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.