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I Was Born . . .

in the wrong era.  Listen to this, man.  Just . . . listen to it . . . 

 
laynemeyer laynemeyer 36-40, M 7 Responses Feb 29, 2012

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MWAH to all o' yas!

Yeah, well, there are some pretty great versions out there...



The song was written by Earle Hagen, so basically everybody you know, including Duke, was doing a cover!



Ultra-hip bandleader Johnny Otis, who was white but identified far more with black culture (and died a few weeks ago) was pretty special:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bYPnfXXUp4 />


Lounge king Martin Denny had some patio-party fun with it. This is gorgeous:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJUdCANUWD4&feature=related />


The Viscounts played up the smoky, sexy sound with groovy tremolo and sax.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfAv8yAaHps



The legendary Ventures ventured into much the same territory with an adventurous surf-style take:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJUdCANUWD4&feature=related

He was absolutely amazing. It's funny to look at photos of him over time. In the 40s he looked so straight, with that Howard Hughes mustache and so on. By the 60s he was deep into the blues and getting into rock & roll, and his hair was long, with a scraggly beard and tinted specs. "Hand Jive" was his tune. One of the most under-appreciated artists of our time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEziEImmNxs&feature=related

Sorry to hijack your thread, Layne! But here's what Otis looked like later, with bluesman Roy Buchanan and Johnny's very talented son Shuggie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al89UR2l3oI&feature=related

Jenni, you may hijack all you want. When it comes to this style of music, please educate all of us - me included.

Ex-DJ's never die . . . they just show off their incredible talent for sniffing out the good ones for the rest of their lives. Thanks for the audio history lesson Teach'.

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One of the all-time great pieces of music -- as proven by how many others have performed this as well.

But only Duke could make it . . . swing . . .

Oh, so this is the one!



My heart's going pit-a-pat pit-a-pat. Delectable Layne <3

Yeah, this is the one. I could listen to this all day and all night.

I can see why :)

AWESOME!

Agreed. I wish I could have seen him perform . . .

Beautiful! Ear candy Layne.

Thank you. Let us never forget the contributions of Mr. Ellington and his Orchestra . . .

layne......

Listen to it! Good lord!

i did damnit!