Why do some songs have a longer shelf life than others? How can one song invite so many interpretations? What keeps a song in our hearts?
The Spotlights are on “Please don’t talk about me when I’m gone” – a 1930 jump-blues composition by the team of Sam Stept (That’s My Weakness Now), Sidney Clare (On the Good Ship Lollipop), and singer Bee Palmer.
The song has been used in dozens of films, its well known and clever lyrics subject to interpretation. For FabulousFilmSongs, we have focused on three films that reference the song in a variety of ways:
Lullaby of Broadway (1951) – a backstage Broadway story, sung by the unsurpassable Gladys George
One Froggy Evening (1955) – a Warner Bros. cartoon, sung by baritone Bill Roberts
The Women (1939) – as “Mary Haines”, the title line is sung by Academy Award winning Norma Shearer as a warning to her girlfriends about gossiping
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–– Sean Martinfield, November 2014
Many thanks to Janet Roitz who directed and edited this video.