#RomanticTuesday, #Loveuary 2-21-17

Hi everyone and happy Romantic Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a great start! Although I planned on featuring this timeless classic sometime in the near future… Chevvy from Chevvy’s Studio inspired me to do it sooner rather than later. A couple of weeks ago, she mentioned another version of this song by Kenny G in the comments section. I didn’t know he had his own version of At Last too! If you missed that post, you can check it out here. If you like different genres of music, poetry and nice photography, please check out and/or follow Chevvy’s blog if  you aren’t already. Since I think this song also ties in perfectly with Ritu’s Loveuary challenge, I’m including it there too. I’m using At Last for Ritu’s prompt, never ending love.

At Last was written in 1941 by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren for the musical, “Sun Valley Serenade.” Glenn Miller and his orchestra performed the song for the movie. Until recently, I always thought Etta James was the first person to sing it! She didn’t cover At Last until 1960. James’ version of At Last reached number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the time. I think it should’ve at least been in the top 10! Her version was inducted into the 1999 Grammy Hall of Fame. Several artists have covered the song throughout the years. Pop singer Christina Aguilera covered At Last at James’ funeral in 2012. I included a couple of my favorite versions. Which is your favorite? Please feel free to leave them in the comments. Have a great day, everyone and I’ll see you soon!

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16 comments

  1. It was my pleasure to even play the smallest part Lisa. I don’t mind appreciating different versions of a song but I think it’s hard to wrestle it away from Etta. Thanks again for a great post.😀

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  2. You’re welcome, Chevvy! Thank you for inspiring the post! 🙂 I agree with you, it will always be Etta’s song. Thanks for adding a couple of your favorite versions. I don’t think I’ve heard these before! I noticed that we both didn’t add Beyoncé! Ha ha ha! I didn’t really care for her version. It was good but they should’ve had Etta sing it at Obama’s inauguration instead.

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  3. Hi Lisa, thank you so much for the shout out. I have to agree with Tracy that Etta owns this song. She gives it the joie de vivre, the raw passion this song deserves and that big band sound just adds to the greatness of it.
    I actually also enjoyed the Christina version especially the whole orchestra rendition. Of course many artists have covered this great song – two of which I’m going to throw in here. Thanks for the lowdown on the history of this song and great choice for Romantic Tuesday and Loveuary. Here are another two versions that I thought were worth listening to:

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  4. As much as I revere Aretha Franklin, Etta James wins this one hands down. So many great singers have sung it, but it’s Etta’s version that I will always associate with this song.

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