Gimme 10: Autumn

Holidays are over and Gimme 10 returns, along with the other mixgrillers. Today it presents 10 songs about autumn and hopes to hold many surprises for you from now on, with a little help from famous as well as young and ambitious artists. A happy year to you all!

1. Autumn Leaves – John Coltrane

(Joseph Kosma)
It all started with the french song entitled Les Feuilles Mortes, music by Joseph Kosma and lyrics by Jacques Prevert, originally performed by Yves Montand and Irene Joachim in 1946 in the film Les Portes De La Nuit. The following year it was translated in English by Johnny Mercer, it passed the french frontiers and became one of the most popular pop and jazz standards.

2. Autumn In New York – Frank Sinatra

(Vernon Duke)
Another jazz standard, this time from 1934, composed for the Broadway musical, Thumbs Up!. This is one of many covers, by the great Sinatra in 1947.

3. September Song – Sarah Vaughan

(Kurt Weill-Maxwell Anderson)
We remain in the 1930s, with a song that was originally played in the Broadway musical, Knickerbocker Holiday (1938). The musical had not been a great success, but the song did a lot better,  being covered by many later on. Here we listen to it from the great Sarah Vaughan in a 1955 performance.

4. Late November – Sandy Denny

(Sandy Denny)
The opening song of the album The North Star Grassman And The Ravens (1971) by the great Sandy Denny who has been a member of the Fairport Convention, as well as one of the greatest singers and songwriters in Britain.

5. Autumnsong – Manic Street Preachers

(James Dean Bradfield-Sean Moore-Nicky Wire)
The second single from Send Away The Tigers in 2007. A classical dramatic composition like the ones the Welsh rockers are used to creating.

6. October Song – Amy Winehouse
(Amy Winehouse-Matt Rowe-Stefan Skarbek)
A song from Winehouse's debut entitled Frank, which was released in 2003. Although it received much appreciation and had a good commercial impact, it took the huge success of  Back To Black (2006) to make that album more widely known.

7. Late November – Pavlov’s Dog

(David Surkamp-Steve Scorfina)
The album Pampered Menial (1974), the debut by the Pavlov’s Dog, is the most popular work by the American band. There you can find this song that demonstrated the progressive/AOR features of their music, with the high frequency vibrato by the singer, David Surkamp, being predominant.

8. Autumn Almanac – The Kinks

(Ray Davies)
If someone wanted to claim that The Kinks have been wronged by History concerning the significance of their work, he would find many arguments to support his case. This little diamond from 1967 could have been one of the most powerful arguments, a song with beautiful vocals and an easy going mood.

9. September – Earth, Wind & Fire

(Maurice White-Al McKay-Allee Willis)
And a little disco-funk by the Americans Earth, Wind & Fire. This is one of their least popular songs, which had been recorded during the creation of the album  I Am (1979) and was released as a single in 1978 with great success.

10. October – U2

(Bono-The Edge-Adam Clayton-Larry Mullen, Jr.)
The, almost instrumental, song after which the second studio album by the Irish U2 had been named, is a short piano ballad with a rather melancholic mood.

* Photos from http://geniusbeauty.com/beautiful-places/beautiful-pictures-of-autumn/ and www.wikipedia.org.



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