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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge July 24, 2019

On this week’s show we celebrate the lives and works of two of America’s greatest lyricists – Oscar Hammerstein II and Ted Koehler, who were both born in the generous month of July – Hammerstein on July 12, 1895 in New York City, and Koehler on July 14, 1894, in Washington, DC.

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  1. “Stop! You're Breaking My Heart” composed by Burton Lane with lyrics by Ted Koehler for the 1937 Jack Benny-Ida Lupino Movie Comedy: Artists and Models, sung here in the same year by Maxine Sullivan and appearing on her relishable retrospective: Say It With a Kiss, with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra, featuring Thornhill on Vibes & Piano, Charlie Spivak on Trumpet and Jess Carneol on Alto Sax.

  2. “I've Got the World on a String,” by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler for the 1932 Broadway revue: Cotton Club Parade, recorded in 1933 by Louis Armstrong, taken from the copacetic collection: Stylish Songs for Unforgettable Gals, with Ellis Whitlock and Zilner Randolph joining Armstrong on Trumpet; Keg Johnson on Trombone; Scoville Browne and George Oldham on Alto Sax and Clarinet, Budd Johnson on Tenor Sax, Teddy Wilson on Piano, Mike McKendrick on Guitar; Bill Oldham on Tuba and Yank Porter on Drums.

  3. “Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man” composed by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein for the landmark 1927 Broadway musical: Showboat, recorded here in 1937 and featured on the outstanding album: The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Volume 5: 1937-1938, featuring Cozy Cole on Drums, Walter Page on Bass, Buck Clayton on Trumpet and Teddy Wilson once again on Piano.

  4. “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams,” the 1931 song by Harry Barris, Ted Koehler and Billy Moll, was sung by June Christy With the Kentones and the Stan Kenton Orchestra in 1945, when she was 20 years old, and featured on her righteous retrospective: June Time, with Eddie Safranski on Bass, Ray Wetzel on Trumpet and Boots Mussuli on Alto Sax.

  5. “Let's Fall in Love,” the song performed in 1960 by Tony Bennett on his loquacious LP: Sings a String of Harold Arlen, with lyrics by Ted Koehler originally for the 1933 Ann Southern Movie of the same name, with the orchestra supporting Mr. Bennett arranged and conducted by Glenn Osser.

  6. “Get Happy,” was composed by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler for the 1930 Broadway show: The Nine-Fifteen Revue, recorded in 1953 by the master trumpeter Clifford Brown, featured on the copious collection: Brownie Speaks -- A Proper Introduction to Clifford Brown, with J.J. Johnson on Trombone; Clifford Brown on Trumpet; Jimmy Heath on Tenor Sax, John Lewis on Piano, Percy Heath on Bass, and Kenny Clarke on Drums.

  7. The Oscar Hammerstein and Sigmund Romberg song, “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise” from the 1928 Broadway musical: Roberta, recorded in 1988 by Dianne Reeves for her ambitious album: I Remember, featuring Bobby Hutcherson on Vibes and Greg Osby on Alto Sax.

  8. “Lover Come Back to Me,” composed by Sigmund Romberg with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein for the 1928 Broadway show: The New Moon, sung by Peggy Lee and taken from her compelling compilation: The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection, including her husband Dave Barbour on Electric Guitar.

  9. “Nobody Else But Me,” the Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein composition from the 1946 revival of Show Boat, and the last song composed by Kern, recorded in 1995 by Mel Torme and Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass for the scintillacious CD: Velvet & Brass, featuring Jim Vivian on Bass and Dave Restivo on Piano.

  10. “All the Things You Are,” also written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein for the 1939 Broadway musical: Very Warm For May, featured on the 1957 anthemic album: Carmen McRae Sings the Great American Songwriters.

  11. “Stand Up and Fight,” with lyrics inked by Oscar Hammerstein to the music Georges Bizet composed for the “Toreador Song” in his 1875 opera Carmen., which was used in the 1943 all-Black updated Broadway musical version called Carmen Jones, sung here by Sammy Davis Jr. on his 1963 landmark LP: A Treasury of Golden Hits, with the orchestra arranged and conducted by Morty Stevens.

  12. “Why Was I Born?” the song composed in 1929 by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein and later used in the 1930 Broadway musical: Sweet Adeline, sung by Karrin Allyson on her combustive compact disk: Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane, with James Williams on Piano.

  13. “The Song Is You,” written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein for the 1932 Broadway musical and Gloria Swanson 1934 movie: Music In The Air, sung by Nancy Wilson on her 1964 lubricious LP: Yesterday's Love Songs Today's Blues, with the orchestra arranged and conducted by Gerald Wilson and spotlighting Carmell Jones on Trumpet.

  14. The 1941 song “When the Sun Comes Out” featuring the lyrics of Ted Koehler, taken from the 1961 landmark LP set: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook, featuring Plas Johnson on Tenor Sax.

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