Monday, March 9, 2015
a memory stroll through the park
"Aspen Trees" ~ 28" h x 22" w
...in memory of Barbara and me in the park...
Recorded by Johnny in 1989 as a duet with Take 6, on the album "In The Still of the Night", and in 1991 on the duets album "Better Together". This song has a very interesting history. The melody was written in 1911 by then banker Charles Dawes- it was called "The Dawes Melody" or "Melody in A Major". Charles Dawes became VP under Calvin Coolidge - thus the song is the only #1 hit written by a U.S. Vice President. It was a favorite of Jascha Heifitz who used it as a concert encore number. In 1951, Carl Sigman wrote the lyrics, and changed the title to "It's All in the Game". While it was given a jazz treatment by Louis Armstrong and Gordon Jenkins, and later Nat King Cole, many artists covered the song. In 1958, with only one recording session left in his contract, Tommy Edwards cut a rock and roll arrangement- it became a #1 hit in the U.S. and Britain and is often used in movies depicting the 1950's.