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#STAGIONE 7 - EBE TESSELLI.5 - Giovedì 25 April 2019, 17.00 a., 17.00 a., VENTUNESIMA PUNTATA
We continue to host the mythical Ebe Tesselli: the beautiful 88-year-old lady who has been our guest for three episodes in 2017, a great music lover who will take us back 80 years and lead us back to the Ravenna music of the 30s, 40s and 50s. The Honeysuckle Rose is a song composed in 1929 by Fats Waller.
During the show we heard his 1934 version, which was presented at the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999. Ethel Waters is a guest on an American television show from 1972 and talks about his life and artistic career. Let's make a 90-year jump now and see her sing 'Am I Blue' in the 1929 movie 'On With The Show'.
We see her presented by Diana Ross in this videoclip and then try our hand at the song Suppertime. The American trumpeter and musician Harry Haag James (Albany, March 15, 1916 - Las Vegas, July 5, 1983) was a leading player of the swing-era, with a style and virtuosity that made his way to playing the trumpet unmistakable.
The song we heard on the air is played by Harry James and his orchestras in the 1944 movie Bathing Beauty. He was the younger brother of Jimmy Dorsey, the head of the group he played in. After separating from Jimmy in the mid-1930s, Tommy led an extremely popular and successful group from the late 1930s to 1950s.
The song heard on air is a typical Woody Allen movie soundtrack song; even though it's not part of the Manhattan movie soundtrack, it fits very well into the scenes of the movie chosen for this one. In the 1950s, Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker, Jr. enjoyed great public and critical acclaim, especially for his albums as a singer (Chet Baker Sings, It could Happen to You).
Dave Gelly, a historian of contemporary music, described the promising beginnings of Chet Baker's career as "James Dean, Frank Sinatra and Bix Beiderbecke (a famous early trumpet player of jazz), rolled up. His well-known drug addiction has also contributed to his fame and fame; Baker was often in and out of prison before enjoying the rebirth of his career in the late 1970s and 1980s.
The track we heard on air is from the album "Chet Baker Sings And Plays With Len Mercer And His Orchestra - Angel Eyes". In the 1960 Lucio Fulci movie 'Urlatori alla Sbarra' Chet Baker played and sang with Adriano Celentano, Mina, I Brutos, Umberto Bindi, a newcomer Lino Bani and many others.
The movie ends with Chet Baker singing "Arrivederci", a play by Umberto Bindi with texts by Giorgio Calabrese.