The Palomar is a Fountain of Musical Knowledge and History
2009/02/10 2 Comments
George Spink hosts The Palomar at http://thepalomar.blogspot.com. It is an impressive compendium of reviews, photos, audio & video clips and music history. The Palomar benefits from numerous contributors, from all over the world, who offer personal experiences and remembrances. Do yourself a favor and take a look at this great site.
One recent post re: the song At Last is a good example of the comprehensive knowledge shared at The Palomar. The song is mostly thought of in its classic performance by Etta James, which has been featured in several movies (including Pleasantville) and a series of Jaguar commercials. Beyonce, who stars as Etta James in the upcoming film Cadillac Records serenaded Pres. & Mrs. Obama with the song at one of the recent Inaugural Balls.
Here is just part of the post:
… it saddens me that Glenn Miller‘s version of “At Last” has been
lost in the shuffle in recent years. Top 40 stations wouldn’t touch it
with a ten-foot pole! Most disc jockeys and most reporters don’t have a
clue that Harry Warren and Mack Gordon wrote this song for Glenn Miller
in 1941. You hear a snippet of it in “Sun Valley Serenade” (1941) and
the entire version with Pat Friday and Ray Eberle at the beginning of
“Orchestra Wives” (1942). It remains one of my favorite Miller songs
after all of these years.
Pat Friday Ray Eberle
(The site then features audio clips of the followinperformances)
“At Last” – Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle (1942)
from Glenn Miller: A Legendary Performer Album
“At Last” – Glenn Miller with Pat Friday and Ray Eberle
from Orchestra Wives (1942)
“At Last” – Ray Eberle and His Orchestra
from Ray Eberle Plays Glenn Miller Favorites (1957)
“At Last” – Etta James (1960) – Chess Records
“”At Last” – Beyoncé from Cadillac Records (2008)
in which she portrays Etta James.