For Missy

Got a request today for Ella Fitzgerald & the Ink Spots singing I'm Beginning To See The Light from a cousin that I haven't seen in over a decade if memory serves me correctly.

While my first attempt to dive into the garage didn't locate that particular record, I did come up with a couple of tunes to get by until I do.

I believe that Johnny Hodges, my all time favorite figure in jazz, came up with the riff that I'm Beginning To See The Light is built upon.

Duke Ellington p, dir / Shelton 'Scad' Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson t / Ray Nance t, vn / Tricky Sam Nanton, Claud Jones, Lawrence Brown tb / Jimmy Hamilton cl, ts / Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick as / Al Sears ts / Harry Carney bar, cl, as / Fred Guy g / Alvin Junior Raglin b / Hillard Brown d / Joya Sherrill v.

Recorded in New York on December 1, 1944. (Victor 20-1618)

Next up we have the Ink Spots' biggest hit, The Gypsy. Featuring Bill Kenney, this song stayed on the charts for eighteen weeks...thirteen at number one in 1946. (Decca 18817)

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