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Favoriting April 25, 2021: Ella Jane Fitzgerald
A skiddly-bah-deeee-doodly bash for Ella - from her teenage days with Chick Webb through a sixty-plus year career with the world’s top bands, orchestras, singers and accompanists. A modest offering of appreciation for the best of them all on her birthday, at The Stork.

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Willis Jackson  The Head Tune   Favoriting Ya Understand Me?  Drums – Roger Lee Humphrey §§§Guitar – Steve Giordano §§§Organ – Groove Holmes §§§Tenor Saxophone – Willis Jackson. —— Recorded at Chateauneuf du Pape, France on January 26, 1980  0:00:00 (Pop-up)
DJ        0:09:54 (Pop-up)
CHICK WEBB AND HIS ORCHESTRA  I'll Chase the Blues Away   Favoriting The Complete Decca Sessions (1934-1941)  Mario Bauza, Bobby Stark, Taft Jordan (tp), poss. Fernando Arbello, Sandy Williams (tb), Pete Clark (cl, as), Edgar Sampson (as, arr), Elmer Williams (ts), Wayman Carver (ts, fl, arr), Joe Steele (p), John Trueheart (g), John Kirby (b), Chick Webb (d, bells), Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Linton (vcl). - - - NYC, June 12, 1935  0:16:41 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  This Love of Mine   Favoriting The Complete Decca Sessions (1934-1941)  Teddy McRae (ts), Tommy Fulford (p), Ulysses Livingston (g), Beverly Peer (b), Kenny Clarke (d), Ella Fitzgerald (vcl). — NYC, October 6, 1941  0:19:22 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie  Honeysuckle Rose   Favoriting Ella And Basie!  Ella Fitzgerald – vocals • The Count Basie Orchestra: • Count Basie – piano, organ • Sonny Cohn, Al Aarons, Joe Newman, Don Rader – trumpet • Eric Dixon – flute, tenor saxophone • Frank Foster, Frank Wess – flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone • Charlie Fowlkes – baritone saxophone • Freddie Green – guitar • Benny Powell, Urbie Green, Henry Coker, Grover Mitchell – trombone • Flip Ricard – trombone, trumpet • Marshal Royal – clarinet, alto saxophone • Buddy Catlett – double bass • Sonny Payne – drums • Quincy Jones and Benny Carter – Arrangements • Val Valentin – recording engineer • Jay Thompson – cover photo Recorded July 15–16, 1963 at A & R Studios, New York City  0:22:16 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald Paul Smith  Who's Sorry Now   Favoriting Let No Man Write My Epitaph  ///Piano – Paul Smith (5) ///Vocals – Ella Fitzgerald - - Recorded April 14 – April 19, 1960  0:24:55 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  How High The Moon   Favoriting Lullabies Of Birdland  Vocals – Ella Fitzgerald §§§Backing Vocals – The Ray Charles Singers §§§Organ – Bill Doggett §§§Vic Schoen And His Orchestra §§§Conductor – Sy Oliver, Bob Haggart. - - - recorded: New York, March 19, 1947  0:28:21 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Lorelei   Favoriting Mack the Knife: Ella in Berlin  Ella Fitzgerald – vocals • Paul Smith – piano • Jim Hall – guitar • Wilfred Middlebrooks – double bass • Gus Johnson – drums. - - - • Recorded February 13, 1960 live at Deutschlandhalle, West Berlin, Germany with The Paul Smith Quartet  0:31:32 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Lemon Drop   Favoriting Ella In London  Ella Fitzgerald - vocals • Tommy Flanagan Quartet: ◦ Tommy Flanagan - piano ◦ Joe Pass - guitar ◦ Keter Betts - double bass ◦ Bobby Durham - drums • Recorded April 11, 1974 at Ronnie Scott's, London, England  0:34:40 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Angel Eyes   Favoriting Live In Stockholm 1957  Bass – Ray Brown §§§Drums – Jo Jones §§§Guitar – Herb Ellis §§§Piano – Don Abney §§§Vocals – Ella Fitzgerald. - - - Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, April 28, 1957  0:38:30 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  I Said No   Favoriting Whisper Not  Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals • Harry Edison – Trumpet • Jimmy Rowles – Piano • Chuck Berghofer – Bass • Louie Bellson – Drums • Marty Paich – Arranger, Conductor. - - Recorded July 20, 1966  0:41:47 (Pop-up)
