Occasionally I obsess over a song. For years it was "September Song," specifically the version heard early on in Woody Allen's "Radio Days." It was a simple piano trio playing over a gorgeous, rainswept Rockaway Beach and both that version and image stayed with me till this day. I tried for years to find that version. Oddly enough, dozens upon dozens of songs were played in "Radio Days" and the only one not credited was "September Song." The closest I came were versions by Art Tatum and a clarinet player I used to hear in New Orleans named Tim Laughlin. Neither was it, but now I collect versions of "September Song."
I also collect versions of "Sunny" and "Stardust." These three songs are among my favorites of all time. So is Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart."
One version absolutely slays me. It's Nat "King" Cole's with the Billy May Orchestra.
But recently, I stumbled across the version up top, by Nick Curran and the Nightlifes. The late Nick Curran was special and his last record "Reform School Girl" is worth everyone's time. I've owned his earlier records, but someone this version of "Cold, Cold Heart" from "Doctor Velvet" escaped me. Now, I am obsessing all over again.