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Actress Zooey Deschanel’s band covers “Stars Fell on Alabama” on new album

Whether you know it or not, you’re probably already familiar with actress Zooey Deschanel. She’s the star of Fox’s comedy series New Girl, which has been nominated for five Golden Globes and five Emmy Awards. She also starred opposite Will Ferrel in Elf, and played the elusive love interest in the 500 Days of Summer, 2009’s romantic comedy that received a Golden Globe Best Picture nomination.

But you might not know that Deschanel is also a musician–she is one half of the indie rock duo She & Him. The “Him” refers to Portland musician M. Ward. Together the duo has released four studio albums. She & Him’s fifth album Classics, which features 13 covers of classic songs, will be released on December 2.

Earlier this week, the duo released their cover of “Stars Fell On Alabama,” the 1934 jazz standard written by Mitchell Parish and composed by Frank Perkins. The song has been covered hundreds of times, but the most famous version comes from Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. The phrase “Stars Fell On Alabama” also used to be on Alabama license plates.

Instead of attempting to modernize the tune, She & Him captures the 1930s feel, relying heavily on Deschanel’s gentle, sweet crooning to carry the song.

So what do you think? How does She & Him’s cover compare to other versions of this song? Let us know in the comments.

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