DJ Sez Phew!        0:45:47 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong  Oh, Doctor Jesus   Favoriting Porgy & Bess  Ella Fitzgerald — vocals • Louis Armstrong — vocals; trumpet on "Summertime," "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'," "It Ain't Necessarily So," "A Woman Is a Sometime Thing," and "There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York" Orchestra[edit] • Russell Garcia – arranger, conductor • Victor Arno, Robert Barene, Jacques Gasselin, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Amerigo Marino, Erno Neufeld, Marshall Sosson, Robert Sushel, Gerald Vinci, Tibor Zelig — violins • Myron Bacon, Abraham Hochstein, Raymond Menhennick, Myron Sandler — violas • Justin Di Tullio, Kurt Reher, William Van Den Burg — cellos • Frank Beach, Buddy Childers, Cappy Lewis — trumpets • Milt Bernhart, Marshall Cram, James Henderson, Lloyd Ulyate — trombones • Vincent DeRosa – French horn • Bill Miller, Paul Smith – piano • Tony Rizzi – guitar • Joe Mondragon – double bass • Alvin Stoller – drums - - - • Recorded August 18–19 and October 14, 1957 in Los Angeles  0:52:51 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong  Medley: Here Come De Honey Man • Crab Man • Oh, Dey's So Fresh And Fine   Favoriting Porgy & Bess  Ella Fitzgerald — vocals • Louis Armstrong — vocals; trumpet on "Summertime," "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'," "It Ain't Necessarily So," "A Woman Is a Sometime Thing," and "There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York" Orchestra[edit] • Russell Garcia – arranger, conductor • Victor Arno, Robert Barene, Jacques Gasselin, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Amerigo Marino, Erno Neufeld, Marshall Sosson, Robert Sushel, Gerald Vinci, Tibor Zelig — violins • Myron Bacon, Abraham Hochstein, Raymond Menhennick, Myron Sandler — violas • Justin Di Tullio, Kurt Reher, William Van Den Burg — cellos • Frank Beach, Buddy Childers, Cappy Lewis — trumpets • Milt Bernhart, Marshall Cram, James Henderson, Lloyd Ulyate — trombones • Vincent DeRosa – French horn • Bill Miller, Paul Smith – piano • Tony Rizzi – guitar • Joe Mondragon – double bass • Alvin Stoller – drums - - - • Recorded August 18–19 and October 14, 1957 in Los Angeles  0:54:44 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald Ellis Larkins Sy Oliver  How Long Has This Been Going On?   Favoriting Ella Sings Gershwin  Ella Fitzgerald - vocals • Ellis Larkins - piano. - -1950  0:58:14 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  My Romance   Favoriting Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers And Hart Song Book  Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Buddy Bregman - Arranger, Conductor. - - Recorded August 21–31, 1956  1:01:28 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Reheasal for Chelsea Bridge   Favoriting The Duke Ellington Songbook  Ella Fitzgerald – vocals • William "Cat" Anderson, Clark Terry, Willie Cook – trumpet • Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet on "Take the "A" Train"[6][7] • Frank Foster – tenor saxophone • Paul Gonsalves, Ben Webster – saxophone • Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone • Russell Procope – clarinet, alto saxophone • Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet, tenor saxophone • Harry Carney – clarinet, bass clarinet • John Sanders, Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson – trombone • Ray Nance – trumpet, violin • Stuff Smith – violin • Oscar Peterson, Paul Smith – piano • Ray Brown, Joe Mondragon, Jimmy Woode – double bass • Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel – guitar • Sam Woodyard, Alvin Stoller – drums • Billy Strayhorn – piano, narrator • Duke Ellington – piano, narrator, arranger, conductor - - Recorded between June 15–October 27, 1957, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.  1:05:10 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Chelsea Bridge (alt. Take)   Favoriting The Duke Ellington Songbook  Ella Fitzgerald – vocals • William "Cat" Anderson, Clark Terry, Willie Cook – trumpet • Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet on "Take the "A" Train"[6][7] • Frank Foster – tenor saxophone • Paul Gonsalves, Ben Webster – saxophone • Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone • Russell Procope – clarinet, alto saxophone • Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet, tenor saxophone • Harry Carney – clarinet, bass clarinet • John Sanders, Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson – trombone • Ray Nance – trumpet, violin • Stuff Smith – violin • Oscar Peterson, Paul Smith – piano • Ray Brown, Joe Mondragon, Jimmy Woode – double bass • Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel – guitar • Sam Woodyard, Alvin Stoller – drums • Billy Strayhorn – piano, narrator • Duke Ellington – piano, narrator, arranger, conductor - - Recorded between June 15–October 27, 1957, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California  1:12:26 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  This Could Be The Start Of Something Big   Favoriting Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!  