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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|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.|
Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits, Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today
I have old vinyl records left from my mom and dad and the one that smoothes my soul is Fascination with Jane Morgan and the Troubadors. Kapp High Fidelity. Her voice just calms me so much and I find heaven on earth when I play that record. This morning I wish I knew what is here life now and wonder if you have an-e-mail address where I can write. Tahnk you. ReNée (07-15-2004)
says: She wuz funny...she liked umbrellas an would not leave her house wid out one...like onna cover...Jammy tol me dat Jean wear NUTTIN' underneath dat coat fer da shoot...all da guys wuz walkin' wid boners till da cover finished....den Jammy's sister an brudder come over an....oops...what Mommy?...oh no..haveta go..bye..
She wuz funny...she liked umbrellas an would not leave her house wid out one...like onna cover...Jammy tol me dat Jean wear NUTTIN' underneath dat coat fer da shoot...all da guys wuz walkin' wid boners till da cover finished....den Jammy's sister an brudder come over an....oops...what Mommy?...oh no..haveta go..bye.. (07-07-2004)
says: I hear Frauline Millar ran away with her girlfriend to Hollywood or something like that....
I hear Frauline Millar ran away with her girlfriend to Hollywood or something like that.... (05-24-2004)
says: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. (11-14-2003)
says: Who can forget Miss Sinatra's embarrasing Bond movie theme???? This site is a hoot! Thanks so much for putting it together.
Who can forget Miss Sinatra's embarrasing Bond movie theme????
This site is a hoot! Thanks so much for putting it together. (07-15-2003)
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