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Monday, January 15, 2007

One wrote it, and the other, by singing it, made it traditional jazz.

A few weeks ago I mentioned having heard the great New Orleans jazz drummer Shannon Powell sing "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It"; Mr. Powell brought out the pathos of the situation immediatly. Today I realized or remembered that Hank Williams wrote and recorded the song and that Louis Armstrong recorded it shortly afterward, lending his impramatur for any future jazz musician, particularly a New Orleansean such as Mr. Powell, who sang the most rueful and funny of the versions I have heard.

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