Ella Fitzgerald - vocals • Lou Levy - piano • Herb Ellis - guitar • Joe Mondragon - bass • Gus Johnson - drums recorded 22–23 June 1961 in Los Angeles  1:16:02 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Somewhere In The Night (Live At Antibes Jazz Festival, 7/29/64)   Favoriting Ella At Juan-Les-Pins  Ella Fitzgerald - vocals • Roy Eldridge - trumpet • Tommy Flanagan - piano • Bill Yancey - double bass • Gus Johnson - drums - - Recorded July 28 and 29 1964, on the 28 and 29 of July 1964 at the fifth annual Festival Mondial du Jazz Antibes in Juan-les-Pins, France  1:18:42 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Air Mail Special   Favoriting Ella In Hollywood  Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Wilfred Middlebrooks - Bass • Lou Levy - Piano • Gus Johnson - Drums • Herb Ellis - Guitar *****Recorded live, May 11- May 21, 1961, Hollywood, Los Angeles  1:20:46 (Pop-up)
Dj Gasps  Over Pauline Oliveros - "Alien Bog"   Favoriting     1:26:04 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Mr. Paganini   Favoriting Ella In Hollywood  Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Wilfred Middlebrooks - Bass • Lou Levy - Piano • Gus Johnson - Drums • Herb Ellis - Guitar *****Recorded live, May 11- May 21, 1961, Hollywood, Los Angeles  1:30:25 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Don't Rain On My Parade   Favoriting Ella In Hamburg  Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Tommy Flanagan Trio: • Tommy Flanagan - Piano • Keter Betts - Bass • Gus Johnson - Drums Recorded March 26, 1965, in Hamburg, Germany  1:34:26 (Pop-up)
CHICK WEBB AND HIS LITTLE CHICKS  Rock It for Me   Favoriting The Complete Decca Sessions (1934-1941)  (tp), Nat Story, Sandy Williams (tb), Chauncey Haughton (cl, as), Louis Jordan (as), Teddy McRae (ts), Wayman Carver (ts, bari), Tommy Fulford (p), Bobby Johnson (g), Beverly Peer (b), Chick Webb (d), Ella Fitzgerald (vcl), Van Alexander, Charlie Dixon (arr) - - NYC, November 1, 1937  1:37:30 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  When A Woman Loves A Man   Favoriting The Johnny Mercer Songbook  Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Nelson Riddle, arranger and conductor • Paul Smith on piano • Plas Johnson on tenor sax • Willie Smith on alto sax • Buddy DeFranco on clarinet • Frank Flynn on vibes. - - Recorded October 19–21, 1964 at Radio Recorders Studio 10-H, Hollywood  1:40:41 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Somebody From Somewhere   Favoriting The George And Ira Gershwin Songbook  Ella Fitzgerald – vocals • Nelson Riddle – arranger, conductor • Harp – Katharine Julyie • Piano – Lou Levy or Paul Smith • Guitar – Herb Ellis or Barney Kessel • Double bass – Joe Comfort or Ralph Peña • Drums – Alvin Stoller, Mel Lewis or Bill Richmond - - Recorded January, March, and July 1959 Studio Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, Los Angeles  1:44:28 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass  Rain   Favoriting Fitzgerald And Pass... Again  Ella Fitzgerald - vocals • Joe Pass - guitar - - • Recorded January 26 - February 8, 1976, at RCA Victor's Music Center of the World Hollywood, Los Angeles  1:47:35 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Everytime We Say Goodbye   Favoriting Ella In London  Ella Fitzgerald - vocals • Tommy Flanagan Quartet: ◦ Tommy Flanagan - piano ◦ Joe Pass - guitar ◦ Keter Betts - double bass ◦ Bobby Durham - drums • Recorded April 11, 1974 at Ronnie Scott's, London, England  1:49:55 (Pop-up)
DJ N. Tranced        1:53:23 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Midnight Sun   Favoriting Like Someone In Love  Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Frank DeVol - Arranger, Conductor • Stan Getz - Saxophone - - recorded October 15, 1957 in Hollywood, Los Angeles  1:56:45 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered   Favoriting At The Opera House  Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Oscar Peterson - Piano • Herb Ellis - Guitar • Ray Brown - Bass • Jo Jones - Drums. - - recorded in stereo September 29, 1957 at the Chicago Opera House  2:00:39 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  I Can't Give You Anything But Love   Favoriting Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert  • Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Lou Levy - Piano • Max Bennett - Bass • Gus Johnson - Drums - - Recorded April 25, 1958, Rome  2:03:37 (Pop-up)
