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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge February 20, 2019

On this Wednesday’s Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge show we marked the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony by celebrating some of the songs that previously won or were nominated for Oscars.

Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge show is broadcast on Wednesdays, 5-6 pm Eastern Standard Time (2-3 pm on the West Coast and 10-11 GMT in Europe) at http://www.radiofairfax.org. Radio Fairfax also can be heard on Tune In Radio at tunein.com, and streamed on smartphones by downloading the Tunein app. It also can be streamed on Roku and Google TV at: http://tinyurl.com/3uqfsz9

Past shows from this year are now available to listen to in their entirety at: https://www.mixcloud.com/Flashfriend/

  1. “Sweet Leilani” composed by the leader of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Orchestra Harry Owens for the 1937 Bing Crosby movie: Waikiki Wedding, for which it won the Academy Award, sung by Bing with Lani McIntyre and His Hawaiians in 1937, featuring George Kainapu on Ukulele and Bob Nichols on Steel Guitar, taken from the filmic collection: Bing Crosby – Easy to Remember.

  2. “Did I Remember?” written by Hugh Adamson and Walter Donaldson for the 1936 movie: Suzy and nominated for an Academy Award and found on the righteous retrospective: The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Volume 2: 1936, with Joe Bushkin on Piano, Bunny Berrigan on Trumpet, Artie Shaw on Clarinet, Dick McDonough on Acoustic Guitar, Pete Peterson on Bass and Cozy Cole on Drums.

  3. “The Way You Look Tonight,” penned by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields for the 1936 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movie Swing Time, for which it won the Academy Award for best song, found on the connotative concatenation: Fred Astaire – The Great American Songbook.

  4. “I Fall in Love Too Easily” from the copious compilation: I've Heard That Song Before -- Songs of Jule Styne, nominated for an Academy Award for 1945’s Anchors Away, sung by Frank Sinatra accompanied by Axel Stordahl and His Orchestra, with Dave Mann on Piano.

  5. Also nominated for an Academy Award, “I've Got You Under My Skin,” was written by Cole Porter for the 1936 MGM movie musical: Born to Dance and appears on the album by Sinatra’s friend Keely Smith called: Keely Sings Sinatra, featuring Andy Martin on Trombone.

  6. Another gem by Cole Porter, “You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To,” appeared in the 1943 movie: Something To Shout About, for which it was nominated for an Academy Award, and was later used in Woody Allen’s 1987 movie: Radio Days. It is heard here in the 1956 recording: Frankie Lane and Buck Clayton & His Orchestra -- Jazz Spectacular, with Buck Clayton on Trumpet; Sir Charles Thompson on Piano; Budd Johnson and Nick Nicholas on Tenor Sax; Hilton Jefferson on Alto Sax; Dave McRae on Baritone Sax; J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Urbie Green on Trombone; Milt Hinton on Bass; Clifton Best on Guitar and Jo Jones on Drums.

  7. “That Old Black Magic,” composed by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the 1942 movie: Star Spangled Rhythm and nominated for an Academy Award, appearing on the soundtrack album for the television documentary: Clint Eastwood Presents: Johnny Mercer "The Dream's on Me" – A Celebration of His Music, sung here by Jamie Cullum.

  8. The Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnson classic, “Pennies From Heaven,” written for the 1936 movie of the same name and nominated for an Oscar, butchered in 1957 by Keely Smith’s husband Louis Prima on his choleric collection – The Complete Collectors Series, featuring Sam Butera on Tenor Sax.

  9. The Academy Award-winning song “Lullaby of Broadway,” composed by Harry Warren and Al Dubin for the 1935 movie: Gold Diggers of 1935, recorded in 1958 with Count Basie & His Orchestra along with arranger Ralph Sharon on Piano, featured on the righteous retrospective: Tony Bennett – Jazz.

  10. “Walk on the Wild Side” written by Elmer Bernstein and Mack David for the 1962 movie of the same name and nominated for an Academy Award, performed by Si Zentner and featured on the concupiscent compilation: Ultra Lounge: The Crime Scene – Spies, Thighs & Private Eyes.

  11. George and Ira Gershwin’s classic: “They Can't Take That Away From Me,” from the 1937 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movie: Shall We Dance, for which it received an Academy Award nomination, sung by June Christy on her 1958 LP: June’s Got Rhythm, arranged by her husband Bob Cooper and featuring Shelley Manne on Drums and Frank Rosolino on Trombone.

  12. “A Gal in Calico,” composed by Leo Robin and Arthur Schwartz for the 1946 movie: The Time, the Place and the Girl and nominated for an Oscar, performed by Stephane Grappelli on Violin with Gordon Beck on Piano, Recorded in Paris in 1986 and featured on Helen Merrill’s scintillacious CD: Music Makers.

  13. Also Oscar nominated, “I Fall in Love Too Easily,” by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn for the 1945 movie: Anchors Aweigh, recorded in 1954 and found on the anthemic anthology: The Best of Chet Baker Sings, also featuring Mr. Baker on Trumpet, with Russ Freeman on Piano and Carson Smith on Bass.

  14. The Oscar winner “Over the Rainbow,” by Harold Arlen and Yip Yarbug for the 1939 movie: Wizard of Oz, Recorded in 1951 and included on the incomparable compilation: The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume One, with Mr. Powell on Piano, Curley Russell on Bass and Max Roach on Drums.

  15. “Cheek to Cheek,” nominated for an Academy Award when it appeared in the 1935 movie: Top Hat, where it was introduced by Fred Astaire, heard here in a version that appeared on the 1958 recording: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook, featuring Paul Smith on Piano and a stellar orchestra conducted by Paul Weston.

  16. “Baby Elephant Walk,” composed by Henry Mancini for the 1962 John Wayne-Howard Hawks movie: Hatari, from Les Baxter’s 1963 LP: The Academy Award Winners.

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