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My Heart Sings
Genres: Jazz, Broadway & Vocalists
My Heart Sings may have easily been entitled The Take Five Sessions, Volume II. It is Bliss Tavern Music's second exploration of Betty Johnson's classic sound of the late 1950s and early 1960s. She puts the best of her a... more »
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My Heart Sings may have easily been entitled The Take Five Sessions, Volume II. It is Bliss Tavern Music's second exploration of Betty Johnson's classic sound of the late 1950s and early 1960s. She puts the best of her abilities behind the best of American popular song. Rodgers and Hart's "My Heart Stood Still," Lerner and Loewe's "I've Grown Accustomed to His Face," and Cole Porter's "So in Love" swell with new spirit in Betty's care. Betty always loved the standards, and when she had the opportunity to perform them with the Metropolitan Jazz Quartet way back when, she felt heaven-blessed. "Throughout my early career, recording companies were choosing what songs I would sing," Johnson has said. "These are songs I wish I could have sung [more of] all those years ago." Fortunately, Betty did have the opportunity to interpret these standards forty years ago. The performances melt your heart, your resistance.
Larry Keane | Sarasota, Fl. | 10/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This music takes me back to lyrics that have meaning and music with great harmony."
Welcome Back, Betty!
Stormy Hunter | Encinitas, California USA | 07/18/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Betty Johnson is one of the most underrated singers of our time. Though she was best known for novelty hits such as "Little Blue Man", and as a TV and radio personality in the 50's and 60's, she has a sparkling and winsome way with the standards from the Great American Songbook. This CD is a good place to start. The arrangements are tight and jazzy, and these tunes were recorded during the years when Betty's voice was at its peak (not that she doesn't still have voice to burn!). Unfortunately, what this disc has in substance, it lacks in quantity. Incredibly, NINE of the songs on "My Heart Sings" clock in at less than :59. The entire CD seems to be over in the blink of an eye. Twenty-nine songs, thirty-eight minutes. Well, it may be a half-loaf, but it is some delicious bread!"