Song of the Day – “Stars Fell on Alabama” – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

You know, by the seventies Ella Fitzgerald was making commercials for blank cassette tapes: “Is it live or is it Memorex?” In the few seconds she was singing in those commercials she “scatted”, making rhythmic nonsense syllables. If that’s all you knew of her, you couldn’t realize what a lovely voice she had in her prime.

Louis, on the other hand, was a hard-working musician, and the constant flipping back and forth between vocals and trumpet playing took its toll on what was a rather meager voice to begin with. But there’s still great joy when the two of them get together.

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