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The Official Straight No Chaser Song of New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2020

I can't imagine there would be much traveling on this COVID-19 New Year's Eve, but if so, please take extra care and pick that designated driver!

A perennial favorite song for New Year's Eve, and the Official SNC Song of the evening is Frank Loesser's classic, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"  It was written in 1947, when Loesser was already an accomplished songwriter, having co-written hits like "Two Sleepy People" and "Spring Will Be a Little Late this Year".

However, his greatest work was just before him - in 1948 he was asked to score "Where's Charley?" for Broadway, which ran for more than two years. Buoyed by this success, Loesser turned out hits like "Guys and Dolls", "The Most Happy Fella" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". He won two Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for these works. In between, he won an Academy Award for the now controversial holiday standard, "Baby It's Cold Outside" from the film "Neptune's Daughter" (1949). Regrettably, Loesser died from cancer at the age of 59 in 1969.

This year's version comes from the very talented Jaqui Naylor. She has a new album coming out in early 2021, and check here for a Podcast interview soon. If you'd like to see as well as hear her sing this classic, click here

Check back to previous year's New Year's Eve postings for other renditions, including those by John Pizzarelli, Lea Delaria and Nancy Wilson.

A happy and healthy New Year to one and all. This coming year - 2021 - will be the first Post-Trump year in America for some time. Let's wish each other all good things.