The Mellow and Swinging
Gloria Lynne (vocals), with Ernie Wilkins Orchestra, feat. Clark Terry, Richard Williams, Charlie Shavers (tp), Henderson Chambers (tb), Earl Warren, Zoot Sims, Seldon Powell (saxes), Yusef Lateef (fl), Walter Bishop (p), Kenny Burrell (g), Ron Carter (b)
Gloria Lynne recorded many albums for Everest in her early days, slipped away into obscurity and then in the 1990's made a comeback. An excellent singer whose style falls between bop, 1950's middle-of-the-road pop and early soul, Lynne was always capable of putting on a colorful show. Her mother was a gospel singer and Lynne started out singing in church. She had five years of concert training and in 1951 won the legendary amateur competition at the Apollo Theatre.
Lynne sang with some vocal groups, became a single and in 1958 was discovered by Raymond Scott, who at the time was a top A&R man at Everest. During her busy period with Everest (at least ten records were cut between 1958-63), Lynne had hits in "I Wish You Love" (a song she virtually made a standard) and "I'm Glad There Is You." She recorded with both orchestras and jazz combos, becoming quite popular for a period. However, with the rise of rock and the change in the public's musical tastes, Lynne was forgotten for a time. Only a commercial record in 1975 for ABC broke the silence. But starting in the early 1980's, Gloria Lynne started working regularly again, regained some of her earlier frame and in the early 1990's recorded a couple of CDs for Muse.
01. I'm Just A Lucky So And So
02. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
03. They Can't Take That Away From Me
(G & I. Gershwin)
04. Smile It Off (Lincoln Chase)
05. The Song Is You (Kern-Hammerstein)
06. My Little Brown Book (Strayhorn)
07. Cheek To Cheek (Berlin)
08. How Long Has This Been Going On
09. Day In Day Out (Mercer-Bloom)
10. They Say It's Wonderful (Berlin)
11. And This Is My Beloved (Wright-Forrest)
12. What A Man (Lynne)
Gloria Lynne (vocals in all tracks), accompanied by the Ernie Wilkins Orchestra, featuring: Clark Terry, Richard Williams, Charlie Shavers (tp), Henderson Chambers (tb), Earl Warren, Zoot Sims, Seldon Powell (saxes), Yusef Lateef (fl, as, ts), Walter Bishop (p), Kenny Burrell (g), Ron Carter (b), and Charlie Persip (d).
Recorded in New York City, 1960
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol