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The Helen Humes Collection 1927-62
The Helen Humes Collection 1927-62

Helen Humes
Styles: Blues, Jazz, R&B
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3213
Helen Humes was a blues and jazz singer who defied categorisation, working successfully as a big band vocalist with Harry James and then replacing Billie Holiday in Count Basie’s orchestra, as a classic blues performer and R&B/jump blues hitmaker during the 1940s, a noted jazz stylist in the ‘50s and, during her later career, a sophisticated interpreter of ballads and popular songs. This great-value 49-track 2-CD comprises recordings from across more than three decades of her career, from her studio debut as a 14-year-old in 1927 through to the early 60s. As well as including some of her titles with James and Basie, it encompasses recordings with some of top blues, R&B and names of the ‘40s, including Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Milton, Buck Clayton, Pete Brown, Leonard Feather, Bill Doggett and Dexter Gordon, plus noted recordings with Red Norvo in the ‘50s, and ‘live’ recordings done in London in the early ‘60s with T-Bone Walker, Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon. It naturally features her two big Top 10 R&B chart hits of the ‘40s, “Be-Baba-Leba” and “Million Dollar Secret”. It’s a varied and highly entertaining showcase for her very special talent.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 If Papa Has Outside Lovin' Helen Humes
2 Garlic Blues Helen Humes
3 Jubilee Harry James & His Orch.
4 I Can Dream Can't I Harry James & His Orch.
5 It's The Dreamer In Me Harry James & His Orch.
6 Song Of The Wanderer Harry James & His Orch.
7 Blues With Helen With Count Basie Five
8 Love Of My Life Count Basie & His Orch.
9 Dark Rapture Count Basie & His Orch.
10 My Heart Belongs To Daddy Count Basie & His Orch.
11 Blame It On My Last Affair Count Basie & His Orch.
12 Thursday Count Basie & His Orch.
13 And The Angels Sing Count Basie & His Orch.
14 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea Count Basie & His Orch.
15 All Or Nothing At All Count Basie & His Orch.
16 My Wandering Man Count Basie & His Orch.
17 It's Square But It Rocks Count Basie & His Orch.
18 Mound Bayou Pete Brown And His Band
19 Gonna Buy Me A Telephone Pete Brown And His Band
20 I Would If I Could But I Can't Helen Humes Acc By Leonard Feather's Hiptet 
21 Fortune Tellin' Man Helen Humes Acc By Leonard Feather's Hiptet 
22 Be-Baba-Leba Acc. By The Bill Doggett Octet
23 He May Be Your Man Acc. By The Bill Doggett Octet
24 Blue Prelude Acc. By The Bill Doggett Octet
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Central Avenue Boogie Helen Humes & Her All Stars
2 Pleasin' Man Blues Helen Humes & Her All Stars
3 He Don't Love Me Anymore Helen Humes & Her All Stars
4 Crazy 'Bout A Man Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra 
5 They Raided The Joint With Buck Clayton's Orch.
6 Flippity Flop Flop With Buck Clayton's Orch.
7 Today I Sing The Blues With Buck Clayton's Orch.
8 Married Man Blues Helen Humes
9 I've Got The Strangest feeling Helen Humes & The Contrastors
10 Rock Me To Sleep Acc By Marshall Royal And His Orchestra 
11 Million Dollar Secret Helen Humes acc. By Roy Milton's Orch
12 I Cried For You Count Basie Orch.
13 Airplane Blues Acc By Dexter Gordon's Orchestra
14 The Laziest Gal In Town Helen Humes
15 Loud Talkin' Woman Helen Humes
16 Woojamacooja Helen Humes
17 Real Fine Daddy Helen Humes
18 It's Wonderful Red Norvo & His Orch.
19 I Hadn't Anyone Till You Red Norvo & His Orch.
20 Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do Helen Humes
21 A Good Man Is Hard To Find Helen Humes
22 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone Acc. By Marty Paich's Orch
23 If I Could Be With You (One Hour) Acc. By Marty Paich's Orch
24 Baby Won't You Please Come Home Helen Humes
25 St. Louis Blues Helen Humes
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