The Folks Who Live On The Hill

The Folks Who Live On The Hill is a memorable song written for a forgettable 1937 movie, High, Wide and Handsome. What was that title again? I already forgot.

The song was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. The featured image is of Kern at the piano and Oscar holding some paper. That’s what lyricists do, right? It may be the racing form for all we know. Cue Tony Randall as Felix voice: Oscar, Oscar, Oscar.

We begin 20 years after the song was written with the great Peggy Lee with the orchestra conducted by some saloon singer from Hoboken.

Here’s the marvelous jazz singer Bill Henderson with the equally marvelous Oscar Peterson on piano. I think you’ve heard of him.

Next up, the forecast is for fog, the Velvet Fog.

Here’s badass singer-pianist Nina Simone with a badass rendition of the Kern-Hammerstein classic.

Diana Krall. Say no more.

Finally, Eric Clapton may be out of fashion but I dig this version of this week’s tune. I don’t dig the album title. I hope he washes his old socks…

What would the Friday Cocktail Hour be without jazz instrumental versions of the week’s song? This time, Nat Adderley whose brother was a Cannonball followed by our old friends Oscar Peterson and Stephane Grappelli.

Have I told you lately how much I love Oscar Peterson? I like the French fiddler too.

That’s it for this week. Let’s raise a glass and toast the FBI agents who searched Trump’s Florida crib. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.