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The incomparable Ethel Waters
Waters, Ethel, 1896-1977.
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Publication Information:
[New York, N.Y.] : Sony Mysic Entertainment, c&p2003.
Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Program notes on insert.
Heat wave -- I just couldn't make it , baby -- Harlem on my mind -- Hottentot potentate -- Stormy weather -- Come up and see me sometime -- Shake that thing -- (What did I do to be so) black and blue? -- Please don't talk about me when I'm gone -- Maybe not at all -- Memories of you -- You can't stop me from loving you -- You're lucky to me -- Cabin in the sky -- Thief in the night -- Taking a chance on love -- Honey in the honeycomb.
Format :
Music CD


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Central Library JAZZ .W329 I Compact Disc Central Library

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A major and influential force on other singers and the first African-American jazz singer to cross over to white audiences, Ethel Waters had a very significant career. This single disc barely scratches the surface of her productive career with 17 selections, mostly from 1925-26, 1931-35 and 1940. Surprisingly, there are only two selections from the 1920s: "Shake That Thing" and "Maybe Not At All" (which has her doing effective imitations of Bessie Smith and Clara Smith). The other high points include "Stormy Weather," "You're Lucky To Me," "Cabin In The Sky," and "Taking A Chance On Love." But this set, which jumps around chronologically, could have been a little better organized, although it works as an introduction to new listeners who are unfamiliar with Ethel Waters. ~ Scott Yanow

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