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Mildred Bailey - The Great American Songbook

22-08-2016, 19:13
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Title: The Great American Songbook
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: Ideal Music
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3 / 320kbps
Total Time: 58:29 min
Total Size: 129 MB

01. Rockin' Chair
02. Georgia On My Mind
03. Lazy Bones
04. Heat Wave
05. Honeysuckle Rose
06. More Than You Know
07. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
08. Trust In Me
09. Where Are You
10. Thanks For The Memory
11. Lover, Come Back To Me
12. Please Be Kind
13. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
14. My Melancholy Baby
15. The Lonesome Road
16. St. Louis Blues
17. Begin The Beguine
18. 'tain't What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It)
19. Prisoner Of Love
20. All Of Me

An early jazz singer with a sweet voice, Mildred Bailey balanced a good deal of popular success with a hot jazz-slanted career that saw her billed as Mrs. Swing (her husband, Red Norvo, was Mr. Swing). Born Mildred Rinker in Washington state in 1907, Bailey began performing at an early age, playing piano and singing in movie theaters during the early '20s. By 1925, she was the headlining act at a club in Hollywood, doing a mixture of pop, early jazz tunes, and vaudeville standards. Influenced by Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith, and Connie Boswell, she developed a soft, swinging delivery that pleased all kinds of nightclub audiences in the area. After sending a demonstration disc in to Paul Whiteman in 1929, she gained a spot with one of the most popular dance orchestras of the day.

The added exposure with Whiteman soon gave Bailey her own radio program. She had already debuted on a recording date with guitarist Eddie Lang in 1929, but in 1932 she gained fame by recording what became her signature song, "Rockin' Chair" -- written especially for her by Hoagie Carmichael -- with a Whiteman small group. While recording for Vocalion during the 1930s, Bailey often utilized her husband, xylophonist/vibraphonist Red Norvo. She also appeared on his recordings of the late '30s, and the arrangements of Eddie Sauter proved a perfect accompaniment to her vocals.

Though she and Norvo later divorced, Bailey continued to perform and record during the 1940s. She appeared on Benny Goodman's Camel Caravan radio program, and gained her own series again during the mid-'40s. Hampered by health problems during the late '40s, she spent time in the hospital suffering from diabetes and died of a heart attack in 1951. ~bio by John Bush

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