Canada's First Lady of Song

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Gisele MacKenzie was a prominent radio star in Toronto during the late '40s, and her sweet, empathizing vocals did for Canadian audiences what Jo Stafford did for the Americans and what Kate Smith did for the Brits. Hired by Bob Crosby in 1951 for her first American gig, she soon began recording in Hollywood with Billy May, Dave Cavanaugh, and Nelson Riddle, charting several hits during 1952-1953. The Living Era collection Canada's First Lady of Song begins with four unreleased performances from her Toronto days before hitting the American recordings -- though she occasionally continued to record the type of material "Jolie Jacqueline," "The Toorie on His Bonnet" capable of ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Gisele MacKenzie was a prominent radio star in Toronto during the late '40s, and her sweet, empathizing vocals did for Canadian audiences what Jo Stafford did for the Americans and what Kate Smith did for the Brits. Hired by Bob Crosby in 1951 for her first American gig, she soon began recording in Hollywood with Billy May, Dave Cavanaugh, and Nelson Riddle, charting several hits during 1952-1953. The Living Era collection Canada's First Lady of Song begins with four unreleased performances from her Toronto days before hitting the American recordings -- though she occasionally continued to record the type of material "Jolie Jacqueline," "The Toorie on His Bonnet" capable of attracting Canadian audiences more than American. Her closest competitor was indeed Jo Stafford, but although she never flourished with uptempo or novelty material, fortunately this disc includes two of her best performances: a pair of duets with Helen O'Connell that rank alongside "Orange-Colored Sky" and "Music! Music! Music!" as the most sparkling sides of the immediate postwar era. Also included are MacKenzie's hits up to 1952, including her version of "Adios" assisted by Buddy Cole, a rather wooden performance of "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" her biggest hit, and the O'Connell duet "Water Can't Quench the Fire of Love."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625554526
  • Catalog Number: 5545

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le Fiacre (The Cab) - Johnny Burt & His Orchestra (2:12)
  2. 2 Souvenir de Mon Roman - Johnny Burt & His Orchestra (2:17)
  3. 3 Could It Be You? - Johnny Burt & His Orchestra (3:01)
  4. 4 The Toorie on His Bonnet - Johnny Burt & His Orchestra (2:45)
  5. 5 J'Attendrai (I'll Be Yours) (2:34)
  6. 6 Fairyland (3:00)
  7. 7 Jolie Jacqueline (2:17)
  8. 8 My Greatest Love (2:59)
  9. 9 Charlie Is My Darlin' (1:49)
  10. 10 Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (2:04)
  11. 11 A Lovers' Waltz - Bill Loose & His Orchestra (3:01)
  12. 12 On Rosary Hill - Bill Loose & His Orchestra (2:37)
  13. 13 Please (2:31)
  14. 14 Sweetheart (2:27)
  15. 15 Love Makes the World Go 'Round (La Ronde de l'Amour) (2:32)
  16. 16 What'll I Do (2:35)
  17. 17 Adios (2:52)
  18. 18 Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes (2:24)
  19. 19 My Favourite Song (2:48)
  20. 20 Water Can't Quench the Fire of Love - Dave Cavanaugh & His Orchestra (1:58)
  21. 21 Lipstick, Powder 'N' Paint - Dave Cavanaugh & His Orchestra (2:00)
  22. 22 Embrasse (Hold Me Close) (3:10)
  23. 23 A Walkin' Tune (2:45)
  24. 24 My Buick, My Love and I (2:06)
  25. 25 How Blue the Night (2:46)
  26. 26 Let's Take the Long Way Home (2:25)
  27. 27 I Could Write a Book (2:38)
  28. 28 Till I Waltz Again With You - Artie Beck & His Orchestra (3:06)
  29. 29 Seven Lonely Days - Artie Beck & His Orchestra (2:11)
  30. 30 La Fiacre (The Cab) (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gisele MacKenzie Primary Artist
Buddy Cole Organ, Piano
Gordon MacRae Guest Appearance
Manny Klein Trumpet
Technical Credits
Georges Bizet Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Billy May Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Helen O'Connell Duet
Sheldon Allman Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Gisele MacKenzie Composer
Gordon MacRae Duet
Paul Nero Composer
Noel Gay Composer
Jack Brooks Composer
George "Funky" Brown Composer
Marshall Brown Composer
Hal David Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Buddy Kaye Arranger
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Paul Weston Arranger
George Wyle Composer
Alden Shuman Composer
Oscar Straus Composer
Enric Madriguera Composer
Slim Willet Composer
Jerry Gray & His Orchestra Contributor
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra Contributor
Paul Durand Composer
Mark Ranshaw Artwork
James F. Hanley Composer
Earl Shuman Composer
Anna Sosenko Composer
Henri Contet Composer
Jacob J. Gold Composer
Traditional Composer
Ray Sinatra & His Orchestra Contributor
Buddy Cole & His Orchestra Contributor
Simon Haram Remastering
Dave Cavanaugh & His Orchestra Contributor
Louis Poterat Composer
James Myer Hogg Composer
Eddie Woods Composer
Dino Olivieri Composer
Richard Driscoll Composer
Artie Beck & His Orchestra Contributor
Johnny Burt & His Orchestra Contributor
Bill Loose & His Orchestra Contributor
Billy May & His Orchestra Contributor
Sidney Prosen Composer
Mark "Moose" Charlap Composer
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