In the Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening

The Mercers and the Carmichaels on the town.

In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening was written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer in 1950 for a Betty Hutton movie that was never made. It resurfaced in the 1951 Frank Capra flick Here Comes The Groom. It was a bad Capra movie, but it starred Bing Crosby who introduced this Carmichael-Mercer classic to the world

We begin with Crosby and Jane Wyman from the movie:

In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening is actually more associated with Dean Martin than Crosby. Not many singers were able to steal a song from Der Bingle.

I’m a bit nervous about posting Sinatra’s version after the break. I hope Frank’s ghost doesn’t send Jilly Rizzo’s ghost after me.

Rosie Clooney and Harry James swing it up:

Bette Midler is a huge Rosie Clooney fan. In 2003, she recorded an album paying tribute to her musical idol.

Finally, the composer himself. Hoagy was a pretty fair singer/actor as everyone who saw him in To Have and To Have Not and The Best Years Of Our Lives can attest.

What would a Friday Cocktail Hour be without a jazz instrumental version of the week’s song? This time, Neil Hefti who is best known for his work as an arranger with Count Basie.

That’s it for this week. I wish we could all time travel and join the Mercers and Carmichaels on the town. A toast will have to do. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.