Sunday, November 29, 2009

Stars Fell on Alabama

The song mentioned in the title was written in 1934 by Frank Perkins and the lyrics were written by Mitchell Parrish. One of the first known recordings was by Guy Lombardo orchestra, with his brother Carmen doing a vocal. This version was recorded on August 27, 1934 and issued by Decca Records

The song was later performed by over 100 artists. Among them are: Lee Wiley, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong; Jack Teagarden; Jimmy Buffett; Billie Holiday; Anita O'Day; Dean Martin; Kay Starr; Frank Sinatra; Doris Day; Frankie Laine; Erroll Garner; Kate Smith; Mel Torme; Renee Olstead; Ricky Nelson; Stan Getz; Ben Webster; the Radcliffe Pitches; and Cannonball Adderley.

On our way to Gulf Shores, we stopped in Montgomery. It was only 6:00 pm local time, but the sky was dark and starry. We captured some of the historic downtown, including the first Confederate White House, the state house and the church where Martin Luther King pastored in the late 50's in pictures as the stars fell on us in Alabama.

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