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THE FABULOUS MAE WEST (SEPIA 1075)

1. Love Is The Greatest Thing 2:22
2. I'm In The Mood For Love 3:02
3. Pecado (Sin) 2:41
4. My Daddy Rocks Me 2:09
5. All Of Me 2:35
6. They Call Me Sister Honky Tonk 3:16
7. Frankie And Johnny 2:21
8. I Want You - I Need You 2:11
9. Havana For A Night (Vereda Tropical) 2:31
10. A Guy What Takes His Time 2:55
11. If I Could Be With You 2:17
12. Criswell Predicts 2:50
And Other Wonderful Girls
13. Don't Do It - April Stevens 3:21
14. C'est Si Bon - April Stevens 2:42
15. By The Waters Of Minnetonka - Gloria Wood 2:35
16. Oh, Honey - Gloria Wood 1:46
17. I Want A Boy - Connie Russell 2:24
18. My Kinda Love - Connie Russell 2:28
19. Besame Mucho - Betty Reilly 2:46
20. When Did You Leave Heaven? - Betty Reilly 2:02
21. Softly - Georgia Carr 3:17
22. Is That Bad - Georgia Carr 2:27
23. Some Folks Do And Some Folks Don't - Trudy Richards 2:31
24. A Fool - Trudy Richards 2:48
25. Sadie Thompson's Song - Damita Jo 2:37
26. Face To Face - Damita Jo 3:01
27. Rock Me All Night Long - Ella Mae Morse 2:24
28. Daddy, Daddy - Ella Mae Morse 2:39
29. I Feel So Mmm - Diana Dors 2:49
30. A Kiss And A Cuddle - Diana Dors 2:25

Title: The Fabulous Mae West And Other Wonderful Girls
Artist: Mae West and Diana Dors, April Stevens, Georgia Carr Connie Russell, Damita Jo, Betty Reilly, Gloria Woods etc
Catalogue No: SEPIA 1075
Barcode: 5055122110750
Release Date: 4 July 2006

No entertainer was more colourful than the fabulous Mae West, stylish interpreter of double entendre, who headlines this collection of mischievously risqué vocal offerings by a variety of popular female songbirds from the 1950s.

Mae began as a child star in vaudeville and eventually wrote her own material. I Like A Guy What Takes His Time and Frankie and Johnny were both heard in her first major film in 1933, She Done Him Wrong but only commercially recorded in 1954. For her next screen venture I'm No Angel Mae's songs included They Call Me Sister Honky Tonk and I Want You - I Need You, also reprised for the 1954 session that marked her return to the recording studio after some twenty years. The final Mae West track, Criswell Predicts, pays tribute to Jerome Criswell, the famous psychic of the day, who envisaged that Mae would win the 1960 American Presidential Election.

As featured vocalist with Kay Kyser's Orchestra, Gloria Woods' vocal range brought her an abundance of studio work. Many of her recordings featured her wordless vocal as part of the instrumental ensemble but she does get a few evocative words to sing in Oh Honey (Please Don't Stop). Betty Reilly and Connie Russell had similar careers, each working support roles in Hollywood musicals, often billed as ‘the singer' and both guested frequently on TV. Betty's nightclub act included songs with a Latin flavour such as Besame Mucho. Damita Jo came to prominence as vocalist with husband's group Steve Gibson and The Red Caps, and with this background; her vocal manner suited the moody Sadie Thompson's Song. Georgia Carr was announced joint winner along with another singer April Stevens at a talent competition for an engagement with the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, however both declined the contract that came with the prize. Carr soon signed with Capitol and her recording of Softly was a big seller. In the meantime April Stevens while still in high school recorded Don't Do It which at the time was banned from airplay due to the suggestive lyrics. Trudy Richards developed her vocal style while singing with a big band, in her case Charlie Barnet. Ella Mae Morse's energetic vocal style was well suited to the two selections presented here. Although cast as "The British Marilyn Monroe" Diana Dors had a vocal manner to match her image but made very few recordings. The two sides of one rare 78 recorded early in her career are included on this compilation.

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