Richard Rodgers (composer) and Lorenz Hart (librettist) were a songwriting duo who wrote 28 stage musicals and over 500 songs together from 1919 to 1943, when Hart died. Many of their songs are jazz standards; for example, Ella Fitzgerald recorded the two-volume Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook in 1956.
First up is Tal Farlow’s 1954 recording of “Have You Met Miss Jones?” Rodgers and Hart wrote the song for the 1937 musical I’d Rather Be Right. Accompanying Tal are Gerald Wiggins on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Chico Hamilton on drums.
Our second song today is “Blue Moon,” written for 1934’s Manhattan Melodrama. This is the doo-wop version recorded by The Marcels in 1961 that reached #1 on the Hot 100.
A full list of the shows they wrote and some of the more popular songs can be found on Wikipedia. I think you’ll find you recognize a few of them.
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, your Two for Tuesday, September 15, 2015.