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Spring: Every Body's Got the Fever

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring never fails to remind me of fever and fever never fails to remind me of Peggy Lee's 1967 television showl called "Something Special", which needs to be enjoyed and appreciated by our Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities audience.

The video above features Lee performing her version of Davenport and Cooley's Fever for a live studio audience.


This unique arrangement features double bass drums, a bass, and Peggy Lee, who absolutely owns the tune. The sensational drummer Jack Sperling, has his way with his master hands and Max Bennett's fabulous bass playing is an example of how perfect rhythm relates to the beat.


As one reviewer said, "It's totally on fire, burning with a cool, yet white hot flame."  I would agree. It's classically smooth, with the type of subtle elegance that great jazz arrangements can bring to the table.

Enjoy and have a great Sunday Morning. 

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, and David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

Fever was actually written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell, who used the pseudonym John Davenport. It was originally recorded by American R&B singer Little Willie John in 1956 and released as a single.