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Interview: Betty Bennett (Part 1)

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Back in May, in one of my Sunday "Oddball Album Covers of the Week" posts, I showcased two LPs featuring women stretched out on lawns. One was Nobody Else But Me, a 1955 album by vocalist Betty Bennett for Atlantic Records that was arranged by Andre Previn and Shorty Rogers.

July 4th: Hail Caesar

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Lyricist Irving Caesar was born on this day in 1889. Caesar Caesar wrote the words to many standards, including Sometimes I'm Happy, Crazy Rhythm and I Want to Be Happy. In 1925, he teamed up with Otto Harbach to write Tea for Two for the musical No No Nanette, with music by Vincent Youmans (Sometimes I'm Happy was from the same show). To celebrate the Fourth, here are three sublime vocal versions of Caesar's love song:

Six Hits and a Miss: Sweet Sue

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Back in the '40s, there were quite a few all-women bands, and quite good ones at that. This clip features the Lorraine Page Orchestra, with the vocal group Six Hits and a Miss. Again, the images appear to be flopped...

Gotta Be This Or That

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A few mysteries here. I have no idea who June Barton or Emil Coleman were. Probably just another sweet hotel outfit. Also, the images are flipped for some reason, so everything is backward.

I Don't Want to Walk Without You

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Despite being called the Juvenile Jubilee, the college "seniors" in this clip look like parents. Nevertheless, dig our rubber-legged friend with the tray...

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