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Chris Connor

Along with June Christy, Helen O'Connell, and Julie London, Chris Connor epitomized cool jazz singing in the 1950s. Influenced by Anita O'Day, the torchy, smoky singer wasn't one for aggression. Like Chet Baker on the trumpet or Paul Desmond and Lee Konitz on alto sax, she used subtlety and restraint to their maximum advantage. At the University of Missouri, Connor (who had studied clarinet at an early age) sang with a Stan Kentonish big band led by trombonist Bob Brookmeyer before leaving her native Kansas City for New York in 1947. Quite appropriately, she was featured in the lyrical pianist Claude Thornhill's orchestra in the early '50s. After leaving Thornhill, Connor was hired by Kenton at Christy's recommendation, and her ten-month association with him in 1952-1953 resulted in the hit "All About Ronnie." Connor debuted as a solo artist in 1953, recording three albums for Bethlehem before moving to Atlantic in 1955 and recording 12. Connor reached the height of her popularity in the 1950s, when she delivered her celebrated versions of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" and George Shearing's "Lullaby of Broadway," and recorded such excellent albums as The Rich Sound of Chris Connor and Lullabies of Birdland for Bethlehem and Chris Craft and Ballads of the Sad Cafe for Atlantic. Connor made a poor career move in 1962, the year she left Atlantic and signed with a label her manager was starting, FM Records -- Connor had recorded only two albums for FM when they folded. Connor's recording career was rejuvenated in the 1970s, and she went on to record for Progressive, Stash, and Contemporary in the '70s and '80s. Connor maintained a devoted following in the 1990s and continued to tour internationally. ~ Alex Henderson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Sweet and Swinging

1. I Feel a Song Coming On (feat. Mike Abene, Michael Moore, Ronnie Bedford & Jerry Dodgion)

2. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (feat. Mike Abene, Michael Moore, Ronnie Bedford & Jerry Dodgion)

3. Just in Time (feat. Mike Abene, Michael Moore, Ronnie Bedford & Jerry Dodgion)

4. Here's That Rainy Day (feat. Mike Abene, Michael Moore, Ronnie Bedford & Jerry Dodgion)

5. Out of This World (feat. Mike Abene, Michael Moore, Ronnie Bedford & Jerry Dodgion)

6. When Sonny Gets Blue (feat. Mike Abene, Michael Moore, Ronnie Bedford & Jerry Dodgion)

7. Things Are Swinging (feat. Mike Abene, Michael Moore, Ronnie Bedford & Jerry Dodgion)

8. Where Flamingos Fly (feat. Mike Abene, Michael Moore, Ronnie Bedford & Jerry Dodgion)

9. I've Got You Under My Skin (feat. Mike Abene, Michael Moore, Ronnie Bedford & Jerry Dodgion)

10. I Wish You Love (feat. Mike Abene, Michael Moore, Ronnie Bedford & Jerry Dodgion)

11. The Sweetest Sounds (feat. Mike Abene, Michael Moore, Ronnie Bedford & Jerry Dodgion)

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Track List: Live (Digitally Remastered)

1. I Hear The Music Now (Live)

2. Good Morning Heartache (Live)

3. It Might As Well Be Spring (Live)

4. Things Are Swingin' (Live)

5. Where Flamingos Fly (Live)

6. All Or Nothing At All (Live)

7. Lover (Live)

8. Get Out Of Town (Live)

9. All About Ronnie (Live)

10. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Live)

11. Just In Time (Live)

12. Glad To Be Unhappy (Live)

13. Poor Little Rich Girl (Live)

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Track List: Double Exposure

1. Summertime

2. I Only Have Eyes For You

3. It Never Entered My Mind

5. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

6. The Lonesome Road

7. All The Things You Are

9. Happy New Year

10. That's How It Went All Right

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Track List: Sings Gentle Bossa Nova

