Posted by vp19 on 2015.08.05 at 22:01
Current mood: thankful
Carole Lombard not only made a movie with Bing Crosby (“We’re Not Dressing”), but legitimately was a fan of his, as she was with his good friend and ill-fated crooning rival Russ Columbo. I think it would please her to know that more than 80 years after filming “We’re Not Dressing,” some talented musicians of today are returning the favor….including one who visited her hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., this week.
We’re referring to Diana Krall, talented jazz vocalist and pianist (and wife of another towering musical talent, Elvis Costello), who played the town’s Embassy Theater Tuesday night. How do we know this? It was reported in Wednesday’s Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. Here’s part of James Grant’s review (http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20150805/ENT/150809907):
Krall also spoke of her love of Fort Wayne’s own Carole Lombard, one of her favorite actresses, during her first encore song, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” when she jokingly chided the audience to make sure they knew Carole was born here.
The sense that Krall was familiar with Fort Wayne and her references to the city and Embassy Theatre throughout the night was a much appreciated touch of class.
Wonder if she paid a visit to Lombard’s birthplace at 704 Rockhill Street?
So as a thank you to Krall, here’s one of my favorite recordings of hers — a version of the Nat Cole classic “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You”: