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Hindsight compiled selections from two (or possibly more) broadcast rehearsals transcribed by Mildred Bailey for CBS radio in 1944. Accompanied by the Paul Baron Orchestra, the singer serves as her own announcer, introducing each of the tracks. Bailey captures the essence of the numerous standards ("I'll Never Be the Same," "It Had to Be You" (humorously referred to by the singer as "Tattoo to Be You") and "Lover, Come Back to Me") which she helped to make famous, as well as chestnuts (such as "I Dream of You" and "Evalina") that have long since fallen out of favor. There are several instrumental tracks, including Coleman Hawkins' guest appearance with the orchestra for a warm rendition of "The Man I Love," Teddy Wilson on "Body and Soul," and a sextet with Wilson, Roy Eldridge, Remo Palmieri, Al Hall, Red Norvo and Specs Powell offering a lively take of "China Boy." A fairly new work by Eddie Sauter, "Four in a Bar," is also of note. Bailey's brother, Charles Rinker contributed the excellent liner notes to this valuable but long out of print LP.


Born: 27 February 1907 in Tekoa, WA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s

An early jazz singer with a sweet voice, Mildred Bailey balanced a good deal of popular success with a hot jazz-slanted career that saw her billed as Mrs. Swing (her husband, Red Norvo, was Mr. Swing). Born Mildred Rinker in Washington state in 1907, Bailey began performing at an early age, playing piano and singing in movie theaters during the early '20s. By 1925, she was the headlining act at a club in Hollywood, doing a mixture of pop, early jazz tunes, and vaudeville standards. Influenced by...
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