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JOAN JETT V. MARY TYLER MOORE–COMPARE AND CONTRAST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E81cTpcmkYohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op0NY8Fc5GY ‘Love Is All Around’, the much loved theme from ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’, was written by Sonny Curtis who also wrote ‘I Fought The Law’, made famous by Bobby Fuller. If the difference between Mary and Bobby Fuller seems like a stark one then try this on for

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THEME FROM ‘THE APARTMENT’–A MINI-HISTORY (WITH LYRICS INCLUDED)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6GmXsUfgA4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWojcHWdDAg&t=0s The justifiably famous and much admired theme music for Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond’s ‘The Apartment’ began life as a 1949 ‘mood music’ instrumental titled ‘Jealous Lover’, written by an English composer named Charles Williams. He composed many orchestral pieces and marches for his ensembles, which were recorded in

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‘THE ODD COUPLE’ THEME HAS LYRICS!

Back in the day, when an instrumental tune became an unexpected hit the next order of business was to see if a lyric could be added to expand the songs recording possibilities–singers, after all, were still where the big money in music was. Neal Hefti’s beautiful theme music for the

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‘I LOVE LUCY’–THE MUSICAL

Apropos of yesterday’s post featuring the lyrics to the theme song of ‘Bewitched’, here is the ‘I Love Lucy’ theme with lyrics sung by Ricky Ricardo himself. The theme was written by two-time Oscar nominee Eliot Daniel. The lyrics were later written by five-time Oscar nominee Harold Adamson for the 1953 episode ‘Lucy’s

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BEWITCHED PART DEUX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSKhIqMBhzchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cdt5dtRURE Last Friday I posted about the theme song of the classic TV show Bewitched. Today I’m adding two vocal versions. The first is sung by Steve Lawrence and the second by Peggy Lee. Steve does a perfectly serviceable Steve Lawrence impersonation (people often say he tries to imitate Frank

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LITTLE STEVIE WONDER MEETS FATS WALLER?

YouTube is an interesting place to hang out. It enjoys introducing people to material that it houses and makes some curious connections when doing so. For instance, I’ve been posting Fats Waller material for the past few days. When I awoke this AM and logged in I found that they

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‘THE JOINT IS JUMPIN’–A FATS WALLER SOUNDIE

Here’s another Fats Waller short made for jukebox consumption in 1941 (see yesterday’s post for ‘Your Feets Too Big’). ‘The Joint Is Jumpin’, written by Waller, Andy Razaf and J.C.Johnson, is another of his hit novelty numbers and it’s given a rowdy treatment in this dramatization of what a Harlem

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FATS WALLER SOUNDIES: ‘YOUR FEETS TOO BIG’

Last Friday I posted about a beautifully restored jukebox that was equipped to show films of the bands performing the songs in the jukebox. These films, known as ‘soundies’, are a great preservation tool as far too little film of performers of the day exist, especially black performers who were

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1939 PANORAM SOUNDIES MACHINE

A gentleman named Jon Torrence made the above home video of a beautifully restored machine from 1939 called a Mills Company Panoram. This was a period jukebox with a screen that permitted the viewing of soundies–short films of bands and singers performing popular songs of the day. Mr. Torrence is

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