If you have been reading the other featurettes about the tunes we’ve included on “Retrophonic Gershwin" (available here on July 21, 2015), you’ll know that many of the piano-vocal arrangements are note-for-note transcriptions from 1920s-’30s recordings, but I took a different tack with “A Foggy Day.” I’d read that, in 1931, Bing Crosby recorded a demo out in Hollywood of the Gershwins’ score for the movie Delicious — including “Blah, Blah, Blah,” which I would dearly love to hear. Alas, as I understand it, that recording has been lost. However, it got Mark and I thinking about how a late 1930s Bing might have sung “A Foggy Day” and we decided to have a go at bringing our imagined version to life.
The introduction, the tempo of the chorus and some of the accompanimental feel was loosely inspired by a vintage recording of Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans, but then I transposed it to a Bing Crosby-esque key and conjured up the rest. Mark, who has been crooning along with Bing for decades, contributed the historically-informed vocal. We hope you enjoy this clip, mixed and mastered by Robert Friedrich, with Jason Aquila & Jodie Ricci on the Steinways.
This is the eighth in a series of posts about the tunes on "Retrophonic Gershwin," our soon-to-be-released album. Part 1 is "How I Got Rhythm," part 2 is ""Probably I'll Meet Him at a Soda Fountain,"" part 3 is "Which Pianist is Playing What?," part 4 is "Silver Linings," part 5 is "Darling, Let's Take a Bow", part 6 is "A Tune with Distinct Potentialities," and part 7 is "Retrophonic Gershwin out July 21st!."