Good Day World!
My taste in music is eclectic, but if I had to pick a favorite style/type, jazz would get the nod.
Like all good music, jazz tells a story and stands the test of time.
The following jazz standard is an excellent example of the genre:
"Right or Wrong" is a jazz ballad from 1921.
It was composed by Arthur Sizemore and Paul Biese, with words by Haven Gillespie. The piece, described by the original sheet music as "a beautiful fox-trot ballad," deals with a universal theme.
The lyrics tell of the loss of a paramour.
The title comes from a refrain in the chorus:
- Right or wrong, I'll always love you.
- Tho' you're gone, I can't forget.
- Right or wrong, I'll keep on dreaming,
- Tho' I wake with that same old regret.
- All along I knew I'd lose you,
- Still I pray'd that you'd be true.
- In your heart, please just remember,
- Right or wrong, I'm still in love with you.
The single from that album (MCA 52337) reached #1, staying on the charts for 12 weeks.
"Right or Wrong" was recorded by many early jazz and swing orchestras, including; Mike Markel and His Orchestra (OKeh 4478, 1921), Original Dixie Jazz Band(Oriole 445, 1925), Peggy English (Brunswick 3949, 1928), Tampa Red (Bluebird 6832, 1936), and Mildred Bailey and Her Orchestra (Vocalion 3758, 1937).
The recording with the longest lasting influence would be the one by the black-faced Emmett Miller and the Georgia Crackers (OKeh 41280, 1929).
Time for me to walk on down the road…