But Beautiful

15 06 2012

But Beautiful—J. Van Heusen/J. Burke, 1947 (Recorded June 15, 2012) This song was written for the Bing Crosby/Bob Hope/Dorothy Lamour flick, Road to Rio. Bing sings it to Dorothy, natch.

I learned this tune years ago and have not played it in quite a while until I decided to make this recording. It took a bit of practice, but it’s sort of like riding a bicycle: I jumped right back on, fell off and skinned my knees a couple of times, but soon I was riding around the block.

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It Could Happen to You

11 08 2011

It Could Happen to You—J. Van Heusen/J. Burke, 1944 (Recorded August 11, 2011) Here’s a song that came to us via Dorothy Lamour and Fred MacMurray in the Paramount musical, And the Angels Sing. The tune became a Big Band hit through the ’40s. I learned it from Rosemary Clooney’s version on her excellent 1986 album, Rosemary Clooney Sings the Music of Jimmy Van Heusen. On this cut I sing and play the old Epiphone banjo uke, and I take a turn whistling through the instrumental part.

This is my first new recording in quite a while. I feel a bit rusty with the process, but I hope this old Hollywood ballad is appealing enough for your enjoyment. Thanks for listening.