Friday, June 20, 2014


Good Morning, Class of '64
Awesome Autumn - Marilyn Parker
 Fall, Leaves, Fall

Emily Bronte

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; 
Lengthen night and shorten day; 
Every leaf speaks bliss to me 
Fluttering from the autumn tree. 
I shall smile when wreaths of snow 
Blossom where the rose should grow; 
I shall sing when night's decay 
Ushers in a drearier day.

Autumn Serenity - David Lloyd Glover
from The Autumn

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How there you sat in summer-time, 
May yet be in your mind; 
And how you heard the green woods sing 
Beneath the freshening wind. 
Though the same wind now blows around, 
You would its blast recall; 
For every breath that stirs the trees, 
Doth cause a leaf to fall.

Yellow Leaf - Cathy Hillegas
The Top Twenty Instrumentals 
from the Fifties 
  1. The Third Man Theme - Guy Lambardo/Anton Karas (1) 1950
  2. Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado (1) 1955
  3. The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter (1) 1956
  4. Tequila - Champs (1) 1958
  5. Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson (1) 1951
  6. Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams (1) 1955
  7. Lisbon Antigua - Nelson Riddle (1) 1956
  8. Moonglow & Theme from Picnic - Morris Stoloff (1) 1956
  9. Unchained Melody - Les Baxter (1) 1955
  10. Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny (1) 1959
  11. Patricia - Perez Prado (1) 1958
  12. The Happy Organ - Dave "Baby" Cortez (1) 1959
  13. Delicado - Percy Faith (1) 1952
  14. The Crazy Otto - Johnny Maddox (2) 1955
  15. So Rare - Jimmy Dorsey (2) 1957
  16. Ebb Tide- Frank Chacksfield (2) 1953
  17. Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett (2) 1956
  18. Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter (2) 1956
  19. April In Portugal - Les Baxter (2) 1953
  20. Melody of Love - Billy Vaughn (2) 1955
Autumn Leaves and Acorns - Sharon Foster
You expected to be sad in the fall.
Part of you died each year when the leaves
fell from the trees and their branches were bare
against the wind and the cold, wintery light.
But you knew there would always be the spring,
as you knew the river would flow again after it
was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed
the spring, it was as though a young person died for
no reason.

Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast

Autumn Leaves - #6
Autumn Leaves was originally a French
song from 1945, "Les feuilles mortes"
("The Dead Leaves").
It's been recorded many times as a
vocal and instrumental. In 1955 Roger Williams
made the song a number-one hit in the
United States in 1955,
the only piano instrumental to ever
reach number one.
It sold over two million copies.
Roger Williams' father was a Lutheran minister
and his mother a music teacher.
He first played the piano at age three.
In high school, at his father's insistence,
he became interested in boxing.
After breaking his nose several times and
receiving other injuries, he returned to music.
He served in the Navy during WWII
(he also boxed while in the Navy)
and studied Jazz Piano at Julliard.
He was known as the "Pianist to the Presidents"
having played for nine administrations
beginning with Harry S. Truman.
Billboard magazine ranks him as the top
selling piano recording artist in history with
18 gold and platinum albums.
In 2010 Roger Williams was inducted into
the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
At that time, "Autumn Leaves" was the
best-selling piano solo record of all time.

Roger Williams - 1955

Autumn Leaves - Varga Mari
I'm so glad I live in a world
where there are Octobers.

L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables

Canadian Sunset - #18
Reached #2 on the Billboard chart
and #7 on the R&B chart.
Hugo Winterhalter was an easy listening 
arranger and composer. 
He taught school for many years 
before turning professional. 
He arranged and conducted recording 
sessions for many famous singers 
and had some chart hits of his own.

Hugo Winterhalter - 1956

Autumn Leaves - Julie Galante
Fall has always been my favorite season.
The time when everything bursts 
with its last beauty,
as if nature had been saving up 
all year for the grand finale.
Lauren DeStefano

 So Rare - #15
So Rare is a song from 1937, and since 

that time has been recorded by numerous artists, 
but it became a late-career hit in 1957 for 
Jimmy Dorsey, reaching #2 on Billboard 
magazine's pop charts. It became the highest 
charting song by a big band during the first decade
of the rock and roll era. 
Jimmy Dorsey died that same year.
Shortly before his death, he was awarded a gold

record for "So Rare". Jimmy Dorsey is considered 
one of the most important and influential alto 
saxophone players of the Big Band and Swing era.

Jimmy Dorsey - 1957

Autumn Leaves Lie in a Pile - Taylor S. Kennedy
the year's last,
loveliest smile.

William Cullen Bryant
Indian Summer

Tequila #4
  • The word "Tequila" is spoken three times throughout the tune.
  • Reached #1 hit on both the pop and R&B charts
  • Won the Grammy Award in 1959 for Best R&B Performance
The Champs technically formed after 
recording "Tequila".  Studio executives 
at Gene Autry's Challenge Records formed 
the band to record a B-Side for the 
"Train to Nowhere" single. 
It was intended as a throwaway track but 
became more famous than its A-side.
"Tequila" went to No. 1 in just three weeks 
and the band became the first group 
to go to the top with an instrumental 
that was their first release.
Fall Leaves - Irina Sztukowski
Love the trees until
their leaves fall off,
then encourage them to
try again next year.

Chad Sugg

Patricia - #11
Became the last record to ascend to #1 on the
Billboard Jockeys and Top 100 charts.
Also number one on the R&B Best Sellers
for two weeks.
(Prado re-recorded and re-charted
the song in a 1962 "twist" version.)
Perez Prado was a Cuban bandleader, musician
(singer, organist and pianist), and composer.
His orchestra was the most popular in mambo.
His son, Pérez Prado, Jr., directs the
Pérez Prado Orchestra in Mexico City
to this day.

Perez Prado - 1958

Watercolor Leaves - Walter Jennings
Listen! The wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!

Humbert Wolfe

A Wooded Path in Autumn - Hans Anderson Brendekilde
I cannot endure to waste anything
so precious as autumnal sunshine
by staying in the house.

[Notebook, Oct. 10, 1842]
Nathaniel Hawthorne
The American Notebooks 
Autumn Sunlight - Theodore Robinson

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