By the mid 1950's Georgia Gibbs was a well established artist with many best selling records to her credit and many of those titles are to be found on our previous Georgia Gibbs CD issue "Red Hot Georgia" on SEPIA 1016. Although her biggest hits were cover versions of songs originally recorded by black singers her talent extended beyond that genre as demonstrated by the variety of musical settings on this new compilation.
The collection sets off in grand style with a rare recording from 1940 with Georgia (credited as Fredda Gibson as she was then known) singing a typical example of Cole Porter's wit and innuendo The Laziest Gal In Town.
Her first major record label contract was with Coral Records where she was often teamed with Bob Crosby as heard on the bright Cherry Stones and Dream A Little Dream Of Me. Her versatile vocal style was used to full advantage and she recorded pop ballads, Latin numbers, novelty items, rock and roll and big band music.
She was involved with some of the then up and coming talents on the recording scene, writers Leiber and Stoller who contribute Love Me and Blueberries on this 30 track album while her studio sessions were supervised by cousins Hugo (Peretti) and Luigi (Creatore). They were responsible for many of the cover versions she recorded such as Tra La La, which took Georgia Gibbs to number 24 in the American charts.
The final title on this CD was carefully chosen not just for its sentimental value but as a fine example of a talented vocalist at work. We end with I'll Be Seeing You with its lush string accompaniment backing the sultry, tender voice of Georgia Gibbs, Girl Singer.
1. THE LAZIEST GAL IN TOWN 2:43
2. IS IT WORTH IT? 3:03
3. SO WOULD I 2:38
4. YOU DO 2:55
5. CHERRY STONES (with Bob Crosby) 2:50
6. DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME (with Bob Crosby) 2:55
7. GET OUT THOSE RECORDS 2:38
8. I WISH, I WISH 2:32
9. THE OKLAHOMA POLKA 2:13
10. WHAT YOU DO TO ME 2:17
11. BE MY LIFE'S COMPANION 2:33
12. WHAT DOES IT MEAN 2:20
13. WINTER'S HERE AGAIN 2:29
14. IF YOU TAKE MY HEART AWAY 3:08
15. THUNDER AND LIGHTNING 2:36
16. I'LL ALWAYS BE HAPPY WITH YOU 2:38
17. EVERY ROAD MUST HAVE A TURNING 2:20
18. MORE THAN EVER 2:33
19. LOVE ME 2:32
20. BLUEBERRIES 2:19
21. THE GREATEST THING 2:18
22. FOOL OF THE YEAR 2:16
23. TRA LA LA 1:57
24. MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT 2:03
25. SILENT LIPS 2:15
26. PRETTY PRETTY 2:08
27. SUGAR CANDY 1:54
28. I'M WALKING THE FLOOR OVER YOU 2:02
29. REGRET IF YOU CAN 2:51
30. I'LL BE SEEING YOU 3:21