Just One of Those Things (1956)

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"Just One of Those Things" is a popular song written by Cole Porter for the 1935 musical Jubilee.

The song was later featured in two Doris Day musicals, Lullaby of Broadway (1951) and Young at Heart (1954).

The song has become a standard, with many recordings having been made of it. Among artists who have recorded it are Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Louis Prima, Diana Krall, John Barrowman, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson, Nellie McKay, Erin McKeown, Joan Morris and The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl. Nat King Cole recorded it as the title track of his 1957 album "Just One Of Those Things". Peggy Lee recorded it in a stylized arrangement to become a chart topping hit in the 50's. Maurice Chevalier included it in a Cole Porter medley on his farewell album, released on his 80th birthday.

Holden Caulfield, the narrator of J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye, is fond of the song, and remarks that even the "stinking band" in the hotel lounge "couldn't ruin it entirely."

An episode of Get Smart alluded to the song: Agent 86 (posing as a mentally ill military officer) tells the psychiatrist he's investigating that he had been working on a space vehicle of his own: "Gossamer Wings," but lamented that "it was just one of those things."

The series finale of M*A*S*H took its name "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" from a line in the song.

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It Was Just One of Those Things... mojo

I gotta say, I really enjoy this song, even though Mojo has never been one of those "Just one of those things" kinda gals. It's just the perfect mix. Ella's having a blast, the band is getting their patented Big Band "stings" in between lines,...

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Ella at her peak (of course, her peak speanned something like THIRTY FREAKIN' YEARS), in 1957, at a JATP show in Amsterdam. The announcer is Norman Granz himself, a name Ella fans know very well.... The bass player is her ex-husband, Ray Brown....

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Ella Singing "Just One of Those Things"--1974

Ella still swinging "Just One of Those Things" in 1974, again in Holland. She really plays with this one!

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