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Jeri Southern

A converted piano player and vocal coach, Jeri Southern became one of the most underrated jazz vocal interpreters of the 1950s despite a voice regarded as subpar. Transforming a potential failing into her prime strength, Southern was devastatingly effective at delivering songs charting the downhill romantic life of world-weary everywoman characters. After recording for Decca, Roulette, Capitol and Jasmine during the 1950s though, she abruptly retired after growing tired of the music industry.

Born in rural Nebraska, Jeri Southern played piano by ear at the age of three and began formal lessons three years later. She studied classical piano and voice at a school in Omaha, but after an introduction to jazz at a local nightclub, Southern quickly changed her focus. After graduation, she moved to Chicago and began making appearances at clubs during the late '40s, occasionally supporting Anita O'Day. Convinced to begin singing as well, Southern abandoned her classical training and began singing in a voice just several steps removed from her speaking voice.

After signing to Decca in 1951, her first hit, "You Better Go Now," established her style -- lyrically focused, somewhat desultory, and definitely lovesick, the style of singing often called (for better or worse) torch songs. Her decidedly unflashy voice lent additional weight to the lyrical concerns of other Southern favorites like "I Don't Know Where to Turn," "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "If I Had You." She also had a moderate hit in 1954 with "Joey" and toured with the Birdland Jazz Stars of 1957. Southern's LPs of the '50s for Decca utilized mostly small groups in an era of large orchestras, including top-flight jazz-pop names like Ralph Burns, Dave Barbour and Marty Paich.

After Southern recorded two LPs for Roulette during 1958, she moved to Capitol for her most celebrated album, 1959's Jeri Southern Meets Cole Porter, arranged by Billy May. She recorded only one additional LP for Capitol (live at the Crescendo) before retiring in 1961, disgusted at the state of traditional pop. She married several times, raised a family and worked as a piano/vocal coach in Hollywood until her death (from double pneumonia) in 1991. She was booked for her first studio time in years at the time of her death. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Autumn In New York

1. Can I Forget You

2. Dancing On The Ceiling

3. Autumn In New York

4. Let Me Love You

5. Let's Fly Away

6. Where Walks My True Love

7. Music, Maestro Please

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Track List: Jeri Southern Meets Cole Porter/At The Crescendo

1. Don't Look At Me That Way

2. Get Out Of Town

3. Looking At You

4. It's All Right With Me

5. Let's Fly Away

6. Why Shouldn't I?

7. You're The Top

8. After You

9. Which?

10. I Concentrate On You

11. It's Bad For Me

12. Weren't We Fools

13. I Thought Of You Last Night

14. I Get A Kick Out Of You

15. Dancing On The Ceiling

16. Blame It On My Youth

17. Remind Me

18. You Better Go Now

19. I'm Just A Woman

20. Something I Dreamed Last Night

21. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Live)

22. When I Fall In Love

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Track List: The Very Thought Of You, The Decca Years 1951-1957

1. You Better Go Now

2. The Very Thought Of You

3. It's De-Lovely

4. Dancing On The Ceiling

5. All In Fun

6. When I Fall In Love

7. I Hadn't Anyone Till You

8. Remind Me

9. I Don't Know Where To Turn

10. He Was Too Good To Me

11. If I Had You

12. I Remember You

13. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

14. My Ship

15. An Occasional Man

16. Someone To Watch Over Me

17. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

18. Close As Pages In A Book

19. No Moon At All

20. You're Nearer

21. Nobody's Heart

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Track List: You Better Go Now

1. You Better Go Now

2. Give Me Time

3. Something I Dreamed Last Night

4. The Man That Got Away

5. When I Fall In Love

6. Just Got To Have Him Around

7. Dancing On The Ceiling

8. Speak Softly To Me

9. What Good Am I Without You

10. I Thought Of YOu Last Night

11. That Ole Devil Called Love

12. Remind Me

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Track List: A Prelude To A Kiss: The Story Of A Love Affair

1. Prelude To A Kiss

2. Cross My Heart

3. I Don't Want To Walk Without You

4. Please Be Kind

5. Trust In Me

6. Try A Little Tenderness

7. You're Mine You

8. Speak Low

9. Hold Me

10. Close To You

11. Close As Pages In A Book

12. The Touch Of Your Lips

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I like her voice and her music
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Such a sincere quality to her singing!
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I love her An Occasional Man from Betty Page movie

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