Afterglow Jazz and American Popular Song

That Ole Devil Called Love

It's the most written-about topic in the history of popular song L-O-V-E, as Nat King Cole once sang.

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All about love, coming, going, and staying.

It’s the most written-about topic in the history of popular song (OK, I don’t have statistics at hand to back that statement up, but I’ll go ahead and climb out on what I think is a very solid limb to proclaim it): L-O-V-E, as Nat King Cole once sang. “That Ole Devil Called Love” salutes its subject with odes and lamentations from Cassandra Wilson, Mel Torme, the Four Freshmen, Johnny Hartman with John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Joni Mitchell, Chet Baker, and many more.

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That Ole Devil Called Love
Zoot Sims — For Lady Day (Pablo, 1991)
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That Ole Devil Called Love
Zoot Sims — For Lady Day (Pablo, 1991)
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Love Turns Winter to Spring
The Four Freshmen — Complete 1950-1954 Studio Recordings (Jazz Factory, 2004)
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What Is This Thing Called Love?
Mel Torme/Artie Shaw — Collection (Rhino, 1996)
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Comes Love
Joni Mitchell — Both Sides Now (Warner Brothers, 2000)
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Love Is Blindness
Cassandra Wilson — New Moon Daughter (Blue Note, 1996)
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I Fall In Love Too Easily
Miles Davis — Seven Steps to Heaven (Columbia/Legacy, 2005)
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My Funny Valentine
Elvis Costello — Armed Forces (Rykodisk, 1993)

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Love On the Rocks
Julie London — Julie/Love On the Rocks (EMI Europe, 2006)
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But Not For Me
Chet Baker — Let's Get Lost-Best of Chet Baker Sings (Toshiba EMI, 1989)
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If Love Ain't There
Nat King Cole — Love is the Thing/Where Did Everyone Go? (Collectors' Choice, 2007)
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Falling in Love With Love
Frank Sinatra — Portrait of Sinatra: Columbia Classics (Sony, 1997)
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They Say It's Wonderful
John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman — John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (GRP, 1995)
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That Ole Devil Called Love
Billie Holiday — Billie Holiday's Greatest Hits (Decca, 1995)
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Our Love Is Here to Stay
Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong — Ella and Louis...Again (UMVD, 2003)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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