June Christy, ca. 1947

Portrait of June Christy, 1947 or 1948

June Christy, ca. 1947

William P.Gottlieb

June Christy – Big Band Specials – 1962

“It Don’t Mean a Thing”


Ann Richards Playboy – 1961

Ann Richards в Playboy - 1961

Ann Richards в Playboy – 1961

Ann Richards (October 1, 1935 – April 1, 1982) was an American jazz singer. She was born Margaret Ann Borden on October 1, 1935 in San Diego, California. Richards, who began taking singing lessons at ten and was self-taught on the piano, appeared on the West Coast music scene in 1954. She had a short stint with Charlie Barnet’s band, and was later brought to the attention of Stan Kenton by songwriter Eddie Beal. Richards was with Kenton’s band for a few months in 1955, and the two were married. The admiring Kenton helped her secure a contract with Capitol Records. She was paired with conductor Brian Farnon and arranger Warren Baker for her debut album, 1958′s I’m Shooting High. A duet album with Kenton, Two Much, was released in 1961. Kenton and Richards had two children, Dana and Lance, but separated in 1961. Richards created scandal when she posed for the June 1961 issue of Playboy (at Plaesurephoto), subsequently signing a contract with the low-end label Atco Records. The cover of her 1961 album Ann, Man! was taken from the shoot. Richards committed suicide on April 1, 1982 in Hollywood, California, dying at age 46 from a gunshot wound

Ann Richards – I’m Shooting High 1959


Billie Holiday, last recording 1959

Billie Holiday, last recording date, recording studio, N.Y.C., 1959 MILT HINTON

Billie Holiday, last recording date, recording studio, N.Y.C., 1959

PHOTO MILT HINTON

Poiché sia ​​il titolo dell’album e la copertina triste sono prodromi di Billie Holiday e L’ultima registrazione . Anche se nel brano piuttosto ottimista di Cole Porter di “All of You “, c’è una tristezza insita presenti nella voce di Billie oltre il suo solito tono malinconico . Da questo momento , l’abuso di droga aveva preso il sopravvento e la sua stanchezza è evidente nelle registrazioni . Eppure , lei dà queste canzoni il tutto , aiutato da un’orchestra abile Ray Ellis ‘ che comprende luminari come Harry ” Sweets ” Edison , Hank Jones , Kenny Burrell e Milt Hinton . La voce stanca di Casa funziona bene su ” All the Way “, ” io Never Smile Again”, e “Quando E ‘ Sleepy Time Down South ” ( resa famosa da uno dei suoi eroi , Louis Armstrong ) . Quando lei canta ” Non preoccuparti per me , ” Bille è al top della forma , ed è come se stesse consegnando il proprio elogio, sia il cuore – assolutamente bellissima Questo è uno degli album più indispensabili nella mia collezione . Una commovente ea volte straziante sguardo nell’anima di uno dei più grandi interpreti del 20 ° secolo di canzoni . Da non perdere Recorded in New York, on March 3, 4 & 11, 1959

Billie Holiday – Ray Ellis and his Orchestra Last Recording – 1959 

“All of You”