Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Da ya think I’m…old school?

I love telling this story. The year is 2002. I’m visiting my mother on a Saturday night. Naturally she’s in front of the tube.

PBS.

There’s a male vocalist in front of a huge orchestra. The bandstands all had the initials RS emblazoned on them. I recognized the performer immediately.

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But he looked different. Much different. Sounded different, too. He was singing “Moonglow.”

It must have been Moonglow,
Way up in the blue,
It must have been Moonglow,
That led me straight to you

Seeing and hearing this spectacle for the first time, my first thought was this is awful (I’d grow to love and appreciate it all later).

“Mom, do you know who that is?”

She wasn’t sure. I knew she had never heard of him.

“Do you know he used to be a rock star?”

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Nope. And she didn’t really care.

“You like the way he’s singing?”

Yep.

“You don’t think he’s murdering that song?”

Not at all.

It was at that point my conscience landed on my shoulder like something out of a Flintstones cartoon and told me with no subtlety to knock it off and let my mother enjoy.

Rod Stewart was singing and promoting the first of a string of albums featuring the Great American Songbook.

Mom was enraptured (Thank you, Mr. Stewart). And he would do several more songbook CDs. Mom had all of them.

Rod Stewart turned 76 this week.

Stewart, Rod - As Time Goes By...The Great American Songbook: Volume II -  Amazon.com Music

“Time After Time” was first sung by Sarah Vaughn in 1946 and Frank Sinatra the following year.

Well, it’s time to say goodbye, but before we do, from the wonderful Cole Porter in 1945.

BONUS!

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