Mildred Bailey: Rockin' Chair (1932)
Matty Malneck Orchestra
Mildred Bailey, Volume Two: Band Vocalist (Old Masters MB104)
Recorded: August 18, 1932
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
Hoagy Carmichael first heard Mildred Bailey with Paul Whiteman's orchestra in 1929 and later taught her this song, which he felt suited her voice and style. "Rockin' Chair" was a huge hit and soon became Bailey's signature song. It also earned her the epithet, "Rockin' Chair Lady." Bailey's voice and manner were well suited to Carmichael's laconic style. This is her first recording with future husband Red Norvo.
Reviewer: Sue Russell