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Jane Morgan's New Approach to the Big Hits.

In every life there are seminal moments when things become clear and the future changes forever. For me, one of those moments came in 1986 when I bought this record for a quarter in Port Jefferson, NY. I had long since given up on popular music (my last favorite band, ABBA, hadn't had an album in years), and I was ready for my musical tastes to mature. When I popped on this record and heard Jane's swinging version of "Good Lovin'", an entire new world of music opened up for me. And I've been collecting records like this one ever since.

Jane Morgan was some sort of big-band singer in the 40's and 50's. I know because I found some old Jane Morgan albums at a thrift store once. Here, we find her applying that big-band style to the Big Hits of the day (I can't find a date on the album, but it looks late-60ish). This seems to have been a big thing among record executives for a number of years -- find some pre-Rock and Roll performer who's not quite pulling in the crowds anymore, and have them record their New Approach to that year's Top 10. Even Tony Bennett fell for it (see his "Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today" elsewhere on this site).

According to the liner notes on this album, "Every once in a while, even the most hardened control room crew lights up like a teenager meeting his or her idol for the first time. It happened quite recently in our studios when Jane Morgan sang a collection of contemporary hits, in her own very special style, for this new Epic album". Well, I have to admit that I lit up when I heard this record, too, though my motivations were somewhat different.

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Songs:

Good Lovin' (MP3) What all music might have been like if they had never invented Rock and Roll.
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' A classic tune, delivered in any even more classic style. So good it hurts.

See Also: Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits, Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today

Your Comments:

Stanscrib (stanscrib@hotmail.com) says:
Boring,not suited,faded,DonT kid yourself, Jane Morgan was big in the nightclub circuit, Ive listened to her for years, I read on her album cover that she got 50,000 dollars a night at some of the nightclubs she played in,and that she choose that nightclub venue rather than cutting records, thats why you dont see many albums out on her.Two of my favorite singers were jane morgan, and Jaye P Morgan of gong show fame,Jaye was a very good singer in the 40/50s that i heard on radio while stationed in ft lewis washington (05-12-2003)

david mclaughlin says:
looking for a fresh flavor album that had 2 versions of "Aloha Friday (no work till monday)". anybody got one for sale? thanks - david (05-04-2003)

Ruth Fazekas (ruthfazekas@sbcglobal.net) says:
I was a fan of Jane Morgan in the '60's because she sang in French. Because I was studying high school French and later majored in it in college I was particularly eager to get my hands on ANYTHING to supplement my language skills. I, too, wondered if she is still living. (03-13-2003)

Denis Lownds (Glendening191@Aol.Com) says:
Jane Morgan had a super voice, shame so little of her material on CD, have checked constantly here in England for one particular song of her's, which I have on a 45rpm, but would love it on a CD collection if anyone sees it, let me know, it's called IF ONLY I COULD LIVE MY LIFE AGAIN, terrific number. (02-08-2003)

Blackjack says:
With Open Arms
Jane Morgan is a "One of a Kind Talent"
Her Music lives in my memory.
The best kind of gift a Singer can give You.
=21=

(02-08-2003)

LongTallSally says:
Oldies but Moldies, or is it the other way around (01-20-2003)

Misty (mistyblueecho@hotmail.com) says:
I would like to know on which of Jane's albums you find a song from the 50's"That's all I want from you"It was a beautiful song and I would love to add it to my collection of "oldies but goodies". (11-07-2002)

Pete says:
'Good Lovin' makes for some good listenin'! (11-06-2002)

John says:
The weirdest of all your selections. The type of music suitable for listening to while cruising around "superhighways" in an Olds Delta 88. "Fabulous 50's" arrangements of 60's rock songs. I am at a loss for words. Truly bizarre. (10-17-2002)

Sammy Reed says:
Just too let you know - My cable system's "showtunes" music channel is right now playing this rendition of "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'". Thank you. (09-19-2002)

Scott Schada (scottschada@yahoo.com) says:
The elegant sixties songstress with the "creamy" voice, Jane Morgan, married hugely successful producer (the new "Ocean's Eleven") Jerry Weintraub (his second wife)in I believe, the mid seventies. They both received honorary national entertainment-related appointments by family friend (then president) George Bush and remain friends with the Bushes. They are listed as having four children; don't know if they're his, hers or both. I think that on the quiet romantic ballads like Fascination, noone could surpass Jane's beautiful controlled, perfect pitch, lovely voice. To bad she didn't stick with that style. (08-22-2002)

Scott Schada (scottschada@yahoo.com) says:
The elegant sixties songstress with the "creamy" voice, Jane Morgan, married hugely successful producer (the new "Ocean's Eleven") Jerry Weintraub (his second wife)in I believe, the mid seventies. They both received honorary national entertainment-related appointments by family friend (then president) George Bush and remain friends with the Bushes. They are listed as having four children; don't know if they're his, hers or both. I think that on the quiet romantic ballads like Fascination, noone could surpass Jane's beautiful controlled, perfect pitch, lovely voice. To bad she didn't stick with that style. (08-22-2002)

Joseph Gallant (notquite@hotmail.com) says:
A great voice wasted on an album of songs not suited to her style, or to the kind of orchestration that accompanies these songs for that matter.

Yet, some of the cuts on this album may have gotten lots of airplay on "middle of the road" radio stations of that era.

For instance, in New York, the old WNEW-AM-1130 probably played Ms. Morgan's versions of "Good Lovin'" and "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" while WABC-AM 770 (then a top-40 station) would, of course, play the original versions by The Rascals and Nancy Sinatra, respectively. (08-20-2002)

Timmi Pierce (timfantim@aol.com) says:
She, Jane Morgan, was one of the great ones. But when she faded, she sure faded. I was her dresser for a two week run of "Bells are Ringing" at
Storrowton Music Fair in West Springfield, Mass. in 1959. Yikes.
I, too, have most of her albums. Anybody know if she's still alive? (08-18-2002)

Baddy (baddy@martini-time.com) says:
Wow, I've never heard of her but her voice is exactly like Peggy Lee's during her prime. These songs are silly but I bet she sounded great in front of a tight horn section! (08-15-2002)

needycat (needycat@hotmail.com) says:
I've got this LP, too! It is unintentionally hilarious. Jane was a pretty good, if sometimes boring singer. I have several of her late '50's Kapp LP's. Find the LP "Jane Morgan Gold" on Epic from about the same time. Her version of "Queen of the House" is priceless. (08-14-2002)

Daredevil6 (daredevil6@excite.com) says:
"A new approach to the big hits?" This must be the approach that's dipped in shit first. A Fresh Flavor of shit. (08-10-2002)

Kent Hackett says:
Screw the Rascals & the Dead, June does a classy job with this song originally recorded by r&b doo wop kings THE OLYMPICS who had other great tunes for the hippy bands to rape, pillage, and make lots of dough off of... (08-06-2002)

Extream says:
EVEL IS THE MAN ! (07-16-2002)

Tom Tuerff (ttuerff@aol.com) says:
Jane Morgan's "Good Lovin'" certainly won't give the Rascals any competition in the "memory lane" category, but her version does point out just what an awful song it really is, especially if you TAKE ALL OF THE FEELING OUT OF IT. Jeez.
Go find Bobby McFerrin's cover of this, which I've always thought was better than the Rascals. (05-24-2002)






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