Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: A story much too sad to be told

File this one under “They just don’t write them like they used to.”

Songwriter/musician Sammy Cahn once said Irving Berlin was one of the two most gifted men of American words and music. The other, said Cahn, was Cole Porter.

In his book American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950, Alec Wilder writes about this week’s oldie, “This is a very good, essentially simple song, in spite of its half note triplets, but, as is almost always the case with Porter songs, it is popular as much because of its lyric as its melody. This, however, is not true for jazz musicians who like it for its looseness, which provides ample room for improvisation. Needless to say, the half note triplets are, for the most part, ignored by them.”

Max Morath writes in The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Popular Standards, “Jazz musicians go for it–they love most anything of Porter’s–those long melody lines and the beat, often Latin-tinged, that is so often implicit in his theater songs.”

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have announced Love For Sale, a Cole Porter tribute album.

The album marks the duo’s second collaborative effort, following their 2015 chart-topper Cheek to Cheek, and is scheduled for release on October 1.

And from their 2015 album…


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