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"Divaville Lounge" with Sarah O (archive)

step into the lounge!
Sunday, October 12, 2014 | 14:00 to 16:00 | jazz/pop vocalists

Artist Song Album Label Comments
Eartha Kitt Somebody Bad Stole De Wedding Bells Legendary BMG today on Divaville Lounge, a celebration of gay composers & performers in honor of the historic marriage decision
Dolores Gray There'll Be Some Changes Made Warm Brandy DRG
Frank Sinatra Get Me To the Church On Time Sinatra At the Sands Reprise
Nelson Riddle C'est Magnifique Oklahoma/Can Can next up: a set of songs by gay composer/lyricist Cole Porter
Louis Armstrong Just One of Those Things Night and Day: The Cole Porter Songbook Verve
Anita O'Day Love for Sale Anita O'Day Swings Cole Porter Verve
Frank Sinatra I Get a Kick Out of You Songs for Young Lovers & Swing Easy Capitol
Mel Torme It's De-Lovely The Bethlehem Years Bethlehem Archive
Cole Porter Anything Goes American Songbook Series, Cole Porter Smithsonian Porter singing and piano, rec. 1934
Django Reinhardt What Is This Thing Called Love? Djangology next up: lesbian blues and jazz singers
Ma Rainey Prove It On Me The Complete 1928 Recordings in Chronological Order Document Records this song was allegedly written about a real life incident in 1925 when Rainey was arrested for being at a lesbian party
Geeshie Wiley & LV Thomas Last Kind Words Blues 78" Paramount it was only recently discovered that Wiley and Thomas were lesbians
Ethel Waters Stormy Weather Cocktail Hour Columbia River Waters kept her lesbianism hidden & even managed to keep it out of all biographies written during her lifetime
Alberta Hunter Someday, Sweetheart Alberta Hunter, Vol. 4 Document Records Hunter also carefully concealed her lesbian identity
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm Jump Children The Best of The International Sweethearts of Rhythm trumpet & vocals Tiny Davis. She was so good she was recruited by Louis Armstrong for his band, but she preferred to continue performing with women
Artie Shaw Orchestra Begin the Beguine Begin the Beguine Membran next up: songs about marriage! Plus a great request
Sammy Davis Jr. o/ Buddy Rich What Kind of Fool Am I? The Sounds of '66 Collector's Choice not quite in the theme, but a great request!
Peggy Lee Love and Marriage Ole a la Lee! Capitol
Pearl Bailey Legalize My Name Takes Two to Tango ASV
Cab Calloway Don't Falter at the Altar Are You Hep to the Jive? Sony
Woody Herman Bijou Big Band Jazz, Vol IV arr. gay composer, arranger & pianist Ralph Burns. next up: gay composer BIlly Strayhorn!
Duke Ellington Orchestra Take the 'A' Train The Blanton-Webster Band RCA Strayhorn met Duke Ellington when he was a teenager and worked for Ellington for his entire career. Strayhorn was openly gay in the 1940s & the Ellington family accepted him totally: they treated him like a member of the family and treated his partner Aaron Bridgers like a son-in-law
Duke Ellington Orchestra Chelsea Bridge The Blanton-Webster Band RCA Strayhorn wanted to be a classical composer but turned to jazz because the segregation of the music industry made it impossible for him to get a classical education.
Julia Lee Lotus Blossom 1927-1946 Classics
Billy Strayhorn (vocal and piano) Lush LIfe Lush Life Red Baron this was Strayhorn's most personal song, written before he met Ellington. the Ellington orchestra never recorded it & Strayhorn reportedly hated all other band's recordings of this song.
Ella Fitzgerald o/ Duke Ellington Something to Live For Duke: The Last Jam Session Verve check out the movie about this tour, "Ella and Duke at the Cote d'Azur". Strayhorn never talks on camera, but he is in many scenes. it was filmed shortly before his death. Also look for the movie Paris Blues: Strayhorn's partner Aaron Bridgers appears as the piano player in the band
Duke Ellington Orchestra The Star-Crossed Lovers Such Sweet Thunder Columbia this was originally written by Strayhorn as "Pretty GIrl" and repurposed for the Shakespeare suite in 1957
DUke Ellington Orchestra Satin Doll The Complete Capitol Recordings Mosaic up next: gay lyricist Lorenz Hart
Freddy Martin Orchestra v/ Merv Griffin Manhattan Radio & Recordings Rarities Rodgers & Hart's first hit
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney I Wish I Was in Love Again American Songbook Series: Rodgers and Hart Smithsonian
Sammy Davis Jr. I Married an Angel Yes I Can! Rhino
Frank Sinatra The Lady is a Tramp The Capitol Years Capitol
Chet Baker My Funny Valentine Best of Chet Baker Sings Blue Note
Artie Shaw Orchestra Thou Swell Begin the Beguine Membran up next: gay composer Noel Coward
Noel Coward A Room With a View Revue and War Years JSP
Noel Coward Mad Dogs and Englishmen Revue and War Years JSP this and "The Last Time I Saw Paris" were his most famous songs
Noel Coward The Last Time I Saw Paris The Entertainers of WWII
Noel Coward Let's Do It The Noel Coward Album Sony recorded in Vegas in the 1960s, this is a good example of Coward's dry sense of humor & his connections: most of the celebrities he sings about were friends of his
Billy Tipton Sweet Georgia Brown Sweet Georgia Brown Tipton was born a woman but changed his name and lived as a man. He was married and adopted children, who didn't know until his death that he was biologically female
Ella Fitzgerald Easy to Love The Cole Porter Songbook Verve