It’s Only A Paper Moon

The featured image is from the late Peter Bogdanovich’s wonderful 1973 movie, Paper Moon. Tatum and Ryan O’Neal aren’t having cocktails, but it might have been Friday. You never can tell.

It’s Only A Paper Moon was composed in 1932 by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Billy Rose and Yip Harburg. The song’s original title was If You Believed In Me.

We begin with one of the earliest paper moony radio hits by the King Cole Trio. It’s a Natty version.

Has a Velvet Fog ever obscured a Paper Moon? Beats the hell outta me. Here’s Mel:

The Harold Arlen Songbook is one of the best of Ella Fitzgerald’s songbook series. Ella seems to really groove with the groover laid down by Billy May.

A countrypolitan version from Hank Thompson:

We go full circle from Nat King Cole to his daughter Natalie. She was known to her family as Cookie. Here’s her yummy version.

What’s a Friday Cocktail Hour without a jazz Instrumental version of the week’s song? This time, Dexter Gordon followed by Oscar Peterson

We have lagniappe. Here’s Oscar singing It’s Only A Paper Moon.

Have I told you lately how much I love Oscar Peterson?

That’s it for this week. Let’s toast Oscar Peterson and his hero Nat King Cole. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.