Teddi King: How Long Has This Been Going On?


How Long Has This Been Going On?


Teddi King (vocals)


This Is New (Inner City 184442)

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Teddi King (vocals), Dave McKenna (piano).

Composed by George & Ira Gershwin


Recorded: New York, October 20, 1977


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

"How Long Has This Been Going On" was recorded 4 weeks before Teddi King's death, yet despite her suffering from Lupus, her voice sounds young and strong. King's rhythmic variations are sublime, especially on the words "what a dunce I was before," where it sounds like she's shaking her head in disbelief. Dave McKenna's accompaniment sparkles as usual, and after King's death, he completed this tribute to Ira Gershwin with solo versions of the songs King was planning to record. Now reissued on CD, this is highly recommended.

Reviewer: Thomas Cunniffe

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  • 1 Bill Bleecker // Dec 29, 2008 at 01:18 AM
    Terry Gross (NPR Fresh Air) played a song from this album recently to commemorate the death of Dave in Oct, 2008. It wasn't a piece I had ever heard but it was beautifully done. Therefore, this CD is on my Xmas list to replace an Ella CD I did receive that contained songs all of which I already had.