....because he'd be HUGE today as a singer, and he'd enjoy the enormous celebrity he, sadly, was born too early to enjoy when he was alive. What a beautiful, soothing, distinctive baritone...no wonder he's the only one Charlie Parker was willing to do an album of mixed instrumental/vocal charm. What a tragedy of social history that he was handsome, talented, intelligent...and black, before time and social change allowed him the success he should have had. Listen to this, and you too, will become a fan...posthumously.
Like many people (I expect) I cam to Johnny Hartman through the Bridges of Madison County soundtrack. However, this album was a serious disappointment. I find Hartman's delivery contrived and grating and the orchestrations are sometimes plain odd.