ELLA FITZGERALD AND HER FAMOUS ORCHESTRA  Five O'Clock Whistle   Favoriting The Complete Decca Sessions (1934-1941)  George Matthews, John McConnell, Earl Hardy (tb), Chauncey Haughton, Pete Clark (cl, as), Teddy McRae (cl, ts), Sam Simmons (ts), Tommy Fulford (p), Ulysses Livingston (g), Beverly Peer (b), Bill Beason (d), Ella Fitzgerald (vcl). - - NYC, September 25, 1940  2:06:58 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) (Alternate Take)   Favoriting The Cole Porter Songbook  Ella Fitzgerald – vocals • Paul Smith – piano, celeste • Lloyd Ulyate – trombone • George Roberts – bass and baritone trombone • Bob Cooper – clarinet, oboe, tenor saxophone • Ted Nash – clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone - - Corky Hale – harp • Robert LaMarchina – cello • Edgar Lustgarten – cello Barney Kessel – Guitar • Joe Mondragon – Double bass • Alvin Stoller – Drums, percussion - - recorded February 7–9 & March 27, 1956, in Hollywood, Los Angeles.  2:10:01 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  A-Tisket, A-Tasket (bonus)   Favoriting Get Happy!  Frank DeVol (arranger, conductor) §§§Arnold Ross (piano) §§§Barney Kessel (guitar) §§§Ben Webster (tenor saxophone) §§§Abe Luboff, Joe Mondragon, Philip Stephens (bass) §§§Alvin Stoller (drums) §§§Pete Candoh, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ray Linn, George Werth, Milt Bernha(trumpet)  2:00:00 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Lunch Today)   Favoriting Newport Jazz Festival: Live at Carnegie Hall  Ella Fitzgerald - vocals • Roy Eldridge, Taft Jordan - trumpet • Al Grey - trombone • Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - tenor saxophone • Ellis Larkins, Tommy Flanagan - piano • Joe Pass - guitar • Panama Francis - drums - - - Recorded July 5, 1973, by Record Plant Remote in Carnegie Hall, New York City.  2:21:09 (Pop-up)
DJ Has Irretrievably Lost His Brain-Basket        2:25:20 (Pop-up)
CHICK WEBB AND HIS ORCHESTRA  Big Boy Blue   Favoriting he Complete Decca Sessions (1934-1941)  MILLS BROTHERS AND ELLA FITZGERALD: Bernard Addison (g), Herbert Mills, Donald Mills, Harry Mills, John Mills, Sr., Ella Fitzgerald (vcl). - - Mario Bauza, Bobby Stark, Taft Jordan (tp), Nat Story, Sandy Williams (tb), Pete Clark (as), Louis Jordan (as, vcl), Teddy McRae (ts), Wayman Carver (ts, bari), Tommy Fulford (p), John Trueheart (g), Beverly Peer (b), Chick Webb (d), Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Linton (vcl), Van Alexander (arr). —— NYC, January 14, 1937  2:35:08 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald Ellis Larkins  My Heart Belongs To Daddy   Favoriting Songs in a Mellow Mood  Ella Fitzgerald - vocals • Ellis Larkins - piano. - - Recorded March 29–30, 1954  2:37:51 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  You're My Thrill   Favoriting Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!  Ella Fitzgerald - vocals • Lou Levy - piano • Herb Ellis - guitar • Joe Mondragon - bass • Gus Johnson - drums recorded 22–23 June 1961 in Los Angeles  2:40:33 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald Oscar Peterson  There's A Lull In My Life   Favoriting Ella and Oscar  Ella Fitzgerald – vocals • Oscar Peterson – piano • Ray Brown – double bass - - Recorded May 19, 1975, Cherokee Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California  2:44:02 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington  Imagine My Frustration   Favoriting Ella At Duke's Place  Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Duke Ellington - Conductor, composer, lyricist, arranger, piano • Jimmy Jones - Arranger, piano • Cat Anderson - Trumpet • Mercer Ellington - Trumpet • Herb Jones - Trumpet • Cootie Williams - Trumpet • Lawrence Brown - Trombone • Buster Cooper - Trombone • Chuck Connors - Bass trombone • Johnny Hodges - Alto saxophone • Russell Procope - Alto saxophone • Paul Gonsalves - Tenor saxophone • Jimmy Hamilton - Tenor saxophone, clarinet • Harry Carney - Baritone saxophone, bass clarinet • John Lamb - Bass • Louis Bellson - Drums - - Recorded October 18,19,20 1965 at United Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles  2:48:59 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  To Keep My Love Alive   Favoriting Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers And Hart Song Book  Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Buddy Bregman - Arranger, Conductor. - - Recorded August 21–31, 1956  2:53:46 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  It Don't Mean A Thing   Favoriting Live In Stockholm 1957  Bass – Ray Brown §§§Drums – Jo Jones §§§Guitar – Herb Ellis §§§Piano – Don Abney §§§Trumpet, Vocals – Roy Eldridge §§§Violin – Stuff Smith §§§Vocals – Ella Fitzgerald. - - - Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, April 28, 1957  2:57:19 (Pop-up)
