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The shark has such teeth, dear: From Mackie Messer to Mack The Knife

He has travelled a long way, through space and time. Ever since his first appearance in Germany in 1928, the story of Mack The Knife has been told by many artists. Read the rest of this entry

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FlinterFile: Ella Fitzgerald- I Got Rhythm

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In 1930, this song was written for the musical Girl Crazy. Read the rest of this entry

Song of the day: Stevie Wonder- Sir Duke

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In 1977, Stevie Wonder released an ode to Duke Ellington. Two of Wonder’s idols, Wes Montgomery and Dinah Washington, had already died when he wanted to work with them. In 1974, Duke Ellington passed away. He wanted to show his ‘love’ for those inspirations, and knew the title from the start. Therefore, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald are also included in the song. The song was a number 1 hit in the US and a number 2 hit in the UK. Enjoy

Stevie Wonder- Sir Duke

Song of the day: Mama Cass- Dream A Little Dream Of Me

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This song has a long history, starting in 1931, when it was written. It then was recorded for the first time, by Ozzie Nelson. Success in these years was not noted down, so no-one knows if it has been successful: the fifties brought lots of recordings, by Frankie Laine, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and many others. In 1968 the song was recorded again, this time by Mama Cass, who was a member of the Mamas and the Papas. They had already sung the song a few times, but now they would put it on record. Since the band was on the point of breaking up, the song was not credited to the Mamas and the Papas, but to Mama Cass with the Mamas and the Papas. It would make number 12 in the US and number 11 in the UK. Enjoy

Mama Cass- Dream A Little Dream Of Me

Song of the day: France Gall- Ella Elle L’a

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Again a French song which was later covered by Kate Ryan. Though both versions are completely different, you can hear they are identical in some parts. In 1987, the original, made by France Gall, was released. It was meant as a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, a great jazz singer by the way, who will be featured later. In quite some charts it ended in the top 5. Kate Ryan made her version in 2008. However, today we go for the original. Enjoy

France Gall- Ella Elle L’a