Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Dianne Reeves: “Love for Sale”

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here is the amazing Dianne Reeves performing “Love for Sale.” She is backed up by Dizzy Gillespie and David Sanborn among others.

“Love for Sale” was written by Cole Porter for his 1930 musical, The New Yorkers.

The song is written from the viewpoint of a prostitute advertising various kinds of "love for sale": "Old love, new love, every love but true love". "Love for Sale" was a hit in 1930, but later on the tune was deemed too sensual and banned from radio for decades. Since then it has become a jazz standard.

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