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The Glory of Love original

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The Glory of Love original was a jazz standard

American songwriter, violinist and pianist Billy Hill wrote “The Glory of Love” in 1936. I’m most familiar with the song from 12-year-old Mayim Bialik’s performance in the 1988 film Beaches. I was surprised to learn that Bialik didn’t actually perform vocals, just the dance routine in her bright pink flapper dress. Melissa Garcia sang vocals. In 1951, a version by doo-wop group the Five Keys hit number one on the R&B charts for four non-consecutive weeks. However, back in 1936 Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded “The Glory of Love” original, with vocals by Helen Ward.

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Note: this article looks at “The Glory of Love” jazz standard, not Peter Cetera’s 1986 soft-rock hit of the same name.

Driva Man Original

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“Driva Man” tells the story of slavery through its devastating lyrics, instrumental accompaniment and powerful vocals. Written by Max Roach and Oscar Brown Jr, “Driva Man” blends jazz with American civil rights politics. You might remember Alabama Shakes’ version from the 2013 album 12 Years A Slave (Music from and Inspired by). If you’re an English mod, you might remember Manfred Mann’s 1966 version. Or if you’re an Aussie rocker, you might recall the Beasts of Bourbon 1988 song named “Driver Man”. But the “Driva Man” original, released in 1960, is an avant-garde jazz classic performed by Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln and Coleman Hawkins.