After three weeks of Carnival and New Orleans songs, we’re flipping the British Invasion on its head and featuring a Beatles tune. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Here, There and Everywhere was written in 1966 by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon-McCartney. It’s one of his loveliest ballads complete with a brilliant vocal. It’s Macca crooning at its best. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
The covers are an intriguing bunch. I hadn’t heard some of them before. They all serve the song well, which is what interpretive singing and arranging is all about.
We begin at the Beatley beginning:
In 1968, the elusive legend Bobbie Gentry brought her own form of laid-back magic to Macca’s song:
This is one of my favorites because it’s so damn different: Tony Bennett with a swinging big band version. Yeah, yeah, yeah, baby.
Emmylou Harris. Say no more.
I’ve only heard Sarah Vaughan’s all Beatles album a few times, but I dig this Sassy and somewhat OTT interpretation of the Macca classic.
Finally, George Benson goes orchestral with the great McCoy Tyner on piano. I’m smitten by this interpretation. I hope you will be too.
What would the Friday Cocktail Hour be without jazz instrumental versions of the week’s tune? This time. George Shearing followed by Stanley Turrentine.
That’s it for this week. Let’s toast the end of Carnival: the Chad wars will resume next year. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.