Friday, May 19, 2017

How many times did you leave heaven?

A friend has been singing the song "When Did You Leave Heaven?" at a local jam session off and on for a year or so, and while he is on vacation another friend gave it a try last week, so I decided to let Google and YouTube show me who has recorded it over the years. Amazing.

One of the YouTube comment threads claims it was the first song ever broadcast on television, from a 1937 recording by Lilly Fryer, which I did not find on YouTube. From various web posts, it looks like the song was introduced by Tony Martin in the movie "Sing Baby Sing" in 1936.

(I am composing this blog post on my phone with the latest version of the Blogger app, a rather clumsy editing process that I belatedly discovered did not make web addresses links automatically. I may come back with a  computer to put things in better chronological order, and make the YouTube addresses actual links. Until then, I'm afraid you will have to copy and paste most of the addresses into a browser window. I did make a few of significant names direct links until I started going cross-eyed from doing it on the phone. Stauffer & Toffel's 1936 German-accented version on Telefunken is culturally and historically fascinating. The song certainly has a way of jumping back and forth across cultural lines.)

Tony Martin

https://youtu.be/gdptKMMHplc

https://youtu.be/Etc-YzgIxI8

Guy (& Carmen, vocal) Lombardo
https://youtu.be/SiOQjPpmQLI
https://youtu.be/JiJsd0QVd9E

Red Allen
https://youtu.be/JH6lx6E9Ut4

Frances Langford
https://youtu.be/wUf9QqPM3RQ

Teddy Stauffer (Billy Toffel, vocal)
https://youtu.be/AozkMu5DHHY

Mel Powell porch. (w. Benny Goodman)
https://youtu.be/l3M7ojzaoxI

Big Bill Broonzy
https://youtu.be/TuM_wimHj6c
https://youtu.be/JxnCQSI8k08

Jimmy Scott
https://youtu.be/57OQK-zJhoA
https://youtu.be/SRYJbaxwJ20

Louis Armstrong
https://youtu.be/Gz1msJyXY5A

Nancy Wilson
https://youtu.be/JcClSnMiOp0
https://youtu.be/sQ6dQRgwSso

Jim Reeves
https://youtu.be/5dr7aSKM2V0

Johnny Guitar Watson
https://youtu.be/q73xfc_Zvf0

Eric Clapton
https://youtu.be/qDrMKfYdF-A

Renee Fleming
https://youtu.be/HvSmTc9H-o0

Carla Valenti
https://youtu.be/cp_Rx0UZ4YM

Hank Crawford
https://youtu.be/uNsQccm-0wk

Bob Dylan
https://youtu.be/9s4Tqfuj_Wo
https://youtu.be/0E4fYKmhhmM

Pokey LaFarge
https://youtu.be/YlRPF_JFbUo
https://youtu.be/WxgpnDv0Q_s

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