. . . to note that Coleman Hawkins’s rendition of “Body and Soul” turned seventy-five this week.
The Hawk’s version of the song was not the first, but it was the one that literally became the standard. Ten years ago the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress added “Body and Soul” to the National Recording Registry. Other entrants that year included Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust,” Woodrow Wilson’s Armistice Day 1918 broadcast, and Alexander Scourby’s reading of the King James Bible.
No one–not even the Duke himself–was cooler than Bean. Enjoy.