January 2015 started with a commission to write some tunes for "Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic," a brand new immersive 1920s show in New York City. I ended up in the show playing all the songs I wrote, knee deep in jazz, blues, and burlesque! I was always the punk, the so-called rocker, so I thought it would take me a bit to fit in. Didn't take much time at all actually, my mother used to sing all those great old tunes to me growing up, I was right at home. It was a great three month run. Met some amazing dancers, strippers, musicians, and artists. I will always think of them with such deep fondness and love. How we took over a small piece of the center of the universe, led by a Valkyrie to the bazaar of 42nd street, there in the back of a shotty diner we made magic, with glitter, champagne, jazz, and stardust! The show may be over but a light shines for all of us.
"We’ll bring down the house
We’ll be all the rage
And we’ll shine with the ghosts of Broadway"
This record is a collection of songs from Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic; a mix of my ditties, covers, and a few extras just because.
Thank you Paula, Mum, Lowell, Syrie and Heather, Fink, Ari, Jack and Purl, Stuart and his beautiful sax, and Manny's
released September 8, 2015
recorded at Good Ship Studios
pianos/guitar/organ/vocal - Billy Butler
bass and drums - A.I.
sax on People Are Strange - Stuart Matthewman
violin on Ghosts of Broadway - Kenny Butler
All songs by Billy Butler except:
People Are Strange by John Densmore, Robert Krieger, Raymond Manzarek, and Jim Morrison
Minnie the Moocher by Cab Calloway, Irving Mills, and Clarence Gaskill, Copyright Emi Mills Music Inc and Emi Entertainment
World Obo HiDeHo Man Music
When I Get Low, I Get High by Marion Sunshine, Copyright Bughouse Music Obo Fred Ahlert Music Group
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