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     June Christy

Born: Shirley Luster on Nov 20, 1925 in Springfield, IL
Died: Jun 21, 1990 in Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Vocal
Styles: Show Tunes, Jazz, Cool, Stage & Screen, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz
Instruments: Vocals

Though she was the epitomy of the vocal cool movement of the 1950s, June Christy was a warm, chipper vocalist able to stretch out her impressive voice on bouncy swing tunes and set herself apart from other vocalists with her deceptively simple enunciation. From her time in Stan Kenton's Orchestra, she inherited a focus on brassy swing from arranger friends like Pete Rugolo. Rugolo would become a consistent companion far into her solo days too, arranging most of her LPs and balancing her gymnastic vocal abilities with a series of attentive charts.

Born Shirley Luster in Springfield, Illinois, she began singing early on and appeared with a local society band during high school. She moved to Chicago in the early '40s, changed her name to Sharon Leslie, and sang with a group led by Boyd Raeburn. In 1945, after hearing that Anita O'Day had just left Stan Kenton's Orchestra, she auditioned for the role and got it early that year. Despite an early resemblance (physically and vocally) to O'Day, the singer - renamed June Christy - soon found her own style: a warm, chipper voice that stretched out beautifully and enlivened Kenton's crossover novelties ("Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy," the million-selling "Tampico") as well as the leader's intricately arranged standards ("How High the Moon"). As she became more and more popular within the Kenton band, arranger Pete Rugolo began writing charts with her style especially in mind. After the Kenton orchestra broke up in 1948, Christy worked the nightclub circuit for awhile before reuniting with Kenton for his 1950 Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra, a very modern forty-piece group that toured America. She had already debuted as a solo act the year before, recording for Capitol with a group led by her husband, Kenton tenor-saxophonist Bob Cooper.

Christy's debut LP for Capitol, 1954's Something Cool, was recorded with Rugolo at the head of the orchestra. The album launched the vocal cool movement and hit the Top 20 album charts in America, as did a follow-up, The Misty Miss Christy. Her 1955 Duet LP paired her voice with Kenton's piano, while most of her Capitol LPs featured her with various Kenton personnel and Rugolo (or Bob Cooper) at the head of the orchestra. She reprised her earlier big-band days with 1959's June Christy Recalls Those Kenton Days, and recorded a raft of concept LPs before retiring in 1965. Christy returned to the studio only once, for 1977's Impromptu on Musicraft.

-John Bush (All Music Guide)

Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
www.belten.freeserve.co.uk/misty/misty.htm Fan site, links, discography
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Christy About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Christy About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 June Christy - 'Ballad Collection' - 2000, Blue Note
 June Christy - 'Ballads For Night People. The Intimate Miss Christy' - 1959, Blue Note
 June Christy - 'Complete Capitol Small Group Transcriptions' - 2004, Jazz Factory
 June Christy - 'Duet' - 1955, Blue Note
 June Christy - 'June's Got Rhythm' - 1958, Blue Note, EMI, Capitol Jazz
 June Christy - 'Tampico' - 2003, Memoir
 June Christy - 'The Misty Miss Christy' - 1956, Blue Note, Capitol Jazz
 June Christy - 'The Uncollected June Christy With The Kentones (1946)' - 1986, Hindsight
 June Christy - 'The Uncollected June Christy, Vol. 2: 1957' - 1990, Hindsight
 June Christy - 'This Time Of Year' - 1961, Collector's Choice
 June Christy - 'Through The Years' - 1990, Hindsight
  как соисполнитель ...
 Shorty Rogers - 'West Coast Sounds' - 2006, Fresh Sound

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