Elvin and I are proud to bring you part 7 of ‘The Life and Music of Elvin Johns’, featuring the fifth part of his autobiography and his take on the traditional Blues Standard ‘Goin’ Down Slow’ by St. Louis Jimmy Oden.
Elvin and I are proud to bring you part 5 of ‘The Life and Music of Elvin Johns’, featuring the fifth part of his autobiography and his interpretation of the Gershwin/Heyward classic ‘Summertime’. Composed in 1934 for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess, ‘Summertime’ is regarded as one of the finest songs ever written by Gershwin, and has become a jazz standard.
Elvin and I are proud to bring you part 4 of ‘The Life and Music of Elvin Johns’, featuring the fourth part of his autobiography and his interpretation of the song “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”. The original was written and recorded by American country music singer Hank Williams and first released in July 1952. It was named for a Creole and Cajun dish, Jambalaya, consisting of meat and vegetables mixed with rice. Tasty!
Elvin and I are proud to bring you part 3 of ‘The Life and Music of Elvin Johns’, featuring the third part of his autobiography and his interpretation of the old standard “Georgia on My Mind.” Merry Christmas everyone!
Elvin and I are proud to bring you part 2 of ‘The Life and Music of Elvin Johns’, featuring the second part of his autobiography as well as his superbly energetic rendition of Willie Dixon’s ‘Hoochie Coochie Man.’ Enjoy!
As promised, here is part 1 of “The Life and Music of Elvin Johns” a look into the life of one of Robert Luse’s oldest friends. We will be releasing one part per month for the next ten months, each consisting of a piece of music and a section of Elvin’s autobiography. This is the last project that my father worked on before his death in July 2015, so it is particularly special!
It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father, Robert Luse. He passed away in July of this year, and we have been busy sorting out his personal affairs up until this point in time.
This website will remain up as a testimony to his life and work, and we will continue to check the email address listed on the contact page.
The good news is that Robert was able to complete one final project before he passed away – a collaboration between himself and his childhood friend, Elvin Johns, featuring Elvin’s accomplished steel string guitar playing and singing. We will be posting material from that project here shortly, please check back occasionally!
Leong Yoon Pin (b. 5 August 1931, Singapore – d. 13 April 2011, Singapore), composer, conductor and educator, was well known for his choral compositions, many of which were locally commissioned and performed by both amateur and professional choirs. This particular work was commissioned by Robert Luse for his guitar ensemble. More information about the composer can be found here.
Alto I: Leonard Tan
Alto II: Gillian Tan
Prime: Chiam Peak Yuen
Bass: Patrick Chan