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Georgia Brown

Here is a famous and dynamic song from "Porgy and Bess" performed by the exciting Georgia Brown.
Georgia Brown (1933 - 1992) was a British singer and actress. Born Lillian Claire Laizer Getel Klot in the East End of London to Jewish emigrants to the UK, she was dispatched to Wales during the Blitz to escape the bombings in London. A lover of jazz, she selected her professional name from the 1925 tune "Sweet Georgia Brown" by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard and Kenneth Casey. Brown first came to prominence as Lucy in the 1956 London revival of "The Threepenny Opera" at London's Royal Court Theatre, a role she repeated the following year when she joined the cast of the highly successful off-Broadway production. Three years later she received critical and public acclaim for her portrayal of Nancy in Lionel Bart's hit musical "Oliver!" in the West End. She reprised the role in the 1963 Broadway production, earning a Tony Award nomination for her performance (she had a terrific second act aria "As Long As He Needs Me" which suited her smoky, dark tones admirably. Her recording of the ballad on the original cast recording is a classic). After a stint in Bart's "Maggie May" in 1965, Brown concentrated on screen work for more than a decade. Brown returned to Broadway to join the cast of the long-running revue "Side By Side By Sondheim" in 1977. Two years later, she created the title role in Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane's musical "Carmelina". She toured Britain in "Georgia Brown and Friends", then brought the revue to New York City for a limited run in 1982. Five years later, the Gilbert Bécaud musical "Roza", under the direction of Hal Prince, closed after only twelve performances, but her performance of Mrs. Peachum in the 1989 revival of "The Threepenny Opera" earned her another Tony nomination. In her later years, Brown limited herself to concerts, cabaret appearances, and guest spots on such television series as Great Performances, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Cheers, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination. In addition to a number of original cast albums, Brown recorded several solo albums, including "The Many Shades of Georgia Brown" and "Georgia Brown Sings Gershwin".
Enjoy the terrific style of Georgia Brown, one of Great Britain's most brilliant artists!

I got plenty of nothing

And here are other examples of the great style of this fantastic singer!

I’ll walk alone

I got plenty of nothing (live)

As long as he needs me

2 commentaires:

Peter D Cox a dit…

Thanks for this extra-ordinary recording of Georgia Brown - I think it is the first time I have seen any film of her singing. Extra-ordinary!!

Merci beaucoup a dit…

Now there is a "Jazz Singer" who ooses talent and sex appeal. I have never heard a better version of Plenty of Nothing and whoever arranged it should get a medal. Thank you for the priceless clips