Think Pink! A Kay Thompson Party

Think Pink! A Kay Thompson Party

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Although the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe has resulted in many shoddy unlicensed reissues of popular recordings still in print in their legitimate versions, it also allows fans and collectors to assemble and present valuable rare and out of print material that the major labels have buried in their vaults and are likely never to unearth again. A good example is this, British reissue label Sepia Records' Think Pink! A Kay Thompson Party. Thompson (1909-1998) is a legend, even though she was not a star, her many accomplishments including authoring the series of children's books about Eloise, the precocious six-year-old who roams the halls of the Plaza Hotel; coaching Judy Garland and others for their singing in MGM movie musicals of the '40s; and headlining an acclaimed, but little documented nightclub act with the Williams Brothers (including a young Andy Williams) in the late '40s and early '50s. She also made studio recordings sporadically, among them a 1955 LP for MGM Records called Kay Thompson Sings, as well as appearing extensively on radio during its heyday and, occasionally, on TV and in films. Such sources, plus private recordings, have been compiled by Thompson's biographer Sam Irvin for this collection, which, astonishingly, is a three-and-a-half-hour triple-CD set. And, at that, it isn't even complete; it deliberately picks up the Thompson story where an earlier collection, 2003's The Queen of Swing Vocals & Her Rhythm Singers, issued by Baldwin Street Music, left off in the late '30s, then follows her to the end of the '50s. It does so non-chronologically, instead grouping the three discs into themes: CD one is "The Studio Recordings"; CD two "Rarities and Live Performances"; and CD three "Demos, Covers, Comedy, and Eloise." As such, the most conventional Kay Thompson comes at the start, with ten of the 12 tracks from Kay Thompson Sings (the other two are novelties held for the third CD), which make her seem to be a good interpretive traditional pop singer of the '50s in the mold of, say, Peggy Lee. Other tracks culled from singles reinforce this impression until the end of the disc, which contains excerpts from Thompson's one big featured role in a movie musical, 1957's Funny Face, in which she held her own against Fred Astaire. The second disc begins with an attempt to re-create what a nightclub performance by Thompson and the Williams Brothers might have been like, using some of their few recordings and airchecks. As the disc goes on, it moves backwards in time to the late '30s, emphasizing Thompson's abilities as a vocal arranger, then back up to the mid-'40s, with some examples of her work at MGM. The third disc is of course a miscellany, even including songs written by but not featuring Thompson, such as an Ann Miller version of what is here called "Madame Crematante" (although it has also been called "The Interview" and "A Great Lady Has an Interview"), a piece of special material performed by Judy Garland in the 1946 movie Ziegfeld Follies. Thompson's comic acting abilities are on display in airchecks featuring Bing Crosby and Peter Lorre, but nothing prepares the listener for her several performances as Eloise herself toward the end, before the proceedings end with a flurry of holiday music. More than a third of the 75 tracks here are previously unreleased on disc, and even most of the released ones are being retrieved from obscure records. This remarkable collection confirms Thompson's talents as an influential singer, songwriter, and arranger who helped shape 20th century popular music and had a lot of fun doing so, and it should go a long way toward enhancing her reputation.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2009
Label: Sepia Recordings
UPC: 5055122111351
catalogNumber: 1135
Rank: 65781


Disc 1

  1. I Love a Violin
  2. How Deep Is the Ocean
  3. It's All Right with Me
  4. Basin Street Blues
  5. Quel Joie
  6. Katie's Blues
  7. Moonglow
  8. Blue Moon
  9. I Must Have That Man
  10. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
  11. Back Home in Indiana
  12. I See Your Face Before Me
  13. (Where Are You) Now That I Need You
  14. 'Bout You 'N Me
  15. That Old Feeling
  16. Was That the Human Thing to Do?
  17. Light Up the Candles on the Birthday Cake
  18. Bazazz
  19. Bonjour, Paris!
  20. On How to Be Lovely
  21. Clap Yo' Hands
  22. Think Pink!

