Woody Herman was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country’s most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led “Thundering Herds” that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. For his 100th birthday, here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.
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“It’s like everything, everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out any more. We sit in the house, and the world we live in is getting smaller. All we say is “Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.” Well, I’m not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad! - Network (1976)
“You know that play… oh, what was its dashed name, the one I saw last night?”
“It’s on at the ‘whatchacallit’. Anyway, the hero’s a chap who’s buzzing along through life, oh, quite… quite merry and bright—apart from his gammy leg from the war, and all of a sudden, this kid turns up, and, uh, says that she’s his daughter, uh, left over from act one. It’s absolutely the first he’s ever heard of it… uh, so obviously there’s a bit of a fuss, and, uh, they say to him, ‘what ho’, and he says ‘what ho’, and, uh, anyway he takes the kid and they go off together out into the world.”
“Very inspiring, sir.”
“Yes, well, I thought so, yes.”
Jeeves and Wooster 2x06 ‘Jeeves The Matchmaker’