Episode 16 | Sweet Spring Standards

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Sweet Spring Standards

For this Episode the LoveLane travels back in time to showcase romantic standards with a Spring theme; enjoy these love songs whenever your thoughts drift to love and the gentle months of Spring.


TRACK LIST

La Vie En Rose Louis Armstrong (00:00:00)

I’ll Be Seeing You Linda Ronstadt (00:03:34)

They Say It’s Spring Blossom Dearie (00:06:20)

Fly Me To the Moon Frank Sinatra (00:10:06)

Moon River Andy Williams (00:12:44)

Blue Moon Mel Torme (00:15:26)

I Only Have Eyes For You Art Garfunkel (00:19:15)

The Nearness of You Norah Jones (00:22:41)

Younger Than Springtime Andy Williams (00:25:45)

Some Enchanted Evening John Gary (00:29:36)

All The Things You Are John Gary (00:33:06)

L-O-V-E Nat King Cole (00:35:14)

The Very Thought of You Natalie Cole (00:37:55)

To Each His Own Pat Boone (00:42:13)

April Love Pat Boone (00:44:46)

Misty Johnny Mathis (00:47:34)

Wonderful, Wonderful Johnny Mathis (00:51:02)

Come Fly With Me Frank Sinatra (00:54:18)

Cheek To Cheek Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (00:57:29)

Til There Was You John Gary (01:03:25)

Come Rain or Come Shine Ray Charles (01:06:07)

You Make Me Feel So Young Frank Sinatra (01:09:39)

Young At Heart Bing Crosby (01:12:31)

Spring In Manhattan Tony Bennett (01:15:53)

You Must Believe In Spring Tony Bennett and Bill Evans (01:18:24)

Where Or When Diana Krall (01:24:11)

My Romance Carly Simon (01:28:13)

A Wink and a Smile Harry Connick Jr. (01:30:57)

Make Someone Happy Jimmy Durante (01:33:39)

The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra (01:35:34)

Twelfth of Never Johnny Mathis (01:38:54)

Evergreen Barbra Streisand (01:41:18)

What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong (01:44:57)

Lovelane Script

SONG 1 La Vie En Rose Louis Armstrong

 

Bonjour and welcome to LoveLane Radio, where we celebrate life with love, joy and music.   It’s Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and for this Episode the LoveLane travels back in time to showcase timeless romantic songs with a Spring theme.  I’m your host, Linda Davison, and I hope you enjoy listening to these songs whenever your thoughts drift to the gentle months of Spring.

 

What could be more romantic than Springtime in Paris?  Perhaps you can imagine yourself in love, in a café, and listening to the one and only Louis Armstrong….

 

SONG 1 La Vie En Rose Louis Armstrong continues…..

 

Linda Ronstadt’s rendition of this touching standard includes the preamble, which reveals that it’s April in Paris.  Perhaps this song will stir memories of Bogart and Bergman in “Casablanca.”

 

SONG 2 I’ll Be Seeing You Linda Ronstadt

 

My favorite Spring song is from a woman whose name even sounds like Spring.  Blossom Dearie was a jazz singer and supper club performer in New York and London.  Here’s Blossom….

 

SONG 3 They Say It’s Spring Blossom Dearie

 

Next up, this Springtime hit for Frank Sinatra in 1964 became the unofficial song of the Apollo space missions.

 

SONG 4 Fly Me To the Moon Frank Sinatra

 

Keeping with our Spring moon theme, here are two classic songs written by legendary Broadway musical and film composers – “Moon River” by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, and “Blue Moon” by Rogers & Hart.  Singing their respective signature tunes are Andy Williams and Mel Torme.

 

SONG 5 Moon River Andy Williams

SONG 6 Blue Moon Mel Torme

 

Ah, LoveLaners, there’s something so romantic about a Springtime moon.  Here are two more moon-gazing standards which have been recorded by many artists, including these renditions voiced by the extraordinary Art Garfunkel and Norah Jones.

 

SONG 7 I Only Have Eyes For You Art Garfunkel

SONG 8 The Nearness of You Norah Jones

 

Spring has inspired many composers, including America’s stellar musical theatre writers.  The Oscar-winning team of Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote songs for “South Pacific” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Tales of the South Pacific.”  Andy Williams recorded “Younger Than Springtime” with a voice as crystal as an island stream.

 

SONG 9 Younger Than Springtime Andy Williams

 

Another sublime song from “South Pacific” is next, this one performed by John Gary.  Although not as famous as his contemporaries, John was Elvis and Frank Sinatra’s favorite singer.  Not only did he have a vocal range of 3 ½ octaves, his voice had an extraordinary tone.  Here’s John singing the powerfully romantic, “Some Enchanted Evening”…..

 

SONG 10 Some Enchanted Evening John Gary

 

Prior to working with Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein partnered with Jerome Kern for Broadway musicals including “Showboat.”  We’ll feature another stunning vocal performance by John Gary in this hit standard, composed by Kern and Hammerstein for their Broadway show, “Very Warm for May.” 

