I Won’t Dance

I Won’t Dance is a classic song with two sets of lyrics set to the great Jerome Kern’s music. That’s a whole lot of setting…

In 1934, Oscar Hammerstein and Otto Harbach wrote lyrics for the song as it appeared in the flop London musical, Three Sisters.

In 1935, Dorothy Fields wrote the lyrics that we’re familiar with for the Astaire-Rogers movie Roberta. Jimmy McHugh is often credited as having helped Fields. The Friday Cocktail Hour is a big tent, so we’ll let Jimmy in.

We begin with a double dose of Fred Astaire. First, from the movie with Ginger followed by a version from The Astaire Story with FCH regular Oscar Peterson on piano.

Ella and Louis with Oscar again. That’s what I would have called this album.

Riddle me this: is it possible to have too much Ella? Absolutely not. This time, she sings and swings with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.

It’s time for a double dose of Francis Albert Sinatra. First, with Nelson Riddle followed by a mid-tempo version with Count Basie.

Blossom Dearie has one of the greatest names in music history. It was the real deal as was her unique talent.

Finally, a 21st Century version by Willie Nelson and Diana Krall in cartoon form no less.

What would the Friday Cocktail Hour be without jazz instrumental versions of the week’s tune?

This post is loaded with double doses. Here’s another one: the Oscar Peterson Trio followed by Oscar with the Stephane Grappelli Quartet.

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

That’s it for this week. I propose a toast to Jerome Kern. Thanks for all the great music. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.

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