The Great Fats Waller performing his 1929 stride jazz song "Ain't Misbehavin'", which he performed perhaps most famously in the 1943 movie "Stormy Weather". The singing starts around 1:28.
His over-the-quality campiness only adds rather than detracts from his piano playing and singing.(Yes, I know this "video" is a still picture one.)
"I don't stay out late / Got no place to go / I'm home about eight / Just me and my radio / Ain't misbehavin' / Savin' my love for you!"
He died much too soon.
Billie Holiday ("Lady Day") circa 1942 singing her version of the 1936 blues ballad "(It Will Have to Do) Until the Real Thing Comes Along"
And now for something more Friday night upbeat ...
Yvonne Elliman singing the 1977 Bee Gees song "If I Can't Have You" from their Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack album. She performed this live in 1978 on the old show "Top of the Pops." Awesome.
Elliman is actually native Hawaiian.
That brings me to a curious aside:
My day at work today was spent editing a 54-page programmatic environmental impact document to correct for the PROPER Hawaiian language references to place names and native species, specifically, using the ʻokina unicameral consonant letter to indicate a glottal stop (no, it's not an apostrophe nor is it written that way as a typeset character) and the macron associated with five vowels.
Most notably, it appears in Hawaiʻi (though not "Hawaiian").
And, lastly ...
"The Hustle" by Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony from their release Disco Baby (1975)
The 1970s disco dancing scenes and outfits worn at the time are fun to watch. Alas, McCoy himself died at 39 of a heart attack in 1979.
OK, that's all for now. I finished my laundry and dinner, and I'll go out on this drizzly-showery, thickly humid, warm night to my usual places. Yes, it's Capital Pride weekend, which means it'll be extra annoying. I intend have more to say on that in my next entry.
Weatherwise, the D.C. and Baltimore areas had a good (and needed) dousing of rain today from the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea that moved quickly NNE along the Eastern Seaboard.
The remnant circulation is actually just abeam of the area -- but just off the Delmarva -- as it transitions into an extratropical low absorbed into a frontal boundary. KDCA had a storm total through 8PM tonight 2.51" -- ALMOST enough to eliminate the yearly deficit -- while KBWI had 2.36" and KIAD 1.48".
I intend to update this blog tomorrow, although I also have to go to the gym.