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Margaret Whiting

Margaret Whiting - Great Ladies of Song

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Great Ladies of Song

By Margaret Whiting

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This album is another in the Capitol Records Great Ladies of Song series, which so far has produced compilations by such artists as Jo Stafford, Peggy Lee, Keely Smith and Kay Starr, among others. Maggie Whiting was one of the label's brightest pop stars of the 1940s and '50s, when Capitol had more top-flight singers, male and female, in its stable than any other company. It is these years from which this material comes. Most of the tunes are slow ballads on which Whiting is accompanied by large, string-laden orchestras, almost all conducted by Frank DeVol. Strings notwithstanding, there are many memorable, enjoyable performances here. "He's Funny That Way" is a 1947 recording honoring her father, Richard Whiting, who penned the tune with Neil Moret. On "If I Had You," recorded in 1946, Whiting is backed by Paul Weston. "But Beautiful" reached #21 on the pop chart in 1948, and "My Foolish Heart" #17 in 1950. Although not a jazz singer, she often worked with jazz musicians; two of the cuts, "But Not for Me" and "Someone to Watch Over Me," feature the trumpet of Billy Butterfield. On "I Could Write a Book," Whiting is backed by her then-husband Lou Busch, who was better known as Joe "Fingers" Carr. The languorous mood is interrupted from time to time by a swinger. One of the most notable is "Nobody But You," where Whiting is joined by the Crew Chiefs, remembered for their work with Glenn Miller. As a bonus, Capitol has included two previously unreleased items, "I Get a Kick out of You" and a swinging 1955 rendition of "Back in Your Own Backyard." This album is an agreeable return of those halcyon days of the 1950s when good singers like Whiting filled the landscape before the rock invasion. Like many of her contemporaries, she was often required to sing some rather awful stuff. Fortunately, this album sticks with classic standards from the Great American Songbook, which Whiting delivers with her clear, very pleasant voice.


1 Day In - Day Out
Conductor – Frank DeVol* Written-By – J. Mercer*, R. Bloom*
2 If I Had You
Conductor – Paul Weston (2)Written-By – Campbell*, Connelly*, Shapiro*
3 But Not For Me
Orchestra – Billy Butterfield And His OrchestraWritten-By – G. Gershwin/I. Gershwin*
4 Gypsy In My Soul
Conductor – Frank DeVol*Written-By – C. Boland*, M. Jaffe*
5 Like Someone In Love
Conductor – Frank DeVol*Written-By – J. Van Heusen/J. Burke*
6 He's Funny That Way
Conductor – Frank DeVol*Written-By – N. Moret*, R.A. Whiting*
7 Time After Time
Conductor – Frank DeVol*Written-By – J. Styne/S. Cahn*
8 My Heart Stood Still
Conductor – Frank DeVolWritten-By – R. Rodgers/L. Hart*
9 Nobody But You
Conductor – Frank DeVolVocals [Additional] – The Crew ChiefsWritten-By – Buddy Pepper
10 I Hadn't Anyone Till You
Conductor – Frank DeVolWritten-By – Ray Noble
11 I've Never Been In Love Before
Conductor – Frank DeVolWritten-By – Frank Loesser
12 But Beautiful
Conductor – Frank DeVolWritten-By – J. Van Heusen/J. Burke*
13 My Foolish Heart
Conductor – Frank DeVolWritten-By – N. Washington*, V. Young*
14 I Get A Kick Out Of You
Conductor – Frank DeVolWritten-By – Cole Porter
15 Let's Fall In Love
Conductor – Frank DeVolWritten-By – H. Arlen*, T. Koehler*
16 Someone To Watch Over Me
Orchestra – Billy Butterfield And His Orchestra Written-By – G. Gershwin/I.Gershwin*
17 I Could Write A Book
Conductor – Lou Busch Written-By – R. Rodgers/L. Hart*
18 Back In Your Own Backyard
Conductor – Frank DeVol* Written-By – Jolson*, Rose*, Dreyer*

Product details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1955
  • Release Date: October 20, 1998
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Copyright: ℗ 1955 Capitol Records, LLC © 1955 Capitol Catalog
  • Total Length: 53:15
  • ASIN: B000SZE2QU

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