Pearl Bailey

Pearl Bailey Archive

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A record label named Ala Records released an LP in 1982 called Pearl Bailey Archive. Of the disc's eight tracks, only four are by the Tony-winning singer. They are the Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer song "Hit the Road to Dreamland," the Gershwin tune "That Certain Feelin'," "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart," and "Solid Gold Cadillac." The other four are astounding because they were strange instrumental film songs included to pad the collection: "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Stealin' Apples," "Little Sheeba," and "Rich People of Hollywood," which would be at home on the Ultra Louge series. Pearl Bailey Archive would have been an essential pickup until three of the Pearl Bailey tracks were released on the 1993 CD Ain't She Sweet: 23 of Her Greatest Recordings. The only song that seems unavailable on CD is "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart" which is one of her finest. Bailey collectors should also track down her duet with Johnny Carson from the 1974 LP Here's Johnny: Magic Moments From the Tonight Show.

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