Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lena Horne, Old Songs, My Old Man

Lena Horne has died. Her version of 'Where or When' is superb. It was one of my father's favourite songs.

I heard it recently on the magnificent Foyle's War but it was the version by the Shepheard's Hotel Jazz Orchestra that was in The English Patient that trumps Lena Horne's version, IMHO. It's about 7.55. I want to cry every time I hear it, but that's probably because I miss my Dad.

RIP Lena Horne.


Blogger Miss Ellen E. said...

I loved your video clips. I watched them back to back and just spent a delightful 15 minutes being transported back to another era. Better than any time machine! Thank you.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

That's very kind of you, Miss E

6:36 PM  
Blogger Left-Footer said...

Beautiful, thank you.

The music of that era is very under rated. Nearly made me cry, too.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Agellius said...

That is an excellent recording, Ms. Horne's I mean. I'm a big fan of music of that era. I went so far as to buy and repair an old phonograph so I could buy and play 78 rpm records. It's not quite the same without the scratches and low-fi sound.

10:01 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...


I regret having binned my dad's old 78s - especially The Inkspots. I'll post a video of the song soon.

11:37 PM  

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