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Holiday Music Break - Duke Ellington In "Bundle Of Blues"

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by Sergio
December 23, 2011 11:22 PM
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Duke Ellington

Here's a terrific musical short for your holiday enjoyment. This is Duke Ellington and his band from the 1933 music short film Bundle of Blues.

Halfway through there's a great performannce by the legendary and sadly now somewhat forgotten Ivie Anderson, who regularly sang with Ellington's band during the 1930's to the early 40's, and who died tragically in 1949, only in her mid-40's, due to severe asthma, singing the classic Stormy Weather.

She made the song a huge hit a full decade before Lena Horne covered it in the 1943 film Stormy Weather which, afterward, became her signature tune. But Anderson had it first. Enjoy!

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  • Harlepolis | December 24, 2011 1:47 AMReply

    I think it was famously done by Ethel Waters though before Ivie but still, in the same year(1933).

    One of my fave "soundies" along with Gjon Mili's "Jammin' The Blues" and The Duke's "Rhapsody In Black" with Billie Holiday. In fact, I have to say that his soundies were the best of 'em IMO.

  • Sergio | December 24, 2011 8:42 AM

    I've did a piece about Jammin' The Blues back in Sept on S & A which is really quite brilliant:

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/watch_now_-_jammin_the_blues_short

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