Minnie The Moocher is the greatest hit of Cab Calloway. The song was recorded in 1931 and, although it was the time of the big crisis in the USA, it turned out to be a great success. The sales exceeded one million records.
The song wasn’t Cab Calloway original idea. He used a song from 1927 called 'Willie the Weeper', which author and performer was Frankie 'Half-Pint' Jaxon.
Minnie The Moocher
Frankie 'Half Pint' Jaxon (1895 – 1944) was a black singer, stage designer...
Last Updated (Saturday, 14 March 2015 15:26)
Today I want to present one of the saddest songs and a one without even an ounce of hope in it. It is called
Gloomy Sunday .
The authors were two Hungarians Rezső Seress – music and Laszlo Javor – lyrics.
Seress was born in 1889. He was a self-taught musician; he learnt to play piano fairly well, although he wasn’t a virtuoso. In early 1930s he searched for luck in Paris. His aim was to become a songs composer. His first attempts were not successful. All the...
Last Updated (Saturday, 14 March 2015 17:25)
I have written much about the Mississippi Delta. There is another thing specific to the Delta, which has influenced the blues genre. The flooding of the river created many lakes, creeks and ponds with plenty of fish in them. For 200 years fried fish was a daily element of the Delta inhabitants’ menu.
Black people used one word for different species of fish – it was catfish.
Catfish Blues is an example of animal symbolism, which was present in the music of the...
Last Updated (Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:23)
When I heard Little Drummer Boy for the first time I didn’t realize it was a carol. I wasn’t listening to the lyrics. Besides the first time I never do. It’s just my brain’s mechanics. It works this way that I mainly focus on the music layer of a given piece.
This seemingly simple melody made quite a big impression on me. I’ve memorized it straight away. It is my favorite pastorale.
The piece (lyrics and melody) has been written by Katherine K. Davis in 1941. Its...
Last Updated (Monday, 16 March 2015 18:14)
Johann Sebastian Bach wrote four Orchestral Suites BMV 1066 – 1069. In times of Bach these Suites were called Ouvertures deriving from first, opening parts of a given piece.
They were composed around 1720 when Bach was living in Koethen, thirty kilometers north of Halle in Saxony-Anhalt. From 1717 to 1723 Bach was working as a Chapel-master on Prince Leopold von Anhalt-Koethen’s court.
The third Ouverture D-dur, BMV 1068 consists of the following parts:
Last Updated (Monday, 16 March 2015 16:06)