What A Most Unusual Day In LA!!
When’s the last time you met music royalty? Or the relatives of such royalty?
Now don’t get me wrong…….both my singing & radio careers grant me frequent abilities to meet famous people. That’s always a treat! But a recent meeting I had last weekend in LA has compelled me to write my 1st blog ever!!!
So I had the awesome privilege of meeting Lee Newman, the great-grandson of legendary songwriter Jimmy McHugh. Some of McHugh’s classic songs include “I’m in the Mood for Love,” “It’s a Most Unusual Day,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and my personal favorite “A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening.” Great-grandson Lee promotes and manages McHugh’s body of work (approving the music being recorded, performed, and featured on TV & film).
My visit to Lee’s office was amazing!!!!! You immediately notice a light green upright piano when entering. This was McHugh’s actual piano he used to compose his timeless classics, given to him by another classic songwriter and friend Irving Berlin. Of course I had to take a picture at the piano! Lee possesses sheet music, vintage movie promotional photos, and an extensive collection of albums & CDs. He graciously toured me through his office, discussing everything displayed within and also about his great-grandfather’s life. In the world of the Great American Songbook, McHugh was iconic. Legendary performers such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole have recorded McHugh’s body of work.
As a member of the legendary “Ink Spots Generations” & on-air personality for “Martini in the Morning,” I thoroughly appreciated this meeting and tour with Lee Newman. In the midst of keeping his great-grandfather’s music alive & relevant, Lee personally invited me into his office. He also gave me quality advice about the music business & advancing my own singing career. I left Lee’s office heavily inspired to compose my own music and keep the Great American Songbook alive. I’m working to perform globally and feel I’m on my way!
This was definitely a highlight of my year.