Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan – I Let A Song Grow Out Of My Heart – Sung At Salute To Duke Ellington

“I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart“ is a 1938 composition by Duke Ellington….with lyrics added by Irving Mills, Henry Nemo and John Redmond….as this song became a # 1 hit for Ellington in 1938….while other hit versions the same year were by Benny Goodman with Martha Tilton singing, Connee Boswell, Hot Lips Page, and Mildred Bailey. In this video seen herewith….legendary jazz singer…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan + Joe Williams – It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)“ is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington….whose lyrics were written by Irving Mills….which is now accepted as a jazz standard…..as jazz historian Gunther Schuller characterized it as “now legendary” and “a prophetic piece and a prophetic title”.  The music was composed and arranged by Ellington in August 1931 during…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan – I’ve Got It Bad & That Ain’t Good – Kennedy Center Salute To Duke Ellington

“I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good)“ is a pop and jazz standard with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster published in 1941….when it was introduced in the musical revue Jump for Joy by Ivie Anderson….who also provided the vocals for Duke Ellington and His Orchestra on the single Victor 27531.  The list of artists that have recorded this song goes well…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughn – Ive Got It Bad And That Aint Good – From Kennedy Center Salute To Duke

I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good was written and recorded in 1941 by Duke Ellington…..along with another great song during that year….as Take The A Train gave Duke two smash hits in that year….and then in 1980, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts put on a very special night billed as Salute to the Duke ….which featured…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan – I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart – Sung At Salute To Duke Ellington

As seen in this video herewith….legendary jazz singer Sarah Vaughan sings a Duke Ellington classic “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart“ in 1980 live at the Kennedy Center’s tribute to Duke Ellingtonis….for this  1938 composition by Duke Ellington….with lyrics added by Irving Mills, Henry Nemo and John Redmond ….became a # 1 hit for Ellington that year…..while…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan + Joe Williams – It Dont Mean A Thing If It Aint Got Tha Swing

“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)“ is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington….  whose lyrics were written by Irving Mills…..which is now accepted as a jazz standard….as jazz historian Gunther Schuller characterized it as “now legendary” and “a prophetic piece and a prophetic title”.  The music was composed and arranged by Ellington in August 1931 during…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan – I Let A Song Grow Out Of My Heart – Sung At Salute To Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1965….but no prize was ultimately awarded that year…..and being then 66 years old, he joked….”Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be famous too young.”….and in 1999 he was posthumously awarded a special Pulitzer Prize “commemorating the centennial year of his birth, in recognition of…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan + Joe Williams – It Dont Mean A Thing If It Aint Got That Swing

Joe Williams (December 12, 1918 – March 29, 1999) was an American jazz singer….who sang with big bands such as the Count Basie Orchestra….and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra….plus with his combos…. while singing in two films with the Basie orchestra….and sometimes he worked as an actor.  Williams worked as a singer and bouncer in Chicago in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s….when he began singing…