Anatomy Of A Song – It Had To Be ME?

Isham Jones kept pretty busy in the 1920s and 1930s as the leader of a popular orchestra, but years later his legacy is more about his songwriting ability. He was the composer of a number of familiar songs, among them "I'll See You In My Dreams," "There Is No Greater Love," and our Anatomy of … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – It Had To Be ME?

Anatomy Of A Song – Dreaming Of Distant Lands

I always enjoy putting together Anatomy Of A Song posts because digging into the background of classic old songs often leads to interesting discoveries. For example, today's spotlighted song is a very familiar one that was a solid hit for many singers, but none of them took it all the way to #1 on the … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – Dreaming Of Distant Lands

Anatomy Of A Song – An Exotic Beginning

It might surprise you to learn that "What a Diff'rence a Day Made" (sometimes known as "What a Difference a Day Makes") actually began as a song written in Spanish by a very talented lady who'd previously relocated from Mexico to New York City. Of course, it didn't become a familiar song to most of … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – An Exotic Beginning

Anatomy Of A Song – A Cowboy Legend

The subject of today's Anatomy of a song is a Western classic that has had several different names during its 65 years of life. Mostly it's been known as "Ghost Riders in the Sky" or "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky," but its official ASCAP title omits the 'Ghost'. On the other hand, it has sometimes … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – A Cowboy Legend

Anatomy Of A Song – Inspired By A Namesake

My namesake (for my given names) was early American composer Stephen Foster, so I was interested to discover that he apparently inspired the songwriters for the subject of today's Anatomy Of A Song. It seems that a note was found on him after his 1864 death, and it was addressed to 'Dear friends and gentle … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – Inspired By A Namesake

Anatomy Of A Song – Holiday Edition

I'm sure I can remember hearing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" on our record player while I was growing up, and that's entirely possible because the song is older than me -- it has been a popular holiday song for almost eight decades. One reason for that popularity might be that parents loved the … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – Holiday Edition

Anatomy Of A Song – Changing With The Times

A perfect example of a song that had to change with the times is Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," which began life as a commentary on scandalous Depression-era happenings. Unfortunately it was specific to the time period so it became meaningless to later generations, creating the need for the lyrics that are more familiar to modern … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – Changing With The Times

Anatomy Of A Song – A Classic About ‘Things’

This edition of Anatomy Of A Song offers up one that has always been a favorite of jazz musicians as an instrumental, but actually started life as a show tune. With a melody by Jerome Kern and words by Oscar Hammerstein II, "All the Things You Are" made its first appearance in the 1939 stage … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – A Classic About ‘Things’

Anatomy Of A Song – A Geezer’s Lament

This edition of Anatomy Of A Song features a classic tune that hits the target in a couple of ways. First and most obvious, "September Song" names a month that is close by. But what makes it really perfect for the Geezer Music Club is that it's a song that was originally an old man's … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – A Geezer’s Lament

Anatomy Of A Song – A Cowboy’s Request

It might be hard to believe that a Cole Porter song sat virtually unused for its first decade of life, but that's pretty much what happened to the tune we're featuring today. In fact, that might be one of the reasons why Porter said it was his least favorite composition. But "Don't Fence Me In" … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – A Cowboy’s Request