Pearl Bailey: Takes Two to Tango - A Centenary Tribute | Retrospective RTR4324

Pearl Bailey: Takes Two to Tango - A Centenary Tribute


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Label: Retrospective

Cat No: RTR4324

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd March 2018



Pearl Bailey


Pearl Bailey


The larger-than-life personality of Pearl Bailey (1918-1990) is celebrated in this gloriously entertaining compilation of her best recordings, the finest of her available CDs. With her centenary falling this year, the African-American entertainer is fondly remembered for her zestful individuality on record, stage and screen. She was a Broadway hit in such as St Louis Woman and the all-black Hello, Dolly! and hosted her own popular TV series, and among her many films were Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess.

The risquť Takes Two To Tango was Pearl Baileyís biggest record success, and the top ten hit is also the title of Retrospectiveís compilation of her very best recordings; from 1944 when she sang with Cootie Williamsí band (Tessí Torch Song), through to 1953 when her musical arranger was Don Redman (As Long As I LiveÖ). In fact the jazz influence is strong and the many fine jazz musicians featured include the likes of Taft Jordan and Charlie Shavers.

Pearlís bouncy personality is very much to the fore in a number of engaging duets with Frank Sinatra (A Little Learning Is A Dangerous Thing), Hot Lips Page (Baby, Itís Cold OutsideÖ) and Moms Mabley (Saturday Night Fish Fry).

1. Takes Two To Tango
2. Tessís Torch Song
3. He Didnít Ask Me
4. St. Louis Blues
5. Tired
6. Fifteen Years And Iím Still Serving Time
7. I Ainít Talkiní Though Itís All Over Town
8. Personality
9. Legalize My Name
10. Itís A Womanís Prerogative
11. Row, Row, Row
12. A Little Learning Is A Dangerous Thing (with Frank Sinatra)
13. Iím Lazy, Thatís All
14. Donít Ever Leave Me
15. Who?
16. Ma, Heís Makiní Eyes At Me
17. Baby, Itís Cold Outside (with Hot Lips Page)
18. Ainít She Sweet? (With Hot Lips Page)
19. Johnson Rag
20. Saturday Night Fish Fry (with Moms Mabley)
21. Vagabond Shoes
22. Nothiní, Nothiní Baby Without You
23. Let There Be Love
24. As Long As I Live
25. Me And My Shadow
26. Sheís Something Spanish

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