Lonesome Road

This week’s selection is a song called slightly different things by different people. Some versions have a “the,” a “that” or a “look down that” in the title. Since this is the Friday Cocktail Hour and Francis Albert Sinatra is its patron saint, we’re using the variation that he used, Lonesome Road. Confused? Me too.

Lonesome Road was written in 1927 by Nathaniel Shilkret and Gene Austin. It was written in the style of a African American folk/work/gospel song. Essentially, it’s a blues song.

As to the featured image, I decided to use Rita, Frank, and Kim because of the feature’s name. I doubt that Sister Rosetta Tharpe would want a Friday Cocktail Hour meme slapped across her image. That’s where we begin:

Next up, the poster boy with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra.

Former Roomful of Blues guitarist Duke Robillard is one of those musicians who deserves more recognition. This is my feeble attempt at doing so.

Rhiannon Giddens. Say no more. I have to say that at least once every Friday or I’ll lose my street cred. Why, I’ll never know.

What would a Friday Cocktail Hour be without a jazz Instrumental version of the week’s song? This time, two swinging cats, Benny Goodman followed by his one-time drummer Gene Krupa.

That’s it for this week. Let’s raise a glass and toast the late Steve Allen and Sal Mineo who played Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa on the big screen. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.