Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day #21,491

Walk km 3097-3105: Robson/Georgia/Beatty/Cambie bridge/(skytrain)/Cambie/50th/Ash/52nd/Ash/54th/Neal/57th/Heather/59th/Fremlin/Marine/(skytrain)/Georgia/Hornby/Smithe

more trees
aprox km 3100 Commodore Road (from Cambie bridge)

Movie #1114: Within The Law (1939, Gustav Machaty)

Watched this one because Gustav Machaty was the guy who directed Hedy Lamarr in the scandalous "Ecstasy" (nudity in a 1933 movie!). Both Gustav and Hedy moved to Hollywood with mixed results. Hedy Lamarr became a star while Gustav got to direct a few grade B programmers. I didn't have much hope for this one but Ruth Hussey gives a good performance in the lead and the plot about a woman trying to get revenge when she is sent to prison for a crime she didn't commit keep my interest throughout.

Song Of The Day: Church Bells May Ring

Here's another cover tune by The Diamonds. The way it used to work (in the 50s) was that African-American and European-American radio was fairly segregated. An Elvis Presley or a Nat King Cole could slip over the line but this was the exception. Lots of white recording artists would give a listen to black radio and if they heard a song they liked, they'd record it for white radio. The Diamonds were famous for doing this but they stood out from the rest for two reasons: they were European-Canadian and they were extremely good at what they did. Here's the original (1956) version of "Church Bells May Ring" by The Willows who were from Harlem. How does it compare to Toronto's The Diamonds. Both are pretty darn good.
If you'd like to hear a female version, we have Sunny Gale (pictured) on the video (audio only).

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