Gloria Lynne (vcl), Melba Liston (arr, dir, tb)
Reference: FSRCD 224
Bar code: 8427328602242
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 1958-1963), 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.
"Nancy Wilson did a profile-tribute piece for NPR upon news of Gloria's passing. She singled out this album for special praise, saying that the number that simply reached out to her was "Love, I've Found You," which, Wilson added, was distinguished by an outstanding arrangement by the pioneering woman trombonist-composer in Dizzy Gillespie's big band, Melba Liston. Since scoring a copy of the album, I'd have to agree. In fact, I wondered why Nancy herself hadn't proceeded to do the song. I researched -she has- with one small change: "I've" has been changed to "I". Comparing the two versions may suggest the reason for the change -both performances are powerful yet very different from each other."
Francesco Caponsacchi -All Music Guide