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Smooth Operator explores a little-known aspect of the beautiful, troubled African-American actress Dorothy Dandridge: her vocal abilities. Most of this album comes from a 1958 recording session featuring Dandridge's lovely interpretations of "When Your Lover Has Gone," "Body & Soul" and the title track. That her backing band is an augmented version of the Oscar Peterson Trio makes her album even more special, and a must for jazz fans and film buffs.

Customer Reviews


after being taken by this amazing artist in film i was so overjoyed to find this album. as i listened i became drawn into a time of class and elegance. when beauty was more than lust and lyrics, looks, and style reigned supreme. she has it all and so does this album. if you're looking for romance with substance which initiates subtle sultry seduction that invites and invigorates an insatiable appetite for love and passion with your one and only true love this is it.


It is sad to see such talent go so quickly, and not be reocognized.

thank you so much

u will never know how much Dorothy changed the way BLACK stars have been treated if she was only here she would be loved by everyone and dearly thanked she changed the way that I look at stars way back then !! SHE IS MY IDOL!!


Born: November 9, 1923

Genre: Soundtrack

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

Actress/singer Dorothy Dandridge was Hollywood's first African-American superstar, becoming the first black performer ever nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. Born November 9, 1923 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of actress Ruby Dandridge, and with sister Vivian teamed in the song-and-dance duo the Wonder Children. The family relocated to Los Angeles during the mid-'30s, and in 1937 Dandridge briefly made her film debut in the Marx Brothers classic A Day at the Races. Concurrently she continued...
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