THE SIL’VRY WATERS KISSED THE SHORE

It was not a complicated or “innovative” song for its time, and it’s nostalgic rather than ground-breaking now.  But it’s lovely, when performed soulfully. I present four sweet variations on the theme.  I’ll wait, if you’d like to have some pineapple while you listen.

ON A LITTLE BAMBOO BRIDGE

Bjarne “Liller” Pedersen sings with Papa Bue’s Viking Jazz Band, 1960:

Midge Williams with Miff Mole and his Orchestra:

Edythe Wright with Tommy Dorsey (glorious percussive commentaries from Dave Tough, a modernist interlude from Bud Freeman, and a three-trumpet passage that looks back to Bix and forwards to Bunny, who leads the trumpets, on January 19, 1937):

And the absolute master in March 1937 (this video provided by my friend Austin Casey) — Louis Armstrong accompanied by Andy Iona And His Islanders : Louis Armstrong; Sam Koki (steel guitar); George Archer, Harry Baty (guitar); Andy Iona (ukelele); Joe Nawahi (bass):

This post is for my friend Nick Rossi, who is enjoying the delights of mid-period Louis Armstrong.

ON A LITTLE BAMBOO BRIDGE two label

May your happiness increase!

6 responses to “THE SIL’VRY WATERS KISSED THE SHORE

  1. Gary Turetsky

    Thanks for another excellent post. I never knew Miff Mole had a big band. It was good to hear him and Midge Williams who is a discovery for me. I have always felt Miff got a bum rap for the simple fact he wasn’t Jack Teagarden. He was Miff Mole and that was quite an accomplishment.

  2. I love it!! Not to worry, Michael, I am eating my pineapple while I listen to these great versions of such an “unforgettable” tune. Thank you so much NM

  3. Herbert Frei

    And now I know why you like to wear these Hawaiian tee shirts !

  4. Yes, these records came first. Wishing you happiness, Herbert!

  5. Louis could do no wrong in the ’30’s (and the 20’s, 40’s, 50’s and ’60’s).

  6. Thank you VERY kindly Michael. Bud’s brief break on the Dorsey side is a treat indeed. The casual listener might even momentarily mistake him for Pres, which as you know is high praise indeed.

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