Long Ago and Far Away (TV series)
Long Ago and Far Away is a television series that aired on PBS Television from January 28, 1989 to December 5, 1992. It was created by a public television broadcast service located in Boston, Massachusetts. WGBH is a member of PBS; each episode began with host James Earl Jones sitting in a chair in a room with a table and window. The walls were blue with white dots in order to make it appear as if the room was sitting out in space or the night sky. James Earl Jones talks during the short opening section acts as narrator for the balance of an episode; this series, aimed at children aged six to nine years old, presents stories based on traditional fairy tales. A number of presentation methods were used to tell these stories, with stop motion animation, live-action or cel animation being used depending on the episode. Long Ago and Far Away featured a number of guest narrators, including Tammy Grimes. In the episode "Emperor's New Clothes", Regis Philbin provided the voice of the Emperor. National Education Association Award, Advancement of Learning through Broadcasting Action for Children's Television, Achievement in Children's Television Award National Catholic Association of Broadcasters and Communicators, Gabriel Award, Best National Children's Program International Film and Television Festival of New York, Gold Medal Connoisseur Magazine, Connie Award, Best National Children's Series International Reading Association, Broadcast Media Award The Pied Piper of Hamelin The Reluctant Dragon Abel's Island The Happy Circus Hungarian Folktales The Talking Parcel The Talking Parcel Wind in the Willows Svyatogor The Sleeping Princess As Long As He Can Count the Cows The Man Who Planted Trees The Silver Cornet Bill and Bunny Frog and Toad are Friends Frog and Toad Together Beauty and the Beast Noah's Ark Rarg Circus Dreams More Hungarian Folktales The Boy in the Oak Tree Oh, Mr. Toad!
Part 1 Oh, Mr. Toad! Part 2 Bill the Minder The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship The Emperor's New Clothes Uncle Elephant Jazztime Tale Merlin and the Dragons Pegasus the Flying Horse Nightengale Mouse Soup The Talking Eggs Long Ago and Far Away on IMDb Complete Episode Listing with Descriptions
Long Ago and Far Away (Tony Bennett album)
Long Ago and Far Away is an album by American singer Tony Bennett. It was released in 1958 on Columbia as CL 1186. "It Could Happen to You" - 2:50 "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" - 3:13 "Long Ago and Far Away" - 2:55 "It Amazes Me" - 3:27 "The Way You Look Tonight" - 3:08 "Be Careful, It's My Heart" - 2:15 "My Foolish Heart" - 3:09 "Time After Time" - 2:55 "Fools Rush In" - 2:09 "A Cottage for Sale" - 3:04 "Blue Moon" - 2:32 "So Far" - 3:41Recorded on April 7, April 8 and April 9, 1958. Tony Bennett – vocals Frank De Vol - conductor Ralph Sharon - piano Herbie Mann - flute Robert Bain, George Van Epps - guitar Catherine Gotthoffer, Dorothy Remsen - harp Frank Flynn - vibes Buddy Clark - bass Larry Bunker, William Exiner - drums Armond Kaproff, Edgar Lustgarten, Raphael Kremer - violoncello Israel Baker, Robert Barene, Sam Freed, Jacques Gasselin, Ben Gill, Mort Herbert, Dan Lube, William Miller, Lou Raderman, Ambrose Russe, Albert Saparoff, Eudice Shapiro, David Frisina, Anatol Kaminsky Paul Lowenkron, Victor Arno - violin Norman Botnick, G. R. Menhennick, Virginia Majewski, Robert Ostrowsky, Joseph Reilich, Milton Thomas - viola
James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, he is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single "Fire and Rain" and had his first No. 1 hit in 1971 with his recording of "You've Got a Friend", written by Carole King in the same year. His 1976 Greatest Hits album has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades; every album that he released from 1977 to 2007 sold over 1 million copies. He enjoyed a resurgence in chart performance during the late 1990s and 2000s, when he recorded some of his most-awarded work, he achieved his first number-one album in the US in 2015 with his recording Before This World. He is known for his popular covers, such as "How Sweet It Is" and "Handy Man", as well as originals such as "Sweet Baby James".
James Vernon Taylor was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 12, 1948, where his father, Isaac M. Taylor, worked as a resident physician, his father came from a wealthy Scottish family from the South. His mother, the former Gertrude Woodard, studied singing with Marie Sundelius at the New England Conservatory of Music and was an aspiring opera singer before the couple's marriage in 1946. James was the second of five children, the others being Alex, Kate and Hugh. In 1951, his family moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, when Isaac took a job as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, they built a house in the Morgan Creek area off the present Morgan Creek Road, sparsely populated. James would say, "Chapel Hill, the Piedmont, the outlying hills, were tranquil, beautiful, but quiet. Thinking of the red soil, the seasons, the way things smelled down there, I feel as though my experience of coming of age there was more a matter of landscape and climate than people."
