Since this bit of disinformation gets said and repeated, I think it is
appropriate to mention that in the thirties "Lee Wiley was the first jazz
singer to record a full album (eight songs in the '78' days) dedicated to
the music of one composer; her "songbooks" preceded Ella Fitzgerald's by
more than 15 years." (Scott Yanow)
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From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 2:03 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Sinatra & Ella: The King and the Queen.
> On 07/07/08, Aaron Levinson wrote:
>> That's so great to hear Bob. I'm not surprised of course just happy
>> that she was acknowledged as such. I think it is important to note as
>> well that she was really the first person to do the "songbook" of a
>> particular composer or team.
> We have Norman Granz to thank for that idea - and for a great many
> other outstanding recordings.
>> When you got the Ella treatment you knew
>> that at least you're finest work was being immortalized by the zenith
>> of popular singers. Of course, everyone knows her version of Tisket a
>> Tasket which brought her into the spotlight and the duets with Pops
>> which are a special delight all their own but if I may single out a
>> performance that I believe is among the 5 or 10 greatest in the
>> history of recorded sound I urge people to listen to her version of
>> "Miss Otis Regrets". It is certainly not her most famous song but if
>> you are not moved by this extraordinary bit of magic you are simply
>> not alive.
> Don Cox
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