Thursday, 4 August 2011

Betty Blake

Betty Blake, another singer who, like Lynne and Black, started out with big bands. Betty Blake sang with Buddy Morrow from 1955 to 1957. But after leaving Morrow she seemed to drop below radar until 1961 when her Bethlehem LP ("Tender Mood") was released. 

The album contained a large number of Alec Wilder songs. And one side of a 45 Blake made for the Golden Crest label, “The Lady Sings the Blues,” was also written by Wilder. Blake also appeared as a guest artist on a Golden Crest LP. But after her Bethlehem effort, nothing is known of any other professional activity until her death of cancer at age 63 on September 19, 2001. 

Something of a mystery, for the Blake’s lone album is a good one and received some nice reviews. The musicians include Teddy Charles, Zoot Sims, Kenny Burrell and Mal Waldron.

Betty Blake  - Sings In A Tender Mood (1958)

01. Let There Be Love
02. I'll Be Around
03. Moon And Sand
04. Trouble Is A Man
05. Love Is Just Around The Corner
06. Lilac Wine
07. It's So Peaceful In The Country
08. While We're Young
09. Blue Fool
10. All Of You
11. Don't Say Love Has Ended
12. Out Of This World

Marcus Belgrave (tp) Zoot Sims (ts) Roland Alexander (ts, fl) Teddy Charles (vib) Mal Waldron (p) Kenny Burrell (g) Addison Farmer, Eustis Guillemet (b) Charlie Persip, Ed Shaughnessy (d) Betty Blake (vo)

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