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Maxine Sullivan

A subtle and lightly swinging jazz singer, Maxine Sullivan's delivery was very likable, and she did justice to all of the lyrics she sang during her long career. After moving to New York, Sullivan sang during intermissions at the Onyx Club and was discovered by pianist Claude Thornhill. Thornhill recorded her with a sympathetic septet singing a couple of standards and two Scottish folk songs performed in swinging fashion -- "Annie Laurie" and "Loch Lomond." The latter became a big hit and Sullivan's signature song for the rest of her career.

Future sessions found her singing vintage folk tunes such as "Darling Nellie Gray," "I Dream of Jeanie," "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes" and "If I Had a Ribbon Bow." Even if lightning did not strike twice, she was now a popular attraction. She appeared briefly in the movie Going Places opposite Louis Armstrong and in the Broadway show Swingin' the Dream. From 1940-1942, Sullivan often sang with her husband, bassist John Kirby's Sextet, a perfect outlet for her cool sound. She starred for two years on a radio series, Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm; she had a reasonably successful solo career, and then in the mid-'50s (similar to Alberta Hunter) became a trained nurse. In 1968, the singer began making a comeback, performing at festivals and even playing a little bit of valve trombone and flügelhorn. Now married to pianist Cliff Jackson, Sullivan (whose style and appealing voice were unchanged from earlier years) sometimes appeared with the World's Greatest Jazz Band, and she recorded frequently. During her later period, she often sang with mainstream jazz groups, including Scott Hamilton's. Quite fittingly, the last song that she ever recorded in concert was the same as her first record, "Loch Lomond." Maxine Sullivan's earliest recordings are available on a Classics CD. A Tono LP has some of her mid-period recordings, and from 1969 on, she recorded for Monmouth Evergreen (reissued on Audiophile), Fat Cat Jazz, Riff, Kenneth, Stash, Atlantic, and Concord. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sweet And Gentle (Digitally Remastered) (Single)

1. I'm Coming Virginia

2. Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life

3. St. Louis Blues

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Track List: Leonard Feather Presents Maxine Sullivan

1. Loch Lomond

2. Oh, No John

3. A Brown Bird Singing

4. Wraggle Taggle Gypsies

5. I'm Comin' Virginia

6. I Didn't Know About You

7. St. Louis Blues

8. The Folks Who Live On The Hill

9. Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life

10. When Your Lover Has Gone

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Track List: Leonard Feather Presents Maxine Sullivan, Vol. II (Digitally Remastered)

1. Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now

2. How Can You Face Me

3. S'Posin

4. My Fate Is In Your Hands

5. Stompin' At The Savoy

6. Honeysuckle Rose

7. Massachusetts

8. Memories Of You

9. Ain't Misbehavin'

10. Mound Bayou

11. Christopher Columbus

12. Blue Turning Grey Over You

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Track List: Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythm (Remastered)

1. Rose Room

2. Molly Malone

3. If I Had A Ribbon Bow

4. Loch Lomond

5. Oh No, John!

6. Windy

7. Wraggle Taggle Gipsies

8. Jackie Boy

9. Barbara Allen

10. A Brown Bird Singing

11. Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythm

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Track List: The Very Best Of

1. My Ideal

2. Skylark

4. The Story Of Our Love Affair

6. Kentucky Babe

7. I Dream Of Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair

8. Just Like A Gypsy

9. I'm The Caring Kind

10. Dark Eyes

11. When Your Lover Has Gone

12. Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life

13. Surprise Party

14. This Heart Of Mine

15. Mad About The Boy

16. A Brown Bird Singing

18. I'll Remember April

19. Kinda Lonesome

20. Legalize My Name

21. Taking My Time

22. If I Had A Ribbon Bow

23. Every Time We Say Goodbye

24. Turtle Dove

25. I Carry The Torch For You

26. Oh, No John

27. It Ain't Necessarily So

28. Behavin' Myself For You

30. Barbara Allen

31. My Curly-Headed Baby

33. Ac-Cent-Uate The Positive

34. I Didn't Know About You

35. Come Rain Or Come Shine

36. Wraggle-Taggle Gypsies

38. Summertime

39. I Can't Get Started With You

40. Piper In The Glen

41. Blue Skies

42. Annie Laurie

43. Confession Is Good For The Soul

44. It Was A Lover And His Lass

45. Molly Malone

46. I'm Beginning To See The Light

47. I Must Have That Man

48. Looking For A Boy

49. Jackie Boy

50. Night And Day

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Track List: The 1950s "Swinging Miss Loch Lomond 1952 - 1959"

1. Surprise Party

2. St. Louis Blues

3. Ac-Cent-Uate The Positive

4. I'll Remember April

5. The Lady Is A Tramp

6. Piper In The Glen

7. Boogie Woogie Maxixe

8. Molly Malone

9. If I Had A Ribbon Bow

10. Barbara Allen

11. Turtle Dove

12. Jackie Boy

13. A Brown Bird Singing

14. The Folks Who Live On The Hill

15. I Didn't Know About You

16. Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life

17. Loch Lomond

18. I'm Coming Virginia

19. Oh, No John

20. When Your Lover Has Gone

21. Wraggle Taggle Gypsies

22. St. Louis Blues

23. I Didn't Know About You

24. I'm Beginning To See The Light

25. Loch Lomond

26. Just Like A Gypsy

27. A Brown Bird Singing

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Track List: Highlights In Jazz: Maxine Sullivan (Live)

