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Jack Hylton: On the Sunny Side of the Street

March 25, 2010

Jack Hylton in 1930, from the German Federal Archive. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license.

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Jack Hylton and His Orchestra
On the Sunny Side of the Street

Recorded in 1930

One of the long string of hits written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, this perennial standard was fresh and new when Jack Hylton’s band recorded it in 1930. The first-rate singer Pat O’Malley might not be the first choice for this essentially American lyric, and once again the arrangement tends to emphasize the enormousness of Hylton’s orchestra. Still, if I’d been Jimmy McHugh or Dorothy Fields, I’d have been pleased by this straightforward version of the song. It sticks to a fairly literal reading, allowing the melody and lyrics mostly to speak for themselves. This performance can be a revelation if you’ve never heard a straight version of this jazz standard before. It became a jazz standard because the original tune was a classic to begin with.

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