The featured image is of the Cab Calloway big band in its heyday. Cab was a larger-than-life character and performer who would have insisted that I mention him before moving on to the song itself.
I’ve Got The World On A String was written in 1932 by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler for the Cotton Club series. It was, of course, the legendary Harlem night spot at which Black performers played to all-white audiences. The Cotton Club was also the subject of an ill-fated 1984 movie by Francis Coppola.
It’s time to stop stringing you along and play some music. We begin (where else?) with the great Cab Calloway:
I’ve Got The World On A String was something of an underrecorded song until Sinatra pulled the string. Where Francis Albert led others were sure to follow.
Louis Prima swings it up with Keely Smith and Sam Butera:
The next string goes to the Velvet Fog.
You’ll hear more from Miss Peggy Lee in this week’s Saturday Odds & Sods.
You didn’t think I could do this without my main man, Oscar Peterson did you? This time he gets Sassy with an all-star quartet.
Here’s a 21st Century version by Dr. John and Bonnie Raitt from Our Mac’s final studio album.
What’s the Friday Cocktail Hour without a jazz instrumental version of this week’s tune? The fast and fancy French fiddler Stephane Grappelli makes a repeat performance:
Now that I’ve strung out this week’s edition, pour yourself an adult beverage and toast the end of another week. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.