Jim’s prompt this weeks is "Songs by Tom, Dick, or Harry." You know that looks a little too much like a challenge…
Arguably, the greatest name in bossa nova composition is Antonio Carlos Jobim, who was called "Tom" by his friends, one of whom was Frank Sinatra, with whom he did an album in 1967, Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Tom came to the attention of the American listening audience when his song "The Girl From Ipanema" (with Portuguese lyrics from Vincius de Moraes and English lyrics by Norman Gimbel) appeared on the 1964 album Getz/Gilberto, which featured Stan Getz on saxophone, João Gilberto on guitar and vocals, Jobim on piano, and Gilberto’s then-wife Astrud, who had not sung professionally, on two tracks, "The Girl From Ipanema" and "Corcovado." This shot Astrud to stardom, and in 1965 she recorded her first album, named (oddly enough) The Astrud Gilberto Album, from which today’s song, "Dindi" (pronounced jin-jee) is drawn. Jobim wrote the song with Aloysio de Oliveira contributing the Portuguese lyrics and Ray Gilbert the English ones.
The lyrics, from LyricsFreak:
And far away clouds just wandering by..
Where do they go?
Oh I don’t know, don’t know…
Wind that speaks to the leaves
Telling stories that no one believes
Stories of love
Belong to you and me….
If I only had words
I would say all the beautiful things that I see
When you’re with me
Oh my Dindi
Like the song of the wind in the trees
That’s how my heart is singing Dindi, happy Dindi
When you’re with me
I love you more today
Yes I do, yes I do
I’d let you go away
If you take me with you
Don’t you know Dindi
I’d be running and searching for you
Like a river that can’t find the sea
That would be me
Without you my Dindi
And now a couple of bonus songs to take care of Dick and Harry. First up is The Dick Haymes Trio, doing a song they call "Moritat." The full name of the song is "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer," and is from The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht. The title translates to "The Ballad of Mack The Knife" or just "Mack The Knife." This was a Top 10 hit for Haymes in 1956, and for years was used at the top of each hour by radio station WFMF (later WLOO, "FM 100"), a "beautiful music" station in Chicago.
And for Harry, how about some Harry James? Here’s Harry and his orchestra, featuring Buddy Rich on drums, with "Two O’Clock Jump."
And that, my friends, is Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for January 19, 2020. Think I’ll do bossa nova this week…