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The Jazz Archives - Lena Horne

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This British compilation chronicles the first decade of Lena Horne's recording career, from her start at age 18 with Noble Sissle and His Orchestra to the end of her 20s. Though it is subtitled "22 Hits," the disc contains only two actual hits, "Stormy Weather" and "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)," which were the only hits Horne scored during this period. Nevertheless, she enjoyed a varied career, starting with the breathless — and probably nervous — performance of "I Take You" with Sissle and continuing with more confident stints in the bands of Charlie Barnet and Artie Shaw, a session of W.C. Handy songs with a Dixieland band, and the lush, orchestral arrangements she encountered on the Hollywood sound stages. Throughout, she sings winningly, clearly articulating the lyrics of Cole Porter, Noël Coward, and Johnny Mercer, among others, and swinging even the more staid charts. She did not record extensively during this period, and one is struck by her growth as a singer and the changes in musical style from session to session. But she always handles the material well, if not always as masterfully as she would later in her career.


Geboren: 30. Juni 1917 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Jazz

Jahre aktiv: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Singer/actress Lena Horne's primary occupation was nightclub entertaining, a profession she pursued successfully around the world for more than 60 years, from the 1930s to the 1990s. In conjunction with her club work, she also maintained a recording career that stretched from 1936 to 2000 and brought her three Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989; she appeared in 16 feature films and several shorts between 1938 and 1978; she performed occasionally on Broadway, including in her...
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