George Gershwin made two quick stops in Charleston, in December of 1933 and by late February 1934 : “I have begun composing music for the first act, and I am starting with the songs and spirituals first.” One of the first numbers he wrote was the most legendary “Summertime”
"Dear Cole, I am mad about Night and Day, i think it is your high spot. You know it is being played all over. And the orchestra leaders think it is the best tune of the year and I agree ! Really, Cole, it is great. And i could not resist the temptation of writing you about it. As ever" Irving Berlin
"The Shadow of Your Smile" d'après le texte original du grand poète noir américain Paul-Francis Webster sur une musique du compositeur Johnny Mandel. Oscar de la meilleure chanson originale, elle éclipsera le film de Vincente Minnelli dont elle est issue "The Sandpiper-Le Chevalier des sables"
"De God Only Knows, mon ami Paul McCartney a dit d’elle que c’était la plus belle chanson du monde ! " Brian Wilson
"Fly Me to the Moon", originally titled "In Other Words" is a song written in 1954 by Bart Howard. Kaye Ballard made the first recording of the song in 1954. Frank Sinatra's 1964 version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon.!
"The very thought of you makes my heart sing - Like an April breeze on the wings of spring - And you appear in all your splendor - My one and only love - My one and only love... " Robert Mellin
"Johnny Mercer was one of the lyric writers, used to call my father "the tune hog" because my dad wrote with everybody and "Dream a Little Dream" is a sterling example of it. My dad would get tunes from people and my mother would play the tunes for him" Gus Kahn's son, composer Donald Kahn remembers
"Lou Reed's idea of hell would be to sit in heaven with Bob Dorough," Nellie McKay
The song published in 1929 was included in three musical films: "Hit the Deck (1955)" by Tony Martin; "Funny Lady (1975)" by Barbra Streisand, and "The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)" by Michelle Pfeiffer, in a memorable scene !
“I write and sing about whatever I am able to understand and feel. I feel that it is healthier to look at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you” Bill Withers
"The Good life-La Belle Vie" chanson composée par Jean Broussolle & Sacha Distel (1962) qui deviendra un standard de jazz sous le titre "The Good Life" en 1963 !
“Ce soir le vent qui frappe à ma porte. Me parle des amours mortes. Devant le feu qui s'éteint. Ce soir c'est une chanson d'automne. Dans la maison qui frissonne. Et je pense aux jours lointains. Que reste-t-il de nos amours...” Charles Trenet
“I wrote Misty from a beautiful rainbow I saw when I was flying from San Francisco to Chicago. This rainbow was fascinating, it was very wide and in every color you can imagine. With the dew drops and the windows being misty that fine rain that’s how I named it Misty!” Erroll Garner
“Il y a des chansons qui traversent les décennies quel qu'en soit les interprètes : “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” composé par Michel Legrand pour la bande originale du film de Richard Brooks “The Happy Ending” en 1969 est de celles-là !" Marc Zisman