Tuesday, March 1, 2016




“Tenderly” is a popular standard written by Walter Gross (music) and Jack Lawrence (lyrics). It was published as a waltz (in 3/4 time) but is better known in common (4/4) time, and has become a jazz standard since.

Maybe the best-known version of the song was done by Rosemary Clooney in 1952. It rose to #17 on the charts and became her signature song. This is not part of the battle, but I put it here in case you haven’t heard it, and besides, I love Rosemary Clooney’s voice.

Many other versions have been done, both vocal (most notably Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, who was one of the first to record it) and instrumental, including the two versions I’ve selected for today. Your job will be to pick the version you like better.

CONTESTANT #1: Jackie Gleason

“The Great One” was not only a very funny guy, he was also a talented trumpet player who recorded a number of albums of lush romantic music.

CONTESTANT #2: The Red Norvo Trio

Red Norvo was one of the early jazz vibraphonists. Around 1949, while looking for work, he formed a trio with a bass player and guitarist. This is from the early 1950’s, when the Tal Farlow was his guitarist.

Now, it’s time to vote…

Whose “Tenderly” did it for you? Jackie Gleason’s lush arrangement, or the vibes and guitar of Red Norvo and Tal Farlow? You know what to do: cast your vote in the comments below, tell us why you liked that one, then visit the other folks having battles today:

Tossing It Out
Far Away Series *
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands *
Your Daily Dose
Mike’s Ramblings
Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief – Battle of the Bands
This Belle Rocks
Book Lover
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Shady Dell Music & Memories
Debbie D. at The Doglady’s Den
Angels Bark
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Janie Junebug Righting and Editing
Cherdo on the Flipside
Holli’s Hoots ‘n’ Hollers
J. A. Scott
Quiet Laughter

* Check these blogs for further updates to this list!

I’ll announce the winner of this battle next Tuesday, March 8, so you have until midnight on Monday to cast your vote. Good luck to our contestants!

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

1 comment:

  1. Wow, John, super fun BATTLE. I really like both versions. Jackie Gleeson; who knew? Certainly not me, but of course he came from an era when performers not only had real talent but were multi-faceted as well. Having said that, and I really did like his version; I give my vote to The Red Norvo Trio. I really like what they did with the beat.