Teach Me Tonight

This week’s featured image is of Billy May conducting as Nat King Cole sings. We’ll return to those two estimable gentlemen in a moment.

Teach Me Tonight was written in 1953 by Gene De Paul and Sammy Cahn. The latter is better known for his work with Chet Babcock DBA Jimmy Van Heusen.

Teach Me Tonight is an oft recorded tune so if I miss your favorite you’re SOL.

We begin with Nat King Cole and Billy May.

Dinah Washington had a big hit with this week’s tune in 1954.

Friday Cocktail Hour fixture Peggy Lee recorded a jazzy version with Benny Carter conducting.

Nancy Wilson knew her way around a standard.

Sarah Vaughan and an all-star band get Sassy with Teach Me Tonight.

Our 21st Century version comes from James Taylor:

What’s the Friday Cocktail Hour without a Jazz instrumental version of this week’s song? This time, Cuban-Jazz sensation Tito Puente followed by Oscar Peterson.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Oscar Peterson?

That’s it for this week. Toast the end of another week in the after times. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.

One thought on “Teach Me Tonight

  1. christflora says:

    I’ll bet I’m the only reader who only ever heard and vividly recalls this track on the album ‘Steady Date with Tommy Sands.

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