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The other day, I went to this jazz-themed restaurant in California called "Mimi's" and they were actually playing Lena's "The Man I Love". Lena's soulful voice came floating out of the low murmur of the restaurant clientele, as they ate their food. They also played contemporaries like Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday and Judy Garland.

Also, Lena has made it to the 100 Greatest Women of Rock 'n' Roll on the VH-1 countdown program of the same name. The list includes greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington and Peggy Lee. Lena lands at Number 62. For the complete list, see the Top 100 Women of Rock 'n' Roll.

Some CDs

Cabin in the Sky : Original Soundtrack by Rhino

Cabin in the Sky CD Cover

Lena Horne at MGM : Ain't It The Truth

Track Listing

Lena Horne at MGM CD Cover

Lena serves up the most delicious items on the menu - her work at Metro, including all the outtake - high points of the album include the only two Hugh Martin songs she recorded for Metro - "Brazilian Boogie" and "Love", her sleek and sassy Cole Porter song "Just One of Those Things" from her debut movie "Panama Hattie", all her "Cabin in the Sky" accomplishments, two Rodgers and Hart staples "Where or When" and "The Lady is a Tramp", both from their 1937 show "Babes in Arms" and from her movie "Words and Music" (1948).

Stormy Weather (1943), Original Soundtrack

Track Listing

Stormy Weather OST CD Cover

Lena Horne : A&E Biography

Lena A&E Biography CD Cover

Best of the RCA Years

Best of the RCA Years CD Cover

Being Myself

Being Myself CD Cover

The Great Vocalists of Jazz and Entertainment - Lena Horne : Stormy Weather

German 2-CD Set

Track Listing

CD 1
1. You're My Thrill (Clare-Gorney)
2. The Captain and His Men (Allen-Carrol)
3. Good For Nothin' Joe (Rube Bloom-Ted Koehler)
4. Haunted Town (Fogarty-Altman)
5. Love Me a Little Little (Orr-Smith-Holmes)
6. Don't Take Your Love From Me (Nemo)
7. Aunt Hagar's Blues (W. C. Handy)
8. Beale Street Blues (W. C. Handy)
9. St. Louis Blues (W. C. Handy)
10. As Long As I Live (Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler)
11. Where Or When (Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart)
12. Ill Wind (Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler)
13. Mad About the Boy (Noel Coward)
14. Out of Nowhere (Green-Heyman)
15. Stormy Weather (Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler)
16. The Man I Love (Ira Gershwin-George Gershwin)
17. Careless Love (Handy-Williams-Koenig)
18. I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues (Arlen-Koehler)
19. Prisoner of Love (Columbo-Robin)
20. One For My Baby (Arlen-Johnny Mercer)
21. I Didn't Know About You (Duke Ellington-Russell)
22. Moanin' Low (Ralph Rainger-Howard Dietz)
23. That's What Love Did To Me (Saul Chaplin-Sammy Cahn)

CD 2
1. The Sping (Music : Phil Moore, Lyric : Phil Moore, J. Le Gon, Alfred Moore) 
2. Ain' It the Truth (Music : Harold Arlen, Lyric : E. Y. Harburg)
3. Honeysuckle Rose (Music : "Fats" Waller, Lyric : Andy Razaf) 
4. You're So Indiff'rent (Music : Sammy Fain, Lyric : Mitchell Parish) 
5. Jericho (Music : Robert Myers, Lyric : Leo Robin) 
6. Brazilian Boogie (Hugh Martin-Ralph Blane)
7. Somebody Loves Me (Music : George Gershwin, Lyric : Buddy G. DeSylva, Ballard MacDonald)
8. Tete A Tete At Tea Time/Solid Potato Salad (Don Raye-Gene DePaul) 
9. Paper Doll (Johnny S. Black) 
10. Trembling Of a Leaf (Music : Johnny Green, Lyric : Jack Lawrence)
11. Love (Hugh Martin-Ralph Blane) 
12. Can't Help Lovin' Dan Man (Music : Jerome Kern, Lyric : Oscar Hammerstein II) 
13. Why Was I Born? (Music : Jerome Kern, Lyric : Oscar Hammerstein II) 
14. Where Or When (Music: Richard Rodgers, Lyric : Lorenz Hart) 
15. The Lady is a Tramp (Music: Richard Rodgers, Lyric : Lorenz Hart)

CD 1 has some great stuff on there! Seems to me that the songs on the second CD have been directly lifted from Rhino's "Lena Horne At M-G-M" CD.

