Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Mildred Bailey
Song:I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
Album: Born To Swing
Mildred Bailey was a very popular jazz singer in the 30s & 40s usually working with husband Red Norvo. He was Mr. Swing so she was known as Mrs. Swing. She is forgotten today because of a premature death but she had a very sweet smooth voice. She was born Mildred Rinker Feb. 27,1907 in Tekoa, WA. and took the name of her first husband Ted Bailey when she moved to Seattle to begin her singing career. She moved to Los Angeles with second husband Benny Stafford and became friends with Bing Crosby through his partner and her brother Al Rinker. Crosby introduced Mildred to Paul Whiteman and she sang in his band from 1929-33. She left over a salary dispute and recorded a few records before becoming the featured vocalist in the band of her third husband Red Norvo. They were known as Mr. & Mrs. Swing. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart is a Duke Elington song and is one of several songs she recorded with Norvo on Brunswick from 1936-39. She also recorded under her own name for Vocalion. Those are the recordings you will find on this 4CD box set from the British budget label Proper. Though they divorced, Mildred Bailey and Red Norvo continued to record together until 1945. She also recorded with Benny Goodman and was a regular on his radio show. Mildred Bailey started having health problems due to diabetes and died of heart failure on Dec. 12, 1951 at age 44. She is definitely worth checking out. Here's a video for I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart by Mildred Bailey.