THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY!
Pay Day Friday no less! And that means just another 4 hours of Corporate Hell nonsense, one run workout and then it’s “Hello, CRAVE LOCAL FRESH, a wobbly pop (or 2) courtesy of Brimstone Brewing and a few rounds of Exploding Kittens for Daddy-Daughter Date night at The Sanctuary!”.
Anyway, this lunches decompress-slash-core workout (Day 65) is set to the ‘Stars of the Apollo Theatre‘ compilation album.
I have no idea where I originally found this album, but WOW!
What a total score it was when I did.
Essentially, all you need to know is that it’s 28 vintage “jazz” and blues from a classic period of performances at the great Apollo Theatre at at 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
Each of the artists here largely credit the Apollo for helping to launch their lucrative (and in some cases, not so lucrative) careers. Just look at the credits on this particular album: Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, “Screaming” Jay Hawkins, Jimmy Johnson, Mamie Smith, Slim Gaillard, Don Redman, and that doesn’t even begin to scrape the barrel.
For example, I have no idea who Butterbeans & Suzie (who, for the record, is worth the album alone just to hear them crooning back and forth to each other about needing a “hot dog for her roll”), Hot Lips Page & His Orchestra, or Buck & Bubbles & Their Buckets are, but DAY-UM!
That’s some good shit.
This album when I found it turned me onto the music by names I’d only heard of and I think it’s the best collection of big Apollo stars that I can imagine now. And it goes WAY back to very early recordings. I’ve been playing this album over and over again for years and it never pales, never gets old, and never ceases to make me happy.
And I need that today because of what a total shit show it’s been at work this week and I need a little Jazz Boner to cheer me up as only songs like ‘Reefer Man‘, ‘Gimme a Pigfoot‘, and ‘You’re Just An Old Antidiestablishmentarian Ismist‘ can do.