The pianist, composer Cedar Walton has been known to jazz audiences for over five decades, and is likely to be remembered as an exemplar for fellow musicians, rather than a populist hero. But his association with the group of Art Blakey, and a briefer one with John Coltrane, gave him the necessary background for a successful career as a bandleader in his own right.
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Tuesday 01 March 1994
Frances Rose Shore (Dinah Shore), singer, actress: born Winchester, Tennessee 1 March 1917; married George Montgomery (one son, one daughter; marriage dissolved 1962), 1963 Maurice F. Smith (marriage dissolved 1964); died Los Angeles 24 February 1994.
LIVES OF THE GREAT SONGS / Of innocence and experience: How Long Has This Been Going On? It's been a standard for half a century, but at first it was a resounding flop. Rhoda Koenig continues our series
Sunday 14 November 1993
THE FIRST time I heard 'How Long Has This Been Going On?' it made an impression very different from the one George and Ira Gershwin intended. I was listening to the record of Judy Garland's 23 April 1961 appearance at Carnegie Hall. She was greeted by the most hysterical adulation of her comeback tour, and her intensity matched it. I assumed that the song concerned adultery, and that the title was the question of a heartbroken wife. The lines 'Kiss me once, then once more/What a dunce I was before]' seemed to support this: the wife confusedly asking her faithless husband for comfort, while berating herself for not noticing the obvious signs. Garland's breathiness as she leaned into the 'How', and the agony with which she gobbled up the final phrases over the pianist's staccato attack convinced me that this was a song about misery and betrayal.
Lives of the great songs: Nobody does it better: You are the sunshine of my life: Every supper-club singer under the sun has had a go at Stevie Wonder's 1972 classic. And none has cracked it. In the sixth part of our series, Giles Smith shows why
Sunday 01 August 1993
THERE'S a party piece that Stevie Wonder does, if egged on by the people around him. It's an impression of himself 20 years from now, in his early sixties, washed up in some Las Vegas casino, churning out the hits for the supper- club crowd. Just for a few seconds before he cracks up laughing, he becomes a caricature crooner, clicking his fingers, corny as hell. And what he sings is this: 'Yooo-arrrr the sunshine of my life - yeah] - That's why I'll alwaaaaays be arouuunnnnd'. Wonder has a fat songbook to pick from, but this is the number he chooses to ruin for a laugh, ahead of the day when he may have to ruin it for a living.
Vocal Heros: The incredible vanishing woman: 'She is a songwriter's dream: a singer who responds to imperatives in the songs.' Giles Smith celebrates the art of Ella Fitzgerald
Monday 29 March 1993
'With a voice like Ella's ringing out
Friday 09 October 1992
Paul Acket, administrator, died The Hague 7 October, aged 69. Organiser of the annual North Sea Jazz Festival, which he founded in 1976. Lasting several days, it has featured artists such as Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Stan Getz and Count Basie. Founded the music magazine Muziek Express in 1956.
Thursday 17 September 1992
Jim Nabbie, singer, born Tampa Florida 1920, died Atlanta Georgia 15 September 1992.
Sunday 13 September 1992
WHAT DO you do when you're an international star who can't get a hit, and a tabloid demon in the Scargill and Gaddafi class, and the time comes for that famously difficult third album? Well, if you're Sinead O'Connor, you sign up producer Phil Ramone and a 47-piece orchestra, and wrap your contentious larynx around a sackful of standards, previously made famous by a gamut of legendary women singers; from Julie London to Alison Moyet, via Ella Fitzgerald and Elaine Paige (well, Julie Covington did 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina' first, but I suppose Paige's name was more likely to cause outrage).
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