Wednesday, June 6, 2018

June Night

Original sheet music (1924)
June Night (Just Give Me a June Night) is a popular song written by Abel Baer (music) and Cliff Friend (lyrics) and published in 1924. The song was a successful hit for Ted Lewis (Columbia 157-D); and Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians (Victor 19380) came with their version of the song at # 7 on the US charts.
Original sheet music with photo of Ted Lewis

Waring's Pennsylvanians_June Night_ Victor 19380-A

Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike)
Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike) also had a hit with June Night in 1924

Svend Asmussen
Jazz fiddler supreme, Svend Asmussen made June Night his signature tune, the initial version of the song was recorded in 1940 by Svend Asmussen's Skandia Trio for Odeon
Odeon D-396

June Night is a great vehicle for jazz improvisation, here's a live recorded example from Swedish television 1995 featuring Svend Asmussen's Quartet

Another live jazz interpretation of June Night was performed by Ralf Norton & His Varsity Ramblers in March 2017, inserted below to end this small presentation of a great tune


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