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OK, as I wrote before. Trying to find a baker’s dozen archtypical performances. Here’s my selection for the women.
For a project that I may have coming up, I wanted to define a dozen iconic song performances in the “American Songbook” style. That way, if teaching for example, one can say, “Could you give it a little more Peggy Lee cool?” and someone might know what you’re talking about. I’ve tried to limit it to the root of a style, so we have Sinatra but no Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong so no Louis Prima, etc. And I restricted it to performances that were available on YouTube because I belive you have to watch performances, not just hear vocals. Looking forward to comments about people who are questionable on the list and who has been unfairly disregarded.
A great interview with friend-of-this-blog Sally mayes on Broadway.com: “I used to sing in this Mexican restaurant down in Houston called Las Brisas, doing four one-hour shows a night with the most amazing trio. It was the best training in the world, and that’s what it feels like to stand up with these guys.”
The NYTimes explains how the legend is still here:“Ms. Stritch is, among other things, a great natural clown. Throughout the performance her changing expressions and gestures were as important as her vocalizing, the more wistful moments bringing to mind Federico Fellini’s muse, Giulietta Masina, though Ms. Stritch is much tougher. A gift Ms. Stritch gave to her audience was her smile. As it spread across her face, the thunder, lightning and rain withdrew, the sun beamed down, and you were in the calm eye of the storm.”
The NYTimes weighs in on the ever-boyish McGillin: “Mr. McGillin’s attitude of ardent courtliness was established early on with a medley of “All the Things You Are” and “Isn’t It Romantic?” And “A Foggy Day” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” accompanied his starry-eyed recollection of visiting London and performing for the royal family.”