Saturday, May 4, 2019

Jukebox Saturday Night for May 4th, 2019: The Cootie, Kungs, & Cookin' Edition -OR- Kotter, Welcome Back

First up, something quintessentially 1970s recognizable …

"Welcome Back" by John Sebastian from his album of same name (1976)

This song by John Sebastian -- a former member of The Lovin' Spoonful-- was used, of course, as the theme song to the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. It reached No. 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the adult contemporary chart in May 1976.


Next, let's take a jazz detour jazz standard by one of the great trumpeters …

"Sweet Lorraine" by the Cootie Williams Sextet from a live performance in Paris on Jan 31, 1959


Here is another, very nice Cootie Williams trumpet solo piece …

"Echoes of Harlem" as performed by Cootie Williams (1944)

Echoes of Harlem was written by Duke Ellington in 1936 and is sometimes called "Cootie's Concerto." Cootie was a member of Ellington's orchestra during its Cotton Club heyday.


And we will end with an upbeat House-y tune with suitable video featuring young, pretty people in a lovely setting …

"This Girl" by Kungs vs. Cookin' on 3 Burners (ft. lyrics by Kylie Auldist) from the album Layers (2016)

The syntactically weird name of the performers is because the song is a joint remake of the 2009 song "This Girl" by the Australian funk trio Cookin' on 3 Burners (released on their album Soul Messin') and the 22-year old French DJ Kungs (real name: Valentin Brunel).

The re-release came out in 2016 on Kungs' debut studio album Layers (the cover of which is above).

As for the video accompanying it, The Keeper of All Knowledge explains that it was filmed on the Greek island of Milos and features the models Louïs Rault Watanabe and Irina Martynenko in sundry, weird, quasi-sexual situations.

Left: A recent picture of Louïs Rault Watanabe from his twitter site.

I wonder if he deliberately made his twitter handle @LouisRaultWat (note the last four letters).

OK, that's all for now. Please see my previous entry for an update.


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