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April 07, 2012


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Rick M .

I'm sure Jack Jones learned the consequences of too much caffeine fro m that experience.

Jery Rowan

Marc, sorry man, but gotta take issue with you this week.

Firstly, Sinatra singing uncomfortably rude lyrics to Ella? Hardly. It was a send-up to her virtuosity -- the kind only a friend could deliver. And very clever lyrics at that, celebrating Ella's greatness. I suggest you listen to them again and try reading between the lines.

Secondly, Jack Jones disco album wasn't as crappy as you made it out to be. The band was sharp, the arrangement clean and perfect for the era, and Jones phrased the bejeebers out of it. I know, an opinion of one, but it's based on the many such disco albums I played on back in the 70s, and hating everything about them but the paychecks.

My takeaway is, if Jack had to cut a disco album, he sure did it with class. And top musicians.

Larry Kart

Ah, Tippy Walker -- what a magical performance. I had the good fortune back then to have a girlfriend who very much resembled Ms. Walker physically and in terms of personality, and we still remain friends.


I have to agree with Rick M. about the Sinatra - Ella clip. It was a terrific "put on" as only a class guy like Sinatra could achieve, and that's what makes the duet classic.


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