Aren’t You Triply Glad You’re You?

Skipping along through 65 years of the history of a superior popular song gives us an idea of its evolution as a subject for jazz improvisation. Indeed, our examples provide an idea how jazz improvisation itself has evolved. The song is Johnny Burke's (words) and Jimmy Van Heusen's (music) "Aren't You Glad You're You?" As Father O'Malley, Bing Crosby introduced it in the 1945 film The Bells of St. Mary's. He had a substantial hit record of it the same year. Among the singers who did covers (did … [Read more...]