Thursday, March 31, 2011

Forgotten Music: Songbirds

I have a shameful weakness for pop music, but not today's pop music. Styles change, singing styles in this case, and I'm not fond of most of the women singers I hear today. Maybe it's the melisma. Or maybe it's something else. Anyway, what I like is the straightforward singing of great melodies. The way Jo Stafford did it, for example.

Or the way Doris Day did it:

Or Julie London:

There are a lot of others I could mention: Peggy Lee, Patti Page, Jaye P. Morgan, even Connie Francis. Check 'em out. Surely I can't be the only one left who loves this stuff.

8 comments:

  1. My iTunes is packed with Helen Merrill, Suzzane McCorckle,Sarah Vaughan and eighteen Jo Staffords.

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  2. We can listen together on the Geezer Bus!

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  3. There are quite a few keeping this tradition alive...

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  4. I love Julie London! Yet, she's almost completely forgotten...

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  5. 2 Examples of latter-day non-melismatics:

    Melody Gardot
    Liz Cox (aka Miss Lily Banquette) of Combustible Edison...you'll have to wait for the last minute of this short song for the vocal passage, however (she does a nice version of "Cry Me a River" on the same album)

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  6. Thanks for these, Todd!

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  7. You're quite welcome...and, of course, Nellie McKay

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  8. My earliest entertainment memory is hearing Kate Smith on the radio. But I grew up hearing all the canaries you and Ed mentioned on TV variety shows.

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