Edie Adams Christmas Album

Edie Adams Christmas Album

by Edie Adams
     
 

Edie Adams was a beautiful and gifted actress and comedienne, but surprisingly few people today remember her career as a singer. Adams got her first big break when she became a regular on Ernie Kovacs' television series in 1951, and she frequently showed off her gifts as a vocalist on the show, as well as serving as a comic foil for Kovacs, who would marry Adams in… See more details below

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Edie Adams was a beautiful and gifted actress and comedienne, but surprisingly few people today remember her career as a singer. Adams got her first big break when she became a regular on Ernie Kovacs' television series in 1951, and she frequently showed off her gifts as a vocalist on the show, as well as serving as a comic foil for Kovacs, who would marry Adams in 1954. While Adams was a frequent presence on television and in movies well into the '90s, she also appeared in a number of successful stage musicals and headlined in nightclubs; the classically trained Adams even dipped her toes into opera, starring in the Seattle Opera Company's production of Offenbach's La Pericole. In December 1952, Adams was frequently called upon to sing Christmas-themed material on the Kovacs Unlimited show, and 15 rare airchecks of Adams performing seasonal material are collected on The Edie Adams Christmas Album. These numbers were all performed live, with just a piano for accompaniment, and have been preserved here warts and all; Adams briefly flubs the lyrics on "It's A Marshmallow World," a bird makes an unexpected appearance on "Christmas in Killarney," and while Ernie Kovacs may have been one of the most inventive comedians of his time and the love of Edie's life, his two duets here show he was no singer. But Adams is in splendid form on these recordings; she had a fine voice, and her performances had a genuine charm and imagination, while she was capable of sounding jazzy on "Winter Wonderland," poignant on "I'll Be Home for Christmas," contemplative on "I Wonder as I Wander," and playfully romantic on "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," and handling each with confidence and grace. The album includes a fine liner essay from Josh Mills, Edie's son, attesting to her love of the Christmas holidays, and The Edie Adams Christmas Album shows she loved the songs of the season, and could sing them quite memorably.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2012
Label:
Omnivore Recordings
UPC:
0816651012084
catalogNumber:
101208
Rank:
291904

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Edie Adams   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Jacob Niles   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Felix Bernard   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Cheryl Pawelski   Producer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Ernie Kovacs   Duet
Josh Mills   Liner Notes
Patrick Milligan   Producer
Ralph Blane   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Frank Weldon   Composer
Bryan George   Licensing
Richard B. Smith   Composer
Jay W. Johnson   Composer
Bob Wells   Composer
Billy Hayes   Composer
John Redmond   Composer

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