Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lady London

Julie London is amongst the vocalists I prefer to listen to in the evenings whilst relaxing in my bathtub. I love her slow, smoky and sensual voice so I thought I'd share with you what I know about this beautiful bombshell.

Nicknamed "The Liberty Girl" for helping establish the reputation of recording company Liberty Records, Julie London was born in California on September 26, 1926. Her original name was Gayle Peck.

Being a spokesperson for Marlboro cigarettes during the late 1950's through to the early 1960's ended up backfiring on Julie as she died of poor health in her later-life resulting from her long-term cigarette habit.

Julie was the daughter of a vaudeville singing/dancing couple. She attended the Hollywood Professional School and was discovered (though I prefer the phrase "given her first big chance") by talent agent Sure Carol whilst Julie was working as an elevator operator. Julie had a long, successful career as a singer and an actress.

She recorded 32 albums and her most famous single "Cry Me A River" was written by a high-school classmate Arthur Hamilton. But my favourite song of hers is "Black Coffee".

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