1. A Hard Day's Night

2. Downtown

3. A Taste Of Honey

4. Shadow Of Your Smile

5. Feeling Good

6. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

7. Can't Get Over The Bossa Nova

8. A Quiet Thing

9. Dear Heart

10. Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte

11. Baby, The Rain Must Fall

12. Stranger On The Shore

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Track List: I Hear Music

1. Lullaby Of Birdland

2. Stella By Starlight

3. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)

4. How Long Has This Been Going On?

5. Gone With The Wind

6. A Cottage For Sale

7. Ev'rything I've Got

8. I Hear Music

9. Spring Is Here

10. If I Should Lose You

11. Lush Life

12. Goodbye

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: Chris Connor

1. I Get A Kick Out Of You

2. Witchcraft

3. Here's That Rainy Day

4. The Night We Called It A Day

5. Summertime (Bonus Track)

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Track List: At The Village Gate

1. Lot Of Livin' To Do

2. Anyplace I Hang My Hat Is Home

3. All Or Nothing At All

4. Something's Coming

5. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis

6. Old Devil Moon

7. I Concentrate On You

8. Black Coffee

9. Goodbye

10. Only The Lonely

11. Ten Cents A Dance

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Track List: Chris Connor In Person (Live At The Village Vanguard)

1. Introduction (Live)

2. Strike Up The Band (Live)

3. Misty (Live)

4. Senor Blues (Live)

5. Lover Come Back To Me (Live)

6. Angel Eyes (Live)

7. Hallelujah I Love Him So (Live)

8. Poor Little Rich Girl (Live)

9. Round Midnight (Live)

10. All About Ronnie (Live)

11. Fine And Dandy (Live)

12. Don't Worry About Me (Live)

13. It Don't Mean A Thing (If You Ain't...) (Live)

14. Chinatown My Chinatown (Live)

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Track List: Sings Ballads Of The Sad Cafe

1. These Foolish Things

2. Bargain Day

3. The End Of A Love Affair

4. Glad To Be Unhappy

5. Ballad Of The Sad Cafe

6. Good Morning Heartache

7. Something I Dreamed Last Night

8. Lilac Wine

9. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)

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Track List: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

1. High On A Windy Hill

2. 'Round About

3. Angel Eyes

4. You Stepped Out Of A Dream

5. Why Can't I?

6. Suddenly It's Spring

7. About The Blues

8. Oh! You Crazy Moon

9. But Not For Me

10. I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry

11. I Wonder What Became Of Me

12. Thursday's Child

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Track List: Chris Craft

1. Moonlight In Vermont

2. Blow, Gabriel, Blow

3. Here Lies Love

4. Be A Clown

5. Good For Nothin' (But Love)

6. On The First Warm Day

7. Chinatown My Chinatown (Live At The Village Vanguard)

8. One Love Affair

9. The Night We Called It A Day

10. Johnny One Note

11. Lover Man

12. Be My All

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Track List: Witchcraft

1. Witchcraft

2. I'll Never Be Free

3. The Lady Sings The Blues

4. Come Rain Or Come Shine

5. When Sunny Gets Blue

6. (How Little It Matters) How Little We Know

7. I Hear The Music Now

8. Baltimore Oriole

9. Just In Time

10. Like A Woman

11. Skyscraper Blues

12. You Don't Know What Love Is

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Track List: Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song

1. But Not For Me

2. Of Thee I Sing

3. Strike Up The Band

4. I've Got A Crush On You

5. Soon

6. Liza

7. Looking For A Boy

8. I Got Rhythm

9. I've Got Beginner's Luck

10. Slap That Bass

11. For You, For Me, For Evermore

12. Love Is Sweeping The Country

13. The Man I Love

14. 'S Wonderful

15. A Foggy Day

16. Medley From "Porgy And Bess" Summertime/There's A Boat That's Leaving Soon For New York/I Love You Porgy

17. Nice Work If You Can Get It

18. Blah Blah Blah

19. They Can't Take That Away From Me

20. Clap Yo Hands

21. Little Jazzbird

22. I Was Doing All Right

23. My One And Only

24. That Certain Feeling

25. Fascinating Rhythm

26. Our Love Is Here To Stay

27. They All Laughed

28. How Long Has This Been Going On

29. I Can't Be Bothered Now

30. Love Walked In

31. Somebody Loves Me

32. Embraceable You

33. Strike Up The Band

34. Summertime

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Track List: Out Of This World

