Mildred Bailey: St. Louis Blues


St. Louis Blues


Mildred Bailey and Her Orchestra


The Incomparable Mildred Bailey (Columbia/Legacy)

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Mildred Bailey (vocals), Red Norvo (xylophone),

Charlie Shavers (trumpet), Buster Bailey (clarinet), Russell Procope (alto sax), Billy Kyle (piano), John Kirby (bass), O’Neil Spencer (drums)


Composed by W.C. Handy; arranged by Eddie Sauter


Recorded: New York, January 18, 1939


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Mildred Bailey and Red Norvo are the key players in this light take on the old standard with an element of seduction. Norvo on the xylophone equals Fred Astaire on the dance floor. It's clear that Bailey's "short fat squatty mama" will get her man back from the siren with the store-bought hair.

Reviewer: Sue Russell

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