Romance in the Dark is a 1938 film directed by H. C. Potter and starring Gladys Swarthout, John Boles, John Barrymore, and Claire Dodd. Swarthout , a very popular Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, stars as a Hungarian peasant girl who is stuck in the middle of a rivalry between tenor Boles and his manager, Barrymore. Both men are trying to prove their manliness to countess Dodd. Boles's plan is to turn Swarthout into a star ("the Persian Nightingale") so that Barrymore...
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The classic version of Malagueña is plaintive and romantic. A poor young man is in love with a beautiful girl from Malaga, Spain. He has nothing to offer by his heart, pure and good and his hands, willing to work. This delicate love song, whose roots lie in forms of social behavior which existed a thousand years ago, seems to call up subliminal memories and courtly instincts of a time centuries past, whenever it is played.
The song is that...
Handel’s Sarabande from Keyboard Suite in Dm (HWV 437)
Some composers suffer the fate of being remembered through only a handful of their works or, indeed, just a single work. George Frideric Handel was lucky in this respect. Although the general public will tend to only remember his Messiah, Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks, the more serious music lover will know of his many other works.
Handel's harpsichord music has very little of the profound symmetry and varnish that...
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I Love Rock And Roll
The story of “I Love Rock N Roll” began in London England in 1975, where a band called The Arrows were trying to come up with a song for their fourth single. The Arrows recorded two songs, the titles were “Broken Down Heart” and “I Love Rock N Roll.” The band went into Morgan Studios in London in early ‘75 and recorded both songs. The Roger Ferris composition “Broken Down Heart” was worked on for many hours, and the band composed title “I Love Rock N...
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Double Trouble (Otis Rush)
Arriving in Chicago in the late 1940's Otis Rush has become a prime Chicago blues innovator on Chicago's West and South sides with his guitar vibrato and soul stirring intense vocal delivery. Rush was the first of the new wave of young West side blues artists to record, hitting the national R & B charts with his first single "I Can't Quit You Baby" in 1956. Stevie Ray Vaughan named his band Double Trouble after Otis Rush's song, attesting to his influence. The...