William Price King in Concert – Love Me or Leave Me


This week William Price King treats us to a performance of a song that was a popular hit with our great grand parents.This Saturday is the start of a new series when William introduces us to the life, career and music of the stunning Nina Simone.  I hope you will join us here.

On with the show….

Love Me or Leave Me is a song that is over 90 years old having been written in the 1920s by Walter Donaldson with the lyrics by Gus Kahn.

Walter Donaldson was born in 1893 and wrote some of the top hits of the 1910s and 20s including Yes Sir That’s my Baby, How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down On The Farm and My Blue Heaven. At the end of the 1920s Walter went to Hollywood with the arrival of the ‘talkies’ and composed the scores for movies such as The Great Ziegfeld.

He wrote over 600 songs in his career that have been covered by many of the artists of the day.

Gus Kahn was born in Germany in 1886 and arrived in America in 1890. He was one of the successes of Tin Pan Alley and began his career writing material for the thriving Vaudeville. He formed a partnership with band leader Isham Jones and this prolific collaboration produced such hits as I’ll See You In My Dreams.

Through the 1920s Gus contributed to some of the major hits on Broadway and then moved to Hollywood writing lyrics for films such as Flying Down to Rio and Ziegfeld Girl. He worked with all the well known composers of the day including Ira Gershwin and Al Jolsen but his main collaboration was with Walter Donaldson.

Love Me or Leave Me was debuted on Broadway in the play Whoopee in 1928 performed by Ruth Etting. The song began its long journey to the present day where it is still performed by artists around the world including today by William Price King with guitarist Gabriel Anfosso.

 William Price King

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William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the last 30 years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His debut jazz album is called ‘Home,’ a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area. His album ‘Home’ is available to download and more details in the Buy Music for Christmas.

LINKS
Links to website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find William’s performances that we feature each Wednesday in the following link
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-in-concert/

And the previous posts on the life and music of Nat King Cole, Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald and Roberta Flack are here..
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king/