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Cover Songs 2020

Dianne Joy’s arrangements and performances of songs written by other artists are drawn from many genres, eras and musical styles.

Silent Night

"Silent Night" (originally "Stille Nacht") originated in 1818 as a poem by Joseph Mohr, curate of the parish church of St. Nicholas in Oberndorf, Austria. Legend has it that the church organ broke down, and organist Franz Gruber took the poem and wrote a simple tune that could be played on guitar. The song has been translated into at least 140 languages and in 2011 was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Away in a Manger

"Away in a Manger" was written in the late 1800s and is one of the most beautiful of the traditional Christmas carols. The authorship is uncertain - many think it was written by German religious reformer Martin Luther, but historians now believe it is of American origin. There are multiple versions of the words and melody. I've chosen to sing the verses and melodies that I knew growing up.

O Come All Ye Faithful

"O Come, All Ye Faithful" was originally written in Latin as "Adeste Fideles." It first appeared in mid-1700s in a collection by the English hymnist John Francis Wade. The actual authorship is uncertain, as it seems he and many others had a hand in shaping this beautiful carol over the years.

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" was a poem written in 1849 by Edmund Sears, pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Massachusetts. The next year, he asked Richard Willis, music critic for the New York Herald Tribune, to put the poem to music.

A Marshmallow World

"A Marshmallow World" will whet your winter imagination. Written in 1949 by Carl Sigman (lyrics) and Peter DeRose (music), it was published in 1950 and recorded that year by several artists, including Bing Crosby. The song didn't achieve widespread popularity until Dean Martin recorded it on his 1966 Christmas Album and featured it on his 1968 Christmas special.

Jingle Bells

"Jingle Bells" was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857, intended for a Thanksgiving program at a church in Savannah, Georgia. Among its rich historical trivia, Jingle Bells was the first song broadcast from space. Nine days before Christmas 1965, the crew of Gemini 6 reported a UFO heading in a polar orbit. This was followed by Walter Schirra Jr, command pilot, playing Jingle Bells on a harmonica and Tom Stafford, pilot, shaking some small sleigh bells.

Winter Wonderland

“Winter Wonderland” was written in 1934, with music by Felix Bernard and lyrics by Richard Smith who was in hospital at the time, being treated for tuberculosis. He looked out the window and saw a field covered with snow and wrote a poem about a couple’s romance during the winter season. A 1947 version added a verse for children, with the snowman and clown.

Remembrance Day 2020

For this week of Remembrance Day, these songs are all from the WW2 era. They are dedicated to the men and women who have served in the military in war and in peacetime, as well as the families and others who have supported them. This is a story of our family, where the history of service runs deep.

White Cliffs of Dover

Nat Burton wrote the lyrics to “White Cliffs of Dover” in 1941, a year after the Battle of Britain waged in the air over southern England, including the white cliffs of Dover. Walter Kent put the lyrics to music. The song was made famous by Vera Lynn in 1942, and remains one of the most popular songs of that era. It expresses determined optimism that WW2 would be the war to end all wars, and that there would be “peace ever after, tomorrow, when the world is free.”

I'll Be Seeing You

“I’ll Be Seeing You” was written in 1938 by Irving Kahal, with music by Sammy Fain. It was a major hit for Bing Crosby, as well as Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra. In the 1950s, it was the theme for Liberace’s TV show. The soundtrack to the “The Notebook” has two iconic versions of the song - opening with Billie Holliday and the Jimmy Durante rendition at the end.

We'll Meet Again

“We’ll Meet Again” was an emblematic hit of WW2, ringing with hope for soldiers going off to war and leaving their sweethearts and families behind. It was written in 1939 by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles, with the most famous version recorded by Vera Lynn. She also sang the song in London on the 60th anniversary of VE Day in 2005.

