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Take Two
Everything Happens To Me




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Everything Happens To Me is a lovely standard written in 1940 by Matt Dennis with lyrics by Tom Adair. It was picked up by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra as a feature for Frank Sinatra.

The Classic Jazz Standards website tells how: 'In December 1940, the compositor Matt Dennis, through the singer Jo Stafford, met Tommy Dorsey in the Hollywood Palladium. Dorsey, after listening to some of the melodies, asked him to compose something for him. Although Dennis had the music of the songs written, he needed the lyrics. One night, while he was playing in a nightclub in Los Angeles, he ran into Tom Adair, who had already written the lyrics of another of his songs, ‘Will You Still be Mine?’. The compositor loved Adair’s sophisticated way of writing and asked him to write the lyrics for two of his compositions, ‘Everything Happens to Me’ and ‘Let’s Get Away from It All’......'.




Before we take two, let's remind ourselves of the vocal version. It is sung here by Hollywood's current 'golden boy', Timothée Chalamet, in the latest film, A Rainy Day In New York, by Hollywood's currently less-than golden boy, Woody Allen. Made in 2017, it took two years for it to be distributed in some European countries and is now available in the UK on a couple of digital platforms (Amazon Prime, Google Play). The film has received poor reviews but nevertheless has brought in a lot of money! Chalamet has since announced that 'he will be donating his salary from (A Rainy Day In New York) to the Time’s Up initiative against harassment and assault, alongside other charities.


Timothée Chalamet sings Everything Happens To Me.




I have chosen two takes of the song that feature saxophone solos, one of which presents a challenge.


The first has Sonny Stitt playing the song in Copenhagen in 1971 with an amazing line-up of 'Jazz Giants' - Thelonius Monk (piano); Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet); Kai Winding (trombone); Sonny Stitt (sax), Al McKibbon (bass) and Art Blakey (drums). After Kai Winding's introduction the stage primarily belongs to Sonny Stitt:






Black cats creep across my path
Until I'm almost mad
I must have 'roused the devil's wrath
Cause all my luck is bad
I make a date for golf and you can bet your life it rains
I try to give a party and the guy upstairs complains
I guess I'll go through life
Just catchin' colds and missin' trains
Everything happens to me

I never miss a thing
I've had the measles and the mumps
And every time I play an ace
My partner always trumps
Guess I'm just a fool who never looks before he jumps
Everything happens to me


I like to imagine Matt Dennis and Tom Adair in the same room writing Everything Happens To Me with Jerome Kern and Dorothy Reynolds as Jerome and Dorothy were writing 'Nothing's impossible I have found, For when my chin is on the ground, I pick myself up, Dust myself off, Start all over again.', but that was written four years earlier.

Our second take also features a saxophone solo, but I cannot tell you much about the band except they are called 'Pitch Black Jazz' and that the video was made during a recording session. I have searched the internet without success, so if anyone else fancies doing some detective work and can find out more about them, that would be good. In the meanwhile, check out their version of Everything Happens To Me:





At first my heart thought you could break this jinx for me
That love would turn the trick to end despair
But know I just can't fool this head that thinks for me
I've mortgaged all my castles in the air

I've telegraphed and phoned
I send an "Airmail Special" too
Your answer was "Goodbye"
And there was even postage due
I fell in love just once
And then it had to be with you
Everything happens to me



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