Fantastic Foursome Is Back!

I guess the headline is a little misleading because the Fantastic Foursome hasn't really been gone, but it has been AWOL for almost two months so we're certainly due for another installment. (A little info for new visitors; the Fantastic Foursome is a GMC special feature that offers a chance to hear - and vote … Continue reading Fantastic Foursome Is Back!

Fantastic Foursome – Tenderness Came Late To Otis

It's been a while since our last Fantastic Foursome, so I'll remind everybody how it works. I pick a classic song and tell you a little about it, and I usually include the definitive version of the song. Then I present four alternative performances and give you the opportunity to vote for your favorite. Today's … Continue reading Fantastic Foursome – Tenderness Came Late To Otis

Fantastic Foursome – A Song For The Season

We haven't had a Fantastic Foursome for a while, so maybe I should explain the idea for those newer visitors who haven't run across it before. It's a recurring special feature that spotlights a particular song, and then offers the chance to listen to four different versions and vote for your favorite. The song we're … Continue reading Fantastic Foursome – A Song For The Season

Fantastic Foursome – But With A Twist

It's been about a month since our last Fantastic Foursome -- you know, the special feature that gives you the chance to vote for your favorite from among four versions of a song? That particular post featured the song "Moonglow" and also mentioned how I'd always been fascinated by the way it's often partnered with … Continue reading Fantastic Foursome – But With A Twist

A Lunar Fantastic Foursome

One of my favorite posts on the GMC is titled Picnics And Music –The Curious Case Of Moonglow, and it explores how "Moonglow" -- a fine song in its own right -- somehow got attached to the theme from the 1955 film Picnic, and became a best-selling record. In fact, the resulting two-song medley was … Continue reading A Lunar Fantastic Foursome

Fantastic Foursome – A Memorable Movie Melody 

For our first Fantastic Foursome in more than a month we're featuring a memorable song from a mostly forgettable movie, The Sandpiper, a 1965 tearjerker that starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor -- one of eleven they made together. But even if the movie wasn't one for the ages, "The Shadow Of Your Smile" not … Continue reading Fantastic Foursome – A Memorable Movie Melody 

On the Bayou With A Fantastic Foursome

It's been a while since our last Fantastic Foursome, and I've picked a lively Hank Williams tune for this one. Although he was actually from Alabama, one of his best-known songs -- "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" -- was based on the music of Southern Louisiana and named for an iconic dish from the region. But … Continue reading On the Bayou With A Fantastic Foursome

Ray’s Song Becomes A Fantastic Foursome

I know what you're thinking: isn't it about time we had another Fantastic Foursome? Okay, maybe you weren't thinking that but I was, and so here we go. It's difficult to hear "Georgia On My Mind" and not think of Ray Charles, but it has actually been performed by a lot of folks since Hoagy … Continue reading Ray’s Song Becomes A Fantastic Foursome

A ‘Thoughtful’ Fantastic Foursome

Something a little different on today's Fantastic Foursome. I'm still giving you four different versions of a song and asking for you to vote for your favorite, but I'll tell you right up front that I'll be voting for Nat King Cole. His rendition of "The Very Thought Of You" is one of my all … Continue reading A ‘Thoughtful’ Fantastic Foursome

A Fantastic Foursome For Stella

I think we're due for another Fantastic Foursome and I've picked one of my favorite songs, offering four versions of it and giving folks the chance to vote. (Wouldn't be much point in choosing one I didn't like.) The incredibly prolific Victor Young wrote it for a spooky 1944 movie called The Uninvited, which starred … Continue reading A Fantastic Foursome For Stella