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George Shearing And The Singers

A George Shearing tribute devoted to the Capitol albums the pianist recorded with singers such as Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson and Dakota Staton.

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Singing goes better with Shearing: the pianist's collaborations with vocalists made for some of his most enticing albums.

Pianist George Shearing signed with Capitol Records in the mid-1950s, partly because he wanted to branch out beyond the quintet format and make albums with strings, and work with vocalists as well. In 2009 Afterglow paid tribute to Shearing on his 90th birthday with a program devoted to the Capitol albums he recorded with singers such as Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson and Dakota Staton in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as well as some sides from his later collaborations on Concord with vocalist Mel Torme.

Music Heard On This Episode

I Hear Music
Dakota Staton — In the Night (Blue Note, 2003)
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I Hear Music
Dakota Staton — In the Night (Blue Note, 2003)
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If Dreams Come True
Peggy Lee — Beauty and the Beat (Blue Note, 2003)
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Green Dolphin Street
Nancy Wilson — The Swingin's Mutual (Blue Note, 2004)
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Azure Te
Nat King Cole — Nat King Cole Sings, George Shearing Plays (Blue Note , 2000)
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In the Night
Dakota Staton — In the Night (Blue Note, 2003)
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Hi-Fly
Mel Torme — Best of the Concord Years (Concord, 1999)
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Born To Be Blue
Mel Torme — Best of the Concord Years (Concord, 1999)
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Blue Prelude
Peggy Lee — Beauty and the Beat (Blue Note, 2003)

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Let There Be Love
Nat King Cole — Nat King Cole Sings, George Shearing Plays (Blue Note, 2000)
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Blues In My Heart
Dakota Staton — In the Night (Blue Note, 2003)
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All Night Long
Nancy Wilson — The Swingin's Mutual (Blue Note, 2004)
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My Gentleman Friend
Nancy Wilson — The Swingin's Mutual (Blue Note, 2004)
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Don't Ever Leave Me
Peggy Lee — Beauty and the Beat (Blue Note, 2003)
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Lullaby of Birdland
Mel Torme — Best of the Concord Years (Concord, 1999)
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A Beautiful Friendship
Nat King Cole — Nat King Cole Sings, George Shearing Plays (Blue Note, 2000)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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  • http://www.rongillsings.com Ron Gill

    David, it’s great that you are presenting such classics on your radio show. When I was at WGBH in Boston this is exactly the kind of programming I did on my radio show.
    These Shearing recordings, most in my own collection, brings back fond memories. Keep doing it man. It’s wonderful.
    Ron Gill

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