I Could Write A Book

This week we return to the wonderful world of Rodgers and Hart with a number from my favorite of their shows: 1940’s Pal Joey.

We begin with Frank Sinatra and the brainy blond bombshell  Kim Novak who can be seen on the right in the featured image.

I’ve really been getting into Dinah Washington lately. Here’s her take on the Rodgers and Hart classic:

Ella Fitzgerald from The Rodgers and Hart Songbook. Say no more.

Anita O’Day and Billy May were a great combination. Plus their last names rhyme.

Here’s a duet with Mel Torme on vocals and George Shearing on piano.

Finally, my homey Harry Connick Jr. from the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack.

What would the Friday Cocktail Hour be without jazz instrumental versions of the week’s tune? This time, George Benson with McCoy Tyner, The Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane, and Oscar Peterson.

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

That’s it for this week. Let’s drink to tomorrow’s Irish Channel parade. It’s what Larry Hart and Dick Rodgers would want. Never argue with them.

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