SATURDAY BLUES REVIEW: Sweet Little Angel by B.B. King - It is rare that I attend weddings anymore. Most people I know at my age are either happily married with kids, happily divorced with joint custody, or miserably single as they Tinder away in the hopes of finding love. But my friend Doug whom I foisted upon pretty much every dating site and app I came across did find love and two years later is getting married to a truly awesome lady today.
Sweet Little Angel was a neat track to dig out of the vaults. It was a blues standard known as Black Angel Blues or Sweet Black Angel. When B.B. King recorded it, we changed the title to remove the reference to black (it was not a popular word to use apparently) and added a horn section. It turned out to be a huge hit for B.B. King. So here’s to my buddy Doug and his lady Joanna to a long and happy marriage!
Born on this day: March 10, 1903 - Jazz music icon Bix Beiderbecke (born Leon Bismark Beiderbecke in Davenport, IA). Happy Birthday to this legendary jazz cornetist, and one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, born 111 years ago today, and taken far too young at the age of 28 on August 6, 1931.
The Complete Bix Beiderbecke & Frankie Trumbauer Collection
In honor of Jazz Appreciation month, the music that changed my life, I have decided to start what I call “Thirty Days of Jazz” and post some of my favorites as well as some songs that I've discovered from recent listening. I am already a day behind but I will start with one of my favorite jazz tunes as well as my favorite jazz musician, Bix Beiderbecke.
Day 1: Singin’ the Blues | Bix Beiderbecke & Frankie Trumbauer
I don’t bother chasing mice around
I slink down the alleyway looking for a fight
Howling to the moonlight on a hot summer night
Singin’ the blues while the lady cats cry
“Wild stray cat, you’re a real gone guy”
I wish I could be as carefree and wild
But I got cat class and I got cat style…#ithinkitsacatfilter #slapchat 😼