Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Diana Canova Experience about her mom Judy Canova

Diana & Judy Canova
The Diana Canova Experience about her mom Judy Canova

Diana Canova made her television acting debut in a 1974 episode of Happy Days portraying Richie's date who is taller than he. She later guest-starred on episodes of Chico and the Man and Starsky and Hutch and appeared in television films before landing the role of Corinne Tate on Soap in 1977, opposite Katherine Helmond. She remained with the series until 1980. In 1979, she made an appearance on Barney Miller as nude dancer/prostitute/graduate student Stephanie Wolf in "Strip Joint" (Season 6, Episode 6.

Later, in 1980, ABC executives offered Canova her own television series, starring alongside Danny Thomas in I'm a Big Girl Now. The show lasted just one season. She was cast as Sandy Beatty in Throb!, a sitcom which was broadcast in syndication from 1986

to 1988. In 1990, she played Maggie McCauley in an episode of 
Murder, She Wrote, entitled "Murder: According to Maggie". In 1993, Canova co-starred in the ABC sitcom Home Free. Since the mid-1990s, she has mainly done voice work for cartoons in video shorts. In 1995, she played "Jenny" in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's .

Judy Canova (November 20, 1913 – August 5, 1983)  born Juliette Canova, (some sources indicate Julietta Canova), was an American comedian, actress, singer, andradio personality. She appeared on Broadway and in films. She hosted her own self-titled network radio program, a popular series broadcast from 1943 to 1955.

Radio and films

When bandleader Rudy Vallée offered the still-teenaged Canova a guest spot on his radio show in 1931, The Fleischmann Hour, the door opened to a career that spanned more than five decades. The popularity of the Canova family led to numerous performances on radio in the 1930s, and they made their Broadway theater debut in the revue Calling All Stars. An offer from Warner Bros. led to several bit parts before she signed with Republic Pictures. She recorded for the RCA Victorlabel and appeared in more than two dozen Hollywood films, playing leading roles as well as supporting parts, including Scatterbrain (1940), Joan of Ozark (1942), and Lay That Rifle Down (1955).

The Canovas as they appeared on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1938 from left: Judy, Zeke, and Annie

In 1943, she began her own radio program, The Judy Canova Show, that ran for twelve years—first on CBS and then on NBC. Playing herself as a love-starved Ozark bumpkin dividing her time between home and Southern California, Canova was accompanied by a cast that included voicemaster Mel Blanc as Pedro (using the accented voice he later gave the cartoon character Speedy Gonzales) and Sylvester (using the voice that later became associated with the Looney Tunes character); Ruth Perrott as Aunt Aggie; Ruby Dandridge as Geranium; Joseph Kearns as Benchley Botsford; and Sharon Douglas as Brenda. Gale GordonSheldon Leonard, Gerald Mohr, and Hans Conried also appeared sporadically
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Jazz-O-Rama Live for Tuesday, May 30, 2016,The Battle of the Crooners 2: Bing Crosby vs. Frank Sinatra

Jazz-O-Rama Live for Tuesday, May 30, 2016

The Battle 
of the 
Crooners 2: 
Bing Crosby
vs. Frank Sinatra



Side By Side - Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, Bing Crosby and The Rhythm Boys
The Rhythm Boys were a male singing trio consisting of Bing Crosby, Harry Barris and Al Rinker. "Side by Side" is a popular song with lyrics by Gus Kahn and music by Harry M. Woods written in 1927, now considered a standard. (1927)

The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else - Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey

"The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)" was written either 20 minutes before "It Had To Be You" or 20 minutes after. But, either way, we know both songs date from that uniquely golden year for Jones & Kahn of 1924. (1940)

There Ain't No Sweet Man Worth The Salt Of My Tears - Bix Beiderbecke Bing Crosby
Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke was an American jazz cornetist, jazz pianist, and composer. With Louis Armstrong and Muggsy Spanier, Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s. (1929)

Oh Look At Me Now - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra, Connie Haines, Pipers, vocal)

"Oh! Look at Me Now" is a 1941 song composed by Joe Bushkin, with lyrics by John DeVries. It is strongly associated with Frank Sinatra, who first recorded it with Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra, in an arrangement by Sy Oliver. Sinatra re-recorded the song for his 1957 A Swingin' Affair!, this time arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle.

