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
<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br /><b>Jane Green (2 January 1897 - 28 August 1931) was a United States singer popular
in the 1920s.
Green was born in Kentucky as Martha Jane Greene. She appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies and recorded over 30 phonograph records, and appeared in some early sound films.
Many thanks to Brad Kay for giving me his kind permission to post photos from his archives. Many of the photos posted in this Jane Green set are from the 8 page booklet from the record JANE GREEN - WILD ROMANTIC BLUES which is available through Superbatone Records, Inc.
JANE GREEN - WILD ROMANTIC BLUESThirteen tracks, including the soundtrack of Miss Green’s Vitaphone short, “Singin’ the Blues.” A labor of love and work of art, this beautiful production (now a collectors’ item) features a lavish 8-page booklet with bio, photos and complete song lyrics; the record is pressed on blue vinyl, with original label art by the great Robert Crumb. Superbatone Records, Inc.