Monday, June 17, 2024

Frank Ocean Drops the ‘Huckleberry Friend’ from “Moon River,” Andy Williams, Henry Mancini Turn in Graves


Andy Williams sang it. Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer wrote it. “Moon River” is a classic, and we thought it was safe. But Frank Ocean decided to cover it. Oh, my! This might be best listened to while studying the new official Obama portraits.

Listen carefully because Frank omits the best line–“my huckleberry friend.” Not sure what the point of that was since Mercer considered that the standout expression of youth. He should have asked Sly Stone how to cover a classic. SLy did perfectly on “Que Sera Sera.”

Here’s Audrey Hepburn singing it in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”– the original

Andy Williams’ hit version

And my personal favorite by Jerry Butler

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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