Julie Is Her Name

October 29, 2007

Nicolai Foss

I just received my copy of Julie Is Her Name from Amazon. The Julie in question is Julie London (real name: Gayle Peck; 1926 – 2000). She was quite big in particularly the 1950s, and making Billboard Most Popular Female Vocalist in 1955, 1956, and 1957. London’s career was no doubt much helped by her very good looks — according to The Independent she was “the most tasteful sex symbol of the time” — but she did have a real unique intimate lounge-style smoky voice.

That voice is heard very effectively on Julie is Her Name. This is Julie, Barney and a bass player, Ray Leatherwoord, covering a series of standards (Julie’s version of “Cry Me a River” was a hit in 1955, was used in The Girl Can’t Help It and has recently been featured in V for Vendetta).

Barney’s accompaniment is just expert. He doesn’t solo, just comps and provides intros. Brent Stuntzner has taken the trouble of transcribing Barney’s chord work (here).

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