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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Lena Horne


Blue Prelude

Lena Horne
Orchestra Conducted by Phil Moore
TOPS L1502

From the back cover: There are some who will heatedly argue that Lena Horne is the greatest entertainer in show business today. This many very well be so. But no one can deny that Miss Horne is something very, very special. From New York to London, from Las Vegas to Paris, all have thrilled to the artistry of this beautiful and elegant lady.

The start was born in Brooklyn. At sixteen, she got her first singing job in the chorus of the legendary Cotton Club. Noble Sissle played there, heard Lena, and immediately hired her as vocalist for his band. Two years later, she auditioned for Charlie Barnet and got the job. Miss Horne sang her way across the country and in Hollywood, L.B. Mayer signed her to do two pictures – first "Panama Hattie" and then "Cabin In The Sky". These pictures won for Lena a national prominence and she has gained a larger following each year since. Now, one of the best known entertainers in the world, Lena Horne is a the pinnacle of her fame. This album amply demonstrates what put her there.

You Go To My Head
Just Squeeze Me
More Than You Know
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
Frankie & Johnnie (Full Version)
Beale Street Blues
Blue Prelude
Old Fashioned Love
At Long Last Love
Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
Hesitating Blues

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