Gone With the Wind

Reviewed by mojo

Ahhh. Now THIS is the first song in this excellent concert, as far as I'm concerned, since it was the opening song in the original CD, before they added all the bonus songs.

In keeping with Mojo's Muppet theme I've been doing for this album, I should point out that THIS song I likewise heard for the first time on Sesame Street. Guy Smiley sang it--but whereas Guy Smiley the game show host sounded pretty much like Kermit the Frog, Guy Smiley the singer was an octave or so deeper, and was fond of singing ballads in this sonorous Nelson Eddy sort of way. (Don't know if it was still Jim Henson singing or not, nor am I losing much sleep over it.) It was very entertaining to our little wee lass Mojo, for as Guy sang they turned on a wind machine and leaves, trees, pieces of the set, Smiley's love interest, and his clothes were eventually blown off him as he sang, in a somewhat literal interpretation of the lyrics.

I searched and searched for a clip of it on YouTube, but to no avail. But then I found the Muppet Wiki, and discovered I was not indeed hallucinating as a child. It was in the first season. And not only did Guy Smiley sing it as I remembered, but they resurrected the joke for Jim Nabors on The Muppet Show. And good ol' YouTube DOES have a clip of THAT one.

But this isn't about Muppets, is it. It should be about Ella. Who throws away the dull ballad tempo and instead swings it in a way it was meant to be swung. Takes the heartbreak of the song and kind of makes it a celebration of sorts. I swear only Ella could make you smile about a breakup. And it's just a promise of even better songs to come....

Gone With the Wind (1960)

Click below to hear a sample--or scroll down for associated media: 
From What Album(s)?: 
Ella in Berlin: Mack the Knife
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Allie Wrubel
Herb Magidson

From Wikipedia:


"Gone with the Wind" is a popular song. The music was written by Allie Wrubel, the lyrics by Herb Magidson. The song was published in 1937. A version recorded by Horace Heidt was a #1 song in 1937.

Diane E. Holloway, who has written extensively on American popular songs, indicates that the title was inspired by the 1936 publication of the novel Gone with the Wind, and the timing indicates that this is likely. But the lyrics have no connection to the subject matter of the novel, and this song should not be confused with any of the music featured in the 1939 film adaptation.