Today's Great American Songbook Playlist

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    Songs of the Great American Songbook, that greatest archive of American music. Disparaged and neglected during the dark years of the '60's - '90's, currently enjoying something of a revival thanks to several films and the work of the inexhaustible Tony Bennett, among many others.

    Much of the Songbook became Jazz standards, and provided the raw material for the best Popular music of the '50's.

    I find myself listening to and savoring the Great American Songbook more and more, primarily through its Jazz interpreters, but have also been discovering and enjoying its more pop-oriented singers.

    Dinah Shore / Andre Previn
    Dinah Sings Previn Plays
    songs in a mid-night mood

    Capitol (1960)

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    Rosemary Clooney
    Sings The Lyrics of Ira Gershwin

    Concord (1979)

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    Doris Day
    Day By Night

    Columbia (1957)

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    Nancy Wilson
    Yesterday's Love Songs - Today's Blues

    Capitol (1963)

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    Greatest popular music ever.
     
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    June Christy
    The Misty Miss Christy

    Capitol (1956)

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    Sarah Vaughan
    Great Songs From Hit Shows

    Mercury (1957)

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    That picture of Sarah is not to be believed.

    I moved on from Mr. Parker to Muddy Waters tonight, so no songbook, though the big Columbia Bennett set is close at hand.

    Funny you should list the Clooney - I noticed earlier this evening that you can get the entire songbook set through Amazon for less than $40.

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    'Blue Gardenia' - Dinah Washington

    In between all the albums I listed over on the jazz thread, I also spent a little over an hour with Jonathan Schwartz's show on the Sirius Sinatra channel. Wish the quality were better, but the music is impeccable.

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    Fred Astaire
    Steppin' Out: Astaire Sings

    Verve (1994)

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    Tony Bennett
    Steppin' Out

    Sony (1993)

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    Anita O'Day
    Trav'lin' Light

    Verve (1961)

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    John Coltrane / Johnny Hartman
    John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman

    Impulse! (1963)

    Is this the definitive version of Lush Life? I haven't heard it done better.

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    What a gorgeous, human picture of O'Day!

    I think the transition to cds put paid to such covers - it isn't that you couldn't take the picture, it's that they lost their power at cd size.

    Yeah, that "Lush Life" is as good as it gets.

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    Great site. Thanks for the link.

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    Wow!! Great site! The more I look, the more cool stuff I found. They even have a library of 140 books on the topic.

    Thanks for posting it!
     
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    Billie Holiday
    Lady Day Swings!

    Sony (2002)

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    This copy is in excellent shape, and personalized by Anita on the back:

    To Vern,
    Oct 6, 1961
    So nice talking with you-
    Your friend,
    Anita O'Day


    Vern took very good care of this LP! :D
     
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    You're welcome. I still use allmusic.com, which covers a lot more music, but this site is amazingly comprehensive and informative for the standards. Only problem is, it's very tempting to click and spend...
     

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