Lena Horne

22 Hits 1936-1946

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Lena Horne sang the blues from the jazz end of the spectrum, and her easy, confident, and natural vocal approach allowed her recordings and performances to work in a broader pop context, as well, and she balanced it all with grace. This set collects key tracks she recorded between 1935 and 1946 just as her career was really emerging, including her signature take on Harold Arlen’s “Stormy Weather,” an uptown reimagining of the traditional “Frankie and Johnny,” and her renditions W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues,” “Beale Street Blues,” and “Careless Love.” It’s all of a fabric, and represents the singer when she was arguably at her peak.

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