1. I Hear Music

2. All About Ronnie

3. Why Shouldn't I?

4. Come Back To Sorrento

5. Out Of This World

6. Cottage For Sale

7. How Long Has This Been Going On?

8. Goodbye

9. Lush Life

10. He's Coming Home

12. All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart

13. Trouble Is A Man

14. All This And Heaven Too

15. Someone To Watch Over Me

16. In Other Words (Fly Me To The Moon)

17. From This Moment On

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Track List: A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft

1. Moon Ray

2. Poor Little Rich Girl (Live At The Village Vanguard)

3. Just Squeeze Me

4. Fancy Free

5. It's A Most Unusual Day

6. All I Need Is You

7. It Only Happens When I Dance With You

8. Lonely Town

9. Everything I've Got

10. Driftwood

11. I'm Shooting High

12. My Shining Hour

13. Moonlight In Vermont

14. Blow, Gabriel, Blow

15. Here Lies Love

16. Be A Clown

17. Good For Nothin' (But Love)

18. On The First Warm Day

19. Chinatown My Chinatown (Live At The Village Vanguard)

20. One Love Affair

21. The Night We Called It A Day

22. Johnny One Note

23. Lover Man

24. Be My All

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Track List: As Time Goes By

1. The Boys From Syracuse: Falling In Love With Love

2. As Time Goes By

3. Melody For Two: September In The Rain

4. Gone With The Wind

5. By Jupiter: Everything I've Got Belongs To You

6. Cover Girl: Long Ago And Far Away

7. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening

8. A Damsel In Distress: A Foggy Day

9. Strike Up The Band: Strike Up The Band

10. Goodbye

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Track List: New Again

1. Dearly Beloved

2. Down In Brazil

3. I Never Meant To Hurt You

4. Love Locked Out

5. Astaire Medley

6. Mad About The Boy

7. Antonio's Song

8. I Wish I'd Met You

9. My Foolish Heart

10. Jukebox Medley

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Track List: Classic

1. Let's Face The Music And Dance

2. Laura

3. Sweet Happy Life

4. In Love In Vain

5. Love Medley

6. The Nearness Of You

7. Ten Cents A Dance

8. Blame It On My Youth

9. Brazil

10. We'll Be Together Again

11. Let's Take The Long Way Home

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Track List: Now!

1. Goin' Out Of My Head

2. Never On Sunday

3. Autumn

4. Stranger In The Night

5. The Boy From Madrid

6. Love Life

7. You're Gonna Hear From Me

8. The Shining Sea

9. Carnival

10. I'm Telling You Now

11. Nowhere Man

12. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

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Track List: Free Spirits

1. Jump For Joy

2. Night Bird

3. Milano

4. Opportunity, Please Knock

5. Day Dream

6. Things Are Swingin'

7. Kansas City

8. Lonely Woman

9. I'm Gonna Go Fishin'

10. God Bless The Child

11. Free Spirits

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Track List: A Portrait Of Chris

1. Follow Me

2. Alone Together

3. All Too Soon

4. Love

5. Where Flamingos Fly

6. Here's That Rainy Day

7. Day In, Day Out

8. If I Should Lose You

9. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

10. Harlequin

11. I'm Glad There Is You

12. Sweet William

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Track List: Sings Lullabys Of Birdland

1. Lullaby Of Birdland

2. What Is There To Say

3. Try A Little Tenderness

4. Spring Is Here

5. Why Shouldn't I

6. Ask Me

7. Blue Silhouette

8. Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah

9. A Cottage For Sale

10. How Long Has This Been Going On

11. Stella By Starlight

12. Gone With The Wind

13. He's Coming Home

14. Goodbye

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Track List: A Jazz Date With Chris Connor

