Song of the Day: Quintette du Hot Club de France, “Georgia On My Mind”

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On Day 2 of the Love Is In Da Blog, our assignment is to choose "A Love Song to your home." My home is in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Thus, I’ve chosen Hoagy Carmichael’s "Georgia On My Mind." He wrote it in 1930 with lyrics by Stuart Gorrell, and recorded it later that year. The version of the song most people are familiar with is Ray Charles’s, and some know that Willie Nelson covered it, but I’m goiung to use the 1936 version recorded by the Quintette du Hot Club de France, which was fronted by violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt. The other members of the Quintette are Joesph Reinhardt and Pierre Ferret on guitars and Louis Vola on double bass. Freddy Taylor provides the vocal.

12 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Quintette du Hot Club de France, “Georgia On My Mind”

  1. I never heard this version before and I so enjoyed it. I need to get a CD of Django. This is really nice and I have a home I love but needs a ton of fixing especially since our cat has begun redecorating by tearing down some wallpaper and scratching the wood trim(thankfully not the old but some newer cheap trim).

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    1. There are a lot of Django CD’s out there, and each one has at least one song you can’t find on any other. I got the ten-disc “Djangology” CD set from Mary a few Christmases ago, and there are songs on others that aren’t on it, believe it or not…

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  2. This is such a beautiful song. My favorite versions are by Ray Charles and Willy. I’m not a major fan of Willy but somehow his voice is a fit for Georgia On My Mind.

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    1. Ray’s is the definitive one. That’s the one they were thinking of when they made it the state song, although they continued to use Willie’s out at Stone Mountain. You can probably imagine why…

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  3. Hi John – thanks for this tribute … and great idea to use the song Georgia on My Mind – while I love this earlier version – I’m really keen on the violinist Stephane Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt – I’ve always enjoyed their music. Thanks – cheers Hilary

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    1. Django continues to set the bar for guitarists. Hundreds of guitar players in practically every genre see him as an influence in some way. Grappelli was an amazing violinist well after the Quintette, and seeing him play might have been the high point of my concert-going days. There doesn’t seem to be any more film of them playing together, which is a great loss…

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