KCCK is posting staff Halloween favorites each day leading up to Oct. 31. Here’s mine.
The first time I ever heard “That Old Black Magic” was when it was performed by that legendary jazz singer… Jerry Lewis.
In the original “Nutty Professor,” Lewis (as his suave Hyde-persona Buddy Love) sings a quite serviceable version of the tune. In the years since, of course, I’ve come to see where Jerry borrowed from Sinatra, Ella, and even his frenemy Dean Martin for this performance.
But even though Lewis owes A LOT to artists with a more extensive pedigree, this version still swings.