Lili Marlene

In 1915, Hans Leip, a 22-year-old soldier in WW1, wrote a poem about his sadness in being separated from his sweetheart, Lili. He also reflected on a nurse named Marlene, who waved at him when he was on sentry duty. Through a series of coincidences, “Lili Marlene” was recorded in 1943 by Marlene Dietrich and became an international hit. Years later, Vera Lynn recorded a version with modified lyrics and new verses. I’ve recorded a blending of the two.

Monster Mash

Bobby “Boris” Pickett wrote "The Monster Mash" in 1962 and recorded it with his band, The Crypt Kickers. The BBC banned the song for a decade on the grounds that it was too morbid. Pickett also released a Christmas “Monsters' Holiday,” a “Monster Rap” version, and “Monster Slash” used in the 2004 presidential election campaign to criticize the environmental policies of George W. Bush. Spooky sound effects in my version are by "The Bear." Sound effects info

Stormy Weather

Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler wrote "Stormy Weather" in 1933 and Ethel Waters was the first to record the song. Lena Horne recorded it at least five times, including in 1943 for the movie of the same name, and her original 1941 version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. Many artists have recorded the song, including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Billie Holiday and, more recently, Joni Mitchell and Jeff Lynne.

Come go with me

"Come Go With Me" was a 1956 hit for the Del-Vikings, a doo-wop group whose members met in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Pittsburgh. The bass vocalist, C.E. (Clarence) Quick, wrote the song. It was covered by the Beach Boys in 1978, and has been in many films, including "American Graffiti" (1973), "Diner" (1982), "Stand by Me" (1986), "Joe Versus the Volcano" (1990) and "Set It Up" (2018).

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

Hank Williams released “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” in 1949 on the B-side of “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It,” which producers thought would be more suited to the jukebox trade than melancholy ballads. "I'm So Lonesome" proved the producers wrong when it reached No. 4 on the country charts that year. It’s stood the test of time, with artists from many genres recording the song over the years.

The Glory of Love

“The Glory of Love" was written by Billy Hill, a songwriter in Tin Pan Alley, New York. It was a hit for Benny Goodman in 1936 and has been recorded by many artists, including Dean Martin, Jimmy Durante and Paul McCartney. It's often in TV shows and movie soundtracks, including "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" (1967, sung by Jacqueline Fontaine) and "Beaches" (1988, sung by Mayim Bialik and Bette Midler).

Unclouded day

Rev. Josiah Kelley Alwood wrote "Unclouded Day" in 1879, inspired by a vision in the early morning sky. An indispensable song in old hymnals, it found its way into popular music with a 1956 recording by The Staple Sisters. Since then, it has been covered by many artists, the most widely known by Willie Nelson in 1977.

Whispering hope

In 1868, Septimus Winner wrote the hymn, "Whispering Hope" which is sometimes attributed to one of his pseudonyms, Alice Hawthorne. In addition to song writing, he was a teacher, performer and music publisher.

True Love

In the 1956 movie, "High Society," Bing Crosby serenades Grace Kelly with the song, "True Love," written by Cole Porter. The song has been widely recorded since then, right up to an album by Harry Connick Jr. last year. I've done two takes: first in the style of Patsy Cline's 1961 cover, and then with influences from the 1977 George Harrison recording. PS...look on YouTube for the campy, but brilliant video of George as a gondolier wooing his "true love" with the song.

It Doesn't Matter Anymore

Buddy Holly recorded "It Doesn't Matter Any More" a few months before he was killed in a plane crash in February 1959. It became a posthumous hit and Paul Anka, who wrote the song, gave the composer's royalties to Buddy's wife. Many artists have recorded the song, with my favorite being Linda Ronstadt on her 1974 album, "Heart Like a Wheel."


Herbert "Happy" Lawson wrote "Anytime" a century ago, and the beautiful lyric and melody still stand up today. The song was a hit for several early country artists, including three "Eddys" - Eddy Arnold, Eddie Fisher and Duane Eddy. Patsy Cline recorded it on her 1962 album, "Sentimentally Yours."

