Hi-De-Hi, Ho-De-Ho…

Filed under: Art,Music — Chamberlain @ 10:44 am
No. 89

Apropos of nothing in particular, here’s a clip to improve your mood:

Throw away the Prozac!

Cab Calloway (1907-1994) at his best. A great entertainer, you can read his bio here.



Filed under: Entertainment,Music,Youth Education — Chamberlain @ 10:31 am

Notoriously shy except when on stage, Ella Fitzgerald was born on this day Apr 25 1917 (although Wikipedia insists it was 1918!) in Newport News, Virginia. The “First Lady of Song”, Ella was a self-trained vocalist and premier interpreter of the Great American Songbook (aka GAS). Here she is doing an evocative rendition of Stormy Weather with my favorite guitarist, Joe Pass (Hanover, 1975).

It doesn’t get much better than that.

Ella’s biography is truly inspirational. After the death of her mother in the early 30’s, Ella drifted. She dropped out of school, eventually worked as a bordello lookout and mafia runner, and ended up in reform school. At 17 she appeared in a competition at the Harlem Opera House where she intended to dance. Intimidated by the dancing skills of the preceding act, at the last moment she decided instead to sing Hoagy Carmichael’s “Judy”. She stunned the audience and the rest is history….


Happy Birthday Nat!

Filed under: Music,Youth Education — Chamberlain @ 5:59 pm

To celebrate not only St Patrick’s Day but also the birthday of Nat King Cole (b. March 17, 1919 Montgomery Alabama), here’s a St Patrick’s Day gift to the clan, a video of Nat doing one of his favorites, “Sweet Lorraine”. Delectable…

Nathaniel Adams Coles was the first black to host a TV variety show. His baritone voice was legendary, as was his distinguished gentle demeanor. Earl “Fatha” Hines was said to be his musical inspiration. This Wikipedia entry is a fascinating read, from which I quote the following:

“It is a common misconception that Nat Cole’s singing career did not start until a drunken barroom patron demanded that he sing “Sweet Lorraine.” In fact, Nat Cole has gone on record saying that the fabricated story “sounded good, so I just let it ride.” Nat Cole frequently sang in between instrumental numbers. Noticing that people started to request more vocal numbers, he obliged. Yet, the story of the insistent customer is not without merit. There was such a customer, who requested a certain song one night, but a song that Nat did not know. Instead he sang “Sweet Lorraine.” The trio was tipped 15 cents for the performance, a nickel apiece (Nat King Cole: An Intimate Biography, Maria Cole with Louie Robinson, 1971).”

Nat, a 3 pack a day cigarette smoker, succumbed to lung cancer at age 45. What a gift he was!


Divertimento II

Filed under: Kudos,Music,Youth Education — Chamberlain @ 3:59 pm

In the never-ending effort to (re-)educate our youth, it is sad but necessary that we must remind them that today is the birthday of Frank Sinatra. For purposes of orientation, we suggest that they study this excellent overview of Sinatra’s long career. In the following YouTube clip (mandatory viewing for all rumpians below the age of 40) you can see and hear, all at once, three legends of American 20th century vocal artistry. These, of course, are Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin. Watch and be amazed…

Addendum for our Youth: For your consolation, keep in mind that when you take over this endeavor, you’ll be able to post clips from Hip Hop stars like Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Outkast, and Run-D.M.C.. Just remember: “Everything happens in its due time for those who can wait” (KUTUZOV Michael Illarionovich (1745-1813), commander, during the war of 1812 was the leader of the Russian army, which defeated Napoleon’s army)

A Chambers’ Chamber Kudo goes to firefighter Rob Judd.On December 2 Rob was awarded a medal of bravery by the Rock Hill Aldermen for the rescue by boat of Rock Hill resident Georgia Bazile. Her car had been swept away during the Sept 14th flooding in the Rock Hill area. Congratulations Rob. We are proud to be connected!

The Chamberlain

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St Louis Sheldon Divertimento

Filed under: Entertainment,Music — Chamberlain @ 7:16 am

I’ve been at work assembling the photographs of the Polk Mahaffey Picnic. We are fortunate to have a brilliant (as Nick S.would say) photo collection of the event thanks to Joe Carpenter and Bill Skinner. We’ll have them up for you in a bit….

In the interim, I thought I’d post a short clip of a phenomenal (IMHO) Aussie guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel, which I hope the clan will enjoy. This was performed at our own Sheldon Auditorium in 2000. This artist does everything – pop, rock, jazz, and even aboriginal Aussie stuff. I think Sarah and Ed Fehlig will especially appreciate his talent. So, our divertimento…

Stay tuned…

The Chamberlain

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