Sings Just Before Dawn · Her Complete Recordings
  • World Pacific Records WPM-409
    World Pacific Records WPM-409
  • Dot 45-15948
    Dot 45-15948
  • Pat Healy
    Pat Healy
  • Bobby Troup
    Bobby Troup

Pat Healy

Sings Just Before Dawn · Her Complete Recordings

Fresh Sound Records

Pat Healy (vcl), Fred Katz (arr, dir), Paul Horn (as, bcl, fl), Paul Bley, Gerald Wiggins, Joe Marino (p), John Pisano, Howard Roberts (g), Charlie Haden, Hal Gaylor, Richard Von Holberg (b), Lenny McBrowne, Chico Hamilton, Shelly Manne (d)

Reference: FSRCD1128

Bar code: 8427328611282


Miss Pat Healy (1927-2020) was born in Cleveland but at age 22 she settled in Los Angeles. She spent years filling various jobs before having the courage to make impromptu appearances at some local nightclubs. Finally in 1957 spirited by pianist Joe Marino, she quit her job and soon emerged as a praised and applauded singer by the audiences, winning soon her first professional contract as a guest vocalist on the television show Stars of Jazz, backed by the Paul Bley trio. As a consequence of her performance, she was offered to record for World Pacific Records.

On Just Before Dawn, her debut album, Pat sang eleven standard songs, some of them quite unusual, backed by cellist Fred Katz’s intimate approach to arranging and conducting, and by Joe Marino’s quartet. In both settings, she revealed herself as a vocalist with clarity of sound, style, sensitivity, and the ability to sing difficult songs, with the right accompaniment, resulting in this distinctive album, the first and only she recorded.

The remaining recordings come from two later appearances of Pat in Stars of Jazz, where she can be heard with the backing of the Keith Williams orchestra, and finally, alone with her favorite accompanist, Joe Marino.

—Jordi Pujol

01. Bobby Troup introduces Pat Healy 0:28
02. I Wish I Were in Love Again (Rodgers-Hart) 1:33
03. Bobby Troup interview Pat Healy 2:38
04. The Siren Song (Kern-Wodehouse-Bolton) 1:39
05. Don't Ever Leave Me (Jerome Kern) 3:47
06. The Siren Song (Kern-Wodehouse-Bolton) 3:52
07. I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All? (DeSylva-Brown-Henderson) 3:35
08. Boys and Girls (Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 1:38
09. Naughty But Nice (Mercer-Warren) 2:45
10. Isn't It a Pity (G.& I. Gershwin) 3:34
11. When I Fall In Love (Heyman-Young) 4:08
12. Nobody Else But Me (Kern-Hammerstein II) 4:06
13. Easy Come (Green-Heyman) 2:20
14. Every Time (Martin-Blane) 3:12
15. You Never Knew About Me (Kern-Wodehouse-Bolton) 3:25
16. Bobby Troup introduces Pat Healy 0:23
17. Blue Moon (Rodgers-Hart) 2:23
18. I've Got It Again (Hawkshaw Hawkins) 3:50
19. Bobby Troup introduces Pat Healy 0:55
20. They All Laughed (G. & I. Gershwin) 1:38
21. Bobby Troup introduces the next song 0:17
22. The Siren Song (Kern-Wodehouse-Bolton) 1:38
23. Ever Since You Went Away (Angello Gallucci) 1:58 *
24. Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home (P.D.) 2:30 *

Album details

(*) Bonus Tracks

Tracks #5-15, originally issued on the album “Just Before Dawn”
(World Pacific Records WPM-409)
Tracks #1-4 and 16-22, from the Stars of Jazz TV-show
Tracks #23 & 24, from the Dot single 45-15948

Pat Healy, sings in all tracks accompanied by

PAUL BLEY Trio (#1-4): Paul Bley (p), Charlie Haden (b), Lenny McBrowne (d).
Recorded live at “Stars of Jazz” ABC-TV show, Hollywood, September 2, 1957

Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by FRED KATZ (#5-12): Vic Arno, Lou Raderman, Felix Slatkin, Marshall Sosson, Paul Shure, Jacques Gassselin, Sarah Kreindler, Joseph Quadri, Seymour Kramer, Eunice Wennermak, Miseha Russel, Israel Baker (violins); Alex Neiman, Allan Harshman (violas); George Neikrug, Eleanor Slatkin (cellos); Paul Horn (as, bcl, fl); Gerald Wiggins (p); John Pisano (g); Hal Gaylor (b); Chico Hamilton (d).
Recorded at Capitol Tower Studios, Hollywood, October 10, 1957

The JOE MARINO Quartet (#13-15): Joe Marino (p), Howard Roberts (g), Richard Von Holberg (b), Shelly Manne (d).
Recorded at Capitol Tower Studios, Hollywood, November 14, 1957

KEITH WILLIAMS Orchestra, with JOE MARINO on piano (#16-18): Johnny Audino, Jerry Kadovitz, Irving Bush, Oliver Mitchell (tp); Jesse Ray Heath, Ed Freudenberg, Sy Zelden (tb); Dick Gould (btb); Bill Carson (as, fl); Al Sepe (cl, ts); Teddy Lee (ts); John Bambridge (bar); Gene Estes (xylophone); Dennis Budimir (g); Francis James (b); John Lais (d).
Recorded live at “Stars of Jazz” ABC-TV show, Hollywood, November 4, 1957

JOE MARINO on piano (#19-22).
Recorde live at “Stars of Jazz” ABC-TV show, Hollywood, August 18, 1958

Bonus Tracks (#23-24):
Orchestra Conducted by BILLY VAUGHN.
Recorde in Los Angeles, April 30, 1959

Original liner notes: Rita Kirwan
New liner notes: Jordi Pujol
Cover photo: © Ray Avery / CTSIMAGES

Original recordings produced by Dick Bock (#5-15), Jimmie Baker (1-4 & 16-22), and Randy Wood (23 & 24)
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
© 2023 by Fresh Sound Records

Hi Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.

Press reviews

"Just when you thought you’ve heard every female singer from the 1950s, here comes Fresh Sound Records with another rare find.

I’ve tried to find info on this lady Pat Healy (1927-2020), but outside of the liner notes from this one CD set, there is next to NOTHING available. What I can tell you is that she has  voice and delivery a bit like Chris Connor and June Christy, a bit husky, and able to fit into a variety of settings, which she does here on an album having her backed by single piano, trio, quartet and orchestra. She wears everything well!

The recordings are culled from studio recordings and TV shows. Of the latter, she’s clear and relaxed with a trio including Paul Bley/p and Charlie Haden/b on “The Siren Song” and “I Wish I Were In Love Again”, while teamed only with pianist Joe Marino, she is fun on “They All Laughed”. There’s a dash of Rosemary Clooney in her when she’s backed by a full orchestra that includes Paul Horn/as, Gerald Wiggins/p, John Pisano/g and Chico  Hamilton/dr (!) for “Isn’t It A Pity” and is intimate and luscious on “Easy Come” and “Every Time” in a quartet with Marino, Howard Roberts/g, Richard Von Holberg/b and Shelly Manne”.  She sounds completely comfortable in her own skin, and is more authoritative than 90% of what you hear in today’s vocalists. Check this one out!"

—George W. Harris (March 20, 2023)


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