the Music

If It Don't Fit, Don't Force It

Coming soon!  Projected release date in late June/early July 2015.

Tracks

  • 1. Walk The Dog clip
  • 2. Everybody Does It Now clip
  • 3. Why Don't You Do Right? clip
  • 4. If It Don't Fit Don't Force It clip
  • 5. All Of Me clip
  • 6. I'll Fly Away clip
  • 7. Jug Band Blues clip
  • 8. I Want To Be Bad clip
  • 9. Ukulele Lady clip
  • 10. Bill Bailey clip
  • 11. Summertime clip
  • 12. New Rubbin' On That Darned Old Thing clip
  • 13. If You Want Me To Love You clip
  • 14. Five Foot Two clip
  • 15. Wayward Gal Blues clip
  • 16. Let's Get Drunk Again clip

All Of Me

This 1931 song by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons has become a jazz standard, being one of the most recorded songs of its era.  Originally recorded by Ruth Etting (“America’s Sweetheart of Song”) in December 1931, notable versions have been done by Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, and the list just goes on and on.  Ruth Etting, it might be noted, was married to the notorious gangster Martin “Moe the Gimp” Snyder, and if you ever want a good story, read up on the history of that relationship—not to spoil the ending, but let’s just say there was a kidnapping and a big shooting scene followed by several sensational trials.  Less sensational is the story of how this song entered our repertoire—when Chris Ruppenthal (the special guest guitarist on our Sweetest Peaches record) would come to town for his annual visit, he and Nathan Breckenridge (our original bass player) would always noodle around on this song.  I had not yet learned many jazz chords or progressions, so I go Chris to show me how to play it and suddenly we were a jazz band!