It’s that time of year again, when teddy bears, chocolate and roses cost way too much and you really want to get the best gift for your lover but you aren’t sure if they would like a sexy negligee or just a box of truffles… or both? Well how about some romantic crooning to get things started, and what’s better than some sultry gypsy jazz with a French lyric and some seductive accordion playing…. er… what? Sexy accordion? Do those two words belong in the same sentence… well if it’s Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas they do!
If played appropriately the accordion can be a very seductive instrument. And for the best accordion around Chicago was lucky to have world renown accordion maestro Joe Vito, who played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the King of Romance himself, Luciano Pavarotti, as well as for the greatest of crooners, Tony Bennett, and he was a regularly featured artist with the Doc Severson band, as well as a Chicago Jazz Grandfather.
Joe has been gone now for 10 years, but his legend lives on, and this Valentine’s Day Solitaire Miles aka Susie Blue is re-releasing their song “Moonlight Serenade” which has recently been remixed and remastered. Joe “Plays the notes in French” as he used to like to joke, and Miles serenades the lyrics lusciously, caressing your ears with her smoothest Parisian accent, while Joe and the gang get things heated up for this gypsy- inspired arrangement that will set the stage for a perfect night of romance.
You can stream or download the song or listen and watch on Youtube.