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Lena

Lena Horne

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Album Review

This budget-priced, 16-track double LP presents two sides of Lena Horne. The first disc, on which she is accompanied by an orchestra conducted by her husband, Lennie Hayton, is drawn from the 1959 album The Songs of Burke and Van Heusen and finds her tackling uptempo swing-style material such as "You Don't Have to Know the Language" and "Like Someone in Love." The second disc, an abbreviated version of the 1962 album Lena on the Blue Side, conducted by Marty Gold, is an equally effective set of bluesy torch songs like "The Rules of the Road" and "I'm Through With Love."

Biography

Born: 30 June 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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