TOP 50 REVIEWERon 13 April 2017
“Blues in the Night: A Tribute to Dinah Shore”, released by the now defunct Living Era label from UK in 1994, is a single CD with 24 songs, covering the period from 1940 – 1943. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including singles label & number, chart position, release date, plus personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955):
01 BLUES IN THE NIGHT (Bluebird B-11436)(a-side, US 4/January 1942)*title song from movie starring Priscilla Lane
02 SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES (Bluebird B-10824)(uncharted a-side, June 1940)
03 SOMEBODY LOVES ME (Bluebird B-10978)(b-side to “My Man”, December 1940)
04 MY MAN (Bluebird B-10978)(a-side, US 23/December 1940)*from Broadway musical "Ziegfeld Follies of 1921"
05 YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER (Bluebird B-10920)(a-side, US 10/October 1940)
06 MOOD INDIGO (Victor 27302)(uncharted a-side, November 1940)
07 SOPHISTICATED LADY (Victor 27624)(uncharted a-side, August 1941)
08 DOWN ARGENTINE WAY (Bluebird B-10920)(b-side to “Yes, My Darling Daughter”, October 1940)
09 YOU AND I (Bluebird B-11233)(uncharted a-side, July 1941)*rare gem; CD debut
10 HONEYSUCKLE ROSE (Bluebird B-11191)(b-side to “Do You Care”, May 1941)*rare gem; CD debut
11 MEMPHIS BLUE (Bluebird B-10991)(b-side, December 1940)
12 MOCKING BIRD LAMENT (Bluebird B-11164)(uncharted a-side, May 1941)
13 STAR DUST (Victor 26622)(b-side to “Satanic Blues” by Henry Levine, August 1941)
14 CHLO-E (Victor 27625)(b-side to “Farewell Blues” by Henry Levine, August 1941)
15 BODY AND SOUL (Victor 26623)(uncharted a-side, September 1941)
16 AS WE WALK INTO THE SUNSET AS WE WALK INTO THE SUNSET (Bluebird B-11370)(b-side to “Don’t Leave Me”, October 1941)
17 THREE LITTLE SISTERS (Victor 27875)(b-side to “Sleepy Lagoon”, April 1942)
18 SKYLARK (Bluebird B-11473)(a-side, US 20/February 1942)*#101 hit for Linda Ronstadt in 1984
19 YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO (Victor 20-1519)(a-side, US 4/February 1943; BB R&B 10/1943)*from film "Something To Shout About" starring Don Ameche
20 MANHATTAN SERENADE (Victor 20-1519)(b-side to “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To”, February 1943)
21 A BOY IN KHAKI, A GIRL IN LACE (Victor 27963)(b-side to “He’s My Guy”, July 1942)
22 “MURDER” HE SAYS (Victor 20-1525)(a-side, US 5/May 1943)
23 HE’S MY GUY (Victor 27963)(a-side, US 20/July 1942)
24 SOMETHING TO REMEMBER YOU BY (Victor 20-1525)(b-side to “Murder He Says”, May 1943)
1 This is a decent collection of the early Dinah Shore when she was with the Bluebird label, then Victor. There is a good mix of charted singles with rare gems.
2 The sound is acceptable, nice and clean. For 1994 standards, it is quite good.
3 There is a 6-page fold-out booklet, with an informative essay by Peter Dempsey. Names of orchestras are included.
1 No label and number and no chart position are included.
2 The songs are not sequenced chronologically.
Dinah Shore was born Frances Rose Shore on March 1, 1917. She was one of the most popular female vocalists of the 1940s to the mid-1950s. She also had her own TV shows. She died of cancer on February 24, 1994 (age 76). She will be sorely missed.
If you are looking for her Greatest Hits, I would highly recommend “All the Hits and More” (Acrobat Music, 4CDs, 100 songs, all her charted singles). Because of lack of major hits, this set, although still completely enjoyable, is more for collectors/completists.