DJ Morella (get it?)        3:05:01 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie  Dream A Little Dream Of Me   Favoriting Ella And Basie!  Ella Fitzgerald – vocals • The Count Basie Orchestra: • Count Basie – piano, organ • Sonny Cohn, Al Aarons, Joe Newman, Don Rader – trumpet • Eric Dixon – flute, tenor saxophone • Frank Foster, Frank Wess – flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone • Charlie Fowlkes – baritone saxophone • Freddie Green – guitar • Benny Powell, Urbie Green, Henry Coker, Grover Mitchell – trombone • Flip Ricard – trombone, trumpet • Marshal Royal – clarinet, alto saxophone • Buddy Catlett – double bass • Sonny Payne – drums • Quincy Jones and Benny Carter – Arrangements • Val Valentin – recording engineer • Jay Thompson – cover photo Recorded July 15–16, 1963 at A & R Studios, New York City  3:11:08 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald / Louis Armstrong  Under A Blanket Of Blue   Favoriting Ella and Louis  Ella Fitzgerald – vocals • Louis Armstrong – vocals, trumpet • Oscar Peterson – piano • Herb Ellis – guitar • Ray Brown – bass • Buddy Rich – drums - - Recorded August 16, 1956 Capitol Studios, Los Angeles  3:15:09 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington  Passion Flower   Favoriting Ella At Duke's Place  Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Duke Ellington - Conductor, composer, lyricist, arranger, piano • Jimmy Jones - Arranger, piano • Cat Anderson - Trumpet • Mercer Ellington - Trumpet • Herb Jones - Trumpet • Cootie Williams - Trumpet • Lawrence Brown - Trombone • Buster Cooper - Trombone • Chuck Connors - Bass trombone • Johnny Hodges - Alto saxophone • Russell Procope - Alto saxophone • Paul Gonsalves - Tenor saxophone • Jimmy Hamilton - Tenor saxophone, clarinet • Harry Carney - Baritone saxophone, bass clarinet • John Lamb - Bass • Louis Bellson - Drums - - Recorded October 18,19,20 1965 at United Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles  3:19:28 (Pop-up)
CHICK WEBB AND HIS ORCHESTRA  Wacky Dust   Favoriting The Complete Decca Sessions (1934-1941)  Mario Bauza, Bobby Stark, Taft Jordan (tp), George Matthews, Nat Story, Sandy Williams (tb), Garvin Bushell (cl, as), Hilton Jefferson (as), Teddy McRae (ts), Wayman Carver (ts, bari), Tommy Fulford (p), Bobby Johnson (g), Beverly Peer (b), Chick Webb (d), Ella Fitzgerald (vcl), Van Alexander (arr). - - - NYC, August 17, 1938  3:24:02 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Oh, Lady Be Good!   Favoriting Lullabies Of Birdland  Vocals – Ella Fitzgerald §§§Backing Vocals – The Ray Charles Singers §§§Organ – Bill Doggett §§§Vic Schoen And His Orchestra §§§Conductor – Sy Oliver, Bob Haggart. - - - recorded: New York, March 19, 1947  3:00:00 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do   Favoriting Ella Fitzgerald At The Montreux Jazz Festival 1975  Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Tommy Flanagan Trio: ◦ Tommy Flanagan - Piano ◦ Keter Betts - Bass ◦ Bobby Durham - Drums - - - Recorded July 17, 1975, in Montreux, Switzerland  3:30:07 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Beat Me, Daddy, Eight To The Bar   Favoriting Get Happy!  Russell Garcia (arranger, conductor) §§§Claude Williamson Jr. (piano) §§§Herb Ellis (guitar) §§§Red Mitchell (bass) §§§Jack Sperling (drums) §§§Pete Candoli, Philip Candreva, Buddy Childers, Stu Williamson (trumpet) - - -Recorded in six sessions from July 24, 1957- July 11, 1959 in Hollywood, Los Angeles  3:35:58 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Mack the Knife   Favoriting Mack the Knife: Ella in Berlin  Ella Fitzgerald – vocals • Paul Smith – piano • Jim Hall – guitar • Wilfred Middlebrooks – double bass • Gus Johnson – drums. - - - • Recorded February 13, 1960 live at Deutschlandhalle, West Berlin, Germany with The Paul Smith Quartet  3:38:22 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Smooth Sailing   Favoriting Ella In Hamburg  Ella Fitzgerald - Vocals • Tommy Flanagan Trio: • Tommy Flanagan - Piano • Keter Betts - Bass • Gus Johnson - Drums Recorded March 26, 1965, in Hamburg, Germany  3:43:13 (Pop-up)
DJ All Through        3:47:13 (Pop-up)
Ella Fitzgerald  Happy Blues   Favoriting Ella In London  Ella Fitzgerald - vocals • Tommy Flanagan Quartet: ◦ Tommy Flanagan - piano ◦ Joe Pass - guitar ◦ Keter Betts - double bass ◦ Bobby Durham - drums • Recorded April 11, 1974 at Ronnie Scott's, London, England  3:53:14 (Pop-up)


