rhyme with “moon.” It was recorded in Archie Bleyer‘s potted-palm arrangement by plain-vanilla Andy Williams in 1961:

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Come On Jesus

December 4, 2022

“Come On Jesus,” recorded by Troy Ramey & The Soul Searchers, 1994.

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Until You Were Gone

December 3, 2022

“Until You Were Gone,” written by Joy Byers, recorded by Betty Everett, 1964. The original recording of this song.

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Detroit Made

December 3, 2022

“Detroit Made,” written and recorded by John Hiatt, 2011. The song is about the 225-inch-long Buick Electra, which was actually built in Flint, about 70 miles from Detroit. Hey, they look like twin cities to the songwriter, who lives 500 miles away, in Tennessee. Recorded by Detroit’s Bob Seger in 2014.

John Hiatt website

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Never Like This Before

December 3, 2022

Never Like This Before,” written by Isaac Hayes, David Porter, and Booker T. Jones, recorded by Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, 1968.

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You’d Be Surprised

December 3, 2022

“You’d Be Surprised,” written by Irving Berlin, recorded by Marilyn Monroe, with the 20th Century-Fox Orchestra and Chorus, 1954. Vocal arrangement by Hal Schaffer. Probably an outtake from the film There’s No Business Like Show Business.

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Stay

November 27, 2022

“Stay,” written by Danny Elfman, recorded by Joanna Wang (王若琳), 2011. Joanna Wang (vocal), Roger J. Manning Jr. (piano), Freddy Koella (guitar), Paul Bushnell (bass), Brian MacLeod (drums).

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