Gayle Andrews, Sandy Warner (vcl), Stu Phillips (arr, dir), Steve Allen (dir)
Reference: FSR V136 CD
Bar code: 8427328641364
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Love's a Snap!
Once you get past the gripping visual beauty of Gayle Andrews, the effect of her voice is no less astonishing. She displays a controlled intimate style on ballads, plus an approach to a jump beat that reveals a deep emotional feeling for jazz. Although this session marked Gayle's recording debut, it was by no means the beginning of her career. Her voice captivated audiences everywhere, both in theaters and in nightclubs, but she soon walked away from the scene, this album being the only one she recorded. Arranger and director Stu Phillips, well known for his regular TV and movie scoring assignments, is responsible for the excellent backgrounds. For his purpose he used two groups, one with strings and woodwinds, the other a swing band with reeds and brass, which achieve a blend of subtle and natural voice and arrangement.
Fair and Warner
Sandra 'Sandy' Warner (1934-2002) was an actress, model, dancer, and singer. She and her twin sister, Sonia, began singing at the age of five on NYC radio. In their adolescence they formed a duo, Sandra and Sonia, and became involved in the entertainment world, especially when they matured artistically and amazed with their beauty. From 1956, they had successful singing and dancing act, until Sonia left to marry a year later. It was a turning point in Sandra's life and career because she decided to learn acting. “So I began at the bottom and went to acting school.” This in turn led to small roles, in movies and a number of parts on network television series. She also won a couple of beauty pageants in California, which allowed her to become a top model. Sandy appeared on several MartinDenny “exotica” album covers, and although she had a minor career beyond her appearances as a tiki icon, it is these cover photos that defined her career and created a cult following that still exists today. In 1959, Sandy attempted to relaunch her singing career as a solo artist with the help of television host, pianist, and composer Steve Allen. The LP was released as Steve Allen Presents Sandy Warner "Fair & Warner" in 1960. The repertoire includes engaging songs, most of them composed by Allen himself. The fine arrangements and the varied instrumentation contributed to enhance the suggestive, balanced, and tasteful voice of Sandy Warner, as well her compelling artistic versatility.
"If you're looking king for ladies that have been flowing under the radar, both past and present, heck out Spain’s premier label, Fresh Sound Records, and hear what’s not being heard…
Here you have a pair of albums feature ladies that created what used to be call “Mood Music”. Gayle Anderson has a husky poppish voice, and she’s backed by the Nelson Riddle-ish orchestra of Stu Phillips on this 1960 session. She swings on the Basie-inspired “You’re The Greatest”, gets dramatic with strings on “Time After Time” and goes kitschy pop for “Loves a Snap” and “I Like The Likes of You.” Music for the capri’d crowd.
Sandy Warner joins with Steve Allen in song and band leading form for a 1960 recording of mostly Allen-composed tunes. She smokes rings on the blue “Mambo, Tango, Calypso, Cha Cha Blues” while cooing with the orchestra and vocal backing team on “In The Afternoon.” She gives a hint of June Christy on the blue “The Girl With The Long Black Hair” and goes bel canto with strings for “This Is Where I Come From.” Sandy Warner sounds like she was made for Allen’s late night TV show crowd, making sounds for the sophisticated swingers."
—George W. Harris (August 29, 2022)