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Listener comments!

Avatar 11:57am
Stork:

Greetings and welcome to the Ellathon!
  12:01pm
Gary via app:

Ella excited for this!
Avatar 12:01pm
hyde:

hello!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm
Fuzzy:

This is an Ella 'va good way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm
listener james from westwood:

How do, Stork and all!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:03pm
chresti:

Hi Stork and dressed up swells without slacks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi. Is this live or is this Memorex™?
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:04pm
doctorjazz:

Will be in transit and visiting my sister, so will be listening in the car and in the archives (and likely quiet), but quite psyched for the show!!!! (and HI all!)
Avatar 12:05pm
Stork:

Gary! Hyde! Fuzzy ;) - listenre james from westwood, chresti, Ken from Hyde Park and the rockin doc!
Avatar 12:07pm
Stork:

Not bad to have Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman entranced at the front table!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm
StringOFperils:

Hey, Stork!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm
Jeff Golick:

A tisket a tasket, I've got Stork in my basket.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm
Jeff Golick:

(And by basket, I mean my head.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Yes so ♉︎Taurus follows the first sign of birth - head-first ♈︎Aries - & correlates to accumulating enuff Material to fundamentally flourish & survive in the Middle of Spring. It's the Throat region - the parts of the anatomy connecting the physical body & the senses to the brain. The Fixed Earth sign - Ruled by aesthetic ♀︎Venus - in many ways ♉︎Taurus correlates to definitive Forms...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm
coelacanth∅:

greetings Stork and Storkles
Avatar 12:13pm
Listener Gregory:

I didn't know you were a pâpe-ist!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:18pm
WR:

Yes Stork, regarding the photo, puzzling over who the other guy behind Duke might be.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm
coelacanth∅:

the guy to Benny's left, mostly shadowed, looks familiar
Avatar 12:21pm
Stork:

Hidee heedi, StringOFperils, Jeff, RevRabb Nov63, coelacanth∅:, Listener Greg - and WR!!! greetz!!
Avatar 12:22pm
Stork:

WR: you mean the guy to the right of Benny Goodman?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm
coelacanth∅:

(he looks kind of familiar too)
Avatar 12:23pm
Listener Gregory:

I say we Photoshop out everyone but Duke and Ella.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm
Little Danny:

Hi Stork, hi everybody.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm
coelacanth∅:

or we could put cat heads on everyone else
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm
coelacanth∅:

hi Danny
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm
listener james from westwood:

Ella makes it a good day to be editing a book that takes place in the 1940s!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I kinda like Goodman as a 2ndLine with his brain trying to mathematically parse Ella riffing free...
Avatar 12:31pm
Stork:

Hey, Danny!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Ella Don't Need No Lyrics
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm
coelacanth∅:

Listener Gregory actually i couldn't delete or put a cat head on Benny either.
giant soft spot in here for him
Avatar 12:43pm
Stork:

Benny Goodman: good. Like, quite extremely good. He stays, no cat-head.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm
coelacanth∅:

^ that's how i feel
Avatar 12:49pm
hyde:

i am also pro-Goodman
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:51pm
doctorjazz:

One of the purest voices, fabulous improvisor, and a warmth that shines through performances! Back to the car!
  12:51pm
Glistener MW:

I was really hoping you’d shout his name as “FLIP RICKARD!!!”, a la The Old Codger’s frequent mentions of “FLIP THE FROG!!!” 🐸
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:51pm
WR:

Anybody got an idea of what musical "I Said No" is from? I assume musical since song writers Loesser and Styne mostly did musicals... Bronwyn?
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:54pm
doctorjazz:

My Ella connection- When I first started seeing my wife, we had musical "issues"-she was big into musical theater, I was a jazzbo (and most anything BUT musical theater). We found common ground in the Ella-Louis records, which I now know every note of.
I eventually came to appreciate musical theater; she eventually learned to tolerate or shut out my music
Avatar 12:56pm
hyde:

According to frankloesser.com, I Said No is from "Sweater Girl"
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Stork:

Good question, WR. And good answer, hyde! Boy you kids are fast!!
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hyde:

it's an Eddie Bracken vehicle. June Preisser is the, um, titular sweater girl
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WR:

Thank you hyde!

