Mildred Bailey: Junk Man


Junk Man (takes 2 and 3)


Benny Goodman and His Orchestra


Mildred Bailey, Volume One: Sweet Beginnings (Old Masters MB 103)

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Mildred Bailey (vocals), Benny Goodman (clarinet), Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), Gene Krupa (drums),

Manny Klein, Charlie Margulis (trumpets), Arthur Schutt (piano), Dick McDonough (guitar), Artie Bernstein (bass)


Composed by Joseph Myer & Frank Loesser; arranged by George Bassman


Recorded: New York, February 2, 1934


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Mildred Bailey doesn't make her entrance until halfway through this track, but it's worth the wait, with Benny Goodman at the helm and on clarinet and Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax. Bailey jumps right into the action with the hard-driving opening lines of her vocal: "I'm going to give that junk man my broken heart, the broken heart I got from you. / I'm going to give that junk man my broken heart for a loaded .32." Frank Loesser, who later wrote the lyrics for such Broadway hits as Guys and Dolls, wrote these words when he was 23. I don't hear any glaring difference between takes 2 and 3, so I leave that choice to the listener's discretion.

Reviewer: Sue Russell

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