This was $1.00 Probably the red hair against the green back drop drew me towards this purchase which was more than likely made at Sig’s Lagoon. Ah, poor Sig’s. I used to go there once a month but since I have to many records as it is and I usually walked away from Sig’s with 30 or so per trip, I have stopped going. Some of the best cheap records were procured there (* they also have a great selection of regular priced records as well). Someday I will return Sig’s, some day.
Anyway, here is this from Julie London. London, born in Santa Rosa, CA in 1926, was a singer, turned film actress, turned tv star. She is best known for the 32 pop/jazz records she put out mostly during the 50’s and 60’s but she did some film work of note as well as time on the small screen with a 6 year run as nurse Dixie McCall on the show Emergency!.
It should be noted that she started with her husband at the time, Bobby Troup while the show was produced by her ex-husband, Dragnet’s Jack Webb. So much for keeping your family life away from your work life. Anyway, London, who was a chain smoker since age 16, suffered a stroke in 1995 and passed on in 2000, at age 74.
This was London’s first record, released by Liberty records in 1955. It went to #2 on the US charts, driven by the strength of what would become her signature song, “Cry Me A River”. Pretty decent album of 50’s jazz type numbers.
Barney Kessel lends his guitar to the album along with bass from Ray Leatherwood. The sparce instrumentation makes for a good effect. Most of the songs if not all are love ballads and are pretty slow.
For a sample, I went with the one up tempo song on the album, the b-side to “Cry”, “S’Wonderful”.
Not exactly my cup of tea, but not a bad record either. Satisfactory.