Mildred Bailey: When It's Sleepy Time Down South
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
Mildred Bailey, Volume One: Sweet Beginnings (Old Masters MB 103)
Mildred Bailey (vocals).
Composed by Clarence Muse, Leon T. Rene & Otis J. Rene, Jr.
Recorded: New York, October 4, 1931
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Contemporary listeners might cringe at this track's "darkies singing" and mammy "falling on her knees," but Mildred Bailey's affinity for the blues ran deep. And people who knew her in the early years say she was very hip. She knew about Louis Armstrong – who recorded this song six months earlier and subsequently made it his theme – even before he began his recording career. Once his records were out, she became his advocate, enthusiastically introducing them to friends and associates.
Reviewer: Sue Russell