[Dixielandjazz] Re: the lighter side of PC

Richard Broadie rbroadie at dc.rr.com
Fri Mar 18 12:04:54 PST 2005

Could talk about weird "real" performances.   Playing bass with Meade Lux
Lewis was weird.  His left hand was so strong that my presence really wasn't
needed.  When he tried to play Misty and got completely lost on the bridge
(which absolutely didn't fit his Boogie Woogie style) things got rather 
This happened at a Sunday jam session in Orange County Ca circa 1961.  I
don't believe we attempted two choruses!  One was more than enough.

Dick B

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Charles Suhor" <csuhor at zebra.net>
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Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 10:51 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Re: the lighter side of PC

Hey, Listmates--

I’m fine with the idea that we differ on what’s good to play/not to
play in our situations. To stretch the imagination, though, here are
some performances that would have been inappropriate, bordering on
creepy, if they had happened…

Pat Boone singing “Strange Fruit”
Kate Smith doing “Knock Me a Kiss”
B.B. King, “Hoop-De-Do”
Arthur Godfrey, “Oo-Bop-Sh’Bam”
Leadbelly, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”
Urbie Green, “Ory’s Creole Trombone”
Nina Simone, “Dixie”
Pavarotti, “Darktown Strutters Ball"
…oops, this is where I came in.

Those are improbable, but consider this list of actual performances…

Pat Boone recorded Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti”
Lily Pons sang “Basin Street Blues” on national TV (I still have
Perry Como rock-and-roiled, sort of, on “Kokomo”
Kenny G overdubbed Louis on “Wonderful World” (thousands cheered. Me, I
Jimi Hendrix played “The Star Spangled Banner”
Nat King Cole sang “Hajji Baba” and “Those Lazy, Crazy Hazy Days of
Charlie Parker did a boppish “White Christmas”
Harry Connick, Jr. did “If I only Had a Brain” from “The Wizard of Oz”
(as a ballad!)
Al Hirt did “Cotton Candy”
Elvis did a song in a movie about how nice it is to be flying in an
airplane with his girl friend and a doggie. I caught this while
channel-surfing. If anyone know the name of the tune, please keep it a
secret. “Hound Dog,” it ain’t.

Actually, I think that Hendrix, Bird, and Connick pulled off their
outré efforts brilliantly. The rest, to quote Dave Tough, sent me into
a quiet, moody insanity.

Charlie Suhor

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