Next I want to find other recordings to compare the lyrics.
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Stork:

To be honest, I used to be put off by Ella's breezy style. It was some years before i got the fire and the soul beneath the surface. And chops?
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doctorjazz:

To my ears, Ella in the 50s is perfection!
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WR:

Understand that Stork, the clean and easy lilt to her work may initially seem to lack substance and grit to us coming from rock then blues then jazz explorers.
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Stork:

I agree, doc. In the 70's perfection got a little grainy but she still had more than almost anyone. It's great to bond with your partner over music!
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Michael 98145:

@drjazz, great story
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Doug Schulkind:

Check out these wonderful snaps of a 23-year-old Ella by Carl Van Vechten (from 1940). Just posted on the Vintage Everyday site: www.vintag.es...
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Stork:

Exactly right, WR.
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Stork:

He just said Rabbit!! Taalkin to Johnny Hodges!! Hee hee hee!
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Noted.
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Stork:

Wow, Doug! Zhose are just amazing! Someday I'm gonna learn how to make a slideshow and add it to this page!
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doctorjazz:

I started or not quite "getting" Ella either, much preferred Sarah Vaughan and many others. But thus car listening sessions to Ella/Louis won me over (wife's driving, so you're stuck with me here after all). Have to say, listening to this in the car with my fam is choking me up.
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hunkered oats:

This is so great.
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Stork:

Then my work is working, doc!
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Stork:

Hey, welcome, hunkered oats!
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Always think of clip of Ella on some talk show / panel thing with some eminent Classical Conductor there too - & she says 'course I'm not a Musician' - & the Conductor stops her & says don't make me fight you ! Beacause Musician is precisely what she was.
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Stork:

That was Andre Previn, RevRabb. Great interview! They did an album together, too.
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Stork:

Previn asked her if he might trade a few of his for her.
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

That's it! Y'all er fast &tc. ...
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Stork:

My head doth explode.
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Many play the Musics - a few *are* the Musics...
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Doug Schulkind:

Always ADORED this version.
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

She just said the whole phrase - Rawk'n'Roll - in 1937...
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...that's the year Robert Johnson had his 2nd & last recording session...
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...& it wasn't in Memphis...
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Doug Schulkind:

@RevRabNov63
Are you saying Ella sold her soul the Devil?
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adamdoesit:

Hello Stork and Gang of Wolf. I'm back from my bike ride and ready for hella Fitzgerald. Say, barkeep, what do you have for a recovery drink?
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Stork:

adamdoesit! We have the usual 30 and 40-weight. What'll it be?
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adamdoesit:

I've been sitting too long, so probably the 30-weight. That ought to help work things loose.
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Stork:

Yeah, Rev, what's the earliest known mention of R&R? Seems it keeps getting earlier.
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Stork:

So great to hear Joe Pass just comping.
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Little Danny:

This is gorgeous. Love hearing Ella in tone-poem-y mode.
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Little Danny:

"Rain" that is.
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Stork:

@Danny: yup. She really could go anywhere with them pipes.
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doctorjazz:

Sounded like Pass on nylon string guitar, something you don't hear often either.
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Little Danny:

I tentacle salute thee Stork!
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Little Danny:

Rare is the bad read of "Midnight Sun."
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Stork: No idea on earliest - but I find that in 1937 startling.
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adamdoesit:

My Ella Fitzgerald story: a few years ago today, I went to the hospital to visit an older gent I'd worked with. He had fallen on his head, gone into seizures, and slipped into a coma. It was the first time I saw someone on a ventilator and, I hoped, the last. He'd been an Ella fan from way back, and often talked about his life through connection to her music. Remembering that it was her birthday, I pulled up WKCR on my phone, and played her for him for half an hour -- it was a live date from Germany or Sweden, I think. A few days later, he was gone. I don't know if he heard, but at least Ella, who had been a part of his life for so long, was there close to the end.
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Righteous adamdoesit.
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Little Danny:

That is a bittersweet story.
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doctorjazz:

Nice story, adamdoesit.
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Stork:

Just beautiful, adamdoesit.
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adamdoesit:

Thanks, Rev, LD, doc, Stork. Glad to get to share it.
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Stork:

Any Bugs Bunny fans out there?
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doctorjazz:

Ella would know Satch"s shtick.
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Listener Gregory:

Trying to imagine a world in which a whistle blows at 5 pm and everyone just... stops working.
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Snopes on the Marilyn-Ella connection :
www.snopes.com...
- interesting that Marilyn used her Glamour to boost Ella exactly where Glamour should not have been a concern.
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Stork:

