Black Coffee has been a jazz classic since the day it was published, in 1948. It was written by Sonny Burke and Paul Francis Webster. In 1949 Sarah Vaughan became the first diva to make the sexy ode to caffiene and nicotine her own. Her version has been followed with interpretations by Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Petula Clark, k.d. lang, and many others. I’ve included three of my faves. First, Julie London with her bedroom voice. Then a tremulous Sinead O’Connor, from her 1992 standards collection Am I Not Your Girl? Most recently Marianne Faithfull included her own interpretation on her latest album, Easy Come Easy Go. A torch song about loneliness, sorrow, regrets and unhealthy substances? This one has been calling Marianne’s name for a long, long time.