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Garfield Cat 09-28-19 05:18 AM

Music The Standards AKA Great American Songbook
 
Its about melody, harmony, rhythm and then the lyrics.

Then there are the jazz singers who can take that song and make it their own.

I was thinking about Leon Russell and "A Song For You", "This Masquerade"

A few jazz singers did these, and maybe more. Still searching.

jon c. 09-28-19 05:44 AM

It would be interesting to see what the standards are in 50 years.

Garfield Cat 09-28-19 01:54 PM

A Song For You: Natalie Cole


This Masquerade: George Benson


ButchA 09-28-19 06:39 PM

How about the classic "The Nearness of You" by Jo Stafford from way back in the day.... Wow, what a voice! :D


Deal4Fuji 09-28-19 07:21 PM

My favorite of what would be considered an american classic


I like the Andy Williams cover too


clemsongirl 09-28-19 07:52 PM

i go back further than leon for the great american songbooks





and newer voices


Trakhak 09-28-19 09:13 PM

Another side of Jo Stafford:


Garfield Cat 09-29-19 01:51 PM

Alfie by Burt Bacharach & Hal David

Nancy Wilson version


Vanessa Rubin version


Stevie Wonder version

genec 09-30-19 03:44 AM

Not quite sure this counts...


Does it fit your "Great American Songbook?"

genec 09-30-19 03:49 AM

Ray Charles... Georgia


chewybrian 09-30-19 04:59 AM

I'm not sure exactly what standards apply to make something a standard in this thread. But, it seems like anything goes so far, and I like this, and it fits on some levels...


no motor? 09-30-19 11:39 AM

I was thinking more along the lines of Tom Waits or Rickie Lee Jones versions of these songs.

clemsongirl 09-30-19 01:47 PM






clemsongirl 09-30-19 02:00 PM

the person who just came into my office as i was listening to the above said she thought this one should be included ...i agree :)

RubeRad 09-30-19 04:20 PM

First thing I thought of for this thread is my Sarah Vaughan Best Of CD, and my favorite song on it is All or Nothing at All


The way she just sneaks in at the beginning just gets me. And the minimalist backing allows her vocal control at low volume to be front and center.

I can't really get behind Billie Holiday, when Vaughan, Fitzgerald and Washington are just so superior in technique and still full of pathos

clemsongirl 09-30-19 04:52 PM

and 3 more renditions :)





RubeRad 09-30-19 06:08 PM

'It's a wonderful world' , the 'standard' would be Louis Armstrong of course, but maybe some of yins have some other favorites

Also I thought Natalie Cole's posthumous duet with daddy on Unforgettable was, well, Unforgettable

Baby it's cold outside

Garfield Cat 10-01-19 08:10 AM

The Days of Wine And Roses by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer 1962

First sung by Andy Williams

But the Tony Bennett & Bill Evans release is what I consider one of the best, better than the Andy Williams version.

Recent Bennett releases with him and other singers are "too late". His voice isn't the same for understandable reasons.


Stadjer 10-01-19 11:28 AM


Originally Posted by jon c. (Post 21141663)
It would be interesting to see what the standards are in 50 years.


Originally Posted by no motor? (Post 21144501)
I was thinking more along the lines of Tom Waits or Rickie Lee Jones versions of these songs.

I was thinking more along the lines of what American songs of the 2nd half of the 20th century would or could make it into a songbook like that, and I have a couple of Tom Waits songs in mind that would hold up in different versions or genres. But I don't want to go off topic.

RubeRad 10-01-19 11:39 AM

When I hear 'Standards' I think Jazz, but when I hear 'Great American Songbook' I think Broadway (and Film) Musicals -- anybody else?

Somewhere in my Youth or Childhood -- Sound of Music
Shall we Dance -- King & I
Somewhere Over the Rainbow -- Wizard of Oz
Que Sera Sera -- Man who knew too much

etc

RubeRad 10-01-19 11:50 AM

I'll be seeing you


Check out also the riveting performance on Nobody Listens to Paula Pounstone, in the grand Finale of 'Ken Lezebnik's America', as producer Ken Lezebnik says goodbye to his wife Janice as he gets on the back of Ed Begley's bicycle, heading into rehab for his Poundstone addiction
https://www.maximumfun.org/nobody-li...-63-paula-digs

Start at 55:50

chewybrian 10-01-19 06:19 PM


Garfield Cat 10-02-19 08:37 AM


Originally Posted by RubeRad (Post 21145999)
When I hear 'Standards' I think Jazz, but when I hear 'Great American Songbook' I think Broadway (and Film) Musicals -- anybody else?

Somewhere in my Youth or Childhood -- Sound of Music
Shall we Dance -- King & I
Somewhere Over the Rainbow -- Wizard of Oz
Que Sera Sera -- Man who knew too much

etc

The Book: American Popular Song, 1900-1950 The Great Innovators, by Alec Wilder

This book discusses both Broadway, and Popular Song by the various composers/lyricists

Garfield Cat 10-02-19 08:41 AM

Beyond The Sea

Bobby Darin, George Benson, Rod Stewart



Garfield Cat 10-04-19 08:06 AM

New York State of Mind, by Billy Joel

Mel Torme

'Round Midnight (A Capella Group) The link is to their web site. Just scroll down and select this song.

Leon Russell


www.RoundMidnightQuartet.com


Lemond1985 10-04-19 08:25 AM

What an American Masterpiece!
 

RubeRad 10-04-19 09:21 AM


Originally Posted by Garfield Cat (Post 21149793)
New York State of Mind, by Billy Joel

Yeah, that's gotta be a 'standard' for sure. That barbershop version is pretty sweet.

Joel's pumped out a number for the ages:

She's got a way about her
She's always a woman to me
Just the way you are
Honesty is such a lonely word

Lemond1985 10-04-19 09:27 AM


chewybrian 10-04-19 04:11 PM





clemsongirl 10-04-19 05:26 PM

^^^luv the commuter train version!! :)




modern interpretations



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