Thursday, June 11, 2015


"If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
 perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
 Let him step to the music which he hears,
 however measured or far away."
Henry David Thoreau

"It is the diversity of how people perceive the
 world, not their  similarities, that creates art."

Composed for orchestra, Blue Tango,
a 2 minutes and 50 seconds long
piece of music combining traditional
Argentine tango rhythm (but without
the melodramatic flash of authentic
tangos beats) with blues figures, was
completed for recording by Leroy
Anderson on June 28, 1951.
Leroy Anderson "Pops"
Concert Orchestra, Performers

It was released on both of the competing
record formats of the day, a 10 inch
Long Playing record and a 45 rpm
two song record where it was paired
with "Belle of the Ball"
(A Waltz Composed in 1951)
Richard Hayman and his Orchestra
which the composer thought that the
public might like the best. The public
decided differently and Blue Tango,
became a top song of jukeboxes
By Leroy Anderson
Leonard Slatkin, Conductor
BBC Concert Orchestra
With Pictures of Jukeboxes
This piece, written for the Boston Pops and composed by Leroy Anderson in 1950,
is a composition, based on the 1950's hit, Music! Music! Music!, where a jukebox plays
famous classical pieces. As an added feature, a section in the music
 features a stuck needle that plays a phrase over and over.
and radios
of the day where it peaked at #1
for 5 weeks on Billboard's
Best Sellers chart
and spent 38 weeks on the Top 100 with
Anderson receiving a gold record for it in
1952 (the first instrumental recording to
sell over one million copies). Lyrics
were added by Mitchell Parish
in 1952.
Composer Quote:
"It's very interesting that it (Blue Tango)
was released in the fall (of 1951) and
then the Christmas season came along
and it dropped down, because of all the
Christmas material. Then is started up
in January, and by February - I was
stationed (in the Army) at the
time at Fort Bragg
and I got a telegram from Decca Records
saying that by the signs, from what they
knew, it was now headed up and would
probably soon reach the top. It then kept
going up and up and finally got up to
number 2, where it held and of course the
whole thing was completely unbelievable
to me because the kind of music I write
was not popular music, it was concert
music, rather than a pop song, and week
after week went and I just kept waiting to
see if it would hit number one. It not only
did but it held it, then it held number one
and for 15 weeks it was on The Hit Parade."
First Performed in 1951
Lyrics Added in 1952
Gisele MacKenzie, Vocals

Here am I with you
In a world of blue
And we're dancing to the tango
We loved when first we met;
While the music plays,
We recall the days
When our love was a tune
That we couldn't soon forget
As I kiss your cheek,
We don't have to speak
The violins, like a choir,
Express the desire 
We used to know not long ago
And this Blue Tango
will be our thrilling memory of love.