Tag Archives: Melissa Stylianou


27 Feb

Most of these songs are losers, Oscar losers, that is.  (Though none of the singers and musicians are.) In addition to paying tribute to the Oscar nominated songs, I also took time out to pay tribute to Sweden and Swedish jazz singers in their time of tears and trial following the terrorist attacks that so surprised, if not stunned, us all when we heard about them.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • THE CONTINENTAL  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Capitol Sings The Best Movie Songs”
  • CHEEK TO CHEEK  /  Sara Gazarek  /  “Live At The Jazz Bakery”
  • THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Rarities, Outtakes, And Other Delights”
  • I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Ella In Japan”
  • PENNIES FROM HEAVEN  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Sinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings”
  • TOO LATE NOW  /  Shirley Horn  /  “You Won’t Forget Me”
  • MONA LISA  /  Keith Jarrett  /  “Tokyo ‘96”
  • BIBBIDI BOBBIDI BOO  /  Stacey Kent  /  “Jazz Loves Disney”
  • CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE  /  Bobby Darin  /  “Capitol Sings The Best Movie Songs”
  • THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC  /  Mary Stallings  /  “Dream”
  • CITY OF STARS  /  Ryan Gosling  /  “La La Land Soundtrack”
  • DEARLY BELOVED  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Hollywood My Way”
  • YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Haven’t We Met?”
  • MY SHINING HOUR  /  Rigmor Gustafsson & Mika Pohjola  /  “New York Vocals”
  • WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • WILD IS THE WIND  /  Lina Nyberg  /  “Smile”
  • THE EMPTY CHAIR  /  Sting  /  “57th & 9th
  • MY FOOLISH HEART  /  Bill Evans  /  “The Last Waltz”
  • WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Jazz Loves Disney”
  • THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME  /  Diana Krall  /  “Love Scenes”
  • I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • MOON RIVER  /  Melissa Stylianou  /  “Silent Movie”
  • THE RAINBOW CONNECTION  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Slowly”
  • TWO FOR THE ROAD  / Nancy LaMott  /  “My Foolish Heart”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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6 Dec

“What happens next?” That’s a question we’ve all been asking since the first time we heard a bedtime story. Well, tonight, I decided not to keep you in suspense. When you listened to one song, you only had to wait a couple of minutes to find out what happened next. However, now you have to wait until Wednesday to see the hint of what I’ll be doing next Saturday night.  

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title 

  • CHANGE PARTNERS  /  Sammy Davis  /  “The Great American Song Book”
  • I LOVE IT WHEN YOU DANCE THAT WAY  /  Denise Donatelli  /  “What Lies Within”
  • BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Cycles”
  • OH, YES, TAKE ANOTHER GUESS  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Strictly Romancin’”
  • YOU’LL SEE  /  Diane Schuur  /  “Love Songs”
  • I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Gary Crosby  /  “The Happy Bachelor”
  • WHAT DID I FORGET  /  Susannah McCorkle  /  “Hearts And Minds”  
  • I FORGOT TO HAVE CHILDREN  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Ages”
  • I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT LOVE  /  Shirley Horn  /  “You Won’t Forget Me”
  • THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL  /  Melissa Stylianou  /  “Silent Movie”
  • NOBODY HOME  /  Johnny Hartman  /  “Once In Every Life”
  • RAINBOW CONNECTION  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Slowly”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (THEME MUSIC)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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3 Mar

The secret of (a happy) life for me starts with wonderful music with sometimes ironic messages, and with only the occasional,  unfortunate interruption of a woeful mystery vocalist.  See examples below…

SONG TITLE  /  Performer  /  Album or CD Title

  • GIVE ME THE SIMPLE LIFE  /  Alice  Ricciardi  /  “Comes Love” 
  • YOU’RE NOBODY UNTIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU  /  Sammy Davis/Count Basie  /  “Our Shining Hour”
  • TAKE LOVE EASY  /  Ella Fitzgerald/Joe Pass  /  “Take Love Easy”
  • THE RAINBOW CONNECTION  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Slowly”
  • PLAN #46  /  Rigmor Gustafsson  /  PLAN #46
  • WITH PLENTY OF MONEY & YOU  /  Tony Bennett/Count Basie  /  “Ultra Lounge”
  • SMILE  /  Melissa Stylianou  /  “Silent Movie”           
  • THAT’S LIFE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Kate Smith  /  “The Best Of Kate Smith”
  • DEVIL MAY CARE  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Sunday Express Vol. 1”
  • HIP TO BE HAPPY  /  Ann Hampton Callaway  /  “Blues In The Night”
  • YOUNG AT HEART  /  Joe Williams/George Shearing /  “Heart And Soul”
  • ALL OF US IN IT  /  Madeline Eastman  /  “A Quiet Thing”
  • LIFE IS JUST A BOWL OF CHERRIES  /  Julian Yeo  /  “You And The Night & The Music”
  • SECRET O’ LIFE  /  James Taylor  /  “One Man Band”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)                                       


21 Oct

I ain’t got nothing but the blues this week.

Check out the blog on Wednesday for a hint about next Saturday’s show.

Talk to you next week.

