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Once upon a Summertime

Blossom Dearie

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With a list of songs hand-selected and arranged by Blossom herself, Once Upon a Summertime is the most seductive of the singer’s early albums for Verve. She continues to use her squeaky-clean voice to maximum effect, but there is increasingly self-assurance to her delivery. She still sings like a teacher’s pet, but “Moonlight Saving Time,” “Teach Me Tonight” and “We’re Together” are surprisingly sexy, albeit in the slyest, subtlest way. Though her persona is pure innocence, Blossom has clearly had a lot of experience in the relationship department. Every song — whether the drowsily delirious “Once Upon a Summertime” or the bouncy, sassy “Down With Love”— finds a new way to express the workings of male-female fancies. Her version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Surrey With the Fringe On Top” is a career performance, and arguably the song’s finest reading. The song requires an equal order of whimsy and sincerity. It’s an unusual combination that escapes most singers, but happens to be Blossom’s essential formula.

Customer Reviews

My Favorite Blossom Album

I own a number of Blossom Dearie albums, and this one is my favorite. It's one of those gems that doens't have one sub-par track! Lots of little known standards, and some favorites too!

Blossom, Oh Blossom....

The definitive version of "Tea For Two", as far as I'm concerned, and I'll never want to hear a man sing "Surrey" again, except for in the context of the Rogers & Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!", where the song originated. One of Blossom's better albums, indeed, and that's saying a lot, because Blossom Dearie is an icon of vocal/piano jazz. This is a must own for any fans of Blossom, and a good introduction to new listeners.

Biography

Born: April 28, 1926 in East Durham, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A distinctive, girlish voice, crisp, impeccable delivery, and an irrepressible sense of playful swing made Blossom Dearie one of the most enjoyable singers of the vocal era. Her warmth and sparkle ensured that she'd never treat standards as the well-worn songs they often appeared in less capable hands. And though her reputation was made on record with a string of excellent...
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