FORMAT: NTSC REGION: ALL
REVIEW: A breathtaking array of the greatest Blues and Jazz singers. Priceless footage of the great American divas (complete songs, not just tantalizing excerpts). Billie Holiday backed by the most extraordinary band ever formed – Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Benny Webster, Roy Eldridge and Gerry Mulligan. The great Bessie Smith in her only film appearance…Dinah Washington from the stage of the Apollo Theatre…Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne and others singing their classics. For many of them, this was their only performance on camera…certainly some of the greatest performances! Performances thought to be lost to time! GREAT ****
MUSICAL SELECTIONS: Bessie Smith – St. Louis Blues / Ethel Waters – Darkies Never Dream / Ethel Waters with Count Basie & His Orchestra – Quicksand / Billie Holiday with Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Gerry Mulligan – Fine And Mellow / Ida Cox with Jesse Crump – When You Lose Your Money Blues / Sister Rosetta Tharp – That Lonesome Road / Connee Boswell – Nobody’s Sweetheart Now / Dinah Washington – Lean Baby / Only A Moment Ago / Ruth Brown – Have A Good Time / Lena Horne – The Man I Love / Lena Horne with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra – Unlucky Woman / Sarah Vaughan – You’re Mine You / Helen Humes with Count Basie & His Orchestra – I Cried For You / Peggy Lee With Benny Goodman & His Orchestra – Why Don’t You Do Right? / Peggy Lee with Dave Barbour – I Cover The Waterfront.