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Help: Jazz song? 'Francesca'

GUEST,Mimsey 17 Jan 02 - 05:16 PM
Dicho (Frank Staplin) 17 Jan 02 - 06:15 PM
Sorcha 17 Jan 02 - 07:07 PM
GUEST,Mimsey 17 Jan 02 - 07:31 PM
Justa Picker 17 Jan 02 - 08:01 PM
catspaw49 17 Jan 02 - 08:26 PM
GUEST,Mimsey 23 Jan 02 - 02:25 PM
Charlie Baum 24 Jan 02 - 11:35 AM
GUEST,Kerry 29 Feb 12 - 11:02 AM
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Subject: Jazz song? 'Francesca'
From: GUEST,Mimsey
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 05:16 PM

Hi, Mudcritters!

Aside from being a folk music lover, player (and occasional performer) I am also a librarian.

Today, I got a reference question from a fellow who wanted to see if he could get hold of a song that was (he said) mentioned in the book "Bridges of Madison County." The song is apparently an old jazz song, probably from the 40's, called "Francesca." Unfortunately, this library didn't happen to have the book, so I couldn't glean any additional clues from there.

I have done some initial searching, with no result. Has anybody got a clue or two?

Thanks bundles and baskets, Mimsey the Reference Librarina


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Subject: RE: Help: Jazz song? 'Francesca'
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 06:15 PM

Nothing in the script of the movie, nor in the soundtrack, so the song mention didn't carry over to them.


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Subject: RE: Help: Jazz song? 'Francesca'
From: Sorcha
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 07:07 PM

I read the book; biggest piece of tripe I have seen in print for a long time. Francesca was, of course, the name of the female lead played by Meryl Streep. I did Google several ways, and came up with nothing, but I'll keep looking. Justa Picker knows his jazz, I'll ask him to look in here.


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Subject: RE: Help: Jazz song? 'Francesca'
From: GUEST,Mimsey
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 07:31 PM

Thanks for the try, Sorcha!


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Subject: RE: Help: Jazz song? 'Francesca'
From: Justa Picker
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 08:01 PM

Just checked 3 thick jazz fake books. No song entitled Fracesca. I also checked the song listings for the soundtrack from "Bridges of Madison County". There is no song titled "Francesca" on that album. Sorry about that.


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Subject: RE: Help: Jazz song? 'Francesca'
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Jan 02 - 08:26 PM

I ain't all bad in this category either and I don't recall anything.....That's not to say it didn't exist at some point. A lot of tunes were pretty one off and improvisational too so the author may have heard something announced that way at a particular time that suited the performance. We played a gig one night for an outdoor party that turned really cold. We swapped shoruses on the same tune ("When Sonny Gets Blue") for about 20 minutes and when asked the name, one of the guys said it was "Blues for Cold Fingers."

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Help: Jazz song? 'Francesca'
From: GUEST,Mimsey
Date: 23 Jan 02 - 02:25 PM

Maybe it was just a fictional element of the novel. Thanks for your input! Y'all are my folk music reference heroes.

Yours, Mimsey


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Subject: RE: Help: Jazz song? 'Francesca'
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 24 Jan 02 - 11:35 AM

My co-worker Francesca suggests the possibility of it being a reference to the Italian song "Non é Francesca" ("It's not Francesca") by the singer Lucio Battisti. (Then again, my co-worker Francesca is Italian.)

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Help: Jazz song? 'Francesca'
From: GUEST,Kerry
Date: 29 Feb 12 - 11:02 AM

I can see this all posted a long time ago. BUT    If you read Bridges of Madison County printed by Arrow books, there is a section at the end as a post script about the auther of the Jazz music piece called Francesca,by John "Nighthawk Cummings" He was a tenner Saxaphoneplayer. . . Fiction to give reality to the book. . who knows. . I want it to be true because I LOVE the film and book.


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