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Susannah McCorkle

One of the finest interpreters of lyrics active in the jazz world during the 1980s and '90s, Susannah McCorkle did not improvise all that much, but she brought the proper emotional intensity to the words she sang; a lyricist's dream. She moved to England in 1971 where she worked with Dick Sudhalter and Keith Ingham, among others, performing at concerts with such visiting Americans as Bobby Hackett, Ben Webster, and Dexter Gordon. McCorkle sang at the Riverboat jazz room in Manhattan during 1975 (gaining a lot of attention) and recorded two albums in England (tributes to Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer) that were released domestically by Inner City. By 1980, she was back in the U.S., recording a Yip Harburg set and a fourth album for Inner City. After that label folded, McCorkle switched over to Pausa but by the late '80s was recording regularly for Concord. She expanded her pre-bop repertoire to include Brazilian songs and blues and, by the mid-'90s, Susannah McCorkle was at the top of her field. Tragically, career disappointments exacerbated her chronic depression (a condition she kept well-hidden), resulting in her suicide in May of 2001 in New York City. ~ Scott Yanow
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vchristi91
beautiful song.
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My first listening and sad to know she is gone.
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Brilliant singer, very much missed...... .
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nanlmt
Terri Gross recorded a wonderful Fresh Air interview with her. Gross was clearly a fan. Not sure of the year but must be in the Fresh Air archives.
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cobban.barne t t
Could not agree more with the comment about Waters of March. Ms. McCorkle simply owns that song, which is no small feat considering the song's history and numerous covers. She was an amazing talent who never received the recognition she deserved. RIP
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annamazing99
:) she's got the same name as me!!!!!!!!!!
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I only discovered her music a couple of years ago here on Pandora. I now own all her albums either via mp3 or on CD. What a great talent.
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mad4tunes
sbbogey, give Sara Gazarek a listen, too...I love her.
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Such a talent...suc h a tragedy.
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I just read her bio and I guess it'll just be Diana and Jane. I know now where the soul came from in her music. What a shame.
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Rich Lane, its playing at this moment. This is torch at its hottest. I have a fantasy about winning a couple of hundred million in the lottery and giving Susannah, Diana Krall and Jane Monheit a million bucks apiece to do a private concert where I invite my closest friends to share the bucks.
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There's a riveting biography about Susannah and her demons called Haunted Heart that's a must read for avid fans! I now understand why.
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She emotionally gratifies me to this day. My favorite is her treatment of Mercer's ' I Thought About You '
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A true talent...a sad and tragic demise. I pray she's at peace and her music lives on forever.
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What a wonderful artist. I use to work at Tower Records in The Jazz/ Vocal department. This is when I discovered her through my customers. Usually I was turning on my clients to some new artist. In this case it was reversed . The topper was when one of my favorite talents Karrin Allyson, had me listen to Susannah with open ears. Karin being a friend does not hold back on her praise or disdain of fellow artists. I like that about her.
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A great talent haunted by her personal ghosts. Absolutely love her work.
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Listen to her version of Jobim's "The Waters of March." Perfect.
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jaykdavis
Her treatment of "How Do You Keep the Music Playing" brings you to your knees.......
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jaykdavis
One of the most sensational!
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eija_naika
What a lovely lady. It's a great shame she passed on so early in life.

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