Disc 2

  1. Hello, Hello
  2. Jubilee
  3. Louisiana Purchase
  4. Don't Tell Louella
  5. On the Caribbean
  6. Old Fashioned Hammock
  7. Just One of Those Things
  8. 3: 00 A.M. in the Persian Room
  9. The Steam Is on the Beam
  10. You're Mine , You
  11. Coquette
  12. High on a Windy Hill
  13. Ay, Ay, Ay
  14. The Wise Old Owl
  15. Dolores
  16. The Lady Is a Tramp
  17. You Took Advantage of Me
  18. You're a Lucky Guy
  19. Stop! It's Wonderful
  20. 'S Wonderful
  21. Medley: 51 East/A Romantic Guy
  22. These Are the Things I Love
  23. Daddy
  24. Bali Boogie
  25. Yes, Indeed
  26. I'm in Love with a Soldier Boy
  27. The Trolley Song
  28. Love

Disc 3

  1. Screen Test: Think Pink!/'s Wonderful
  2. Week-End at the Waldorf
  3. I've Got the Sun in the Morning
  4. In the Valley
  5. Madame Crematante
  6. Love on a Greyhound Bus
  7. 'E Pinched Me
  8. Beautee Soap, Jingle #1
  9. Beautee Soap, Jingle #2
  10. Life Can Be Life
  11. Psychiatrist's Office
  12. Myrtle (Of Sheepshead Bay)
  13. Poor Suzette
  14. I Love a Violin
  15. Let's Talk About Russia
  16. Dasvidanya (Until We Meet Again)
  17. Moscow Cha Cha Cha
  18. Eloise
  19. Eloise on the Go
  20. Eloise's All-Star Sneak Preview
  21. Eloise in Nyack
  22. It's Absolutely Christmanstime
  23. Holiday Season
  24. White Christmas
  25. Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kay Thompson   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Choir Director
Fred Astaire   Vocals
Danny Kaye   Vocals
Ray Charles   Background Vocals
Sy Oliver   Conductor
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Dick Cathcart   Choir, Chorus
Joe Marino   Piano
Leith Stevens   Conductor
Norma Zimmer   Choir, Chorus
Audrey Hepburn   Vocals
Irving Aaronson   Piano
Mitchell Ayres   Conductor
Archie Bleyer   Conductor,Background Vocals
Sonny Burke   Conductor
Paul Burton   Background Vocals
Lennie Hayton   Conductor
Dick Jones   Conductor
Alan Lane   Choir, Chorus
Ann Miller   Vocals
Ernest Ernie Newton   Choir, Chorus
Roger Edens   Piano
George Stoll   Conductor
Joe Lipman   Conductor
Steve Steck   Background Vocals
Ralph Blane   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nat Finston   Conductor
Betty Allen   Choir, Chorus
Lyn Duddy   Background Vocals
Ray Charles Singers   Background Vocals
Betty Noyes   Choir, Chorus
Dick Joy   Announcer
Paul Whitman   Conductor
Dick James   Conductor
Pat Kirkwood   Vocals
Eddie Oliver   Conductor
Johnny Green & His Quartette   Piano,Conductor
Bill Norvas   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Backus   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Fred Astaire   Duet
Irving Berlin   Composer
Michael Feinstein   Source Material
Judy Garland   Duet
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Buddy Bregman   Arranger,Orchestration
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Audrey Hepburn   Duet
Archie Bleyer   Arranger
Clay Boland   Composer
Lee Brown   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Lennie Hayton   Arranger
Will Hudson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Gus Levene   Orchestration
Hugh Martin   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Conrad Salinger   Orchestration
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Roger Edens   Composer
George Stoll   Composer
Kay Thompson   Composer,Lyricist,Vocal Arrangements
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Joe Lipman   Arranger
Ted Duncan   Orchestration
Ralph Blane   Composer
Sylvia Fine   Composer
John Frankenheimer   Director
Danny Gool   Orchestration
Louis Alter   Composer
Earl Brent   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Joe Ricardel   Composer
Harold Barlow   Composer
Leonard Gershe   Composer
Stanley Donen   Director
Alex Kramer   Composer
Lewis Harris   Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Robert Alton   Composer
Larry Berns   Composer
William Spier   Producer
Johnny Green & His Quartette   Arranger
Osmán Pérez Freire   Composer
George Marion   Composer
Robert Alton   Composer

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