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Album Review

Bette Davis is not usually thought of as a singer, but her long career included several exceptions to that impression. In particular, in 1943 she gave a credible rendition of the comic war-related song "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" in the all-star World War II extravaganza movie Thank Your Lucky Stars, and in 1952 she starred in the Broadway musical Two's Company. In the mid-'70s, Davis, who was approaching her late sixties, accepted an invitation to cut an album for EMI Records at Abbey Road Studios in London. Producer Norman Newell and arranger/conductor Roger Webb obviously were students of her work and had an appreciation for the strengths and limitations of her voice. Not surprisingly, the album is in essence a musical précis of Davis' career. It includes a new recording of "They're Either Too Young or Too Old"; re-recordings of the two sides of her 1965 Bell Records single "Life Is a Lonely Thing"/"Mother of the Bride"; performances of songs from her films ("It Can't Be Wrong" from Now, Voyager, "I've Written a Letter to Daddy" from Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, and the title song from Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte); and a re-created dialogue excerpt from the movie classic All About Eve. The other songs have a mature, philosophical tone appropriate to the singer's age, particularly "Growing Older, Feeling Younger," contributed by Newell and Webb. Davis was not a great singer, by any means, but she could carry a tune as well as, say, Marlene Dietrich, if not better, and like Dietrich she had a distinctive, identifiable voice that allowed her to inject a heavy dose of acting into her singing. The result was a perfectly respectable recording to be treasured by her fans.

Customer Reviews

Bette Davis...WE DO LOVE YOU!

Okay, so Bette Davis isnt exactly a Mairah Carey or Celine Dion, but when you listen to her its like listening to a movie. She acts in her voice. Her voice is unique and original. It's a shame how people judge singers solely by thier vocal range. Bette Davis' voice is a classic treasure and is the definition of the 40's & 50's film. Worth it if your a Bette Davis fan!

What a Hoot!

I LOVE Bette Davis and it's soooo interesting to listen to her approach music in that "Rex Harrison style" of talk-singing. Although not the best vocalist (she's no Barbra) it IS interesting and fun to listen to her tackle some songs. She "acts" them, and you can feel that when listening to these tracks. If you are a Bette Davis fan, this is a MUST!


I heard one of her songs today on internet radio and quickly came to iTunes here is the masterpiece. i had to buy it immediately. Yes she is not the best singer or the best voice but her interpretation of the songs is so Bette that you can feel her in your living room she sang these songs with out a care in the world. no matter what critics said she still did it her way and its a great collection of songs for a bette davis fan .i knew i struck gold when i saw "written a letter to Daddy " on the song list. what a gem. Bette will live on forever in these songs. she did this album because she was bette davis


Genre: Classics

Although she is best known as a dramatic movie actress with a career stretching 58 years and including 87 feature films, Bette Davis sang professionally on a number of occasions, these ventures including movie appearances, works for the musical stage, and recordings. Davis was born to families well connected in Boston society; her father was a patent lawyer. Her parents separated when she was seven and divorced when she was ten, and she was raised by her mother, who took jobs to support them and...
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