I posted the featured image with Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, and Benny Goodman because Benny doesn’t get enough credit for being the first major white jazz musician to work with Black players.
Comes Love (Nothing Can Be Done) is an underrated jazz standard. It was composed in 1939 by Sam H. Stept with lyrics by Lew Brown and Charles Tobias. It debuted in the Broadway musical Yokel Boy. Perhaps that’s why it’s underrated. Who wants to be called a Yokel Boy?
We begin with the aforementioned Benny Goodman with Louise Tobin on lead vox:
This version of Comes Love is the only Oscar Peterson sighting this week.
Have I told you lately how much I love Oscar Peterson?
Here’s a sassy big band version from the great Sarah Vaughan:
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks were very popular in the Bay Area when I was a tadpole. I saw them live many times but never saw them perform this song:
Finally, the great Joni Mitchell. Say no more.
What would the Friday Cocktail Hour be without a jazz instrumental version of the week’s song? This time, Wynton Marsalis.
That’s it for this week. Let’s toast the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, for all the great music he made for six decades. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.