Tuesday, November 27, 2012

If I Were A Bell!

Marlon and Jean Simmons looking beautiful-1955
"If I Were A Bell" has been a favorite song of mine ever since I first saw Guys and Dolls performed in Houston as a child. Songwriter Frank Loesser crafted a beautiful melody and wed it to a lyric that captures the overwhelming feelings of new love so vividly that even a kid can pick up on how it feels. Its been covered by many, perhaps best by Miles Davis on his 1958 album Relaxin' With The Miles Davis Quintet. Below you'll find the version from the 1955 film of Guys and Dolls with Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, for those who haven't seen the movie, she's supposed to be drunk, hence the performance. I wish I could find Dinah Washington's version on youtube, but you'll have to make do with Jean Simmons, Miles Davis, Blossom Dearie, Amel Larrieux, and Doris Day. All told not too shabby! 





Smokin' and Relaxin' with Frank Loesser, he's got the phone off the hook.

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