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MGW-60005: Thelma Gracen

[Front Cover] Label Type : blue Wing type A
Matrix Number : SIDE-A MG W60005A MF3    MS    A1    I
SIDE-B MGW60005B MF1    MS    A2    I

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Comments

Medium scratches and tearoffs on Side-B's label, but the disc itself is in nice condition and plays fine.

MGW-60005 is an original issue of EmArcy MG-36096.

Inside The Groove

A seldom-known female vocalist's (probably) the only LP.

Personal Impression (and brief notes)

Thelma Gracen was born in 1922, then she started singing when she was 15 years old. She then sang with such famous bands as Shep Fields and Jimmy Dorsey.

This album, her only LP, was recorded in 1955, with such great studio musicians as Georgie Auld and Barney Kessel. Her singing is very neat and pretty, and when she is backed up with such musicians, the overall mood becomes supreme - nothing but very jazzy.

Miss Jorie B. Gracen (Thelma's niece) kindly contacted me to say thanks for this page - “...if my aunt was alive she'd be very proud to know people are still listening to her beautiful voice...” - it is my pleasure!

Strictly Personal Rating (to what extent I could enjoy this album)

10 out of 10




Track Listing

SIDE-A
A-1 W365 (12379) I'll Remember April (Raye - DePaul - Johnston) 2:45
A-2 W370 (12398) Night And Day (Cole Porter) 3:00
A-3 W371 (12399) I'll Never Be The Same (Kahn - Malneck - Signorelli) 2:56
A-4 W372 (12400) Tea For Two (Caesar - Youmans) 2:25
A-5 W369 (12397) I'll Get By (Turk - Ahlert) 3:37
A-6 W366 (12380) Out Of Nowhere (Heyman - Green) 2:32
SIDE-B
B-1 W367 (12381) Solitude (Mills - Ellington - DeLange) 3:54
B-2 W368 (12382) Just You, Just Me (Klages - Greer) 2:45
B-3 W361 (12383) I'm Yours (Harburg - Green) 3:53
B-4 W362 (12384) People Will Say We're In Love (Rodgers - Hammerstain) 2:45
B-5 W363 (12385) More Than You Know (Rose - Eliscu - Youmans) 3:30
B-6 W364 (12386) Let There Be Love (Grant - Rand) 2:15

Personnel


Personnel/recorded date/master numbers confirmed with the Ruppli's discography.
(“The Mercury Labels - A Discography” by Ruppli and Novitsky, Greenwood Press, 1993)

The Ruppli's book mentions recorded place as “Mercury Sound Studio, NYC”. However, as many reviews and liner-notes mentions, it is highly probable that the recording was made in Hollywood, CA (maybe at Capitol Studios?), judging from the backing musicians (such as Georgie Auld and Barney Kessel).

B-3, B-4, B-5, B-6:
Thelma Gracen (vo),
Quen Anderson (tb), Georgie Auld (ts),
Lou Levy (p), Barney Kessel (g), Joe Comfort (b), Sid Bulkin (ds).
Recorded in Hollywood, CA on November 9, 1955.

Side-A, B-1, B-2:
same personnel as above.
Recorded in Hollywood, CA on November 10, 1955.

The Artist Also Appears on...

Thelma Gracen (female vo) :
  • EmArcy MG-36094 : Boogie Woogie On The 88 / Freddie Slack (reissue of MGW-60003)
  • Wing MGW-60003 : Boogie Woogie On The 88 / Freddie Slack

related information




Jackets

Front Back
[MGW-60005 FRONT] [MGW-60005 BACK]



Labels

Side A Side B
[MGW-60005 A] [MGW-60005 B]



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