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I couldn’t decide which version of this song to pick – Cilla Black? Dinah Washington? Sarah Vaughn? Frank Sinatra?  Peggy Lee?  Jule London? Diane Shuur? Jeri Southern? Anita O’Day? The Beatles?!

But in the end it had to be the most straight-up version I could find, sung by the very lovely Jo Stafford, for her warm, elegant, lyrical rendition of this timeless classic and the marvelous, sustained, extended lines of her phrasing.

And for some icing on the cake, here are  some pictures of my beautiful home state, Colorado.

It usually turns cold and a little grey  here this time of year, but not this time – the leaves have not even thought of falling –  The high is going to be an unbelievable 83 degrees, and the sky is going to be Colorado blue,  –  and its my Birthday –  so Happy Birthday to me, and F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pedro Almodóvar!

Now close your eyes, and remember the most beautiful fall day you ever had!

The leaves of brown
Came tumblin’ down, remember
In September in the rain

The sun went out
Just like a dying ember
That September in the rain

To every word of love
I heard you whisper
The raindrops seemed to play
A sweet refrain

Though spring is here,
To me it’s still September
That September in the rain

To every word of love
I heard you whisper
The raindrops seemed to play
A sweet refrain

Though spring is here,
To me it’s still September
That September in the rain
That September in the rain

 

 

 

Music by Harry Warren,  Lyrics by Al Dubin.

The song was published in 1937. It was introduced by James Melton in the film Melody for Two.

 

And how could I forget – Happy Birthday Fats Navarro – one of the best trumpet players of all time. Just listen to how he pops those notes and then bends the tone – what a combination of power and finesse!

I can’t help it –  just one more – here’s the genuine  article – wonderful Dutch Dyke Pia Beck  with her version of ‘September in the Rain’ followed by ‘If it Takes Forever.’

To my ear Pia’s syncopated piano style shares many elements with the late great Erroll Garner, especially with the bass, and maybe some Oscar Peterson.  Pia’s sense of timing is simply superb – it is no mean feat to comp one’s self this way – and  I think the only other singer/piano player who can do it as well is the incredible Brazilian Tania Maria.  Clapping on the off-beat marks some of those people in the club are obvious jazz fans – I wonder if this is Pia’s own club. She and her partner Marga were together from 1950 to Marga’s death on June 1 of 2009 – 59 years! They had lived together in Southern Spain since 1965. Pia died a few months later on November 26th 2009. She released a book The Touch of my Life in 2000 and a dvd The Touch of her Life in 2003 (?), Unfortunately neither of these is currently available in the U.S, though the audio cd Pia Beck 50 Years is available through Amazon.

Pia Beck in 1964

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