"Bye Bye Blues" by the husband-and-wife duo of Les Paul and Mary Ford (1952)
As the Keeper of All Knowledge explains:
"Bye Bye Blues" is a popular and jazz standard written by Fred Hamm, Dave Bennett, Bert Lown, and Chauncey Gray and published in 1925 ... It has been recorded by many artists, but the best-known recording is one made in 1952 by Les Paul and Mary Ford.
This recording was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2316 backed with the Les Paul instrumental composition "Mammy's Boogie." It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on December 27, 1952 and lasted 5 weeks on the chart, peaking at #5.
Paul and Ford in 1953.
As for Les Paul and Mary Ford, the couple divorced in 1964 and Ms. Ford died in 1977 at age 53 due to complications from alcohol abuse (she entered a diabetic coma). Hers was not a happy life.
Les Paul, on the other hand, lived to 94 -- passing away in August 2009 -- and had an active and distinguished career, receiving numerous accolades and awards including reportedly being the only person to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Left: Les Paul at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City in Oct. 2008 playing a solid body electric guitar that he helped design / invent and that bears his name: the Gibson Les Paul
The Les Paul Foundation he set up continues to support of music education, recording, innovation and medical research related to hearing.
Since I've spent so much time talking about them, it seems only proper to feature another song by them:
Here Les Paul and Mary Ford sing their popular 1951 version of the existing song "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise." This is a live version from their TV show short called "The Les Paul & Mary Ford Show."
Next up, a song I've always really loved -- music and lyrics:
"King of Pain" by The Police from the group's final and awesome studio album Synchronicity (1983)
"King of Pain" lyrics -- click on image for larger version.
And we will end with something Saturday night upbeat ...
"Birthday" by Katy Perry from her album Prism (2013)
This is not the main and rather elaborate video to this song -- featuring Perry in elaborate disguises as birthday party entertainers at five actual birthdays and unbeknownst to the people in attendance. Instead, this is the lyric video version featuring Perry and a series of cakes spelling out the words. I prefer this version. The main version is available here.
Both videos were released in 2014 -- a year after the song.
OK, that's all for now. Instead of a Saturday evening post prior to midnight, my plan is to write a regular entry with a particular theme (or themes) later tonight.