A SONG WRITTEN ACROSS TIME
(NOTE: Bob Morgan was a popular disc jockey in Los Angeles, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He passed away in the late 1990s from lung cancer)
It was in the Winter of 1959 when Tony Hayden met Bob Morgan, a fellow student at the US Army Information School at Ft. Slocum, NY. Morgan was a student in the radio broadcasting school and Hayden was a student in the troop and public information school. They would often meet in the recreation room where Morgan would entertain the relaxing troops, casually playing jazz and standard tunes on the piano. He was a few years older than Hayden and Hayden looked to him as a mentor and older brother. There were teachers from NY City College and Columbia University. Some of their names were Woock, Ruteck and Shutack. Morgan came up with “I can’t give you anything but Woock, Ruteck. That’s the only thing I’ve plenty of, Shutack.”
Morgan and Hayden clicked. they made several trips to Manhattan, only half an hour by train and went to the jazz clubs like Birdland. Then, after graduation, they were both assigned to Ft. Ord, California. Morgan was assigned as a disk jockey at the Ft. Ord Hospital, playing patients’ requests. He also got gigs after hours at radio stations in Carmel and Monterrey, close by.
But, it was at Ft. Slocum one evening that Morgan played and sang a tune he was working on called “Let’s Talk Love”. Hayden was immediately enthralled with the melody and lyrics. Morgan said that he had started writing it a few years past and had never tried to publish it. Hayden has kept that song in his head for over fifty years and has never forgotten the lyrics.
In 2012 composer Suzannah Doyle heard the rough version of the song, and helped shape it into a full-fledged tune. Robert’s wife, Shelley, gave Hayden and Doyle permission to move ahead and get the song finished and shared with the world.
Since then, a professional studio recording was made in North Hollywood, thanks to Kevin Gershan, and, years after that, we have now made it into a video, so more people may enjoy the song. If you are a crooner looking for a new tune reminiscent of the crooner songs from the big band era, contact us about taking it for a spin. Meanwhile, enjoy! With thanks to Michael Egizi at Diamond Mine Productions, Mitch Forman who took the lead on the arrangement, all the musicians and the staff and Entourage Studios in North Hollywood.