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Out In Front

Anita Ellis

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Album Review

Anita Ellis achieved fame "ghost singing" for Rita Hayworth on the silver screen, but severe stage fright prevented her from becoming better known than she is. In the early '50s, years before her Epic and Elektra albums, she recorded transcriptions for the Standard Transcription service, two dozen of which are resurrected on Out in Front. The material consists mostly of standards and show tunes, along with remakes of the songs Ellis dubbed for Hayworth in the film Gilda. No information exists pertaining to the musicians and arrangers on these recordings, but the performances are exemplary of the near-perfection of Ellis' vocal technique, which garnered ecstatic critical accolades but produced no hit records. Ellis was a classic pop vocalist who came of age in the decade of rock & roll, and that, coupled with her discomfort as a stage performer, has made her more of a cult legend than a top-rank artist in the eyes of history, despite her prodigious talent.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant!

I accidentally discovered Anita while I was listening to a cable radio station. She is (was?) the sister of West Side Story and Company star Larry Kert, who I actually met once upon a time. Anita's celebrated stage fright, made her a real life Kathy Selden: a behind the curtain singer like Marni Nixon (who I believe is the son of Andrew Gold). I'm completely knocked out my Ellis. She is a superstar singer in an unknown body. It's like the Carly Simon syndrome I guess. Sad that Ellis has been the Invisible Woman. I mean I'm a really savvy guy who knows a lot about all kinds of music from Jay Z and Lupe Fiasco to the soundtrack of the genius Spring Awakening. The best I can do now is download some of this incredible music and keep Anita Ellis where she belongs: in the spotlight.

Wow

Mrs. Anita Ellis voice is heaven. Wow

Biography

Born: April 12, 1920 in Montreal, Canada

Genre: Soundtrack

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

A jazz and pre-rock vocalist, Anita Ellis did most of her recording in the late '70s for Audiophile, Orion Meter and made one live date issued on Michael's Pub records. She's...
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