The Gals of Gunn


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Earlier this week, I featured a clip of Lola Albright singing How High the Moon on TV's Peter Gunn in the late 1950s. The other young actress-singer who appear on the detective series was Linda Lawson, whom I've posted about in the past about her sole superb album, Introducing Linda Lawson. She was cast on Peter Gunn as Lynn Martel, a nightclub singer under the control of a thug in “Lynn's Blues" (season 1, episode 7, November 1958). Lawson, like Albright, had a wonderful husky voice that epitomized Los Angeles during this period. It's the sound of humid melancholy and a dash of hope while driving along Sunset on a late afternoon in September.

Here are a bunch of Lawson clips:

Here's Lynn's Blues arranged by Henry Mancini. The camera pans to actor Craig Stevens (who played detective Peter Gunn) and Lola Albright (girlfriend Edie Hart). Favorite line: “She's just saying goodbye"...

Here's Lawson singing Somehow, a 45 arranged by Henry Mancini...

Here's Never Like This, another Lawson-Mancini single collaboration...

JazzWax tracks: You'll find Linda Lawson's debut and only album (arranged by Marty Paich) along with four singles arranged by Henry Mancini on a Fresh Sound release here.

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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