October 18, 2013
UNION — The Union Music Club met Oct. 8 in the Union County Museum meeting room.
Sally Summer, President, welcomed everyone to the meeting. The club recited the Invocation, Collect, and sang the Federation Hymn accompanied by Jack Kelly.
Tommy Bishop introduced and played for the singing of the Song of the Month, “Back Home Again in Indiana,” words by Ballard MacDonald and music by James F. Hanley.
This song was a Tin Pan Alley creation, widely promoted as the pop song of the time. Shortly after publication, it was selected by Columbia Records to be recorded by Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and was released on a 78 record. Louis Armstrong used it as an opening number for years.
The course of study, from the book “The Gershwins and Me” by Michael Feinstein, was presented by Martha Whitener. The book told the story of George and Ira Gershwin.
After a solid foundation in music, George, at the age of 15, went to work for Remick and Co., a music publisher, on Tin Pan Alley. Ira, who was very studious, attended City College and made his way toward lyric writing.
The brothers worked together on many musical productions. George wrote the tunes and Ira wrote the lyrics.
Their first big hit was “Swanee.”
Some of their many other hits were, “Strike Up the Band,” “Embraceable You,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” and “S’Wonderful,” to name a few.
George’s most famous hit was “Rhapsody in Blue.”
Sally Summers and Johnny Turner sang “S’Wonderful” accompanied by Carolyn Turner.
The club members sang “Strike Up the Band,” with Susan Lawson at the piano.
The meeting adjourned after the singing of “The Gift of Song” by Lana M. Bailey.