The C.R. Ecker Band stretches its creative width and breath with the first complete cover of one of America's all-time classic songs, “Once in a While.” To honor composer Michael Edwards and lyricist Bud Green on the 75th Anniversary of "Once in a While," the group is releasing a moving country re-cast featuring Nashville’s Amber Rose.
Written in 1937, this song of ‘love lost,’ according to C.R. Ecker, “featured a very young Frank Sinatra, new to The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, taking the microphone for that first version of ‘Once in a While,” which has been covered by a star-studded group of singers up through the start of the new century.” Several Jazz groups have done covers of the song as well.
But Ecker notes that “now that the staggering number of covers to the song has come to an end, we thought it would be fitting to do an arrangement true to the emotional theme of the song in an entirely different way to re-introduce this compelling composition to a new generation.
But we wanted to do it in a way that had never been done before, both instrumentally and stylistically, for what we think will be a largely country music audience that follows our band.”
To that end, Ecker and producer Stacy Hogan stripped “Once in a While” to the core, adding an original instrumental introduction by Ecker and an extended and equally original instrumental bridge by Hogan bringing the song out to what Ecker envisioned “as a song perfectly suited for couples to hold one another in a long embrace on the dance floors of America."
For this reason, says Ecker, “the primary ‘instrument’ in this new version is Amber’s compelling and emotive voice, accompanied by a gentle blend of acoustic guitars, steel guitar and light percussion.”
This is the first cover for The C.R. Ecker Band, which has released 14 country songs through digital download services. As it has evolved over the past year, notes Ecker, “we are moving to more of an ‘uptown country’ sound, but are taking a break from that with ‘Once in a While.’"
Willie Nelson sang the song in a 1985 album of classics, and was backed by an easy listening combo. There have been no other country artists who have covered “Once in a While,” but Ecker relates that in other genres, the list is impressive.
Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughn, Louis Armstrong, Doris Day, The Dinning Sisters, The Platters and Dean Martin all recorded early versions of "Once in a While," but a “doo-wop” group, The Chimes, went to #11 on the Billboard Charts with the song in early 1961 and by doing so, introduced the song to millions of “baby-boomers” who were just learning to “slow dance.”
Ecker was among them. “I remember as an awkward, dorky and chubby ninth-grader finding a girl in my class who actually agreed to let me take her to a sock-hop after I got up the nerve to ask her. Her name was Molly and we slow-danced to this song, the first time either of us had done this. I remember every second of that wonderful experience to this day."
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