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Barbara Lea

The High Priestess of Popular Song

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Records
  • UPC 0608917334227
  • Catalog number CR 73342
  • Release date 02 March 2012
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"Barbara Lea died peacefully in her sleep, after several years of ill-health, on 26th December, 2011 and the world is a sadder and poorer place without her [....] I don’t know who it was that named her ‘The High Priestess of Popular Song’, but the title fitted her to perfection. And yet, she never became generally famous except amongst the real afficionados of the golden age of popular song-writing and of cours among other singers and musicians who stood in awe of her immense talent. Why? Probably because the word “compromise” was not in her vocabulary when it came to musical matters. She had the chance to become a popular singing star, but her refusal to sing what she regarded as sub-standard material soon put an end to any such possibility.

The songs on this cd emotionally range from joy to despair, from innocence to cynicism, from almost rowdy to gentle and there’s more then a touch of the sexually alluring thrown in.To them all Barbara brings her supreme musicality and totally secure intonation, perfect diction and that almost unbelievable control of tone and timbre which extracts the very essence of each piece plus a subtle swing, which informs everything she sings and all this without sounding anything but totally spontaneous. A perfect example of the art that conceals art. Putting this CD together a few days after losing Barbara has been very sad but also exhilarating. " (from the linernotes of this cd, written by Chris Ellis)

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Review of the day by Scott Yanow: Barbara Lea - The High Priestess of Popular Song

24-05-2013

image Barbara Lea was a bright new voice in the 1950s when she appeared as a fully formed swing singer. Influenced by Lee Wiley and Mildred Bailey, she recorded several notable albums before dropping out of active performing in the 1960s. In the early 1970s she made a successful comeback as a highly expressive singer whose performances straddled the boundaries between swing and cabaret. She remained active into the late 1990s, ...

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Jeanie Wilson

April 4th 2012 19:25
I would like to communicate with Chris Ellis about this upcoming Barbara Lea release as well as the use of one of my photos on the cover. I am in charge of all things Barbara Lea, including all rights to her music, etc. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Best,
Jeanie Wilson

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