Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots: Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall
Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots
The Legendary Decca Recordings (GRP 46482)
Ella Fitzgerald (vocals),
The Ink Spots (Bill Kenny, Charles Fuqua, Deek Watson, Happy Jones) and unknown accompaniment.
Composed by Doris Fisher & Allan Roberts.
Recorded: New York, August 30, 1944
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The inspiration of combining the Ink Spots and Ella came from producer Milt Gabler, who had seen these artists headline a tour of the theater circuit. Although they never performed together live, Gabler thought they should, later saying, “We had Bill Kenny do the ballad and Ella swing the jazz version on the same tune. The Ink Spots were a formula presentation…having it straight and a swinging tempo. They weren’t really duet records, they were two choruses different ways, contrast.” Released in November 1944, this record went straight onto the charts and stayed there for 17 weeks, going on to become a million seller. “Ella really tears this one apart,” said Down Beat magazine at the time. “She’s never done anything like it, and her vocal is actually thrilling.” It rescued Ella’s career, which since 1941had been sliding with just one chart success (“Cow Cow Boogie”).
Reviewer: Stuart Nicholson
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