Whispering Jack Smith: Me and My Shadow - His 27 Finest (1925-1940) | Retrospective RTR4380

Whispering Jack Smith: Me and My Shadow - His 27 Finest (1925-1940)

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Label: Retrospective

Cat No: RTR4380

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 5th February 2021

Contents

Artists

Jack Smith
The Whispering Orchestra
The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra

Conductors

Bert Ambrose
Carroll Gibbons

Artists

Jack Smith
The Whispering Orchestra
The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra

Conductors

Bert Ambrose
Carroll Gibbons

About

All the best of the unique “Whispering” Jack Smith, whose voice and style epitomise the spirit of the Twenties.

A quintessential voice of the “Jazz Age”, American crooner Whispering Jack Smith (1896-1950) became just as popular in England as in the States, with his unique intimate half-singing, half-talking manner that, the story goes, he was forced to develop by an exploding gas shell in World War I. The lung injuries he sustained caused him to adopt the quiet, almost speaking style, with the voice sliding up to the note (aspects of which influenced such as Rudy Vallee, Gene Austin and Bing Crosby). Although he sang softly, he had remarkable projection and clear diction, and became a hugely popular nightclub entertainer both in New York, then London.

Me and My Shadow offers 27 examples of his technique, including all his biggest hits. Both the title track and Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh? topped the charts, with There Ain't No “Maybe” in My Baby’s Eyes, Baby Face, Cecilia and When the Red, Red Robin also well up in the top ten. These all had piano accompaniment. Later he scored a huge success in the showcase 1928 musical Will-O’-The-Whispers, when Bert Ambrose and “The Whispering Orchestra” backed him in five tracks: My Blue Heaven, The Song is Ended, Miss Annabelle Lee, Sunshine and, of course, Whispering. Seven other great numbers from the same year, accompanied by Carroll Gibbons and The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra, are also included (Crazy Rhythm, That’s My Weakness Now, etc.). The survey closes with two recordings from his attempted comeback in 1940 (A Faded Photograph). Enjoy anew the whispering voice from the Roaring 20s.

Tracklisting:
1. Me and My Shadow
2. Cecilia
3. Gimme a Little Kiss
4. When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin’ Along
5. Baby Face
6. The re Ain’t No “Maybe” in My Baby’s Eyes
7. Clap Yo’ Hands
8. It All Depends on You
9. Blue Skies
10. The Birth of the Blues
11. My Blue Heaven
12. The Song is Ended
13. Miss Annabelle Lee
14. Sunshine
15. Whispering
16. I Kiss Your Hand, Madame
17. Ramona
18. ’S Wonderful
19. My One and Only
20. Crazy Rhythm
21. Funny Face
22. That’s My Weakness Now
23. The Song I Love
24. All By Yourself in the Moonlight
25. To Be in Love, Espesh’lly with You
26. I’m Knee Deep in Daisies
27. A Faded Photograph

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