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Love Songs: Lena Horne

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Love Songs focuses on romantic songs cut by Lena Horne during her time as an RCA artist from the mid-'50s to the early '60s, recording with an assortment of orchestras. She interprets pieces by composers such as George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Cole Porter on this CD, the program including standards like "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Love Me or Leave Me," "What Is This Thing Called Love?," and "Someone to Watch Over Me." While lush ballads are represented, so are some arrangements with a snappy jazz swing. It's a decent sampling of her work as a mainstream jazz singer, though like all the Love Songs volumes, it only reflects certain sides of her repertoire.


Born: June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '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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