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Sunday, February 15, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: TAKE THE A TRAIN

In 1939, when Duke Ellington was living in the Bronx, NY, he invited a "Pittsburgh guy" named Billy Strayhorn to visit him. The directions included: "Once in New York, take the A train to Sugar Hill."

Strayhorn arrived and wrote the song to show Ellington that he could write lyrics about anything, including directions to his house.

In 1940 the American Society of Composers and Publishers issued a ruling that effectively prevented Ellington from playing his previous compositions over the radio.

Ellington told Strayhorn to write a new book for the band.

Strayhorn decided to save his A Train composition, and the recording that most of us associate with the song was recorded and aired for the first time on February 15, 1941.

18 comments:

a sexy female fan said...

RUMPOLE, is there anything you don't know something about.

lawyer lovin life said...

Rumpole- the economy is in the tubes, people are losing their jobs and homes, and I'm on my way to the boat show to buy a new one. I do foreclosures, bankruptcy, and I just got my referral fee in a 2.4 million settlement. My girlfriend this month is a former cover girl for Valladares, (I love the hispanic hotties) and life as a lawyer is good.

What about the 33 Contender with the cabin?

Anonymous said...

PS- it actually was a participation fee, if anyone cares.

Anonymous said...

This is great stuff. The old black singers and musicians (Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Etta James, Dinah Washington, to name some of a thousand) are so much classier and better than the garbage that is put out today. I hate to say it, but when it comes to African American music, here's to yesterday!

Anonymous said...

SRO AT JUDGE STACY D. GLICK'S INVESTITURE!!! PLUS TWO MORE ROOMS!! NOONE CAN TOP OR HAS EVER TOPPED THIS ONE. CLASS ALL THE WAY AS ONLY THE GLICK'S WOULD DO IT. I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO SUCH AN ENTERTAINING INVESTITURE THAT WAS A CLASS ACT TOO! BOUTINIERES FOR HER SPECIAL GUESTS, WOW! I WAS WINED AND DINED AT THE CHART HOUSE FOR A LUNCHEON THAT RIVALED MANY WEDDINGS I HAVE BEEN TO. MUSIC, WINE, PRIME RIB, DECORATIONS, FABULOUS SERVICE, RIGHT ON THE WATER FOR A FABULOUS VIEW OF MIAMI. THE GLICK'S KNOW HOW TO CELEBRATE A MITZVAH! 199 GUESTS AND I WERE PRIVELEDGED TO SHARE IT.

hate shumie said...

HAS THE WHOLE WORLD GONE MAD??

Rump- I'm a 4th year associate at a mid to big firm. The type of firm where senior associates are given a million bucks severance pay and sent on their way.

Anyway, we're in a meeting with some snotty kids from California who have retained us for a third round of financing. They do something about software apps for the I phone and Twitter. Who the F really knows?

Anyway, first year associates in this firm, as well as second and some third are SEEN AND NOT HEARD.

So the partner in charge of the project is trying to come with a phrase about the economy like the "100 pound gorilla in the room." You know, you can't ignore certain things. And he struggles for the phrase and this jackass first year associate says "you mean like you can't ignore the shumie in the room?"

And the snotty kids from California yell "exactly dude!!!" and the partner smiles.

So a few minutes later they are trying to decide whether to accept more money from one investor who already owns a boat load of stock or from a new investor. And again the partner struggles for a second and again this jackass first year pipes up"You mean the shumie you know versus the shumie you don't" and again the kids from Cal yell "you got it dude!!" and the partner puts his arm around the first year and tells the snotty kids how hard everyone in the firm is working on this project.

We leave and the partner takes mr jackass first year out to lunch.

HAs the whole world gone MAD??? Since when is "shume" the f'ing catch phrase for anything and everything???

I'm pissed.

defense-lawyer-for-the-princess said...

10:35-- "I love the hispanic hotties"

I have narrowed it to one-- I love the Colombian hottie.

Anonymous said...

6:45 PM--out of all of the thousands of posts I have read on this blog, as well as other blogs, yours is, hands down, the dumbest.

This whole "shumie time" thing is old and "played out," as my buddies and I would have said in high school. Find a new joke.

Anonymous said...

i guess i dont get the glick thing. her daddy was born rich yet had little compassion as a judge.. he bought his baby a bmw in law school then a robe.

Anonymous said...

the trialmaster is very hot this month.

Anonymous said...

8:40. This was no joke. I think the Shumie thing stinks, is totally stupid, moronic, and I don't get it. But I have read this blog before, and a google search of shumie and shumie time comes back to this blog again and again. This thing at my firm was the first time I heard the phrase used in public, although my colleague tells me she was at a firm that used the code phrase shumie time for when staff could go home. Believe it or not, I just don't like it.

Anonymous said...

9:53........obviously you don't know a damn thing about the Glicks or Lenny's upbringing.

Anonymous said...

Stacy Glick is a class act. If you do not agree then you have never met her in person.

lawyers-in-coral-gables said...

Yo Rump, we can't get the colombian to publish any of our comments so how the hell did you manage to get her to twitter with you?! {If you are able to, let her know the boys out in Coral Gables are thinking about her}

Rumpole said...

I guess I just have that certain something that she finds irresistible. She's quite the Twitter-er.

lawyers-in-coral-gables said...

5:50-- Whatever that "certain something" is, how about you bottle it and then sell it to some of us lawyers?
Do please let her know we love her blog. Who knows? Maybe if she hears it from you, we may have a chance.

lawyers-in-coral-gables said...

What woman doesn't like a good poem? Maybe this will win her over--

There is a Latin bird who is sweet, sweet, sweet.
She twitters and tweets and is a delightful treat.

Anonymous said...

Glick's father did not buy her the robe. Stacy worked her ass off in her campaign for it. 9:53 better get their facts straight before mouthing off. Her BMW was not purchased by him either. Stacy opened her own store in Law school and bought it herself. Hey why does anyone have to justify anything to you. Your a jealous jerk. You'll never have the class of a Glick!