Friday, August 21, 2009

Random 10: 8/21/09

One Love/People Get Ready Bob Marley & The Wailers
Can Blue Men Sing The Whites? Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Stardust Hoagy Carmichael
My Guy Mary Wells
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield
Such A Scream Tom Waits
Cigarette Ben Folds Five
Tramp Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
Stranger In The House Elvis Costello and George Jones
Come Away With Me Norah Jones

Ten for ten! First time since April. I cheated a little by putting in the version of Stranger In The House by Elvis and George Jones, but that was one of Mr. Costello's first great triumphs in show business, singing with his idol. Later on, Elvis would work with Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Annie Sophie Von Otter, Brian Eno and many more, but his venture into country music gave him his first chances at collaboration with established stars.

As a piano player, I like the Ben Folds song a lot, a simple little finger exercise with a hard to sing tune put on top of it. We close with Norah Jones, who for me is close to the pinnacle of adorability, with a lovely tune she wrote.



Margaret Benbow said...

You're right, Costello can rise to an occasion. On a Chet Baker doc--probably Let's Get Lost--he dug deep and sang that most bitter of all bittersweet love songs, "You Don't Know What Love Is", almost as well and poignantly as Baker played.

namastenancy said...

Hoagy Carmichael singing "Stardust." Be still my heart!

Ed said...

The Bonzos... one of my all-time favorite groups!

dguzman said...

Nice closer!