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Helen Merrill

A fine singer with a warm, expressive voice, Helen Merrill's infrequent recordings tend to be quite special with plenty of surprises and chance-taking. She started singing in public in 1944 and was with the Reggie Childs Orchestra during 1946-1947. Merrill, who was married for a period to clarinetist Aaron Sachs, had opportunities to sit in with some of the top modernists of the time, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Bud Powell. She was with Earl Hines in 1952 and started recording regularly for EmArcy in 1954. Her collaboration with Clifford Brown was her first classic. She made several notable EmArcy albums during 1954-1958 (including one in 1956 that helped bring Gil Evans out of retirement); all have been reissued in a large box. After recording for Atco and Metrojazz in 1959, she moved to Italy for the next four years, touring often in Europe and Japan. Back in the U.S., Merrill teamed with pianist/arranger Dick Katz for a pair of notable and unpredictable Milestone dates (1967-1968) and then moved to Japan where she was quite popular. Helen Merrill returned to the United States in the mid-'70s and has since recorded for Inner City, Owl, EmArcy (including a reunion date with Gil Evans) Antilles, and Verve, which released her 2000 album Jelena Ana Milcetic a.k.a. Helen Merrill. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Essential Masters

1. I'm Just A Lucky So And So

2. I'll Be Around

3. I've Never Seen

4. Where Flamingos Fly

5. A New Town Is A Blue Town

6. The Things We Did Last Summer

7. By Myself

8. If You Go

9. Lazy Afternoon

10. I'm Fool To Want You

11. Soft As Spring

12. If Love Were All

13. You're Lucky To Me

14. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home

15. If I Forget You

16. Easy Come Easy Go

17. After You, Who?

18. Troubled Waters

19. He Was Too Good To Me

20. Dream Of You

21. People Will Say We're In Love

22. Black Is The Color Of My True Lover's Hair

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Track List: Lilac Wine

1. Lilac Wine

2. Wild Is The Wind

3. Pierre

4. Something I Dreamed Last Night

5. Love Me Tender/ How Sweet You Are

6. The Island

7. One More Walk Around The Garden

8. Portrait Of Helen Merrill

9. You

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Track List: Mixes

1. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

3. Nature Boy

4. I Love You

5. Yesterdays/'Til The Clouds Roll By

6. A Child Is Born

7. Look For The Silver Lining

8. In Love In Vain

9. All The Things You Are

10. The Folks Who Live On The Hill

11. I Get A Kick Out Of You

12. The Sounds Around The House

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Track List: Jelena Ana Milcetic A.K.A. Helen Merrill

1. Kirje

2. Imagining Krk

3. Long, Long Ago

4. My Father

5. La Paloma

6. Tanac

7. Wayfarin' Stranger

8. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen

9. Lost In The Stars

10. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

11. Among My Souvenirs

12. Nobody Knows

13. Ti Si Rajski Cvijet (You Are A Flower From Paradise)

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Track List: You And The Night And The Music

1. Song Of Delilah

2. Beautiful Love / A Love Like This

3. And In You Came

4. I'll Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)

5. I Want To Be Happy

6. My Funny Valentine

7. You And The Night And The Music

8. Young And Foolish

9. Don't Leave Me Alone

10. All Of Me

11. Street Of Dreams

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Track List: No Tears, No Goodbyes

1. When I Look In Your Eyes

2. I Love Paris

3. I Love Paris Too

4. Poor Butterfly

5. Bye Bye Blackbird

6. I Got It Bad

7. I Got It Good

8. The Thrill Is Gone

9. By Myself

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Track List: Compact Jazz

1. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (Feat. Clifford Brown)

2. 's Wonderful (Feat. Clifford Brown)

3. Falling In Love With Love (Feat. Clifford Brown)

4. Just You Just Me

5. When I Fall In Love

6. I'm A Fool To Want You

7. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair

8. Softly As In The Morning Sunrise

9. Bye Bye Blackbird

10. Summertime

11. All Of You

12. The Nearness Of You

13. What's New (Feat. Clifford Brown)

14. Don't Explain (Feat. Clifford Brown)

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Track List: You've Got A Date With The Blues

1. The Blues From Black, Brown And Beige

2. Am I Blue

3. Blue Gardenia

4. You've Got A Date With The Blues

5. The Thrill Is Gone

6. (Ah The Apple Trees) When The World Was Young

7. Blues In My Heart

8. Vous M'Eblouissez (You Go To My Head)

9. Lorsque Tu M'Embrasses (Just Squeeze Me)

10. The Meaning Of The Blues

11. Signing Off

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Track List: American Country Songs

1. Maybe Tomorrow

2. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

3. You Don't Know Me

4. Condemned Without Trial

5. You Win Again

6. I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail

7. A Heart Full Of Love

8. Cold, Cold Heart

9. Devoted To You

10. My Heart Would Know

11. Any Time

12. Half As Much

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Track List: Merrill At Midnight

1. Soft As Spring

2. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair

3. It's A Lazy Afternoon

4. The Things We Did Last Summer

5. After You

6. If You Go

7. If I Forget You

8. If Love Were All

9. Easy Come, Easy Go

10. I'll Be Around

11. If Love Were All

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Track List: Dream Of You

1. People Will Say We're In Love

2. By Myself

3. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is My Home

4. I've Never Seen

5. He Was Too Good To Me

6. A New Town Is A Blue Town

7. You're Lucky To Me

8. Where Flamingos Fly

9. Dream Of You

10. I'm A Fool To Want You

11. I'm Just A Lucky So And So

12. Troubled Waters

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Track List: Helen Merrill

1. Don't Explain

2. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

3. What's New

4. Falling In Love With Love

5. Yesterdays

6. Born To Be Blue

7. 's Wonderful

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Track List: Helen Merrill With Strings

1. Lilac Wine

2. Anything Goes

3. Mountain High, Valley Low

4. Beautiful Love

5. Comes Love

6. End Of A Love Affair

7. When I Fall In Love

8. The Masquerade Is Over

9. Just You Just Me

10. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year

11. You Won't Forget Me

12. Wait Till You See Him

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Loved her forever...I' m a singer who was influenced by Helen..Ella and Frank....the greats!
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earlhenry072 6 3 5
Edit: I have been, etc.
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earlhenry072 6 3 5
a truly rare and precious artist. I'be been digging her since the 'fifties. god bless her.
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Helen Merril sings one of my favorite songs of all time with What's New?. She is an absolute pro in dooing so, natural, true to the lyric, and expressive of heerself.
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bfotsch456
Saw her live at a club in NY - she is a bit haunting, as referenced below. Enjoyed it.
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I always loved Helen. She held a special place in my heart due to her reluctance to compromise her ethics regarding white and black artists performing together for certain venues. She refused to substitute black musicians to further her exposure. She would have gained a lot more stardom had it not been for this. Classy lady.
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haunting voice, heartfelt rendition of a classic.

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