JULIE LONDON ~ SWING ME AN OLD SONG (1959)
JUST BECAUSE IT’S JULIE LONDON (MY ONE AND ONLY TORCH SINGER) WITH A COOL ALBUM COVER, I’M PLUGGING THIS GREAT DOWNLOAD FROM KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUNDZ . . .
Everyone seems to have forgotten that rock 'n' roll wasn't doing so hot with white audiences at the tail end of the 1950s until the Beatles hit the scene and had everyone going electric again. Instead of rockabilly, folk music and dixieland jazz were huge in 1959, and young audiences were getting into old-time songs their parents and grandparents knew.
"Swing Me An Old Song" was Julie London's dixieland-spiced folk revival effort. If it doesn't actually play to her strengths to be cast as a sexed-up version of Burl Ives, it takes some kind of real talent to be able to coo such hoary chestnuts as "Camptown Races" and "Row, Row, Row, Your Boat" without embarrassing yourself too much.
Thankfully, the song selection on most of the album is better than these two egregious examples of stale singalongs that should never have made it outside summer camp. Tracks like "Cuddle Up A Little Closer" and "Darktown Strutters Ball" fit London like a satin glove, as does her downbeat take on "Bill Bai...ley, Won't You Please Come Home" (though she would cut an even better version of this on her 1966 release "For The Night People").
During the same year as "Swing Me An Old Song", London also cut the cool jazz album "Julie...At Home" (which may just be her single finest work) and "Your Number Please...," a swank orchestral set of standards. People often mention Julie London's limited vocal range, but it's surprising how far her talent could stretch. ~ Nick Dedina
01) Comin' Thru The Rye
02) Cuddle Up A Little Closer
03) After The Ball
04) Be My Little Bumble Bee
05) Camptown Races
06) Old Folks At Home
07) Darktown Strutters' Ball
08) How Come You Do Me Like You Do
09) Row Row Row
10) By The Beautiful Sea
11) Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home
12) Three O'Clock In The Morning
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