Song of the Day 6/1/20 – “We Gotta Pray” Alicia Keys
“We Gotta Pray” Alicia Keys
Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit
In 1937 Milton Gabler opened a new store on 52nd Street, and set up a series of jam sessions in a neighbouring club, Jimmy Ryan’s. Some of these he began recording, setting up his own record label, Commodore Records. His role as a music producer soon superseded his other activities and he recorded many of the leading jazz artists of the day. One regular customer, Billie Holiday, found her record company, Columbia, resisting her appeals to release the song “Strange Fruit”, so she offered the song to Gabler. After getting the necessary permission, he released her recording on Commodore in 1939, boosting her career and issuing what, 60 years on, Time magazine named Best Song of the Century.
NOTE: Milton Gabler was Billy Crystal’s uncle. In his Broadway show, 700 Sundays, Crystal discusses his uncle Milton at great length. When we attended a performance of 700 Sundays I realized that this was the same Milton Gabler who was a neighbor and friend of my parents. For years my dad wanted to introduce me to his neighbor and I foolishly resisted. By that time, Milton Gabler had passed.
Billy Crystal: My Uncle Milt
GRATUITOUS DYLAN SONG OF THE DAY
Bob Dylan – Death Of Emmett Till
Laurel Canyon – TV two series documentary 5/31 and 6/7 on Epic
‘Laurel Canyon’ will transport you back to a magical time in the ’60s
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
White House expert: There’s clear evidence that masks work
Keep your distance
Wash your hands
Wash your hands
Do something for yourself
Do something for someone else
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