Squeeze Me: Big Hits from a Great Lady

Squeeze Me: Big Hits from a Great Lady

by Mildred BaileyMildred Bailey


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This is a terrific collection of Mildred Bailey sides from her prime years, 1933-1939. It is true that some, maybe many, would argue that the years she spent with Paul Whiteman (1929-1932) were her best ones, but these were the years she actually came to national prominence. The creativity in her vocal style was fully developed in 1933 when she began to take some chances while continuing to score hits and enjoy widespread success. The list of musicians who appeared in her backing orchestras at this time included Bunny Berigan , Mary Lou Williams, Grachan Moncur II, Teddy Wilson, Chu Berry, Cozy Cole, Coleman Hawkins, Fletcher Henderson, Jimmy Dorsey, Eddie Sauter, Johnny Hodges, and many others. The material here is basically knockout. Among the 24 cuts on this single disc are blues and jazz classics such as "Rockin Chair," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "Don't Be That Way," "Junk Man," "Barrelhouse Music," "'Taint What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)," her unique reading of "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You," and a terrific version of Fats Waller's wonderful nugget "Squeeze Me." Sound quality is fine for the period, the liner notes are fundamental but informational, and the price is absolutely right. Squeeze Me is a great place to start a Mildred Bailey collection.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2000
Label: Jasmine Music
UPC: 0604988256826
catalogNumber: 2568
Rank: 89269


  1. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
  2. Rockin' Chair
  3. St. Louis Blues
  4. Arkansas Blues
  5. 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)
  6. Barrelhouse Music
  7. 'Long About Midnight
  8. Is That Religion?
  9. Hold On
  10. Junk Man
  11. Peace, Brother!
  12. Ol' Pappy
  13. Squeeze Me
  14. The Weekend of a Private Secretary
  15. Someday, Sweetheart
  16. Don't Be That Way
  17. I Thought About You
  18. There'll Be Some Changes Made
  19. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You
  20. Darn That Dream
  21. Always and Always
  22. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  23. Gulf Coast Blues
  24. Rock It for Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mildred Bailey   Primary Artist
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
John Kirby   Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Red Norvo   Xylophone
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Cozy Cole   Drums
Hank D'Amico   Alto Saxophone
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
George Wettling   Drums
Mitch Miller   English Horn
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Mary Lou Williams   Piano
Robert Burns   Clarinet
Red Ballard   Trombone
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Larry Binyon   Tenor Saxophone
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Buff Estes   Alto Saxophone
Nick Fatool   Drums
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Herbie Haymer   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Hyland   Trumpet
Jerry Jerome   Saxophone
Stan King   Drums
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Billy Kyle   Piano
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Sauter   Trumpet
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Floyd Smith   Guitar
O'Neill Spencer   Drums
Ted Vesely   Trombone
Jimmy Blake   Trumpet
Arnold Covarrubias   Guitar
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Melvin "Red" Solomon   Trumpet
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Carl Prager   Bass Clarinet
Joe Liss   Piano
Mastren   Trombone
Fulton McGrath   Piano
Stew Pletcher   Trumpet
Frank Simeone   Alto Saxophone
Grachan Moncur   Bass
Jimmy Carroll   Clarinet
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Wes Hein   Trombone
Lou Shoobe   Bass
Rueben "Zeke" Zarchey   Trumpet
Barney Zudecoff   Trumpet
Frank Worrell   Guitar
Eddie Powell   Flute
Leonard Goldstein   Saxophone
Sonny Lee   Trombone

Technical Credits

Benny Goodman   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
J. Johnson   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Hall Johnson   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes   Composer
Jerry Levinson   Composer
John Spikes   Composer
Kay Werner   Composer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
Sue Werner   Composer
Billy Higgins   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer

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