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Little Wow, Tell Me Now
Continuing our little diversion into bearers of the American standard other than Frank Sinatra, here we meet an old favorite of this humble page, Dean Martin, and pair him with the magnificent Ella Fitzgerald. The two in tandem comprise something very special. Ella was probably at her sweetest singing with her friend Louis Armstrong. Both she and Satch had a permanant bashful streak—Ella less so than Louis. So when the two sang, one feels Lady Ella tugging, nudging Louis—yet herself a touch red in the cheeks. It makes for wonderful music.
Here, as you will see, it is Ella who’s lifted by the unfailingly “on” Dean Martin.
This particular medley rives with the some of best lighthearted love songs ever composed—which is to say, those composed by George and Ira Gershwin. Ella and Deano begin with the Gershwins’ “S’Wonderful” from An American in Paris, and shuffle into the brothers’ “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” composed for another film almost twenty years ere. And from there? Falling another decade back, Lady Ella reaches for the Gershwins’ high mantle, the yearning, votive ballad “How Long Has This Been Going On?” from Rosalie. Dean Martin can’t hold back a word of praise before launching into “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” (Neither sings off-key.) Next is “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” with which Ella plays a bit, slurring the words. A spot of “They All Laughed” is thrown in for good measure, before the return to “S’wonderful.” It’s wonderful.
See previous editions of Sunday Morning Sinatra here.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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