I’m in a good mood this week so it’s time for an upbeat, uptempo song in this space.
Too Marvelous For Words was written in 1937 by Johnny Mercer and Richard Whiting for a forgettable 1937 movie, Ready, Willing, and Able. The song itself is memorable for Mercer’s word play. Rumor has it that I like word play. I even like typing the phrase.
We begin with my two favorite versions of Too Marvelous For Words: Frank Sinatra followed by Ella Fitzgerald. Both feature arrangements by Nelson Riddle but are just as unique as if the Riddler was not involved.
An early version was recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio in 1947. It begins with a cool piano solo before Nat commences crooning.
Doris Day and Harry James recorded a version of Too Marvelous For Words for the 1950 movie Young Man With A Horn. James played the trumpet parts for star Kirk Douglas.
The title is perfect for the great Billie Holiday. Words fail me in describing her voice:
Here’s Johnny Mercer’s interpretation of his own song:
What’s the Friday Cocktail Hour without a jazz instrumental version of the week’s tune? This time, Oscar Peterson’s musical role model: Art Tatum.
That’s it for this week. I hope that you’re feeling “glorious, glamorous and that old standby amorous” today. Have a drink on me. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.