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Robert Plant's Friendly Role In 'Green Book' Soundtrack And Other Behind The Scenes Secrets
Green Book director/co-writer and co-producer Peter Farrelly knew he wanted an authentic soundtrack to complement the jazz/classical hybrid of the late pianist Don Shirley that the Oscar-nominated film celebrates.
So he turned to an unlikely source. "My wife's friend was going out with Robert Plant of all people, we went out to dinner and I picked his brain," Farrelly recalls. "I said, 'Robert, tell me some songs that you listened to in the late '50s and early '60s that nobody plays anymore. I want to hear the cool songs to you but that you haven't heard on the radio in 50 years.'"
Farrelly says Plant, yes, that Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin, suggested songs like "Pretty Lil' Thing," by Sonny "Golden Boy" Williamson and "Goodbye, My Lover, Goodbye," by Robert Mosley, among many others.
"It was an amazing night because I had just finished writing the script and he came to visit with his girlfriend, who was my wife's friend. And my wife and her are both smokers, so they were outside smoking cigarettes and we were on YouTube and he was pulling up song after song after song and I was sitting there like a crazy student writing down all the stuff."
It takes a whole team to make a movie that garners five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. So as I spoke with Farrelly and composer Kris Bowers about the music in Green Book and why the message is so resonant today, that Plant helped shape the soundtrack is just one of the fascinating things revealed, along with how Bowers turned to his grandfather for information and the congratulatory call Farrelly got from Harry Belafonte after he saw Green Book.
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2 days ago by rgl7194
Opinion | Jazz on the Edge of Change - The New York Times
I'd only seen James Reese Europe's name mentioned in passing in jazz histories.
Jazz  History  Music 
4 days ago by Membranophonist
Lester Young &Coleman Hawkins 1958 - YouTube
Sept. 25, 1958, on Art Ford's Jazz Party, WNTA-TV. Personnel:
Charlie Shavers (trumpet), J.C.Higginbotham (trombone), Pee Wee Russell (clarinet), Coleman Hawkins (tenor saxophone), Lester Young (tenor saxophone), Willie "The Lion" Smith (piano), Harry Shepherd (vibraphone), Dick Thompson (guitar), Vinnie Burke (bass), and Sonny Greer (drums).
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4 days ago by emerysnyder
Lester Young - Mean To Me (1958) - YouTube
A rare Lester Young performance of "Mean To Me" on "Art Ford's Jazz Party", September 25, 1958. Broadcast by Danmarks Radio.
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4 days ago by emerysnyder

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