James attended public primary school in Chapel Hill. Isaac's career prospered, but he was away from home, on military service at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, or as part of Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica in 1955 and 1956. Isaac Taylor rose to become dean of the UNC School of Medicine from 1964 to 1971. Beginning in 1953, the Taylors spent summers on Martha's Vineyard. James first learned to play the cello as a child in North Carolina and switched to the guitar in 1960, his guitar style evolved, influenced by hymns and the music of Woody Guthrie, his technique derived from his bass clef-oriented cello training and from experimenting on his sister Kate's keyboards: "My style was a finger-picking style, meant to be like a piano, as if my thumb were my left hand, my first and third fingers were my right hand." He began attending Milton Academy, a preparatory boarding school in Massachusetts in fall 1961. Summering before with his family on Martha's Vineyard, he met Danny Kortchmar, an aspiring teenage guitarist from Larchmont, New York.
The two began listening to and playing blues and folk music together, Kortchmar realized that Taylor's singing had a "natural sense of phrasing, every syllable beautifully in time. I knew James had that thing." Taylor wrote his first song on guitar at 14, he continued to learn the instrument effortlessly. By the summer of 1963, he and Kortchmar were playing coffeehouses around the Vineyard, billed as "Jamie & Kootch". Taylor faltered during his junior year at Milton, feeling uneasy in the high-pressure college prep environment despite good scholastic performance; the Milton headmaster would say, "James was more sensitive and less goal-oriented than most students of his day." He returned home to North Carolina to finish out the semester at Chapel Hill High School. There, he joined. Having lost touch with his former school friends in North Carolina, Taylor returned to Milton for his senior year. There, Taylor soon descended into depression. In late 1965 he committed himself to the renowned McLean Hospital in Belmont, where he was treated with Thorazine and where the organized days began to give him a sense of time and structure.
As the Vietnam War escalated, Taylor received a psychological rejection from Selective Service System when he appeared before them with two white-suited McLean assistants and was uncommunicative. Taylor earned a high school diploma in 1966 from the hospital's associated Arlington School, he would view his nine-month stay at McLean as "a lifesaver... Like a pardon or like a reprieve," and both his brother Livingston and sister Kate would be patients and students there as well; as for his mental health struggles, Taylor would think of them as innate and say: "It's an inseparable part of my personality that I have these feelings." At Kortchmar's urging, Taylor checked himself out of McLean and moved to New York City to form a band. They recruited Joel O'Brien of Kortchmar's old band King Bees, to play drums, Taylor's childhood friend Zachary Wiesner (son of noted academic J
Charles Robert Watts is an English drummer, best known as a member of the Rolling Stones since 1963. Trained as a graphic artist, he started playing drums in London's rhythm and blues clubs, where he met Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards. In January 1963, he joined their fledgling group, the Rolling Stones, as drummer, while doubling as designer of their record sleeves and tour stages, he has toured with his own group, the Charlie Watts Quintet, appeared in London at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club with the Charlie Watts Tentet. In 2006, Watts was elected into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. In the estimation of noted music critic Robert Christgau, Watts is "rock's greatest drummer." In 2016, he was ranked 12th on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time" list. Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts was born to Charles Richard Watts, a lorry driver for the London Midland & Scottish Railway, his wife Lillian Charlotte, at University College Hospital and raised in Kingsbury, he attended Tylers Croft Secondary Modern School from 1952 to 1956.
As a child, Watts lived at 23 Pilgrims Way. Many of Wembley's houses had been destroyed by German bombs during World War II. Watts's neighbour Dave Green, who lived next door at 22 Pilgrims Way, was a childhood friend, they remain friends today. Green recalls. Charlie had more records than I did... We used to go to Charlie's bedroom and just get these records out." Watts' earliest records were jazz recordings. Green recalls that Watts "had the one with Monk and the Johnny Dodge Trio. Charlie was ahead of me in listening and acquisitions." When Watts and Green were both about thirteen, Watts became interested in drumming: I bought a banjo, I didn't like the dots on the neck. So I took the neck off, at the same time I heard a drummer called Chico Hamilton, who played with Gerry Mulligan, I wanted to play like that, with brushes. I didn't have a snare drum, so I put the banjo head on a stand. Green and Watts began their musical careers together from 1958 to 1959, playing in a jazz band in Middlesex called the Jo Jones All Stars.
Watts found his transition to rhythm and blues puzzling. When they asked me to play, I didn't know. I thought. Watts' parents gave him his first drum kit in 1955. After completing secondary school, he enrolled at Harrow Art School, which he attended until 1960. After leaving school, Watts worked as a graphic designer for an advertising company called Charlie Daniels Studios, played drums with local bands in coffee shops and clubs. In 1961 he met Alexis Korner, Blues Incorporated. At that time Watts was on his way to a sojourn working as a graphic designer in Denmark, but he accepted Korner's offer when he returned to London in February 1962. Watts played with Blues Incorporated and maintained a job with another advertising firm of Charles and Grey, it was in mid-1962 that Watts first met Brian Jones, Ian "Stu" Stewart, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, who frequented the London rhythm and blues clubs, but it was not until January 1963 that Watts agreed to join the Rolling Stones. Besides his music, Watts contributed graphic art to early Rolling Stones records such as the Between the Buttons record sleeve and was responsible for the 1975 tour announcement press conference in New York City.