The Lady

Track Listing
Tracks include "Good For Nothin' Joe", "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)", "Why Was I Born?", "Love", "The Lady is a Tramp", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "Take Me", "Old Devil Moon", "I Wish I Was Back in My Baby's Arms", "Love Me Or Leave Me", "Stormy Weather", "Honeysuckle Rose", "Night and Day" and "From This Moment On".

Merry From Lena

Merry from Lena CD Cover

More Than You Know

More Than You Know CD Cover

Some of The Best

Some of the Best CD Cover

We'll Be Together Again

We'll Be Together Again CD Cover

Stormy Weather (1936-46)

Stormy Weather 1936-46 CD Cover

Jamaica - Original Broadway Cast Album

Sirens of Swing : Great Songs of the 30s and 40s (1999) by Platinum Entertainment, Inc.

Lena is featured on the cover of this 4-CD set along with other great vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford, and Billie Holiday. On Disc 1, she sings "Little Girl Blue" with the barest of accompaniments by Phil Moore and his Orchestra and this helps her pull the song off and convey the sense of sadness effectively. The recording is from October 1946. "Little Girl Blue" was originally written by Rodgers and Hart for their 1935 show "Jumbo".
On Disc 4, she sings "One For My Baby" with Horace Henderson's Orchestra, recorded 21 November, 1944.

The other great recordings and vocalists include "Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe" by Frances Wayne (1945), "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" by Dinah Shore (1947), "It's Only a Paper Moon" by Lee Wiley (1945), "I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me" by Ella Fitzgerald (1941), "Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)" by Billie Holiday (1944) and "La Vie En Rose" by Edith Piaf (1946). This set is a must-have for your collection, if you like those great female vocalists.

Track Listing from CD Now

The 40s : Hollywood's Best by Rhino

The 40s: Hollywood's Best CD Cover "Paper Doll" from Two Girls And A Sailor (M-G-M, 1944)
Lena Horne & The M-G-M Studio Orchestra

The 50s : Hollywood's Best by Rhino

The 50s: Hollywood's Best CD Cover "If You Can Dream" from Meet Me In Las Vegas (M-G-M, 1956)
Lena Horne & The M-G-M Studio Orchestra

George and Ira Gershwin in Hollywood by Rhino

George and Ira Gershwin in Hollywood "Somebody Loves Me" from Broadway Rhythm (M-G-M, 1944)
Lena Horne & The M-G-M Studio Orchestra


Lena Horne At the Cocoanut Grove (RCA)

Lena Horne at the Cocoanut Grove Track Listing
Side 1 
1. The Surrey With the Fringe On Top
2. Wouldn't It Be Loverly?

Side 2 
1. A Cock-Eyed Optimist 
2. I Have Dreamed

Lena Horne Sings

Lena Horne Sings LP

Track Listing

Side 1 
1. 'Deed I Do 
2. Can't Help Loving That Man 
3. Is It Always Like This
4. Sometimes I'm Happy

Side 2 
1. The Lady Is A Tramp 
2. Where Or When 
3. Love Of My Life 
4. I've Got The World On A String

Track listing and cover scan courtesy of Rebekah Hurth

Lovely and Alive (RCA)

Lovely and Alive CD Cover Track Listing
Side 1 
1. It's a Lonesome Old Town
2. Darn That Dream
3. What'll I Do

Side 2 
1.The Rules Of The Road
2.I Wanna Be Loved

Lena Music Links

  1. Blue Note Records' Page
    Blue Note has released three Lena CDs : "Being Myself", "We'll Be Together Again" and "An Evening With Lena Horne".

  2. Time Life's picture of Lena at the Copacabana in 1948

  3. A portrait of Lena by Carol Friedman

  4. An autographed picture of Lena

  5. Lena on the cover of V-Disc CD

  6. Yahoo's Discography for Lena

  7. Comprehensive list of Lena albums from Sam Goody

  8. All Music Guide page on Lena

  9. Buy Lena at CDNow.com


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