Puff the Magic Dragon

Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton went to Cornell University in the late 1950s. “Custard the Dragon,” an Ogden Nash poem about a “realio, trulio little pet dragon,” became like an earworm for Lipton and, to get it out of his head, he borrowed Yarrow’s typewriter to write his own poem. Yarrow found the poem and turned it into the song, “Puff the Magic Dragon,” recorded by Peter Paul and Mary in 1963.

Send me your Pillow to Dream on Hank Locklin wrote and recorded "Send Me the Pillow that You Dream On" in 1949, but it was his 1957 re-recording that became a country hit and crossed over to the pop charts. It has become a standard by country, pop and bluegrass artists.
Summertime "Summertime" was composed by George Gershwin, with credit also given to Ira Gershwin. The song was an aria for the 1935 opera, "Porgy and Bess," based on the novel, "Porgy" which was written by DuBose Heyward in 1925.
I Just Want to Dance John Prine was an amazing musician whose songs spoke of the simple joys, absurdities and heartbreaks of everyday life. Sadly, he passed away on April 7 at a youthful 73. I love his sweet song, "I Just Want to Dance With You," which he wrote with Roger Cook and recorded on his 1986 album, "German Afternoons." The most widely known version is by George Strait on his 1998 album, "One Step at a Time."
Sway "Sway" was written in 1953 as"¿Quién Será?" by Mexican composer Luis Demetrio, who sold the rights to songwriter Pablo Beltran Ruiz. The melancholy Spanish lyrics were about a man wondering if he'd ever love again. Norman Gimble wrote new English lyrics about someone whose heart is affected when their partner sways as they dance, and Dean Martin recorded this song in 1954. The most popular modern version is by Michael Bublé in 2003.
(Now and Then, There's) A Fool such as I "(Now and Then, There's) A Fool such as I" was written by Bill Trader in 1952 and was a hit for Hank Snow that same year. The song reached new heights when it was sung by Elvis Presley while on leave from the army in 1958. Presley was backed by the "royalty" of the Nashville recording scene, including Chet Atkins on guitar, Floyd Cramer on piano and The Jordanaires singing vocals.
I Fall to Pieces At first, Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard had trouble finding someone to record their song, "I Fall to Pieces." When Patsy Cline agreed, she had trouble accepting the new, lush sound her producer wanted, backed by the quartet, The Jordanaires. But the resulting sound marked a turning point in her career, and the song became her first number one hit on the Country charts and her second hit to crossover onto the Pop charts.
A Swallow Song "A Swallow Song" is a beautiful ballad written by Richard Farina. It was released in 1965 on "Reflections in a Crystal Wind," an album of duets with his wife, Mimi Farina, who is also the sister of Joan Baez. In the album's liner notes, Richard wrote: "For Joanie, who coaxed the creatures from the Big Sur wind, and eased the trembling of their wings."
Wings of a Dove "Wings of a Dove" is an inspirational gospel song that tells of God sending His love in the form of a dove during times of trouble. Written in 1958 by Bob Ferguson, it was a hit on the country charts for Ferlin Husky in 1960. Since then, many artists have recorded the song, including Dolly Parton, and Robert Duvall who sang it in the 1983 movie, Tender Mercies.
I've Got Tears in My Ears from Lying on My Back and Crying Over You Henry Haynes and Kenneth Burns were masterful jazz musicians, but are best known as the comedy duo, Homer & Jethro. They appeared on 1950's and 60's television variety shows, and Kellogg's Corn Flakes sponsored their TV spots, "Ooh! That's Corny." One of their fans was my dad, who often quoted their line, "I've Got Tears in My Ears from Lying on My Back and Crying Over You." While Burns wrote most of their songs, this one was written by Harold Barlow.
There's a Tear in my Beer Hank Williams Sr. wrote "There's a Tear in my Beer" during his 1950-51 Nashville sessions, but never released the song. Decades later, Hank Williams Jr. found the old film footage and electronically inserted himself onto the stage with his dad, singing harmony. The resulting father/son video won many awards, including 1990 Gammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration.