SONG TITLE / Artist / CD or Album Title

  • ALL BLUES / Chet Baker/Rachel Gould / ‘Round Midnight”
  • MOOD INDIGO / Frank Sinatra / “In The Wee Small Hours”
  • ST. LOUIS BLUES / Peggy Lee / “Blues Cross Country”
  • EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES / Joe Williams/Count Basie / “At The Americana Hotel”
  • EVERY OTHER DAY I HAVE THE BLUES / Dave Tull / “I Just Want To Get Paid”
  • ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT / Real Group / “Live In Stockholm”
  • BASIN STREET BLUES / (Mystery Vocalist0 / Anthony Newley / “Tony”
  • BILLIE’S BLUES / Billie Holiday / “The Essential Billie Holiday Carnegie Hall Concert”
  • BILLY’S BLUES / Laura Nyro / “The First Songs”
  • TIMES ARE GETTING TOUGHER THAN TOUGH / Jimmy Witherspoon / “Live At The Renaissance”
  • TODAY I SING THE BLUES / Melissa Stylianou / “Silent Movie”
  • THE MEANING OF THE BLUES / Carmen McRae / “Bittersweet”
  • NO MORE BLUES / Roberta Gambarini / “Easy To Love”
  • PARIS MISMATCH / (Theme Music) / Cody Owen Stine / (Unreleased Master)


24 Jun

So much new music, so little time. (Only two shows left in this season.) So here are some listening suggestions (mostly new CDs) for your summer break. And, yes, there will be a quiz.

Next week, the season finale. Whimper or bang? Fire or Ice? Tune in to find out.

SONG TITLE / Artist / CD or Album Title

  • AGUA DE BEBER / Connie Evingson / “Sweet Happy Life
  • IF I WERE A BELL / Stacey Kent / “Dreamer In Concert”
  • YOU TURNED THE TABLES ON ME / Delicatessen / “Goodnight Kiss”
  • DANCING ON THE CEILING / Frank D’Rone / “Double Exposure”
  • IF I TELL YOU I LOVE YOU / Melody Gardot / “The Absence”
  • BABY’S REQUEST / Paul McCartney / “Kisses On The Bottom”
  • WHAT IF / (Mystery Vocalist) / Kate Winslet / “Christmas Carol: The Movie Soundtrack”
  • MAS QUE NADA / Veronneau / “Jazz Samba Project”
  • BASSDRUMSAXBONE / Juliann Kuchocki / “Broken Compass”
  • GIVE ME THE SIMPLE LIFE / Jamie Cullum / “Meet The Robinsons Soundtrack”
  • I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE / Lorez Alexandria / “Alexandria The Great”
  • BITTERSWEET / Maud Hixson / (Promo CD)
  • SMILE / Melissa Stylianou / “Silent Movie”
  • PARIS MISMATCH / (Theme Music) / Cody Owen Stine / (Unreleased Master)


10 Jun

These are perilous times, especially for anyone who hates cliches. However, to show my true patriotic stripes, tonight on Turntable For One in a demonstration of economic  austerity, I out-sourced all of the vocalists — to Canada. Not one of these vocalists was born in the U.S. of A., although many of them do have certain facial resemblances to actual Americans. Stay vigilant.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title


  • MATCHMAKER MATCHMAKER  /  Sophie Milman  /  “Make Someone Happy”
  • THE BEST THING FOR YOU  /  George Evans  /  “Live At The Cellar”
  • SURREY WITH THE FRINGE  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “Haven’t We Met?”
  • TWENTIETH CENTURY  /  Joe Coughlin  /  “Thing Turn Out That Way”
  • DEVIL MAY CARE  /  Diana Krall  /  “When I Look In Your Eyes”
  • WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I?  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  William Shatner
  • WELCOME TO MY LIFE  /  Nikki Yanofsky  /  “Nikki”
  • CALL ME IRRESPONSIBLE  /  Michael Buble   /  “Call Me Irresponsible”
  • FOR NO ONE  /  Veronneau  /  “Joy Of Living”
  • NOW THAT MY BABY’S GONE  /  Michael Kaeshammer  /  “Lovelight”
  • LARGER THAN LIFE  /  Holly Cole  /  “Holly Cole”
  • THIS CAN’T BE LOVE  /  John Alcorn & Molly Johnson  /  “Quiet Night”
  • MOON RIVER  /  Melissa Stylianou  /  “Silent Movie”
  • LONELY TIME  /  (Theme Music)  /  Maynard Ferguson  /  “A Message From Birdland”


4 Mar

In honor of National “What If Pets Had Thumbs Day” — and I’m not making that up — we had an evening of anatomically correct bodily parts songs. Next week we’ll celebrate the birthday of a special musician — by ignoring him completely. Look for a clue on Wednesday. 

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  Album or CD Title

  • BODY AND SOUL  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • I SEE YOUR FACE BEFORE ME  /  Bill Henderson & Oscar Peterson  /  “Bill Henderson w/ Oscar Peterson”
  • CLOSE YOUR EYES  /  Melissa Stylianou  /  “Bachelorette”
  • JEEPERS CREEPER  /  Julius LaRosa  /  “Julius LaRosa”
  • GRANDMA’S HANDS  /  Shirley Horn  /  “A Lazy Afternoon”
  • YOUR MIND’S ON VACATION  /  Mose Allison  /  “Lounge Live at Mountain Stage“
  • ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART  /  Diane Marino  /  “Just Groovin””
  • THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE  /  (mystery vocalist)  /  Marvin Gaye  /  “Love Songs: Bedroom Ballads”
  • WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES  /  Irene Kral  /  “Where Is Love”
  • I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra: Vegas”
  • HAUNTED HEART  /  Deborah Winters  /  “Lovers After All”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN  /  Tom Wopat  /  “Dissertation on The State Of Bliss”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (theme)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Recording)