Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Swing Time 1936

25/12/14 – Swing Time – Music – Jerome Kern – Dance Scene – Fred Astaire And Ginger Rogers – 1936

On Christmas Day scenes like this seem to lift you up, take you away, place you softly in a chair surrounded by snacks and have you disregard the mess of paper around the tree. The music by legendary American composer Jerome Kern enables Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to literally float through the air in […]

Jimmy Ruffin

24/11/14 – Jimmy Ruffin – 7th May 1936 – 17th November 2014

Jimmy Ruffin will be most remembered as the singer of What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted, a hit for Tamla Motown on both sides of the Atlantic in 1966 and then again in 1974. The song was written by James Dean, Paul Riser and William Weatherspoon and was originally intended for The Detroit Spinners. Jimmy […]

Leonard Cohen 1988

Leonard Cohen – Take This Waltz – Lyrics – Federico García Lorca/ Leonard Cohen

This beautiful lyric was adapted from the Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) poem Little Viennese Waltz. The original Spanish text appears at the end of the post. In 1986 Leonard Cohen’s English translation of the poem “Pequeño vals vienés” by García Lorca reached No. 1 in the Spanish single charts (as “Take This Waltz”, music by Cohen). […]