Song Lyric Sunday: Robbie Williams, “It’s De-Lovely”

Jim took a suggestion from Paula for this week’s prompt, which is "Delightful, Pleasant, Sweet." I have the perfect song for that…

"It’s De-Lovely" is a song Cole Porter wrote for his 1936 musical Red Hot And Blue, where it was first sung by Ethel Merman and Bob Hope. It was later used in Porter’s 1934 musical Anything Goes when it was filmed in 1956, where Mitzi Gaynor and Donald O’Connor performed it. Hal Linden and Barbara Lang did it for the 1962 revival of the show, and Robbie Williams, whose version I’m using, did it in the 2004 biopic De-Lovely, which starred Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd. Wikipedia lists others who have recorded it.

The reason I chose the Williams version was because the lyrics are in the video. If you prefer, you can see the lyrics on AZLyrics.

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday, and Song of the Day, for September 19, 2021.

Song of the Day: Frankie Avalon, “Venus”

Singer, actor, and former teen idol Frankie Avalon turns 81 today. He had 31 charting singles in the ’50’s and early ’60’s as well as appearing beside Rick Nelson in Rio Bravo (1959), John Wayne in The Alamo (1960), Alan Ladd in Guns of the Timberland (1960), and, of course, Annette Funicello in Beach Party (1963) and several other films. He had two #1 hits in 1959, "Venus," which spent 5 weeks at #1, and "Why," which was the last #1 of the ’50’s. Here is an appearance on the Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show from March 14, 1959, where he receives the Gold record for "Venus" from Dick Clark.

Song of the Day: Hank Williams, “Hey, Good Lookin'”

Country legend Hank Williams, who wrote nearly 200 songs in a career that ended before he turned 30, would be 98 today. He had 35 records that reached the Top 10 on the Country chart, including 11 that reached #1. "Hey, Good Lookin’" was originally written for Little Jimmy Dickens, but Hank decided it was "too good" for him and recorded it himself in 1951, when it reached #1. It "borrowed heavily" from Cole Porter’s 1942 song of the same name

Song of the Day: Janis Paige, “Satin and Silk”

Actress and singer Janis Paige, one of the last remaining stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, was born 99 years ago today. She built an impressive resumé of appearances on the stage, in movies, and on television. She retired in 2001 due to nearly-irreparable damage to her vocal folds, but has been able to regain her speaking and singing voice. She costarred in the 1957 movie Silk Stockings with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, which was a musical remake of the 1939 film Ninotchka starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. Here she sings "Satin And Silk" to Wim Sonneveld.

Song of the Day: Roy Acuff, “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain”

Country singer and fiddler Roy Acuff was born on this day in 1903. Often referred to as the "King of Country Music," he’s responsible for moving country music away from the string band, "hoedown" format toward a format that featured the singer more. Fred Rose, with whom Acuff joined to form Acuff-Rose Music, the first Nashville-based country music publisher, wrote "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain," of which Acuff was the first person to record; however, Columbia Records didn’t issue the record until 1947, allowing Elton Britt to release his version in 1946.