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Shine - Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers-Shine [Brunswick 6276] 1932

Blue Skies - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra With Frank Sinatra
By 1939, Dorsey was aware of criticism that his band lacked a jazz feeling. He hired arranger Sy Oliver away from the Jimmie Lunceford band. In 1940, Dorsey hired singer Frank Sinatra from bandleader Harry James.

Some Of These Days - Bing Crosby

"Some of These Days" is a popular song, written and composed by Shelton Brooks, published in 1910, and associated with the performer Sophie Tucker. (Chicago, May 26, 1932)

All Or Nothing At All - Frank Sinatra with Harry James

(Columbia 35587, 1939) "All or Nothing at All" is a song composed in 1939 by Arthur Altman, with lyrics by Jack Lawrence. Frank Sinatra's 1939 recording of the song became a huge hit in 1943, when it was reissued by Columbia Records during the 1942-44 musicians' strike. The record peaked in the Billboard top two.

All Or Nothing At All - Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle
This was Sinatra's version in 1966, arranged by Nelson Riddle. The song has been recorded by Sinatra many times after his original with Harry James, in albums such as A Man and His Music and Sinatra and Strings. Sinatra recorded his second to last recording of this song for hit album Strangers in the Night in 1966, this time, it was composed by Nelson Riddle and was set to a more upbeat rhythm than the previous 1939 and 1962 ballad recordings. Sinatra again re-recorded it in a disco beat in 1977, and later performed this song live in 1982 for Sinatra: Vegas. Words/Music: Jack Lawrence, Arthur Altman.

I'm Through with Love - Bing Crosby
Charted at #3 in 1931. Fud Livingston, composer.

Luck Be A Lady - Frank Sinatra
Album: My Kind of Broadway; Released: 1965. "Luck Be a Lady" is a song written by Frank Loesser in 1950 and first performed by Robert Alda. The song was featured in the musical Guys and Dolls. Marlon Brando sang the song in the 1955 film version. In 2004 that version finished at #42 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. Later, it became a signature song for Frank Sinatra, first released on the compilation Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre and rereleased on the album Sinatra '65: The Singer Today.

Sweet Georgia Brown - Bing Crosby
Isham Jones & his orchestra. "Sweet Georgia Brown" is a jazz standard and pop tune written in 1925 by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard (music) and Kenneth Casey (lyrics). Bing Crosby recorded the song in 1932.

The Lady is a Tramp - Frank Sinatra
"The Lady Is a Tramp" is a show tune from the 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms in which it was introduced by former child star Mitzi Green. This song is a spoof of New York high society and its strict etiquette (the first line of the verse is "I get too hungry for dinner at eight..."). It has become a popular standard. The song was also used in the film version of Pal Joey starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak.

It's the Natural Thing to Do - Bing Crosby
Brunswick 02499A -- 1937 Horace Heidt. From the Paramount Picture "Double or Nothing (Burke and Johnston).

Without A Song - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra
Coronet Records 1961. "Without a Song" is a popular song with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu, published in 1929. It was included in the musical play, Great Day. Victor 36396-A Label.

An Apple for the Teacher - Bing Crosby
Connee Boswell was a favorite duet partner of Bing Crosby and they frequently sang together on radio as well as recording several hit records as a duo in the 1930s and 1940s. (Crosby and The Boswell Sisters first sang together in 1931 on a 12" medley of songs from the current "George White's Scandals" Broadway revue, issued on Brunswick 20102.) Boswell and Crosby recorded a version of Alexander's Ragtime Band which was introduced by Eddie Cantor that was a #1 hit in 1938. This recording benefited the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which would later become the March of Dimes. In 1939, Crosby and Boswell had three hit duet records that each climbed into the top 12 on Billboard; "An Apple for the Teacher" climbed all the way to #2.

I've Got the World on a String - Frank Sinatra
"I've Got The World on a String" is a 1932 popular jazz song composed by Harold Arlen, with lyrics written by Ted Koehler. It was written for the 1932 Cotton Club Parade. The song was introduced by Cab Calloway and Bing Crosby, and was also recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1953. It reached #14 on Billboard's most played list.

