It’s a special day at Adrastos World HQ: Dr. A and my 28th anniversary. She’s remarkably tolerant to have put up with me for all these years. The puns alone would have driven away a lesser woman. This edition of the Friday Cocktail Hour is dedicated to you, babe.
Cole Porter month continues with a song written in 1943 for a long-forgotten movie, Something To Shout About. The only memorable things about it are Don Ameche and You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To.
We begin with the patron saint of the Friday Cocktail Hour, Francis Albert Sinatra with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.
It’s swing time with Anita O’Day and Billy May.
The Velvet Fog recorded this live version of You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To with the great George Shearing:
Big band singer Helen Merrill cut the Porter classic with a small group featuring Clifford Brown.
Here’s a 21st Century version from my homey, Harry Connick Jr.
What would a Friday Cocktail Hour be without a Jazz instrumental version of the week’s tune? This time, two saxophone heavy recordings: West Coast cool jazz icon, Art Pepper followed by Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster with Oscar Peterson on piano.
Have I told you lately how much I love Oscar Peterson?
That’s it for this week. Pour yourself a celebratory drink, click glasses, and all that jazz. Don’t miss any. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.