 

SONG 11 All The Things You Are John Gary

 

When Spring is here, Love is in the air.  Nat King Cole recorded this classic in English, Japanese, Italian, German, Spanish and French, and it was popular around the world.  Love truly is an international language!

 

SONG 12 L-O-V-E Nat King Cole

 

Nat’s daughter Natalie Cole recorded this next romantic song, a rendition of a standard that was a hit record for her Dad and others.   Thank you, Nat and Natalie, for your extraordinary father-daughter legacy.

 

SONG 13 The Very Thought of You Natalie Cole

 

As LoveLane Radio celebrates Spring, I’d like to dedicate the next two songs to my parents, Patty and Jack.  I have sweet memories of them dancing to these Springtime hits from Pat Boone.

 

SONG 14 To Each His Own Pat Boone

SONG 15 April Love Pat Boone

 

According to the Guinness World Book of records, Johnny Mathis sold over 350 million records worldwide, which makes him the third biggest selling musical artist of the 20th Century.  Here are two Springtime standards featuring Johnny’s beautiful voice – His signature song, “Misty,” and an uplifting classic about a seaside romance…..

 

SONG 16 Misty Johnny Mathis

SONG 17 Wonderful, Wonderful Johnny Mathis

 

Just gorgeous, Johnny.  Thank you for joining us at LoveLane Radio.  We make timeless songs of love available to people around the world, and as a listener-supported podcast we are especially grateful to those who donate via our website.  We also welcome your Reviews on Facebook and iTunes.

 

If you’re taking a Spring Break or planning a romantic getaway, I hope you enjoy this next song, written for Ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra.  It was the title track for his 1958 album, which was filled with songs of travel to exotic destinations…let’s fly with Frank now….

 

SONG 18 Come Fly with Me Frank Sinatra

 

Time to dance if you can, to a delightful duet from a legendary pair, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

 

SONG 19 Cheek to Cheek Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

 

LoveLane welcomes Springtime love with another timeless song, this one from the Broadway show and film, “The Music Man.”  This song has been covered by many artists, including Sir Paul McCartney.  For this show we’ll feature the remarkable John Gary again with his rendition of “Til There Was You.”

 

SONG 20 Til There Was You John Gary

 

Spring brings showers and warmer sunshine.  Here is the sensational Ray Charles with the LoveLane weather report…

 

SONG 21 Come Rain or Come Shine Ray Charles

 

Spring is also a time of renewal and feeling young, as you’ll hear from singing legends Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.

 

SONG 22 You Make Me Feel So Young Frank Sinatra

SONG 23 Young At Heart Bing Crosby

 

Tony Bennett is an American treasure; a singer, painter, and founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York.  LoveLane Radio presents two beautiful Springtime tunes sung by Mr. Bennett, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday and is still young at heart…..

 

SONG 24 Spring in Manhattan Tony Bennett

SONG 25 You Must Believe in Spring Tony Bennett and Bill Evans

 

Before Rodgers and Hammerstein, the most famous team of musical theatre composers was Rodgers and Hart.  They wrote 28 stage musicals together before Lorenz Hart passed in 1943.  We’ll feature two sumptuous, romantic songs by Rodgers and Hart, as sung by the lovely and talented ladies Diana Krall and Carly Simon.

 

SONG 26 Where Or When Diana Krall

SONG 27 My Romance Carly Simon

 

Our next two Spring classics were showcased in the romantic movie, “Sleepless In Seattle,” which was inspired by another romantic movie, “An Affair To Remember.”  These songs are guaranteed to make you smile and appreciate the people you love in your life.  Here are Harry Connick Jr. and Jimmy Durante…..

 

SONG 28 A Wink and a Smile Harry Connick Jr.

SONG 29 Make Someone Happy Jimmy Durante

 

Spring is a time of romance and weddings, and the next three Spring favorites are often chosen by newlyweds for their first dance. The first two are performed by Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis, and the third is sung by its composer.  Barbra Streisand wrote “Evergreen” with Paul Williams and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. 

 

SONG 30 The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra

SONG 31 Twelfth of Never Johnny Mathis

SONG 32 Evergreen Barbra Streisand

 

Thank you for joining me for LoveLane Radio’s Sweet Spring Standards show.  I invite you to join our worldwide community on Twitter and Facebook.  We’ll close this Episode with another classic from Louis Armstrong.  This song was written in 1967 as an antidote to the tension and upheaval in America at the time.  Fifty years later, it seems like we still need a little Louis to lift our spirits. This timeless tune has a hopeful, optimistic tone that is always welcome, and especially in Springtime.  This is your host Linda Davison signing off for now and wishing you year-round Springtime spirit when you’re Living Life in the LoveLane.  Au revoir!

 

SONG 33 What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong