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Mundell Lowe: “...we also had to play for a floor show, which consisted of girls dancing--some of 'em were dressed, some of 'em were not so dressed.” – (Crescendo September 1974).

Philip Larkin: "It's marvelous background music if you can find the foreground" - (Daily Telegraph April 17, 1969).

Today Saturday November 28

Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 0191 2399924. 7.00pm.
BUDTONES - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £5 Doors 8pm.
Chris Jelly/Peter Gilligan - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free.
Hannah Taylor/Alix Shepherd - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle. Free. 7pm (? 0191 2331010 to check).
Dave Rae's NOJB - Methodist Church, Springwell Rd., Springwell Village, Gateshead NE9 7RY. 7:30pm. £5.
Tees Valley Jazzmen - Village Hall, Ingleton, Co. Durham. 8pm. £10 (advance bookings before Nov. 26 from 01325 730250). Pie and Pea supper inc.
Burundanga - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle. 9pm. Free.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dewy Eyed

Yes I know how difficult it is to pick out that one special number that just moves you to a dewy eyed state, but for me it has to be "My One and Only Love". Liz. (Quite a challenge Liz to pick one song. I think we should pick one and have four reserves. So I'll go for "I Wished on the Moon" with "Robbins Nest", "You're a Lucky Guy", "I've Got A Crush on You" and "Can't We Be Friends?" on the bench. What do others think? - Lance)


  1. Stars Fell on Alabama:
    Moonlight in Vermont:

  2. Hi Lance

    I can't choose just one! Three, just for starters...''I Can't Get Started'', ''It's Only a Paper Moon'' and ''Night and Day''.


  3. There are many song that get me dewy eyed but one of my favorites is "You go to My Head" I just love the line "Like a summer with a thousand July's" Classic.

  4. My childhood tear-jerker was 'The Ugly Duckling' sung by Danny Kaye and later several Buddy Holly songs I found moving ('True Love Ways' for one) but now I've grown up slightly I am moved by several of the gasbook gems - the one's specifically with lyrics that would stand as poetry. 'I can dream can't I' by Sammy Fain/Irving Kahal for one outstanding example. I find I am more drawn to good lyrics than melody or harmony but when all three have something special that's the ultimate.

  5. Scarlet Ribbons by Harry Belafonte always brings me close to tears.

  6. Has to be 'you don't know what love is', even if it did come from 'Abbot and Costello meet the wolfman' (according to Mick Shoulder) See you soon Rx".

  7. Actually Ruth, it was an Abbott and Costello movie but it was "Keep 'Em Flying".

  8. For me the Michel Legrand song "You Must Believe in Spring" NB the version by Tony Bennett & Bill Evans.

  9. For me it's a close run thing..mainly because I'm a total softie!
    Top 3 have to be :
    A House is Not a Home,
    The Way You Look Tonight
    The Man I Love..

  10. My ex-husband proposed to me whilst playing Fats Waller's "My Very Good Friend The Milkman" on the piano.
    I still get dewy-eyed over that song.

  11. Scarlet ribbons is my favourite too.

  12. It might as well be spring
    Too late now
    I'll be around
    Like someone in love

  13. Jimmy McHugh's "Where Are You?" -mmmmm!

  14. I agree with Bren. "You Got To My Head" just touches that spot for me.

  15. oh my goodness me there are so many wonderful songs to pick from, it aint an easy task..

    "Body and Soul" Carmens version (on youtube) is in my humble opinion the best.

    "What are you doing the Rest of you Life"

    "Can't get started with you"

    "For once in my Life"

    Can I come back again please and add some more?....;o)

  16. Another must to add

    "When I look in your Eyes"

  17. Dear Lance,
    At last Rosemary has got around to this - but she has been busy I'm pleased to say!
    Her choice is:

    Embraceable You - Gershwin
    The Things We Did Last Summer - Julie Styne
    I Concentrate on You - Cole Porter

    Hope this suits
    Frank and Rosemary

  18. another dewy eye contender, "In a sentimental mood" of Duke's best

  19. Sinatra's "I Fall In Love Too Easily" is a contender, as is Mildred Bailey (now there's a forgotten great) singing "Fools Rush In" from 1940....or even Jelly singing and playing "Mamie's Blues", but there are so many!

    Mike D.


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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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