Not a photographic misidentification this week, but a textual one. And my favorite kind, too: musical.
In the New York Times “Food Calendar” feature yesterday, Florence Fabricant wrote:
“Satchmo sang that ‘a kiss is still a kiss.’ But on the cocktail circuit, a kir is not just a kir.”
Sorry, Florence. Wrong black man.
The song to which she refers is, of course, “As Time Goes By.” And Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong never sang it.
Well, maybe in the shower he did. But he certainly never recorded it. A search of the allmusic.com database confirms this.
The song was sung most famously in the movie “Casablanca” by Dooley Wilson. I don’t get why people so often misattribute it to Armstrong.
The New York Times is scrupulous about correcting its errors. I notified the paper about this one. Let’s see if it gets fixed.