He Had It Coming

Wilmoth Houdini As a rough estimate, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan’s performance of “Stone Cold Dead in the Market,” which we introduced in the previous post, appeared at the half-way point in the song’s career thus far. The song originated as a folk song in Barbados as “Payne Dead” or … → read more

Stone Cold Dead in the Market

I don’t know, is it that after a week of a song that’s dark, haunted, and tragic that I’m up for some lighter fare? Is it that we’ve reached March, and winter in the Midwest has me longing for something more tropical? In any event, enough of all this heavy … → read more