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American Songbook Series: Dorothy Fields: Various

This CD, in the Smithsonian American Songbook series is now extremely hard to find. It presents an eclectic mix of recordings original cast versions and some pop and jazz renditions. Tony Bennett has probably made the only pop version of Growing Pains from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and it's here. A strange choice is Aretha Franklin's Today I Love Everybody - she gives the introduction a bluesy tinge completely at odds with the lyric and then heads for gospel/soul territory. The track I'm most pleased to have is Adelaide Hall's Baby! from Blackbirds of 1928. Now what's this love stuff they're telling me, Stars above stuff they're selling me she drawls plaintively. Among the other artistes in rarely-heard versions of Fields classics are Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Mabel Mercer, Margaret Whiting and Billie Holliday.

The liner notes contain some inaccuracies such as maintaining that Fields and McHugh wrote songs about Valentino's death and Lindbergh's flight.

Fields tracks: I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Diga Diga Doo, Baby!, I'm In The Mood For Love, Never Gonna Dance, I Must Have That Man, A Lady Needs A Change, Close As Pages In A Book, Don't Blame Me, There Must Be Somethin' Better Than Love, He Had Refinement, Happy Habit, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, I Feel A Song Comin' On, You Couldn't Be Cuter, Growing Pains, Merely Marvellous, Make The Man Love Me, Today I Love Everybody, Big Spender, Pink Taffeta Sample Size 10, If My Friends Could See Me Now

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