The Hi-Lo's: The Lady in Red

Track

The Lady in Red

Group

The Hi-Lo's

CD

Suddenly It's the Hi-Lo's / Harmony in Jazz (Collectables COL-CD-6026)

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Musicians:

Gene Puerling (vocals), Clark Burroughs (vocals), Bob Morse (vocals), Bob Strasen (vocals), Jack Sheldon (trumpet), Vince DeRosa (French horn), Herb Geller (alto sax), Bud Shank (baritone sax), Clare Fischer (piano), Joe Mondragon (bass), Mel Lewis (drums), Alvin Stoller (bongos),

Bob Enevoldsen (trombone), John Kitzmiller (tuba)

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Composed by Mort Dixon & Allie Wrubel. Arranged by Marty Paich

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Recorded: Hollywood, CA, July 2, 1958

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Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

The Hi-Lo's were a peppy 1950s male vocal quartet whose name was self-descriptive: one guy sang high, another sang low. (The other two were Republicans.) They made few forays into jazz, but if you're going to foray, hitch thee to Marty Paich's Dek-Tette, matchless in backing vocalists. Here, Paich and The Hi-Lo's make musical mischief and madcap merriment with "The Lady in Red," who turns out to be a generic femme fatale, not the floozy who fingered Dillinger to the Feds outside Chicago's Biograph Theater in 1934. "A bit gaudy," the lyrics admit, "but lawdy—what a personality!" A perfect description of The Hi-Lo's.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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