June Christy: Stars of Jazz, '58


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In 1958, June Christy was one of the West Coast's best-known jazz-pop recording artists. At Capitol Records, where Pete Rugolo arranged many of her albums, Christy delivered songs with a sunny melancholy and breathy coolness that perfectly reflected the sighing resignation of bluesy middle-age suburbanites in Southern California.

In March '58, Christy appeared on Stars of Jazz, the Los Angeles jazz TV show hosted by pianist and singer-songwriter Bobby Troup. Christy sang I Want to Be Happy and That's All backed by the Lighthouse All-Stars: Frank Rosolino (tb), Bob Cooper (ts), Victor Feldman (p/vib), Howard Rumsey (b) and Stan Levey (d), with Troup as host.

Here's June Christy in March 1958...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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