"Won't You Play A Simple Melody Like My Mother Sang To Me"
Not sure what brought this one on....I guess listening to 3 different versions of this great duet. In all 3 cases (Bing & Gary Crosby, Georgia Gibbs & Jo Stafford), it is sung as a light Dixieland jazz tune, and I don't see how anyone could not like it. At this point, I guess I should say...here...listen:
See what I mean? Very catchy. I can't honestly say that I have ever been especially fond of pure jazz (especially of the progressive variety), but dixieland is something else, and some people do not really make a distinction between dixie and ragtime, except one features mostly piano while the other features a lot of brass. Then, I thought of some other tunes in this idiom that I really like. How about this one by Doris Day with Jack Smith from "Moonlight Bay"? Doris and Dixieland? Yep...it may start with a simple ukelele, but it sure does not end up that way. It is called "Love Ya, Honey". Listen:
Jo Stafford in the early 50's did her thing with Dixieland, too, and she ended up with a really big record based on the old "Tin Roof Blues". It was called: "Make Love To Me". The Dixie beat is not as evident in this one, unless you listen in your brain. Here it is:
Just so you can see what I mean, here we have a good example of a ragtime song (original) done as a swing/jazz tune. It is from Doris Day's second movie, "My Dream is Yours". Listen to the words! "Cuttin' Capers", when jazz men get together a play a few licks. Dixie land is often the result. Unfortunately, it lead to progressive jazz, and that is what I really cannot stand: no real melody. But this one, just fine!
I specs the best example of dixieland (none sung of course) is probably Bob Crosby and his Bobcats on almost anything at all. Here is one I like:
Mike DeVita makes his home in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has lived for most of his life. A former teacher for over 33 years (English and Theatre Arts), he has spent the last few years doing internet radio and serving as a novice webmaster here on Songsandmemories, which is about 70 percent devoted to his favorite lady, Doris Day, as well as to other popular entertainers of the 20th Century. Mike also hosts an internet radio show on www.live365.com (It is called " Mike's Music Memories", a world of eclectic music.) He has also published his first book, "My 'Secret Love' Affair with Doris Day", covering a period of correspondence between Mike and Doris for over 60 years. The book is available for sale mostly online: www.amazon.com All proceeds from the book sales (in both paperback and kindle formats) go directly to the DDAF (Doris Day Animal Foundation) to benefit our four legged friends who cannot help themselves. Mike hopes you will respond to the blog comments and chime in whenever you wish.