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Connecting A Boy Named Sooie to the New Yorker and Elvis Costello in two steps

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2008 at 3:04 PM


What do A boy named Sooie, Elvis Costello, the Oxford American and the New Yorker's "Goings On" blog have in common? Mutual admiration for Teddy Grace, an obscure swing-era jazz singer from north Louisiana (with Arkansas connections).

Seems that Elvis Costello's latest, "Momofuku" (available currently only in vinyl) includes a tribute to Grace. Ben Greenman, in "Goings On," writes about the album, the song and Grace, pointing readers to Sooie's (AKA Derek Jenkins') "excellent" feature article on the singer in last year's Oxford American music issue.

Another tangent: Elvis Costello killed in Memphis last week. I was completely shocked at how well his voice has held up. And Steve Nieve! Don't miss him when he comes near the next time around.

ALSO: Look for a new blog by A boy named Sooie imminently.

UPDATE: spinsouth is enough of an Elvis fan that he has both the vinyl and the digital version of the album. Thanks for sharing! Here's "Stella Hurt."

Since Derek's piece was the first in-depth look at Grace, I'd say it's not too much of a leap to say that an article he wrote inspired an Elvis Costello song. Killer.

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