It’s time for this feature to return to its roots with a 1927 song by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. I was worried that Frank, Dino, and Sammy would haunt me if I posted a rock song this week. Who needs angry Rat Packers after them?
My Heart Stood Sill has been recorded 178 times according to Secondhand Songs. I leave the counting to them.
We begin with Friday Cocktail Hour regular, Ella Fitzgerald:
Cool Jazz icon Chet Baker recorded the song in 1958. It features a sweet trumpet solo from the Chetster:
Sinatra cut a lush orchestral version in 1963:
I did not know that the Supremes had recorded an album of Motownized Rodgers & Hart songs. Instead of dissenting I concur with the up-tempo arrangement:
Next up, Joe Williams and George Shearing with a quieter take on Rodgers and Hart:
The most recent version out there is by James Taylor from his 2020 album American Standard:
What would a Friday Cocktail Hour post be without a jazz instrumental version of the week’s song? This time around we have two:
Have I mentioned lately how much I love Oscar Peterson? I can’t say it enough.
That concludes this week’s edition of the Friday Cocktail Hour. Pour yourself an adult beverage and toast the end of the Trump era. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.