Do you feel like they just aren’t writing music they way they use to? Don’t believe it? Well pick up on this jive from Johnny Otis’s “Happy New Year, Baby” circa 1947: “I’m going to give up chasin’ women, whiskey drinking too, stop my bally-hooing and mistreating you. Happy New Year baby, Happy New Year to you…….If you love me sweet and pretty I’ll buy you a big brass bed, if I catch you cheating I’ll fill you full of lead…” How can you say “no” to an offer like that?
Here is my New Years Eve Playlist:
- Happy New Year, Baby – Johnny Otis
- What are you Doing New Year’s Eve? -(pick one) Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald or Dick Hayes and the Les Paul Trio
- Happy New Year-Nat King Cole ( a total downer of a song, thanks Nat for killing the party)
- Hello Mr. New Year- The Coolbreezers
- Bringing in a Brand New Year-Charles Brown
- Ringing in a Brand New Year- Billy Ward and his Dominoes
- Auld Lang Syne- Mitch Miller and his Orchestra ( my favorite version)
- ABBA-Happy New Year
- U2- New Year’s Day
Happy 90th Johnny Otis (four days late) and thanks for writing one of my favorite songs of all time. I believe one of my New Year’s resolutions is to start using “ballyhooing” far more often.
I’m sure there are dozens of songs we can add to this list. So, music fanatics of Baristaville what did I miss?