Song of the Day #2051

Song of the Day: Lucky Hank (“Gypsy Swing”) [YouTube link], composed by John Donaldson, first appeared on the artist’s 2018 album, “Tonight at the Jazz Joint“. The style harks back to the sounds of Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. It is heard as source music in Season 1, Episode 5 (“The Clock”) of this AMC comedy-drama, which premiered on March 19, 2023. It stars the wonderful Bob Odenkirk of “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” fame. (As an aside, though “Lucky Hank” was locked out of the competition, today, the final season of “Better Call Saul” received multiple Emmy Award nominations, including Odenkirk for Lead Actor in a Drama, Rhea Seehorn for Supporting Actress, Gordon Smith and Peter Gould for Writing; and the show for Outstanding Drama Series.) “Lucky Hank” is based on the 1997 novel, Straight Man, by Richard Russo, which I’ve not read. But I love the show!

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