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Lonely Girl Original recording, HiFi Sound
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Vinyl, Original recording, HiFi Sound, 1956
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TRACKS : Lonely Girl - Fools Rush In - Moments Like This - I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City - It's the Talk of the Town - When Your Lover Has Gone - Don't Take Your Love from Me - Where or When - All Alone - Mean to Me - How Deep Is the Ocean? - Remember. Released in 1956.
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She and a few other female jazz artists captured the eyes and ears of those in the 40's and 50's.
She would do it now if she were still with us.
She is what I would title as a unforgettable Jazz Singer and will forever remain that way for many generations of Jazz Lovers......
LONELY GIRL is Julie's second album for Liberty Records released in 1956 and featuring jazz legend Al Viola on guitar. As a jazz pianist/vocalist myself I have worked with Al Viola personally in Southern California, and interviewed him for my book. In my interview with Al, Al discussed Julie (the person, behind the voice) and specifically recording the album Julie.. At Home.
Julie's 2nd husband Bobby Troup produced the album and also wrote the title track "Lonely Girl". With the success of her first album for Liberty Records, Julie is Her Name Volume I, Liberty capitalized on Julie's intimate voice, and her sensual vulnerability. Julie specifically requested sad torch songs of composer Irving Berlin and sings 3 songs of Berlin on the album: "What'll I Do", "How Deep Is the Ocean" and "Remember" My personal favorite track is "Fools Rush In". Ray Jones took the cover photo of Julie wearing a strapless blue/jade gown.
Julie signature sound of cool jazz, intimate torch song would set the place for many artist to copy her. Al used a gut-string Spanish guitar for tracks on this album compared to the electric guitar of Barney Kessel on Julie is Her Name.
The original liner notes mention Julie's clear diction, her exquisite phrasing, simplicity and impeccable intonation as well as her success in movies, specifically featured in the film noir classic "The Red House".
This is a truly beautiful album, as you can tell from all the 5 star reviews, and if you are a Julie fan a must have! This album was very personal for Julie personally, she had suffered greatly in her youth, born to poor vaudeville parents in Santa Rosa, CA. She was also in the mists of a terrible divorce from actor/director Jack Webb, and though she was dating Bobby, they had a very long courtship and did not marry till 1959.
Julie always felt safe in the studio, or in intimate settings but terrified in large performance venues. You hear her sweet vulnerability in her voice and specifically the melancholia on Lonely Girl. She had already made a success from her previous album and Billboard named her the most popular female vocalist of 1955, 1956, and 1957. During her busying recording and performance schedule, she continued to raise her two daughters Stacy and Lisa from Jack Webb, and make movies.
She was first and foremost a loving mother, and felt uncomfortable with the sex kitten pin up role, but she was passionate about cool jazz and torch song, and you can tell she lived and breathed these songs on this album. Many people say: "It sounds she is singing only for me."
Wishing all the Julie fans a beautiful holiday season, and if you are interested in exploring Julie London more. .be sure to check out my book "Lady Liberty: The Definitive Julie London Handbook" which contains over 300 rare photos, discography, filmography, articles and a lot of great surprises.
JULIE IS HER NAME. Backed only by Al Viola on the guitar, Julie
is simply wonderful as she sings the title song and other songs
of loneliness. A perfect late at night album. I am greatful
that this one finally got a legitimate CD release. But keep the
12 LP too. A 12" LONELY GIRL picture is 3 times the CD cover.
Thank you, Julie for all the joy you have given a lot of us.