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Despite the title, this is just a program of R&B and jazz songs and the sexual content is not above the norm for songs of that ilk. What passed for raunchy in 1958 and the rap music from the close of that millennium may be worlds apart, but it is hard to imagine that this record would have been considered risqué even in the '50s. That aside, there is no faulting Pearl Bailey as a singer of sassy material and this is one catchy, rocking record. It kicks off with the hilarious "Westport," a lyrical capture of the swinging commuter cocktails and swapping scene of that era. Other material is downright classy, such as three Cole Porter tunes. Clean-living types trying to avoid a '50s Rusty Warren type scene have nothing to fear here, as Bailey's fare is for the general toe-tapping audience.


Born: 29 March 1918 in Newport News, VA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

An uninhibited vocalist who gave more to her performances than any other singers around, Pearl Bailey gained fame for her work in Broadway, cabaret, and Hollywood. Bailey's sultry, slurred delivery livened up many a stale standard, including "Baby It's Cold Outside" and her only hit, "Takes Two to Tango." The daughter of a preacher, Bailey began singing at the age of three (her brother, Bill Bailey, also taught her a few dance steps). She was performing professionally by her early teenage years...
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