Category Archives: Music

Song of the Day #1965

Song of the Day: Watermelon Man, composed by Herbie Hancock, was first recorded in 1962 for the artist’s bop album, “Takin’ Off“, with Dexter Gordon and Freddie Hubbard. It was later funked-up by Hancock for his 1973 fusion album, “Head Hunters“, and given a Latin twirl by Mongo Santamaria, a recording that was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Just as we started this festival off with “Watermelon Sugar“, so we conclude it with “Watermelon Man“. Check out Hancock’s 1962 recording and his 1973 reimagining, as well as the 1962 rendition by Mongo Santamaria (below) [YouTube links]. The Autumnal Equinox arrives in the Northern Hemisphere at 9:03 pm tonight. And so our Seventh Annual Summer Music Festival (Edible Edition) comes to an end.

Song of the Day #1964

Song of the Day: Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White is the English version of a 1950 song written by Louiguy. In 1955, Perez Prado recorded a version of the song that spent ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart. Check out the Perez Prado rendition and another by Harry James with the Buddy Rich Orchestra [YouTube links].

Song of the Day #1963

Song of the Day: Cherry, Cherry, composed by Neil Diamond, is from the 1966 album, “The Feel of Neil Diamond.” Considered by Rolling Stone to be “one of the greatest three-chord songs of all time,” it reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Check it out on YouTube.

Song of the Day #1962

Song of the Day: (Ah The Apple Trees) When the World Was Young, music by Philippe Gerard, French lyrics by Angele Vannier, English lyrics by Johnny Mercer, has been recorded by countless artists through the years. Check out renditions by Edith Piaf (in the original French, as “Le chevalier de Paris“), Aretha Franklin, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Eydie Gorme, and Frank Sinatra [YouTube links]. Apple is the official fruit of New York, and today, The Big Apple, and all those who have been nourished by its fruitfulness, mark the twenty-first anniversary of 9/11. In memory of those whose lives we lost.

The Twin Towers, from the Staten Island Ferry, May 12, 2001
Photograph by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

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Happy 70th Ski Birthday (and Song of the Day #1961)

Song of the Day: Tangerine, music by Victor Schertzinger, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, was introduced to a broad audience in the 1942 film, “The Fleet’s In,” where it was performed by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra with Bob Eberle and Helen O’Connell [YouTube link]. It soon became a jazz standard. Check out instrumental renditions by Oscar Peterson, Jim Hall, The Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond, Chet Baker & Paul Desmond, Benny Goodman, Stan Getz & Bob Brookmeyer, Zoot Sims, Dexter Gordon, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and vocal renditions by Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick, Jr., Ilya Serov and Poncho Sanchez, and, of course, the Salsoul Orchestra [YouTube links]. Today, my sister turns 70, and judging by how many she’s had over the years, I’d say the tangerine has got to be her Favorite Fruit! A happy and healthy birthday, dear sister, with my love always!

“Ms. Ski” Turns 70

Postscript (9/3/22): The pic below was taken this morning. Thanks to everybody who expressed their love & support.


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Joey DeFrancesco, RIP

I was very saddened to hear of the death of jazz organ player Joey DeFrancesco, who died at the age of 51 on August 25, 2022.

RIP [YouTube link]

Courtesy, Wiki Commons

Song of the Day #1960

Song of the Day: Lemon Tree was composed by folk artist Will Holt, who was inspired by a Brazilian song from 1930. It went into the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 in a rendition recorded by Trini Lopez in 1965. Check out that version as well as renditions by Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Kingston Trio, and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass [YouTube links].

Song of the Day #1959

Song of the Day: Peaches is credited to a host of writers, including Justin Bieber, who recorded this song for his sixth studio album, “Justice“, which debuted atop the Billboard Hot 200 Album Chart in 2021. The song, featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon, hit #1 on both the Hot 100 and the Hot R&B Hip Hop charts. Check out the official video and a remix with Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and Usher [YouTube links].

Song of the Day #1958

Song of the Day: Cherry Pie, words and music by Jani Lane, was a Top Ten Hot 100 Hit for the glam metal rock band, Warrant—the title single to their 1990 album. It’s considered a “hair metal” anthem. The video received heavy airplay on MTV (remember when they used to show music videos?). Check it out on YouTube.

Song of the Day #1957

Song of the Day: I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time was written in 1920 by Albert Von Tilzer and Neville Fleeson. It was first recorded as a waltz by Nora Bayes. It was later covered by such artists as Artie Shaw (vocals by Tony Pastor) and Harry James and Helen Forest [YouTube links]. But it is most well known for having been performed by The Andrews Sisters, whose version was featured in the 1941 Abbott and Costello film, “Buck Privates.” Check out the film clip and studio version [YouTube links].