Photo above of Lorenz Hart
Trailer of the latest work of Woody Allen has been published in Japan.
About Woody Allen,I posted his work ‘Manhattan’.
In particular, this movie’s title song is very famous.
Today I want to post about the lyricist of this song.
The music was written by Richard Rodgers and the words by Lorenz Hart.
He was born May 2, 1895, died November 22, 1943.
Lorenz Hart (right) with Richard Rodgers in 1936
At Columbia University he and Richard Rodgers began to write songs for a series of amateur and student productions.
Rodgers and Hart subsequently wrote the music and lyrics for 26 Broadway musicals during a more than 20 year partnership.
Next time, I want to post about my favorite songs.
In August 1934, the Williams Quartette returned to California.
But Midge’s brother Charles died by a gun accident.
By the summer of 1936, Williams moved to New York, and performed on Rudy Vallee’s radio show.
In 1937 she organized her band, Midge Williams and Her Jazz Jesters.
I took notice of her accompanists.
Members of the Jazz Jesters included John Kirby, Frankie Newton, Buster Bailey, and Charlie Shavers.
Member of John Kirby sextet accompanied her.
In 1938 she joined the Louis Armstrong orchestra, and toured with him across the country.
Regrettably she did not make recordings with Armstrong.
In 1941 she left the Louis Armstrong orchestra.
On January 9, 1952 she died from tuberculosis, at the age of 36.
I will post the most wonderful song in her records.
This record has been recorded eight songs.
Especially,’Thanks For The Memory’ and ‘Lover Come Back To Me’ were great.
However this record was popular on the back.
I am going to post at a later date about Lee Wiley.
Particularly, Dave Tough (dm) was best.
The commentary ‘Masaaki Awamura(粟村政昭)’ said ‘an incarnation of jazz rhythm’.
Her representative work was ‘Rockin’ Chair’.
Japanese commentary was written by ‘Key Detani’ (出谷 啓)was good.
He was the senior of my university jazz club.
I will quote the description of his commentary.
“She was convinced the cause of failure was ugliness of her appearance.
Certainly her fatness was came from eating too much.
It was her miserable appearance with a short and also her personality has been a distorted violent temper.
Her husband ‘Red Norvo’ believed her genius,but they divorced from her intensity of temper.
The marriage became unhappy ending.
But the real cause of her failure was her enthusiasm of jazz and she was a real jazz singer.
Irving Townsend said as follows ’She hated ‘jazz not swing’ and ‘the masses do not understand jazz’.
There was a tragedy that she was received warmly by ‘the masses she hated’
After all ,jazz was not a popular music,It has not changed the situation today.
Despite the other singers got commercial success, she had to continue singing jazz because she did not get commercial success.”
December 31. 2015
There was a rare exhibition at auctionI recently.
“Waldorf-Astoria Starlight Roof Supper Club menu signed inside by Guy Lombardo, printed cover art by Xavier Cugat”
I stayed in the honeymoon in Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
It is written in detail about the Guy Lombardo.
“Guy Lombardo is remembered for almost a half-century of New Year’s Eve big band remotes, first on radio, and then on television. Lombardo’s orchestra played from 1959 until 1976 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Live broadcasts (and later telecasts) of their performances were a major part of New Year’s celebrations across North America; millions of people watched the show with friends at house parties. Because of this popularity, Lombardo was called “Mr. New Year’s Eve”.
December 09. 2015
I purchased this record in Boonton.[Jan 1989]
When the Emperor Showa was demise I was in Manhattan for record purchase.I went to the record store to ride in car rental of chauffeured.
While snowy I’ve left the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan.I arrived in Boonton via Fast 80 Route freeway cross George Washington bridge.It was a trip of luxury record purchase.
But the store was closed.In 1995 before it seems this store has been closed.
The following I have to reference.
Old gramophone had been exhibited a lot. I wanted to visit again before closing.
December 04. 2015
Twenty years ago, I went to Manhattan for purpose to buy jazz records.
When I found the record in the ‘Footlights record’, I remembered the Radio days .
Also in my excitement ,I purchased without looking at the price. (That price $ 35)
Unfortunately Footlight Records has closed. This store has been operating as a net shop.
This news has become lonely to me.
The following,I have cited an article from the ‘PLAYBILL’
“Famed Footlight Records Store to Close in July By Andrew Gans 09 Jun 2005
“Footlight Records, the famed Manhattan record store that caters to musical theatre lovers everywhere, will shut its doors at the end of July.
[Footlight Records] is pleased to announce that we are going Internet only. More and more of our customers have started shopping through our web-site. Closing the store and going to a strictly online store will give us the potential to provide better service by increasing our selection of hard to find shows and films, expanding our selection of DVD’s, lower prices, and much more.
“We will still be taking phone orders, of course, for our customers who are not on the net. We plan to upgrade the web-site over the next year. The features will include reviews of new products and an online chat-board. We certainly hope you will visit us in person before our doors close at the end of July. On behalf of everyone at Footlight Records, thank you for your business and friendship over the years.”
Footlight Records is located in New York at 113 East 12th Street. For information visit http://www.footlight.com.