Annette Hanshaw

The Personality Girl, 1932-1934

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With an exception of an obscure medley from 1936, this LP has Annette Hanshaw's final 16 recordings before she decided to retire; she was only 24 in 1934 when she started to drop out of music. The Sunbeam album lets listeners know how much was lost to jazz when Hanshaw stopped recording, for she ranked with the top female jazz singers of the era, including the Boswell Sisters, Ethel Waters, and Mildred Bailey. Assisted by studio musicians including Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang and Jack Teagarden, she sings such tunes as "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye," "Say It Isn't So," "I Cover the Waterfront," "It's the Talk of the Town" and even "This Little Piggy Went To Market" with maturity, wit and swing.