Saturday, August 13, 2011

Saturday morning tunes: "I spend my days in longing"

Back in late 1999, NPR ran a daily feature counting down the "top 100 songs" of the 20th century. (Wait -- just the 20th century? That means that "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" -- one of the most popular "piano bench" songs of the 19th century -- is disqualified. Damn. Anyway . . . )

Coleman Hawkins' incredible 1939 performance of "Body and Soul" took the #1 spot -- and also must have helped generations of kids decide to take up tenor sax.

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