I Wish You Love

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Born and raised in Harlem, Gloria Lynne lied about her age and won the Apollo Theater Amateur Hour at fifteen...I Wish You Love is the inspiring story of a courageous woman overcoming terrible adversities- a story of triumph over tragedy, of heart breaking and heart mending. It is also an important piece of American history, a first-hand account of the black music experience during the second half of the twentieth century.
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I Wish You Love: A Riveting Memoir From One of the Leading Ladies of Jazz

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Overview

Born and raised in Harlem, Gloria Lynne lied about her age and won the Apollo Theater Amateur Hour at fifteen...I Wish You Love is the inspiring story of a courageous woman overcoming terrible adversities- a story of triumph over tragedy, of heart breaking and heart mending. It is also an important piece of American history, a first-hand account of the black music experience during the second half of the twentieth century.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jazz singer Lynne has produced, with the help of writer Chilton, a work that is as much a valediction to the figures of her past as it is an account of her own life. From her early performances in the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village to her struggles to stay on the charts in the era of disco, Lynne narrates her own story of the black music experience. Full of gossip, exclamation and vernacular, it's a book that demands to be read aloud. Every chapter is packed with star-studded anecdotes and Lynne's unflappable sense of humor: Ray Charles trying to copilot his private plane "those blind folks are something else"; new Muslim convert Muhammad Ali unable to turn down a barbecue pork dinner "seems to me your mama fed you pork, and that's how you became champion of the world"; spending an evening with Frank Sinatra's thugs after a misunderstanding "I never did tell that I had pissed in my pants too". In a lyrical preface that contrasts starkly with the garrulous text that follows, the book's message is simply stated: "to understand the rhythm of [Harlem], the style and flavor of it, you just watch the people." This is a moving tribute to the crucible of Harlem jazz. Feb. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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When Lynne was growing up in Harlem in the 1930s and 1940s, she compensated for a bleak domestic life of poverty and abuse by absorbing everything she could of the city's vibrant night life. At 15 she won first prize at the Apollo Theater's Amateur Night; soon, she was on her way to becoming the heir apparent to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, and Dinah Washington. But along with success in nightclubs and recordings came rocky personal relationships and the type of tangled financial dealings that plagued so many performers of the era. In fact, at the time of her biggest hit, "I Wish You Love," she was working as a license clerk in Bergen County, NJ. While Lynne's name may not trigger the recognition of some of her contemporaries, her story is an inspiring one that provides a victim's insightful view into the routine exploitation of artists by a corrupt system. For comprehensive collections.--Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312870317
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.54 (w) x 6.41 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author


Gloria Lynne continues to perform before sell out crowds all across the country.She and her son Richard Alleyne run their own production company, Family Bread Music, Inc.She lives in Riverdale, New York.Karen Chilton is a New York based author, playwright and actor.Currently she is developing a documentary film on the lives of African-American woman in the fine arts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    I Thought I Knew Miss Lynne's Musical History, I Was Wrong!

    I'd Collected Miss Lynne's Records For Years And Had Considered Myslef Quite A Knowledgeable Fan But After Reading This Book My Admiration And Desire To Hear More Of Her Music Has Increased A Thousand Fold!. I Completely Agree With The Asessment Of The Publishers Weekly View That This Book Demands To Be Read Out Loud! In Fact What A Wonderful Motion Picture This Story Would Make. The Music And The Characters WOW!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2000

    I Wish You Love

    This was so interesting, I finished it in 2 days. Order you copy today, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2000

    I Wish You Love

    Jazz fan or not, this book is great. The story of Gloria Lynne is one that will amaze you, with all that she had to endure it's a wonder that she kept going. This book is very well written; one minute you're laughing and the next you're in tears. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    It's a Must-Read!

    This is one of the few jazz memoirs I've read (and I've read them all!) that is upfront and uplifting. It's a woman's survival story. And it gives readers a real inside look into the music industry. I learned things I never knew about the jazz world, how women were treated in that world and what it means to be an artist in this country. It was very inspiring. I laughed, I cried and thoroughly enjoyed each and every page. If you love jazz music, you'll really love this book. It was wonderful hearing about great singers, like Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington from a woman who worked right beside them and learned the ropes from them. What an interesting life Gloria Lynne has led.

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