Very Thought of You: Decca Recordings 1951-57

The Very Thought of You: Decca Recordings 1951-57

by Jeri Southern
     
 
Whether Jeri Southern was a jazz singer or simply a jazz-influenced pop singer has been debated. To be sure, many of her '50s recordings were heavily arranged and devoid of improvisation -- and if you believe that improvisation is a key element of jazz, you have to believe that much of her output was essentially pop. But however you categorize her, Southern was among

Overview

Whether Jeri Southern was a jazz singer or simply a jazz-influenced pop singer has been debated. To be sure, many of her '50s recordings were heavily arranged and devoid of improvisation -- and if you believe that improvisation is a key element of jazz, you have to believe that much of her output was essentially pop. But however you categorize her, Southern was among the finest female singers of her era. This 21-song collection, which came out in 1999, underscores the excellence of her '50s output for Decca. Southern's accompaniment ranges from lush string orchestras to the trio of guitarist Dave Barbour (who was best known for his work with Peggy Lee), and on some selections, she is heard on piano. You could argue that Southern's piano solo on "I Hadn't Anyone Till You" is a jazz solo, but on most of these recordings, pop considerations prevail over jazz considerations. Blessed with a smoky, warm voice, she brings a great deal of charm and vulnerability to "The Very Thought of You," "My Ship," "I Remember You" and other standards. It's such a shame that Southern chose to retire from recording and performing in the early '60s, when she was only 36 -- quite possibly, she could have continued to record first-class pop for another 20 or 25 years. But thankfully, listeners still have fine collections like The Very Thought of You to savor.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/1999
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0011105067126
catalogNumber:
671

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeri Southern   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Cliff Hills   Bass
Lloyd Morales   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Ralph Burns   Director
Gene Lees   Liner Notes
Tutti Camarata   Director
Sonny Burke   Director
Irvin Graham   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Kathryn King   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Gus Levene   Director
Norman Leyden   Director
Victor Young   Director
Hollis King   Artwork
Kerosene Halo   Artwork
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Robert Graham   Composer

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