Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Julie London


Who on earth would tell her that love was too plebeian?

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    1. I need to get here earlier than Norma if I'm not to sound like a broken record.

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    2. You kids are so predictable!

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  2. Stunning clip. And almost eerie: the echo effect on London’s voice is borderline ghostly, she moves like she’s entranced or sleepwalking, and her face is a mask of suffering. And it looks like she’s been sewn into that skin-tight sequined dress. As always, her demeanour seems frosted-over and mellowed-out with Valium and bourbon. I remember reading London was so insecure about her voice she never sang “live” on TV appearances like this: she’s lip-synching here. When she recorded her vocals for her albums (which were usually made at her husband’s home studio), she needed to bolster her confidence first by smoking marijuana and drinking whisky – one of the reasons why she sounds so intimate, husky and sexy. She’s stoned!

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    1. Love her! She is one of my all-time favorites. (And I hasten to add that I thoroughly enjoyed your comment!)

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    2. fascinating!
      ...but not surprising.

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  3. Even now I cringe at the rhyme with "Told me you were through with me and..." I think Arthur Hamilton may also have been on whisky and dope when he wrote it. Saying all that, it works - and thank heavens for it!
    Jx

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    1. Of course, for some of us, it's hard not to think of Mari Wilson when we hear this song!

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    2. Neasden and Santa Rosa are a million miles apart, but both bred torch singing divas. Jx

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  4. An unusual bit of luck that she did this in Japan - if it were done in America there would have been fake applause and variety show structure. This is very similar in atmosphere and lighting to "My Name is Barbra" - which aired less than a year later... they were really experimenting with form and style during this period...

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    1. Indeed. It's nice to see some interesting camerawork.

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  5. Her interpretation of that song is classic. It must be Julie London day in the blogosphere; another blog I read included a clip of JL singing "As Time Goes By"

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