A while back,during my various postings that dealt with the 1935 Rodgers & Hart musical Jumbo, I mentioned that the show included some very nice songs that had a life outside the show. One in particular that I love still get performed today on occasion, a beautiful ballad, "My Romance.
I tracked down a couple of versions of it that I thought would show it off nice.
The first is a video performed by Carly Simon, on a 1990 TV special, That's What Friends are For, that ostensibly was to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Arista Records, an odd thing to celebrate, but it produced the opportunity for such gems as this. The number is introduced by Chevy Chase.
I was going to leave things at that, since this so-nicely shows off the song and that its had a long life. But good as her performance is, I couldn't let things stand there, because as long as Ella Fitzgerald's rendition exists anywhere in the universe, it would be a disservice to humanity to not bring it to attention.
This comes from her classic album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook.
Note to anyone preparing to compete on a TV singing contest: If you're wondering whether a simple, clean line works, this is how it's done.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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