Saturday, January 17, 2009

Keely Smith- Birth of the Blues

Have to admit that when I heard Miss Keely sing this song it just blew me away. Wow, what a voice the girl had.


BB-Idaho said...

Ms. Smith is still around and writing her autobiography. Interesting, another famous female vocalist of the time had a first name that started with K. and was named 'Smith'. (Hint: in case you youngsters don't know the second
Smith gave rise to 'It Ain't Over Til the Fat Lady Sings'. Both talented and enjoyable in quite
different ways....

The Griper said...

grins, ahhh yes the Smithy girls. Wonder what type of Smiths their ancestors were, silver, black or what?

there is another thing for all you young'uns. want to know something of your ancestry? take a gander at your last name. at one time it was something significant trait of your father, whether it be his profession or maybe the place the family lived.

like Miss Keely, back in those days she would have been known as Keely, the daughter of the Smith.

this is why Smith is such a popular last name. there are so many different professions of Smiths, silversmith, blacksmith, goldsmith, etc.

Anonymous said...

Yes she was one of the Good ole great ones.
I remember her with her hubby Louie Prima

Karen Howes said...

I'm ashamed to say I had never heard of Keely Smith. But you're right-- she was GOOD!

tweetey30 said...

That was good Griper.Jeff even said he thought it sounded good. thanks for sharing.

The Griper said...

the thing that always gives me a chuckle is that when she and hubby are singing together he can't stand still and she seems never to move. they were quite a contrasting couple. if you get a chance, listen to their version of "hey girl, hey boy."

BB-Idaho said...

A bit, even before my time, it was said that Keely Smith patterned her dead pan delivery after Virginia O\'Brien ..could be?

The Griper said...

nice find, BB. she is good too. amazing, the talent of the old days and we took them for granted at the time too, huh, BB? it took a whole new generation to teach us about the meaning of the word.

The Griper said...

i could be wrong about this but in watching the old ones perform as they did i see one significant difference. they appeared to love their art and appreciated the fact that others enjoyed what they had to give.

you could see it in their performances and how they interacted with their fellow performers on the stage as well as the audiences.

but like i said i could be wrong even prejudicial and biased towards that era of performers.

BB-Idaho said...

Suppose digital dubbing, lip-synching and electronic keyboards
have anything to do with it? Music seems to have been replaced with noise. Aw, I'm just old and grouchy. :)

The Griper said...

you been around me too much, BB. lol
electronics replacing the human being, mmmm, i thought robots were suppose to do that first. lol

Gayle said...

I guess I've been around too much too, Griper, because I agree with BB. I remember Keely Smith and this number - it's one of my favorites. She just knocks you over! Judy Garland always had the same affect on me, as does Kate Smith.

My last name (maiden name) is Stokesberry. I haven't a clue what one of my ancestors must have done for a living in order to come up with that name. LOL!

The Griper said...

it doesn't necessarily have to be a profession, gayle. it could be a place where they lived or whatever made that individual unique in the community.

it is that usually it was a profession because they were the only one in that particular line of work.

BB-Idaho said...

In the nordic countries, the surname was often the son, as in, for example, Johnson ..heh..


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