FRUITS OF THE MOOD

FRUITS OF THE MOOD
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Is pink eternally
(Emily Dickinson)

Monica Lewis


Here is a famous song by the great and beautiful jazz singer and actress Monica Lewis.
For nearly two decades throughout the 1940's and 50's Monica Lewis (born in 1925) reigned as one of America's most popular songbirds, with a career that encompassed not only nightclubs and recordings, but also movies, theatres, radio and TV. An accomplished pop and jazz stylist, her blonde beauty graced magazine covers and her million dollar legs helped get U.S. troops through two of its greatest wars. She even enjoyed 14 years (between 1953 and 1967) as the singing cartoon voice of the popular advertising character known as Chiquita Banana! Monica's rapid ascent to stardom began in the mid 1940's while still in her teens, with her own show on New York radio station WMCA. Lewis also appeared in the very first episode of The Ed Sullivan Show, in its initial run as Toast of the Town. Her nightclub debut at the legendary Stork Club led to appearances with Benny Goodman and a chance to alternate with Frank Sinatra on "The Chesterfield Show". Her early recordings ranged from Gershwin, Kern and Coward favourites to such saucy items as "I'm Gonna Be a Bad Girl" which she co -wrote and "Put The Blame on Mame". Monica's success brought her a movie contract with MGM as their new "threat" to Lana Turner. She romanced Victor Mature in "Affair With a Stranger", and danced with Gower Champion in "Everything I Have Is Yours". She joined a roster of jazz stars including Louis Armstrong in "The Strip" and sang to the marines in Jack Webb's "The D.I." In 1957, at the height of her career, Monica temporarily gave it all up to become the wife of producer Jennings Lang but in the 1970's, she gradually began accepting occasional TV and movie offers, most notably in the blockbusters "Earthquake," "Airport ‘77", "Rollercoaster" and "The Concorde: Airport ‘79".
The "petite, blonde and lovely favorite of the G.I.'s in Korea", as she would be called, shows here her tender, moody, provocative and intimate singing that is strongly influenced by Billie Holiday. Enjoy!

People will say we're in love
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