First of all Francesco it is not "disinformation"(look up the word).
Second, I personally do not think that 8 songs by a second rate singer
is the same as the exhaustive and definitive undertaking of Ms.
Fitzgerald. While on a purely technical level Lee Wiley may take
precedence, no one looks back on their career and says with adulterated
pride "Lee Wiley recorded my songs."
Francesco Martinelli wrote:
> 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)
> Francesco Martinelli
> Siena Jazz
> Centro Studi sul Jazz Arrigo Polillo
> Fortezza Medicea, 10
> 53100 S I E N A
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> ----- Original Message ----- 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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