Archive for July, 2010

Nicholas Ray

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , , on July 26, 2010 by Ally

Performed by: Bug Prentice
Written by: Ally Craig

One of my own songs, which I thought was worth posting here due to its cinematic inspiration. It’s named after the great director Nicholas Ray, with lyrics “borrowed” from several of his films.

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Never Gonna Dance

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by Ally

From: Swing Time (1936)
Originally performed by: Fred Astaire
Written by: Dorothy Fields & Jerome Kern

While many songs introduced by Fred Astaire went on to become jazz standards, it’s not often you hear someone else do Never Gonna Dance. Now I know why… My version didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped, and it’s far from my strongest vocal performance. Never mind, eh?

Everyone Says I Love You

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2010 by Ally

From: Horse Feathers (1932)
Originally performed by: Zeppo Marx
Written by: Harry Ruby & Bert Kalmar

Having tackled Rita Hayworth’s signature tune, I set my sights on the Marx Brothers. Everyone Says I Love You was originally sung by Zeppo Marx in the 1932 film Horse Feathers. Throughout the film, variations are performed by Chico, Harpo and Groucho. The last verse in my version is from Groucho’s variation. Watch out for the stylophone solo…

Put the Blame on Mame

Posted in Songs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2010 by Ally

From: Gilda (1946)
Originally performed by: Rita Hayworth
Written by: Allan Roberts & Doris Fischer

I spent the afternoon recording this little demo of Rita Hayworth’s signature song. After recording, the first thing I saw was the sad news of Harvey Pekar’s death. RIP, you grumpy jazz-fiend bastard.