Lotte and Kurt are back for another bite at the Friday Cocktail Hour apple. Appletini, anyone?
Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson wrote Lost In The Stars in 1949 for the play of the same name. Anderson was one of the leading playwrights of the era and working with him helped put Weill on a firm footing in his new country.
We begin with Lotte Lenya interpretation of her husband’s tune:
Tony Bennett and Count Basie. Say no more.
Here’s another early version of the Weill-Anderson song by the sassy and brassy Sarah Vaughan:
Lost In The Stars is on the torchy side so it was a perfect fit for Ms. Lincoln’s Abbey Is Blue album.
Finally, a 21st Century rendition by the mother-daughter team of Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy:
What would the Friday Cocktail Hour be without jazz instrumental versions of the week’s song? This time, Carla Bley & Phil Woods followed by Kenny Burrell.
That’s it for this week. Let’s toast Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill who fled the Nazis for a new life in America. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.