Robert “Smokey” Stover was once described in Downbeat Magazine as “possessing a trumpet sound that could bore a hole through a brick wall”. He was also the leader of a band of romping Dixielanders who in September of 1959, gathered at Ter-Mar Recording Studios in Chicago, IL to record their first album for Argo Records. Argo was set up by legendary Chess Records as an outlet for jazz recordings including those of Sonny Stitt and Ramsey Lewis. R&B giants Etta James and The Dells also recorded for the imprint which was renamed, Cadet in 1965.
It was in the late 1950′s when Cy Coleman and his collaborator, Carolyn Leigh were making a pitch to write the score for the musical Gypsy and composed the song “Firefly” for one of the characters. Although they didn’t get the gig (Julie Styne and Stephen Sondheim eventually penned the score), the song caught the attention of Tony Bennett who had a hit with it in 1958. Click HERE to watch Tony in a duet with Gloria DeHaven from 1959.
Please enjoy this version from that first Smokey Stover lp – uniquely sung from the female perspective by Betty Brandon.
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