Here is a famous song by the great singer Byrdie Green, recently deceased (in February 2008).
Byrdie Green (real name Bertha Greene) is a big-voiced jazz singer, today unjustly forgotten. Her father was a Baptist preacher. She made several singles and 3 LPs: "The Golden Thrush Strikes", "Sister Byrdie" and "The Stinger Meets the Golden Thrush" (with Johnny "Hammond" Smith). Byrdie Green has been singing around New York since the 1950's. She has a clear, forthright voice that can turn sly and cutting à la Dinah Washington. She is a soul sister, and she never lost sight of her roots in blues and gospel music. Her 1968 rendition of "Return of the Prodigal Son" is the perfect mix of gospel, jazz and soul. Delivered with the authority of a preacher, and the soul of a diva, the story from the Bible is told, brilliantly. She allegorically uses this Biblical fable as a means to comment on the very obvious wealth discrepancy she saw all around her in late sixties America. In 1985 and 1996 she performed in the USA and all over Europe with Linda Hopkins and Maxine Weldon in a show entitled "Black and Blue".
Enjoy Byrdie's strong and impressive style!
The shadow of your smile