Marilyn was cool as hell. Stuck up for Ella, getting her a job at the El Mocambo where few black performers had performed. She agreed to sit at the front table for a week if they booked her. The place was jammed every night.Ella was actually glad to get the boost from that gig so she never had to sing a small jazz club again.
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adamdoesit:

Wow, I had no idea about Ella and Marilyn.
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doctorjazz:

New to me as well, interesting!
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doctorjazz:

Going to have to take leave, thanks, Stork, will listen again in the archives! See you all later!
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WR:

Larer doctorjazz
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Listener Gregory:

Herr Stork, your geiger counter is in spasm.
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Michael 98145:

Well he IS closer to Chernobyl than most of us
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Stork:

I forgot to add that Phil Schaap gets kudos for discovering that Ella in Rome concert in the Verve archives and got it released. Lou Levy said he didnt even know it had been recorded - he said "man, we were swingin our cans off that night!"
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Radio Active for decades...
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Michael 98145:

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adamdoesit:

Ella Fitzgerald: Where Phil Schaap Meets Marilyn Monroe.
Seriously, though, Ella seems to bring out the best in everyone.
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Michael 98145:

this is such a great show
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Stork:

Okay, Michael 98145, be that way! :))))
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Listener Gregory:

That Ella/Oscar Peterson performance was remarkable. I heard it as a duo, but I was in the next room.
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Michael 98145:

Ms Ella even has a bandcamp presence ellafitzgerald.bandcamp.com
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WR:

i was initially impatient with Peterson playing so long before Ella started singing but it turned out so perfect to have Ella sing that song through to the end without a break.
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Stork:

A duo it was, Listener Gergory. Their duos were amazing - as were Ellis larkin's, Tommy Flanagan's... every accompanist was completely different with her.
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mauri:

Hey Stork, enjoyed the show a lot!
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Stork:

Hi Mauri! Thanks - there's over an hour left!
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Michael 98145:

w/ a bonus hour!
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Michael 98145:

what he said
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mauri:

Great! Sunday got even better!
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Michael 98145:

"It was the last song that Hart wrote before his death from pneumonia. "
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chresti:

An appendectomy to keep her love alive!
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Michael 98145:

I caught Sir James with his protectoress:
The rector’s wife, I mean the rectoress.
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adamdoesit:

I never heard that Rodgers and Hart tune before. It's as funny as an Eric Idle song.
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Stork:

Wow, didn't know that Michael 98145 - what a way to go!
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Stork:

Love that Sir James lyric! :)
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Stork:

Go Herb Ellis!
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Stork:

Yeah, Smith, Stuff it! I mean...
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Listener Gregory:

Ella played with some of the greatest musicians of her day, and she always held her own as an improviser and musician.
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Hell - she cut a few of them !
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Stork:

Oh, yeah, Listener Gregory, it was tough for any person, band or orchestra to keep pace with her. And she would even perform when asked by clueless talk-show hosts, and nailed it. She could be awkward in fron of fewer than 5000 people.
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Stork:

Björk sez Ella is her favorite singer. And she said it's harder to sing happy than to sing sad.
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Michael 98145:

( speaking of Chernobyl ... Saturday 26 April 1986. just sayin'. )
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WR:

OMG. This Passion Flower recording has melted me. Puddle here.
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Listener Gregory:

Even Ella should think twice about singing next to Johnny Hodges on this one. (Possibly contradicting earlier comment, but Hodges rules on this.)
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Stork:

She was hanging with Diz since just about the beginning of bebop.
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Michael 98145:

whew
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Michael 98145:

"Die Moritat von Mackie Messer"
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Listener Gregory:

I knew you couldn't resist the Berlin concert...
Getting off the computer but still listening. Fantastic show, Herr Professor Dr. Stork.
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Stork:

The legendary recording where she forgets the words - and proceeds to improve Brecht.
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Michael 98145:

I'm always fascinated how this became a pop tune
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...she got the one without wurds...:
www.facebook.com...
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adamdoesit:

Hella Ella, Stork. Bravo.
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chresti:

Thanks der wunderStork!
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Fuzzy:

Wow, 4 oclock already -- time flies! Great show Sr. Stork, thanks!
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mauri:

Thanks Stork :)
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Stork:

Thanks, chresti! And every one a y'all! What a fun four hours it was for me. Hope ya boogied along. Gonna dance into bed now. 'night - see ya the next one!!!
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Stork:

Hey, Fuzzy and everybody else not greeted at the door!
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Stork:

Thanks Mauri :))):)))
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WR:

thank you so very much. so much.

onward.
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

TY DJ Stork Sir !
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coelacanth∅:

Thanks Stork!
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