Dorothy Dandridge index, galleries 1 & 2, and selections from Smooth Operator

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Dorothy Dandridge gallery 1:

(below) gallery 2:

Smooth Operator-Dorothy DandridgeIn 1958, Dorothy Dandridge recorded a full length album for Verve Records featuring Oscar Peterson with Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Alvin Stoller. All tracks remained unreleased in the vaults until a cd release in 1999. This cd also included 4 tracks from 1961 (with an unknown orchestra) that included one 45 rpm record single and another aborted single. These represent the only known songs Dandridge recorded on vinyl. — adapted from the Dorothy Dandridge Wikipedia profile.

  • “It’s Easy To Remember” (21942-3)
  • “What Is There To Say” (21943-6)
  • “That Old Feeling” (21944-4)
  • “The Touch Of Your Lips” (21945-12)
  • “When Your Lover Has Gone” (21946-1)
  • “The Nearness Of You” (21947-7)
  • “(In This World) I’m Glad There Is You” (21948-10)
  • “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Your Face” (21949-4)
  • “Body And Soul” (21950-2)
  • “How Long Has This Been Going On?” (21951-6)
  • “I’ve Got A Crush On You” (21952-3)
  • “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” (21953-3)

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  • “Somebody” (recorded in 1961) (23459-2)
  • “Stay with It” (recorded in 1961) (23460-4)

(above two tracks released on Verve Records single #Verve V 10231)

  • “It’s a Beautiful Evening” (recorded in 1961) (23461-5)
  • “Smooth Operator” (recorded in 1961) (23462-2)

(above two tracks were aborted for release as a single and remained unreleased until the Smooth Operator cd release in 1999).

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1958 recordings:

It’s Easy to Remember (Rodgers & Hart) – 1935

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What Is There to Say (m. Vernon Duke, w. E. Y. “Yip” Harburg) first rec. 1934 (SHS)

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That Old Feeling (m. Sammy Fain, w. Lew Brown)

The song first appeared in the movie Vogues of 1938, actually released in 1937[1]. It was immediately a hit in a version recorded by Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra. In 1952, it was included in the Susan Hayward movie, With a Song in My Heart where Jane Froman sang it in a dubbing for Hayward. Patti Page, as well as Frankie Laine and Buck Clayton, had hit versions of the song in 1955. Frank Sinatra had a hit with the song in 1960. – Excerpts from Wikipedia, adapted

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The Touch Of Your Lips (Ray Noble)

Not Presently Available

When Your Lover Has Gone (Einar Aaron Swan) – Published 1931, the song was used extensively in the Cagney film Blonde Crazy. Recordings were made that year by Gene Austin, Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters, and Benny Goodman. In the 1940s Maxine Sullivan, Harry James, Billie Holiday and Doris Day were among those who recorded it. From 1956-61 there were at least two dozen covers by top jazz artists, assuring its status as an important jazz standard.

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The Nearness of You (m. Hoagy Carmichael, w. Ned Washington)

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(In This World) I’m Glad There is You – songwriters unknown

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I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face (m. Frederick Loewe, w. Alan Jay Lerner) from My Fair Lady, 1956

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Body and Soul (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton and Johnny Green) published 1930

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Alrighty then…

I’ll mercifully skip the final three 1958 recordings.

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1961

Somebody (m. Harry Warren, w. Jack Brooks) from the film Cinderfella (1960) a comedy starring Jerry Lewis

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Stay With It (m. Ray Rasch, w. Dotty Wayne)

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It’s a Beautiful Evening (m. Ray Rasch, w. Dotty Wayne)

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Smooth Operator (unknown authorship)

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