The band surprised the throng of waiting reporters by driving and playing "Brown Sugar" on the back of a flatbed truck in the middle of Manhattan traffic, a gimmick AC/DC copied the same year. Watts remembered. Moreover, with Jagger, he designed the elaborate stages for tours, first contributing to the lotus-shaped design of that 1975 Tour of the Americas, as well as the 1989–1990 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour, the 1997 Bridges to Babylon Tour, the 2002–2003 Licks Tour, the 2005–2007 A Bigger Bang Tour. Watts has been involved in many activities outside his life as a member of The Rolling Stones. In 1964, he published a cartoon tribute to Charlie Parker entitled Ode to a High Flying Bird. Although he has made his name in rock, his personal tastes lie principally in jazz. In the late 1970s, he joined Ian Stewart in the back-to-the-roots boogie-woogie band Rocket 88, which featured many of the UK's top jazz, rock and R&B musicians. In the 1980s, he toured worldwide with a big band that included such names as Evan Parker, Courtney Pine and Jack Bruce, a member of Rocket 88.
In 1991, he organised a jazz quintet as another tribute to Charlie Parker. 1993 saw the release of Warm And Tender, by the Charlie Watts Quintet, which included vocalist Bernard Fowler. This same group released Long Ago And Far Away in 1996. Both records included a collection of Great American Songbook standards. After a successful collaboration with Jim Keltner on The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon and Keltner released a techno/instrumental album titled
Long Ago and Far Away (Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau album)
Long Ago and Far Away is a duo album by Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau. It was recorded in 2007 and released by Impulse! Records in 2018; the music is from a 2007 concert at the Enjoy Jazz Festival in Germany. The material is standards. On "Au Privave", after the theme is stated, "a change of key signals a narrative switch to flurries of notes and single note lines. Haden, shifts harmonic focus underneath until the theme returns, pulled into fragments that lean back on the beat." The album was released by Impulse! Records in 2018; the AllMusic reviewer commented on the "casual intensity, the willingness to commune with yearning lyricism one minute and dive into dark voids the next, that make Mehldau and Haden's duo work here so compelling." "Au Privave" "My Old Flame" "What'll I Do" "Long Ago and Far Away" "My Love and I" "Everything Happens to Me" Charlie Haden – bass Brad Mehldau – piano
Long Ago and Far Away (James Taylor song)
"Long Ago and Far Away" is a song written by James Taylor and first released on his 1971 album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. It was the follow up single to You've Got a Friend and became a Top 40 hit in the U. S. and a Top 20 hit in Canada, made the Top 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the U. S, it has been covered by New York Voices and Johnny Mathis. Taylor wrote "Long Ago and Far Away" in 1970, about a year before it was recorded for Mud Slide Slim. Joni Mitchell sings background vocals and Carole King plays piano, it is a sad song that Taylor biographer Timothy White calls "among the most wistful of Taylor's vast catalogue of secular hymns." The theme of the song is how things don't turn out as planned, how dreams don't match the ultimate reality and how expectations don't last. The lyrics evoke a motif common in Taylor's songs, that of the sea and sailing away for one reason or another. Other images in the lyrics include "tender dreams" and "broken glass." Towards the end of the song the singer asks.
The phrase "long ago and far away" never appears in the lyrics. Rather, Taylor sings that "Long ago a young man sits and plays his waiting game." In 1998 Taylor noted that the lyrics in the second verse "Love is just a word I've heard when things are being said" was the "most coherent" part of the song for him at that time, stating that "it is a musing on the nature of expectations, how they don't last. Critic Al Rudis notes a resemblance between some of the melody of "Long Ago and Far Away" and that of "Sunny Skies," a song from Taylor's prior album Sweet Baby James. Journalist Peggy Mulloy Glad regards it as an example of how Taylor can use his vocal and guitar playing to "communicate the pain and desires that most people experience but few can express." Author Dave Thompson described the song as "slight." But Rudis considers it a "nice dreamy number." Author Ian Halperin regards it as the most daring song on Mud Slide Slim. Thirteen years after its initial release, critic Doug Robinson called it a "lesser known gem."
Rolling Stone Album Guide critic Mark Coleman considered it the one song on Mud Slide Slim that wasn't sappy or flaccid. Taylor himself considers it "a sentimental song, but good.""Long Ago and Far Away" reached number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 4 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It reached number 12 in Canada, as well as number 9 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart. "Long Ago and Far Away" was included on the compilation albums The Best of James Taylor and The Essential James Taylor. A live recording opens the album James Taylor Live in Rio. New York Voices covered "Long Ago and Far Away" on the 2001 album Sketches of James: Selection from the James Taylor Songbook. Johnny Mathis covered the song on his 1971 album You've Got a Friend. Mathis released his version as a single. Billboard Magazine described Mathis' version, produced by Richard Perry, as a "ballad beauty" delivered "in top form."