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Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere. I Want a Little Girl. The Blues Don't Care. The Late, Late Show. Welcome to the Club. Look out for Love. To Whom It May Concern. My Heart's Treasure.
Non Dimenticar Don't Forget. This Morning It Was Summer. A Thousand Thoughts of You. Crazy She Calls Me. Until the Real Thing Comes Along. Everytime I Feel the Spirit. Standin' in the Need of Prayer. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen. Sweet Hour of Prayer. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. And, then there's Ella Fitzgerald who makes a brief appearance as herself who apparently influenced W.
And, then there's Cab Calloway, who doesn't get to sing, but adds much as an opportunist who uses W. Handy for his own devices. And Ruby Dee is on hand as W. And, Ruby is really jealous of Eartha. And, lastly, one of my favorites of all time, the inimitable Pearl Bailey, with her sassy self, as W. Both Mahalia and Pearl did not sing enough to suit me, but this was about W.
For all these people and the sheer talent in one place, you can't get much better. Granted the film is too short, but maybe you can just watch it over and over. Louis Blues" and its stars are worth the trouble to find it. Do it today. Although Nat King Cole made many guest appearances in various films the only leading role he ever took on was that of W. Handy the composer and father of the Blues as he's generally accorded that title. We don't expect much in the way of truth.
For instance Handy did go blind, but that was not until after a fall off a New York City subway platform, not as is shown here. There was also no cure for it either as Handy spent his last years in the dark.
He was in fact the son of a preacher who did not hold with the kind of music is son wanted to make. Juano Hernandez plays Handy's stern father and the motherless child played William Preston has Pearl Bailey as the aunt and maternal influence in his life. The conflict between father and son drives the film as Handy just cannot get his father to accept the Blues as art form. There are two women in Handy's life, his churchgoing sweetheart played by Ruby Dee and the nightclub performer Eartha Kitt who I believe is playing a character based on Bessie Smith.
Such other performers as Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mahalia Jackson have parts in the film that suit their talents. But it's the music performed for which we watch these films and Cole and the cast perform it well.
With the names I've mentioned you would expect nothing else. As for Cole in his one and only time as a lead he did a superb job as the talented and troubled W. We should remedy that. A joy to watch and listen to! C Handy, is, though not perfect, very enjoyable to watch and-- more importantly-- listen to. He sings a few tunes all fantastically performed, of course and his acting is even relatively convincing. Ella Fitzgerald joins the cast, too, but it is only a cameo.
Nevertheless, her part is very important; she gives a stellar rendition of "Beale Street Blues", one of the many great W. C Handy tunes featured. I would definitely recommend this movie, mostly because of the talent in it-- Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and the rest of the cast's talent and, of course, W.
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Jazz Standards.Mar 16, · Nat Cole and Nelson Riddle team up for a review of W.C. Handy's blue-tinged tunes. The Arrangements are witty, bluesy and sublime. Nat's vocals are in fine shape and he provides a wonderful performance. "Joe Turner's Blues" is one of the most hard driving tunes I've heard Nat record. A very enjoyable set/5(1).