1. As Long As You Live (Live)

2. Blue Turning Grey Over You (Live)

3. You're A Lucky Guy (Live)

4. A Hundred Years From Today (Live)

5. Just One Of Those Things (Live)

6. In A Mellow Tone (Live)

7. I Can't Get Started (Live)

8. Blues For Jack (Live)

9. Jumpin' At The Woodside (Live)

10. Speech (Live)

11. St. Louis Blues (Live)

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Track List: 1941-1946

1. Loch Lomond (1941)

2. Just Like A Gypsy

3. My Blue Heaven

4. St. Louis Blues

5. Kentucky Babe

6. My Curley-Headed Baby

7. When Your Lover Has Gone

8. My Ideal

9. Beside The River Clyde

10. How Do I Know It's Real?

11. Behavin' Myself For You

12. I Carry The Torch For You

13. The Story Of Our Love Affair

14. Confession Is Good For The Soul

15. Every Time We Say Goodbye

16. This Heart Of Mine

17. I'm The Caring Kind

18. Looking For A Boy

19. Mad About The Boy

20. If I Had A Blue Ribbon Bow

21. I Must Have That Man!

22. Loch Lomond (1946)

23. I Can't Get Started With You

24. Jackie Boy

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Track List: Maxine

1. The Lady's in Love with You

2. On the Sunny Side of the Street

3. I Cover the Waterfront

4. Someday, Sweetheart

5. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues

6. I've Got the World on a String

7. As Long as I Live

8. I Surrender, Dear

9. Something to Remember You By

10. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams

11. Restless

12. I'm Coming Virginia

13. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

14. I Thought About You

15. Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Lunch Today)

16. Skylark

17. My Very Good Friend, The Milkman

18. Gone with the Wind

19. A Hundred Years from Today

20. I Didn't Know About You

21. I Could Write a Book

22. A Brown Bird Singing

23. Loch Lomond

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Track List: A Tribute To Andy Razaf

1. Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now

2. Massachusetts

3. How Can You Face Me?

4. S'posin'

5. My Fate Is In Your Hands

6. Stompin' At The Savoy

7. Honeysuckle Rose

8. Memories Of You

9. Ain't Misbehavin'

10. Mound Bayou

11. Christopher Columbus

12. Blue Turning Grey Over You

13. I'm Comin' Virginia

14. Loch Lomond

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paulcampagno l i
What a cool lady! Another made me pay attention moment.
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Nice era...good music
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Thank you, Maxine Sullivan for the wonderful voice and songs!!
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Maxine Sullivan singing Eubie Blake's Memories of You. A great singer and a great song.
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Nice
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luca_stone
Here's a band-aid until Pandora gets its act together on the bio. http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / M a x i n e _ S u l l i v a n
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She's so fantastic! Come on Pandora fix her bio. Love this woman's voice.
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Best voice devoted to a bad song
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keenb2000
My favorite female singer of all-time! Beautiful voice, beautiful woman. I emailed Pandora about the incorrect bio and they responded that they don't provide the bios, another company does and the sync doesn't always work correctly. Still, this must be fixed. This woman deserves better!
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WRONG BIO! Dec. 2012
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patsantino
Does anyone from Pandora ever read the comments? I don't think so.
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theworldofkc 1 0
get the right bio please!!!! this is unacceptable !
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Franque, Not sure who you performed with in 2001, but Maxine Sullivan died in 1987.
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I had forgotten about Ms. Sullivan
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franque1120
Maxine and I performed together in 2001, Off Broadway at DON'T TELL MAMA in NYC in a play called MANHATTAN TOWERS. We have been correspondin g ever since. I heard she was sick lately, so please pray for her. God bless Maxine....
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phyllis9305
Bio is still incorrect ...April 2012
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Finally, Maxine Sullivan and I are together
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Where has Maxine been all of my life?! What a sheltered existance to have never heard of her before today
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seideljames
Maxine Sullivan is one of my earliest musical memories (from recordings). . . . . L o c h Lomond from a tribute to John Kirby in father's collection.
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vmw1031
Where's Maxine?
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jimhowardhi
Why is this bio incorrect?
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Is there a bio on Maxine Sullivan available? I don't know her and it doesn't seem I'm alone in wanting some info on her.
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Hmm. It's now January 2011 and we're still reading the wrong bio!
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Love Maxines, smooth blend of blues n'jazz phrasing.
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Oh. Awesome now I now. Thanks. I was wondering. Maxine Sullian is Great!
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Files are still mixed up as of June 24, 2010.
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ooops -- somebody mixed up the files -- this article is about Jack Teagarden not Maxine Sullivan!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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