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Who is your favorite "forgotten singer"?

Discussion in 'Radio' started by Hammelby, Dec 19, 2006.

  1. Hammelby

    Hammelby One of the Regulars

    When grooving to those good old tunes , you occasionally stumble upon remarkable singer you *never* have heard of before. You either itch to find out more about them or recomend them to others.

    I would like to dedicate this thread to those wonderfull canaries and meowing cats.
  2. Hammelby

    Hammelby One of the Regulars

    Pauline Byrne

    Alreet! I have a craze for a female singer called "Pauline Byrne", her voice are so... and reminds a bit of Anitha O'day. I heard her on Artie Shaws "Gloomy Sunday", but cannot seem to find her on the web or anything...

    I would be very thankfull if anyone knows more about this wonderfull lady!
  3. Dixon Cannon

    Dixon Cannon My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Without a doubt...

    The voice of Wheatfield Soul; Burton Cummings.

    Do you know who he is? Do you know the songs he's penned and sung? You've heard that voice a million times!

    Burt is the unsung hero of Rock & Roll. The songs. The voice. Who is Burton Cummings?

    -dixon cannon
  4. Tony Sacco, a nice-sounding tenor-baritone and guitar player who made a fair number of band records - mostly with Enric Madriguera's ork in 1933-'35 - and was privileged to sing with Benny Goodman on a few occasions (back when BG's name didn't mean much).

    Marjory Logan, a velvet-voiced dark-toned singer who helped make the mid '30s Johnny Green band what it was – just perfect.
  5. I'm a big fan of Helen Ward, Benny Goodman's first gal vocalist -- she had a much more mature voice than her successors. Also like Kay Weber, who sang with the Dorsey Brothers in the mid-thirties -- and was, in fact, the last survivor of that band!
  6. I've got what I think is the first record Helen ever made, with the Freddy Martin band early in 1934. She did Boulevard of Broken Dreams and a mid tempo thing with steel slide guitar bits called Let's Put Two and Two Together. She sounded very grownup indeed if she was (supposedly) only a teenager.

    I guess I never thought of Helen as "forgotten" – but I suppose, for the most part, she is...
  7. max the cat

    max the cat Familiar Face


    although from a slightly later part of big band period I would nominate Dorsey's singer stuart foster- Tamer aswad? I think his real name-
    Dorsey quoted saying was the best after sinatra.
    seems to be very little written about him. He may be in Fabulous Dorseys movie + others

    weber and Ward great singers but I think well known to record collectors.
  8. HadleyH

    HadleyH I'll Lock Up

    There are so many... it would be impossible to name them all, but for one, what about Al Bowlly to begin with ?
  9. priestyboy

    priestyboy One of the Regulars

    How about Marion Hutton who sang with the Glenn Miller Band on such tunes as Boog-It, Apple Tree and The Woodpecker Song.
  10. priestyboy

    priestyboy One of the Regulars

    Don't know if you have the song or not but you can go to Wal Mart.com and download the song for .88 cents.

    Search for: Artie Shaw, Pauline Byrne under Artist; it is the 13th song down or search under Album: Artie Shaw; Self Portrait
  11. "Doc" Devereux

    "Doc" Devereux One Too Many

  12. I would say Marion, sweet though she was, probably isn't forgotten enough. :rolleyes:
  13. Mike in Seattle

    Mike in Seattle My Mail is Forwarded Here

    I think it would have to be a toss-up between Florence Foster Jenkins and the inimitable Jonathan and Darlene Edwards.

    Tongue firmly in cheek, of course...
  14. Hammelby

    Hammelby One of the Regulars

    Thanks Preistboy! Well, i allready have the track.. my only recording with her sadly. :(

    Dying to hear more of her chirping.... *LOVESICK SIGH*
  15. nightandthecity

    nightandthecity Practically Family

    I picked up the 78 of Artie Shaw's Gloomy Sunday back in the late 1970s and I was gobsmacked from the first few notes. Probably the best version of one of the most powerful songs ever. And yes, I too fell instantly in love with the seriously seductive voice of Pauline Byrne.

    The other side (Don't Fall Asleep) is pretty good too, in fact it's an erotic experience ("don't fall asleep and dream of Hedy, awake or asleep you're still my steady...") Woof! Growl!

    But Gloomy Sunday is in another league. The whole record is outstanding......one of those near perfect performances where everything just gels. It was actually banned by the BBC because they thought it would encourage suicides (well, it was 1943 and there were a lot of bereaved and lovelorn people about....)

    But sorry, I've never been able to find out anything at all about her other than that she briefly sang with Shaw.
  16. HadleyH

    HadleyH I'll Lock Up

    Another forgotten one: Bob Crosby (Bing's brother) he was good!!! :D
  17. 52Styleline

    52Styleline One of the Regulars

    Ginny Simms. She was a singer with Kay Kaiser's band and then was on radio and made a few movies in the early 50's. "Hit the Ice" with Abbott and Costello was the most successful. There are several really great musical scenes in the movie in which she shows off her voice.
  18. Nick Charles

    Nick Charles Practically Family

    Cliff Edwards

  19. MKL

    MKL A-List Customer

    Helen Forrest, Al Bowely as HadleyH mentioned (who BTW was killed in an air raid during WII - his "The Very Thought of You" is great), Russ Columbo, Charlie (?) of Charlie And His Orchestra, June Christe are just a few of my favorites.
  20. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

    :eusa_clap Saw Ms Hutton on a PBS Glenn Miller special filmed at
    the Glen Isle Casino and she was hot!

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