Margaret Whiting

Moonlight in Vermont

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Undoubtedly, growing up as Tin Pan Alley tunesmith Richard Whiting's daughter had plenty to do with Margaret Whiting becoming one of the great melodious interpreters of popular song. This pleasant-voiced individual, whose dad composed such memorable airs as "Louise," "Sleepy Time Gal," "Beyond the Blue Horizon," and "Too Marvelous for Words," is the subject of Living Era's portrait album Moonlight in Vermont. Out of 25 tracks recorded between February 1943 and November 1949, she is heard singing only three Richard Whiting compositions: "Guilty," "Ain't We Got Fun?," and "My Ideal" (not to be confused with Fats Waller's "You're My Ideal"). Margaret Whiting is heard accompanied by orchestras led by Billy Butterfield, Billy May, Freddie Slack, Paul Washington, Jerry Gray, and (most often) Frank DeVol. She duets with Bob Hope ("Ain't We Got Fun?") and country & western star Jimmy Wakely ("Slipping Around"). This is a delightful collection of great moments in mid-20th century pop music. Margaret Whiting had a lovely voice; its subtleties may be savored during "While the Angelus Was Ringing," a solemn song popularized by Edith Piaf and Les Compagnons de la Chanson as "Le Trois Cloches."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:16
2 2:57
3 2:42
4 2:30
5 3:12
6 3:04
7 3:12
8 3:05
9 3:16
10 3:14
11 2:39
12 2:48
13 3:04
14 3:10
15
feat: Frank DeVol
2:38
16
feat: Frank DeVol
2:40
17 3:15
18 2:52
19 2:14
20 3:13
21
feat: Bob Hope
2:20
22
feat: Frank DeVol
2:49
23
feat: Frank DeVol
2:58
24 2:50
25 3:03
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