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Re: Mystery singer -- who is this lady?

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Bob Wasserman <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 7 Mar 2006 13:17:58 -0600

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Well it doesn't sound like this Kay Starr recording of the song:

http://www.mp3.com/albums/178573/summary.html 




Robert Wasserman
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Sound Archives Proj. Asst.
Wisconsin Historical Society
608-264-6473

>>> [log in to unmask] 3/7/2006 7:30 AM >>>
http://www.richardhess.net/ampex/mystery_singer/ 

I put an MP3 at the above link from a tape I got in, mystery female singer. Yes, this music is not 
exactly my taste either but here are some relevant facts:

1. tape is early 60's type, Scotch 202 or something similar. It's not in great shape, not in 
terrible shape. 15IPS NAB.

2. Not tones or splices, so I think it's a safety. The audio quality is excellent, and it was 
obviously done in a good studio with good players behind the singer, so I think it was a major 
record company gig.

3. the tape was in a lot of allegedly bulk-erased tapes but the client said it might have come from 
somewhere else. This 19-minute section, which seems to be an LP side worth of tunes, was spooled 
onto a 7" reel and was in a plain white box that, based on its condition, was probably later than 
when the reel was made.

4. the tape was fast-wound onto the reel but was tails out. As I said earlier, it played OK and did 
not have any splices except to paper leader at the head and tail. So I think it's a studio copy or a 
safety.

Any tips as to who's got the nice pipes, please let me know. Based on her spoken and singing parts 
on other songs, I would say she is native French or French Canadian. Again, this music is not my 
taste but based on her intonation, the fact that there is a good orchestra behind her with tight 
arrangements and the way she is mixed clearly out front of the band, I'd say she is a pro and this 
was a real-deal record company gig.

-- Tom Fine

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