Layton & Johnstone

Bye-Bye, Blackbird [ASV]

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Sensations on the English stage, Layton & Johnstone were also best-sellers among the record racks, though their heavily somber readings of jazz-age standards hasn't translated as well as Eddie Cantor or Al Jolson. Still, this ASV/Living Era collection is the only one available on the duo (it replaced a previous disc by the same label), including their best-known hit ("Bye-Bye, Blackbird") as well as solid readings of many '20s standards: "I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)," "Little White Lies," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," and "If I Had a Talking Picture With You." One of their best performances ("River, Stay 'Way from My Door") is unfortunately missing, but ASV deserves credit for issuing this historically important disc.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:46 Amazon
2 02:46 Amazon
3 02:23 Amazon
4 02:28 Amazon
5 02:42 Amazon
6 02:28 Amazon
7 02:44 Amazon
8 02:47 Amazon
9 02:40 Amazon
10 02:55 Amazon
11 02:59 Amazon
12 02:51 Amazon
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02:48 Amazon
15 02:58 Amazon
16 03:00 Amazon
17 03:01 Amazon
18 03:31 Amazon
19 03:10 Amazon
20 03:05 Amazon
21 02:46 Amazon
22 02:53 Amazon
23 03:04 Amazon
24 03:24 Amazon
25 03:06 Amazon
26 02:34 Amazon
27 02:47 Amazon
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