October 1st – Bobby Troup – I’m With You

Pianist and singer Bobby Troup is responsible (with Neil Hefti) for Girl Talk which won’t endear him to everybody.  I think we can forgive him though since he also wrote Route 66 and launched the career of Julie London by producing her recording of Cry Me A River.  That he went on to marry her is only further proof of his innate good taste.

He also wrote The Girl Can’t Help It – which should alone absolve him of any sins along the way.

He penned this one with Johnny Mercer. It really is the kind of song they don’t write anymore and it’s completely charming.  Anita O’Day recorded it as well but here’s the composer’s own wonderfully understated take on it.

Along with some of the worst album art EVER – no wonder Johnny looks pained…