Back again, and again a day late, with the next installment of Battle of the Bands. Today’s battle features the jazz standard “How High The Moon,” which was written by Nancy Hamilton (lyrics) and Morgan Lewis (music). First recorded by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra in 1940, it’s been done many, many times since, both as a vocal and an instrumental. Wikipedia tells us that Charlie Parker adapted the chord changes in the song to write his tune “Ornithology,” and many musicians (among them Lionel Hampton and Ella Fitzgerald) move between the two songs seamlessly. It’s a favorite among gypsy jazz bands, such as The Quintette du Hot Club de France, led by Django Reinhardt. The best-known version was done by Les Paul & Mary Ford in the early 1950’s.
Today we have a battle between two lovely chanteuses from the ’50’s.
June Christy June’s one of my favorite singers from this era, and here she’s backed by The Nat King Cole Trio with Mel Tormé on the drums.
Lola Albright Lola Albright, you might remember, starred on Peter Gunn as the nightclub singer (and love interest for Peter) Edie Hart. Here she is from an episode of that show, with a combo featuring Shorty Rogers on flugelhorn.
So, here’s what I’d like you to do: listen to both videos, decide which of the two versions of the song you like best, and leave a comment for me letting me know which you prefer in the comments, with maybe an indication as to why you like that one better. Then, visit the other folks doing Battles of the Bands today and vote in their battles:
- Stephen at STMcC Presents Battle of the Bands
- Arlee at Tossing It Out
- Mike at Mike’s Ramblings
- Cathy at Curious As A Cathy
- Mary B at Jingle Jangle Jungle
- Debbie at The Doglady’s Den
- Cherdo at Cherdo On The Flipside
- Ai at Ai Love Music
On Friday, March 22, I’ll count the votes and let you know who the winner is, so be sure and vote by then.
The lines are now open. Best of luck to Ms. Christy and Ms. Albright!