Archive for the ‘cole porter’ Category

and an amendment: ella and cole

January 16, 2009

it actually relates to this post: more specifically to ms knef’s recordings of cole porter songs (which i still think might be the best recording of his songs… well, maybe – there is always neneh cherry’s fantastic interpretation – as are all interpretations on the sampler red, hot and blue – more here. and then i just heard an interpretation which sparked my interest – but needs some further research).

so i was thinking of posting ella fitzgerald‘s recordings of cole porter songs, recorded for verve records. but i guess i was too lazy for ripping two vinyls. yes, silly me. i mean it is ella fitzgerald. the great ella… but then it is actually an easy to get record – be it as a re-issue, be it here. and yes, it is indeed a very good record.

and then, the other day, i was assisting recordfinder mastah w, i came across – well, i came across a lot of interesting records, and some will certainly find the way onto this blog – another ella & cole record. tah dah!

as some background it’s best i just cite the liner notes:

In 1972, on the anniversary of Cole Porter’s death, I decided to observe this event by recording Ella Fitzgerald in a new album of his material – much of which had been dormant for years. True, in the late 1950’s, I had recorded her in what, I submit; was the definitive interpretation of Porter; as he himself indicated to me when he first heard it. This album differs from the earlier one in that Nelson Riddle does the arrangements. The tunes were those Ella felt she would like to re-record as well as some material that had inadvertently been overlooked in the earlier Verve recordings. This album, originally called “Ella loves Cole” was in release for a short time – and the withdrawn.

I have decided to release the album again adding two other tunes which were not recorded before, one of which is the title song “dream Dancing”.


so, that should wetten your appetite. as usual lovingly ripped from vinyl:

ella fitzgerald & cole porter – dream dancing


more new york then hollywood, but definitly berlin: die knef

November 19, 2008

i don’t know if hildegard knef could be considered a good citizen – i guess she couldn’t care. but she certainly had a wide experience in the field – growing up in germany in the 1930s and 1940s, having no citizenship in a berlin after ww II, being american, then british – and i have to admit i did not research if she became later again german.

so like many german artist of the 20th century she wasn’t german. which is one of many links she has with marlene dietrich. and they were actually close friends: there is a telling scene, recorded on film, when dietrich is getting out of the airplane first time she arrives in berlin after the war: first to greet her are the mother – and hildegard knef. yes, the friendship of these two women is very fascinating – so alike and so different…

but we get into the biography of ms knef at a later stage. yes, be warned – there will be quite some knef coming up. yeah, i always had a thing for her – even way back as a kid. a lot to do with that voice.

for this post i would like to point out especially one record of hers – and it is funny since R just pointed it out – roughly a year ago i did post something about that great record of cole porter covers. and now it is time again to put up another great record of cole porter songs. yes, hildegard knef worked with cole porter – by his request. and she sung many of his songs – in english. but even better: also in german. even better because the lyrics have been translated congenially by mischa mleinek, an author so far unknown to me. but his translations are fantastic. and in one case even better then the original. yes, there was a hint here about that song. in the original it is called laziest gal in town – but in german it is so much better. and then ms knef is also the perfect interpreter for cole porter songs – well, i could now write a lot about why and all that, but then i suppose it is much better you listen for yourself. so get her record träume heissen du, lovingly ripped from vinyl, here.and should you still be in doubt: this is a great record. yes.


and well, this recording has been reissued on cd – including also a lot of versions sung in english. as a little teaser here the english version of fever:

yes, i did already mention that i am quite an admirer of her work – therefore you’ll get some more. because it really swings, and because it shows that ms knef was a very good writer of lyrics herself – i have to admit on this record i especially like the rather sad songs. little vignetten, which bring it in the short span of a song perfectly to the point: high class pop music. and it points into the direction of more words (and yes, also more music) by her… get ich seh die welt durch deine augen here.


and now i wonder how long it takes for irmgard to leave a comment…

i’ve got you under my skin

November 30, 2007

listening to peggy lee, more precise to the cole porter song i’ve got you under my skin, reminded me of i’ve got you under my skin – but of the version by neneh cherry. and n had to admit that he has never heard her version and has never seen the very beautiful video by jean-baptiste mondino. great stuff. so here it is.

this version by neneh cherry comes from the sampler red hot + blue. the title refers to a cole porter musical and is a record full of cole porter songs by different artists. this sampler – reissued last year with all the videos included – has been the first release of the red hot organisation – an organisation raising awarenes and funds for the fight against aids. they put out an interesting series of compilations, which are from the quality of the music presented way above most benefit samplers. for more information please visit their website here.

then – neneh cherry is making music again – this time with a band called cirKus – their website you’ll find here.

and jean-baptiste mondino’s website is here.

and the here the website of kd lang – this because we conclude this post with another excerpt of the red hot + blue sampler, kd lang’s beautiful version of so in love: