Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone

4 03 2011

Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone—S. Clare/S.H. Stept, 1930 (Recorded March 4, 2011) Here’s an old charmer about the break up of a love affair, with a plea for the other party not to gossip about intimate details of the faded relationship. This is another tune I learned early on in my uking career, and I remember singing it to my dad as he lay dying from oat-cell carcinoma of the lungs. Don’t smoke terbacky, kids! Everybody famous sang this one, but my all-time favorite is by the greatest of them all, Ethel Waters.

I’m dedicating this to two buddies of mine who lost a couple of close relatives in recent weeks. Hang in there, guys. When our loved-ones die, we are left to keep their legacies alive for the rest of the world to remember.

Bein’ Green

3 03 2011

Bein’ Green—Joe Raposo, 1970 (Recorded March 3, 2011) As I looked on the Internet to research the previous song I posted, “Because We’re Kids,” I came across and was reminded of this song, made famous by Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson) on the first season of the children’s TV show, Sesame Street. It’s become a classic and helped turn its author, Joe Raposo, into one of Sinatra’s favorite latter-day song writers.

Because We’re Kids

3 03 2011

Because We’re Kids—T.S. Geisel/F. Hollander, 1953 (Recorded March 3, 2011) In honor of Dr. Seuss’s 107th birthday yesterday, I thought I’d record this song he wrote with Frederick Hollander for the 1953 film, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. I never saw the movie as a kid, but some years ago as I was channel surfing I came across the film and was entranced by its surrealistic sets and odd, trippy story line revolving around a boy, Tommy Rettig, who wants to escape from his cruel piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker, played by Hans Conried. Michael Feinstein and Tony Bennett have made recordings of “Because We’re Kids.” Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!