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Nellie Lutcher's Real Gone Rhythm

This week on Night Lights we pay tribute to the pianist and singer who passed away in 2007 at the age of 94. A product of the thriving mid-20th century Central Avenue Los Angeles scene, in the late 1940s Lutcher scored a series of hits such as “Hurry On Down” and “Fine Brown Frame” that blended jazz, pop, blues and R & B in a way that made her one of the era’s first crossover stars. We’ll hear those songs and some of Lutcher’s later recordings as well, including a duet with Nat King Cole.

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