The Ultimate Kay Starr

The Ultimate Kay Starr

by Kay Starr


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The Ultimate Kay Starr

The Ultimate Kay Starr, British EMI's collection of Kay Starr material from her lengthy Capitol years, presents a solid track selection, though annotation errors abound and the compilers attempt to pass off Capitol versions of her biggest hits -- "The Rock & Roll Waltz," "Wheel of Fortune" -- as the real things. Starr's Capitol recordings were generally excellent, brassy sides, angling toward the pop audience but with plenty of power and swing to attract jazz fans. Although she usually charted with inoffensive pop covers like "Ghost Riders in the Sky," "Changing Partners," and "Singing the Blues," Starr sang dozens of superior songs as well: "On the Street Where You Live," "Side By Side," "On a Slow Boat to China." She also showcases her Billie Holiday influence with versions of "Lover Man" and "When a Woman Loves a Man." (The latter is accidentally listed as the Percy Sledge chestnut "When a Man Loves a Woman," and Starr's version of the Leroy Van Dyke country hit "Walk on By" is mistakenly attributed to Bacharach/David.) As for the perennials, "Wheel of Fortune" is a faithful remake (though still a remake) and "The Rock & Roll Waltz" comes complete with a chintzy synthesizer.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2003
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 0724358135022
catalogNumber: 581350
Rank: 164329

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kay Starr   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Brown   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Edith Piaf   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Joe Darion   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Larry Coleman   Composer
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Shorty Allen   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Marguerite Monnot   Composer
Sherman   Composer
Dick Ware   Composer
Charles Warfield   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Martin Hutchinson   Liner Notes
Kendall Hayes   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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