May 6, 2013

Music for the day: Sweet Georgia Brown

Different versions of Sweet Georgia Brown today, which is... 

.. a jazz standard and pop tune written in 1925 by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey(lyrics). The tune was first recorded on March 19, 1925 by bandleader Ben Bernie, resulting in a five-week No. 1 for Ben Bernie and his Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra



First up, the one and only Louis Armstrong:


...followed quickly by the one and only, Ella Fitzgerald:


Next up, this lovely version from Django Reinhardt with Coleman Hawkins and his All Star Jam Band, including such luminaries as Stéphane Grappelli, Benny Carter, and others, recorded in P:aris in April 1937. 


And then there's this version from the great pianist, Oscar Peterson from the Mon­treux Jazz Fes­ti­val 1977 - look at his fingers flying on the piano!


Then there is this lovely version sun by Anita O'Day at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival...


And last but not least, the first ever version, as mentioned above.. by Ben Bernie & his Orchestra.


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