Valentine’s Music Special with William Price King, Tony Bennett, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.


Next week we will begin a new series by William Price King as he takes us through the life and work of the consummate performer Mr. Tony Bennett. Now 90 years old, Tony Bennett has continued to perform alongside contemporary artists such as Lady Gaga including a collaborative album in 2014 called Cheek to Cheek.

51gpT-4lJsL._SS280As it is Valentine’s Day on Sunday I thought that I would share the romance of Tony Bennett and also remind you of the talent of William Price King with his performance of the song Cheek to Cheek.

Please join us next week for the new series and if you are with the one you adore, then why not have a smooch to these timeless love songs? Failing that there is nothing to stop you twirling around the room by yourself!

The first song is Fly Me To The Moon and it actually started out life as ‘In Other Words’ written by Bart Howard in 1954. It was first recorded by Kaye Ballad but it was not really until Frank Sinatra put his unforgettable stamp on the song in 1964 that it really became popular. It became the song most associated with the moon landings later in 1969 and helped keep those who recorded the song in the charts.

Here is Tony Bennett giving the song his particular brand of magic. Fly Me to the Moon uploaded by BlazzingSaber

One of my personal favourites now – A Stranger In Paradise from the film Kismet and written by Robert Wright and George Forrest in 1953. The music was inspired from a much older composition by Alexander Borodin from his Gliding Dance of the Maidens written in 1890.

Stranger in Paradise sung by Tony Bennett and shared by OnlyVocalHQ

Buy Tony Bennett music: http://www.amazon.com/Tony-Bennett/e/B000APGV7G

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Now for the wonderful talent of William Price King with his version of Cheek to Cheek. Written in 1935 by Irving Berlin for the legends of dance Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers for the film of the same year; Top Hat. A beautifully elegant song that immediately brings those two stunning performers to mind.

And finally the wonderful Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers with Swing Time uploaded by PepsiPrime

Have a wonderful week and look forward to seeing you back here next week for the start of A Man and his Music – William Price King meets Tony Bennett.

About 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 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 jazz album, ‘Home,’ is 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.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King

Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

You can find the other artists in the previous series here:

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king/

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A Man and his Music – William Price King performs ‘Cheek to Cheek’


Welcome to the mid-week musical interlude with an exclusive performance by William Price King filmed during one of his concerts this summer..

This Saturday William will be completing the series on Mel Torme and then we shall be moving onto one of the most incredible female singers of our time Miss Ella Fitzgerald.

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In the meantime and to keep you in the mood for love, after all it is Valentine’s Day this week, William is performing “Cheek to Cheek” written in 1935 for the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie Top Hat. In one of the most romantic moments captured on film over the years, this must rank in the top ten.. Fred sings it to Ginger as they glide across the dance floor and was so good it was nominated for the Best Song at the Oscars in 1936. It did not win but it spent five weeks in the charts and was voted the number one song of 1935.

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Over the years it has been recorded time and again by artists of course including the wonderful Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerald.. For more modern filmgoers it was also featured in The English Patient.

“Heaven, I’m in heaven and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak…..here is William to perform for you – suggest if you are in the company of the one you love, turn the volume up and get cheek to cheek……

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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 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

William Price King meets Mel Tormé
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-mel-torme/ Part One.
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-mel-torme-part-two-1940s/ Part Two
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-mel-torme-part-three-the-50s/ Part Three
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-mel-torme-part-four-the-1960s/ Part Four

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-meets-mel-torme-part-five-the-70s-and-80s/ Part Five
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-iconic-jazz-my-funny-valentine/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/william-price-king-iconic-songs-of-the-last-century-stardust/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-sings-jazz-prelude-to-a-kiss/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/a-man-and-his-music-william-price-king-sings-moonlight-in-vermont/

THE DIRECTORY FOR NAT KING COLE AND MEL TORME
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king/

Additional sources.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Hat