Nov 27, 2020
Just one record in this wee FS special. Julie London sings S'Wonderful and Cry me a River, both recorded in 1955. Cry me a River was originally written for Ella Fitzgerald to sing in the film Pete Kelly's Blues. The film was directed by London's husband of the time Jack Webb(Dragnet). London obviously saw the potential, took the song and made it her signature tune. I've always loved the lyrics and it all hinges around the word 'plebeian.' Who but the most audacious of song writers puts that word into a pop song. What do you rhyme plebeian with? Well take a listen. Arthur Hamilton wrote many songs for many great artists but he never bettered this masterpiece of a popular song. Julie London's languid, intimate delivery was perfect for this sort of song, as was the simple backing of guitar and bass from Barney Kesse and Ray Leatherwood. Its as darn near perfect as you're ever likely to get.