The best bits from the ‘Today’ lp, Dudley Moore Trio, Atlantic Records (K40379), UK, 1972.
Aah, bless his little cotton socks, all wrapped up in that fur coat sporting a soppy smile. How appropriate that Dudley and cuddly rhyme.
I won’t lie to you, this record doesn’t set the world on fire although it does contain moments of brilliance, notably the opening track in the sound clip. ‘Song For Suzy’ is an irresistible jazz groover with a confident rolling gait and scat vocals performed, I believe, by Dudley Moore himself. It’s one of at least three tunes Moore wrote with ‘Suzy’ or ‘Sooze’ in the title for his wife Suzy Kendall, to whom he was married from 1968 until 1972. Kendall, an actress, had roles in many swinging 60s films (Thunderball, The Liquidator, Up The Junction to name a few) before moving over to Giallo horror in ‘Torso’ and ‘The Bird With The Crystal Plummage’ (stunning Morricone soundtrack there, worth tracking down). She recently popped up in the much-hyped but ultimately disappointing ‘Berberian Sound Studio’.
There is a hilarious youtube film of the trio miming to ‘Song For Suzy’ on a UK television programme presented by Roger Whittaker- watch it here:
I did a little spot on the decks recently (in public!) and thought this track was worth playing out, as they say. I was very pleased to see a table of three hard looking men in their mid fifties tapping their feet and nodding along approvingly to Mr. Moore. Then things looked up as a couple began to dance! Maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention to the general mood of the room because the next record I played saw my dancing couple leave and the man responsible for the music that night hastily bounce into the dj booth saying that he needed to “rescue the dancefloor”! There were only two people dancing in the first place and it was just a pub, but hey, playing records can be a life or death situation.