Over the Rainbow Five minutes into "The Wizard of Oz," Dorothy (Judy Garland) sings "Over the Rainbow." Composed by Harold Arlen (music) and Yip Harburg (lyrics), it won the 1940 Oscar for "Best Music, Original Song" and was voted the #1 song of the 20th century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Storms Never Last Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings were part of the 1970's outlaw country movement, which included artists like Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash, whose music had a harder edge than the slick Nashville sound of the day. In 1981, after being married for 12years, Colter and Jennings released a duet album of love songs that included Jessi's 1975 song, "Storms Never Last."
I Shall be Released Bob Dylan wrote "I Shall Be Released" in the late 1960s, and his recordings have included two versions of the song. It has been widely covered by other artists, including The Band, Nina Simone, Joan Baez and Joe Cocker, and no two are alike. I hope you enjoy my take on this song.
Time As we stay at home and feel time stretch limitlessly in all directions, Dean Brody's 2016 song, "Time" is even more poignant. It speaks to how we spend our time in the here-and-now, while the things of lasting value slip away.
Up on the Roof As well as being an incredible performer, Carole King is a prolific songwriter, with more than 100 chart topping hits to her credit. She co-wrote "Up on the Roof" with Gerry Goffin, and it was a massive hit for The Drifters in the 1960s. The song seems fitting for these times, when all of us need a place where we can go to relax and leave the world behind.
Memory "Memory" is based on a poem by T.S. Eliot, and is the climax song of the 1981 musical, Cats. It's usually sung as a slow, melancholy remembrance of lost youth. Instead, I've chosen to sing it as an upbeat celebration of moving to the exciting stage of life as an older cat :)
Jolene Although our vocal ranges are at opposite ends of the spectrum, I love singing the songs of Dolly Parton because they tell stories that are packed with drama and emotion. "Jolene" was written in 1973, and of all her songs, it's the one most recorded by other artists.
A Place in the Sun This song is my shout-out to moms on Mother's Day. It is also a song of hope for all of us, as we begin to open the world after weeks of isolation. "A Place in the Sun" is by Brian Wells and Ronald Miller; and was a hit for Stevie Wonder in 1966 and Glen Campbell in 1968.
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain This Mother's Day song is dedicated to my grandmothers. The emotional ballad, "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" was written by Fred Rose in the late 1940s, and has been recorded by the Who's Who of music, including Hank Williams Sr., Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, Olivia Newton John, Elvis and many others.
Dream Lover My illustration (at left) of "The Phoenix" is part of my shout-out to the Phoenix Art Club at the Okotoks Art Gallery. To this great group of artists, I dedicate Bobby Darin's song, "Dream Lover," and invite you to join in!
Da Doo Ron Ron This song topped the charts for The Crystals, one of the original girl bands of the '60s; and a decade later it was a hit for teenage heart-throb Shaun Cassidy. Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector, join me in a rousing chorus of "Da Doo Ron Ron" :)
I'll Be Seeing You I love the songs of WW2, with determination and hope in the face of overwhelming odds. This song, written by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal in 1938, became an anthem of WW2, and echoes for us in these times with the promise that, "I'll Be Seeing You"!
Summer Wine "Strawberries, cherries and an angel's kiss in spring..." What an amazing line. It was written by Lee Hazelwood and became a 1967 hit in his duet with the incomparable Nancy Sinatra. I hope you enjoy the ballad of a young cowboy seduced by a beautiful woman and her offer of "Summer Wine."
Alberta Blue It's glorious to get out on a day when the sun is shining and the wind is light. For everyone maintaining distance while walking on pathways, sidewalks and roads, here is "Alberta Blue" by Eva Levesque. To me, it is the quintessential song about the beauty of our province.

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