Small Fry - Bing Crosby
"Small Fry" is an American popular song written in 1938 by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser. It was first sung and introduced by Bing Crosby, in the film Sing You Sinners (1938). In the film, Crosby sings it in a musical sequence with a young Donald O'Connor and Fred MacMurray. Crosby made a 1938 hit record of the song with Johnny Mercer dueting. He also recorded a solo version of the song for VDisc in the 1940s. There was a Fleischer Studios (direction by Dave Fleischer ) animated cartoon in 1939 that used the song "Small Fry" to portray a story behind the song as a warning to youngsters to not want to grow up too quickly.

You Make Me Feel So Young - Frank Sinatra
"You Make Me Feel So Young" is a 1946 popular song composed by Josef Myrow, with lyrics written by Mack Gordon. It was introduced in the 1946 musical film Three Little Girls in Blue, where it was sung by the characters performed by Vera-Ellen and Charles Smith (with voices dubbed by Carol Stewart and Del Porter). Frank Sinatra – Songs for Swingin' Lovers (1956).

You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby - Bing Crosby
"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" is a popular song with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, published in 1938. It was featured in the movie Hard to Get, released November 1938, where it was sung by Dick Powell. Originally, the song was recorded by Bing Crosby for the biggest-selling hit version.

I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
"I've Got You Under My Skin" is a song written by Cole Porter. Written in 1936, the song was introduced in the Eleanor Powell MGM musical Born to Dance, in which it was performed by Virginia Bruce. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song that year. It became a signature song for Frank Sinatra – Songs for Swingin' Lovers (1956).

Don't Fence Me In - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
"Don't Fence Me In" is a popular American song written in 1934, with music by Cole Porter and lyrics by Robert Fletcher and Cole Porter. "Don't Fence Me In" was also recorded by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters in 1944.[9] Crosby entered the studio on July 25, 1944, without having seen or heard the song. Within 30 minutes, he and the Andrews Sisters had completed the recording, which sold more than a million copies and topped the Billboard charts for eight weeks in 1944–45.

I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams - Bing Crosby
Johnny Burke wrote this song after hearing Bing use the sentence as an expression. Bing then recorded the song on May 23rd 1938 with John Scott Trotter's Orchestra. It quickly went to number one on the US charts and became one of the biggest selling recordings that year. It was also featured in the Bing movie "Sing You Sinners".

Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Come Fly with Me is an album by American singer Frank Sinatra, released in 1958. The album reached #1 on the Billboard album chart in its second week, and remained at the top for five weeks. At the inaugural Grammy Awards Come Fly with Me was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby
"Swinging on a Star" is an American pop standard with music composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke. It was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1944 film Going My Way, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song that year.

The Best Is Yet To Come - Frank Sinatra
"The Best is Yet to Come" is a 1959 song composed by Cy Coleman, with lyrics written by Carolyn Leigh. It is generally associated with Frank Sinatra, who recorded it on his 1964 album It Might as Well Be Swing, accompanied by Count Basie, under the direction of Quincy Jones. It was the last song Sinatra sang in public, on February 25, 1995, and the words "The Best is Yet to Come" are etched on Sinatra's tombstone.

Now You Has Jazz - Bing Crosby &Louis Armstrong
"Now You Has Jazz" is a song written by Cole Porter for the 1956 film High Society, where it was introduced by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong.

The Good Life - Frank Sinatra
"The Good Life" (originally "La Belle Vie" in French) is a popular song by Sacha Distel and 1934 born composer Jack Reardon, published in 1962. It was featured in the movie Seven Capital Sins. First recorded in 1963 by Tony Bennett.

Route 66 - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Get Your Kicks on Route 66" (with Bing Crosby) (1946). "Route 66" (originally recorded as "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66") is a popular rhythm and blues standard, composed in 1946 by American songwriter Bobby Troup. Nat King Cole, as the King Cole Trio, first recorded the song the same year and it became a hit, appearing on Billboard magazine's R&B and pop charts.

Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
"Summer Wind" is a 1965 song, originally released in Germany as "Der Sommerwind" and written by Heinz Meier and German language lyrics by Hans Bradtke. Johnny Mercer re-wrote the song into English along the same themes as the original, which talked of the changing of the seasons using the Southern European sirocco wind as a metaphor. In America, it was first recorded by Wayne Newton and subsequently by Bobby Vinton and Perry Como. he song is best known for a 1966 recording by Frank Sinatra which peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the Easy Listening chart. The Sinatra version originally appeared on his album, Strangers in the Night.
Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby

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