Chicago vocalist Anne Burnell salutes the singer Julie London, with music director Mark Burnell, renowned guitarist Henry Johnson, Mark Sonksen on bass, and Seven Time Grammy Award Winner Paul Wertico on drums.
Julie London was an American nightclub, jazz and pop singer, film and television actress and a former pinup model, whose career spanned five decades of television. She was noted for her smoky, sensual husky voice and languid demeanor. While many know her as the character Dixie McCall, she released over 30 albums of pop and jazz standards during the 1950s and 1960s, with her signature song being the classic "Cry Me a River". She married songwriter and jazz pianist Bobby Troup and later starred with him in the television drama Emergency!
She was the subject of a 1957 Life cover article in which she was quoted as saying, "It's only a thimbleful of a voice, and I have to use it close to the microphone. But it is a kind of oversmoked voice, and it automatically sounds intimate.” Billboard named her the most popular female vocalist for 1955, 1956, and 1957.
Anne Burnell and her husband pianist/vocalist Mark Burnell are a staple on the scene in clubs and festivals throughout Chicago, New York, Amsterdam, and Paris, known for tight harmonies, jazz arrangements, and a cappella. Highlights include: The Chicago Humanities Festival, WDCB Jazz Salon Series, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Park West Chicago Cabaret, The Auditorium Theatre, singing the national anthem for the Cubs, White Sox, Arlington International Race Track, and Special Olympics. Mark Burnell has an MFA from Carnegie Melon University and taught at CMU and the International Cabaret Symposium at Yale. Anne's CD, "Blues in the Night,” reached top 10 status on the CMJ jazz charts.
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