At his home in the Hollywood Hills, the last of America's great crooners is surrounded by the usual trappings of stardom - the big indoor swimming pool, the dutiful maid, the gourmet kitchen, the priceless view of Tinseltown. When the main door swings open, I almost expect Johnny Mathis to appear in a tux, singing his famous line:
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They left the minute Dizzy Gillespie got on the stand. Besides the gown, crown, and green makeup, the key to impersonating the statue lies in the face: I never would've known that had I not stumbled upon a street vendor who appears in the warm-weather months around 15th and Spruce Streets, and whose Doris LPs reveal vocal details and shading that put her miles above many pretty-voiced singers of the s.
Ellington always wrote for the personnel he had at the time, showcasing both the personalities and sound of soloists such as Johnny Hodges , Harry Carney , Ben Webster , Lawrence Brown and Jimmy Blanton , and drawing on the contrasts between players or sections to create a new sound for his band. Barbecues are great for LPs like my bargain-bin find Co Star: Erroll Garner's full given name was Erroll Louis Garner.