1. Moon Ray

2. Poor Little Rich Girl

4. Fancy Free

5. It's A Most Unusual Day

6. All I Need Is You

7. It Only Happens When I Dance With You

8. Lonely Town

9. Everything I've Got

10. Driftwood

11. I'm Shooting High

12. My Shining Hour

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Track List: I Miss You So

1. I Miss You So

2. Go 'Way From My Window

3. Trust In Me

4. Past The Age Of Innocence

5. Time Out For Tears

6. I Love You Yes I Do

7. My Heart Is So Full Of You

8. My Ideal

9. Mixed Emotions

10. The All Laughed

11. Speak Low

12. Radar Blues

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Track List: Chris Connor

1. I Get A Kick Out Of You

2. Something To Live For

3. Get Out Of Town

4. Where Are You?

5. Anything Goes

6. You Make Me Feel So Young

7. Everytime

8. Way Out There

9. My April Heart

10. Almost Like Being In Love

11. Circus

12. Flying Home

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Track List: This Is Chris (Remastered 2014)

1. Blame It On My Youth

2. It's All Right With Me

3. Someone To Watch Over Me

4. Trouble Is A Man

5. All This And Heaven Too

6. The Thrill Is Gone

7. I Concentrate On You

8. All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart

9. From This Moment On

10. Ridin' High

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Track List: Lullabys For Lovers

1. Lush Life

2. Out Of This World

3. Cottage For Sale

4. How Long?

5. Goodbye

6. Stella By Starlight

7. Gone With The Wind

8. He's Coming Home

Comments

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Caught Chris C. at the old Red Hill Inn in southern Jersey, not too long after Anita O'Day at the same venue. Anita remains at the top of true jazz vocalists, and she did it without an uvula! Jp
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Remember seeing Chris at Basin Street GREAT !!!!! Has been one of my favorites for years
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I was in heaven when I saw Chris in Westbury at the Cork and Bib in the 50s
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Never was another voice like hers, never will be.
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robinmarcial
SMOOOOOOOOOO O O O O T H !
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No need for wine, the champagne is Ronnie and Ronnie is mine. Just substituted the name - that line used to get me so much in high school and early Navy days. Thanks Chris I owe you a lot.
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For over 50 years ...from teen to present...st i l l fall asleep to Chris. No one had smoother vocal, key changes. The best!
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i'm going to be 80 in May of this year 2013 and have ALWAYS looked up to June, Chris and Anita as my idols. Can't beat that sound. I live in Maine and am still singing
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A Kansas City girl . My Kansas City , I love KC and Chris is so fine
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one of the top female jazz singers. Her sound perfect for standards, and a style in the tradition of Anita O'Day & June Christie.
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Her awareness of lyric and freedom of musical expression make listening
to Chris Connor an artistic, emotional experience.
JLB
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Living in Worcester Mass. in 1950s head Chris Conner on NY radio late shows. Bought all of her music I could find. I used to be a DJ in Worcester and used one of her songs for closing theme for night radio show. She was and will continue to be extraordinar y . pdcoss@gmail . c o m
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gmmmcc
Was looking for June Christy but found Chris Conner. Life's great!
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jbandcb
"All About Ronnie"--tot a l l y burned into my mind too. My mom used play her records in the 50's when I was a kid, and I still love them. My daughter was a kid in the 70's and listens to Joni Mitchell from my generation!
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jbkirk2001
I fell in love with Chris Connor and June Christy in 1957, and they still are my standards for good listening. I imagine there are others out there, but I haven't found them yet. I went from records, to reel-to-reel , now to CD's, and I've worn them out. Can't beat them.
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This might read like a blog. (I hoppe it doesn't) -Chris Connor remains burned into my mind as she sings 'All About Ronnie'















This may read like a blog. (I hope it doesn't) - Chris Connor singing 'All About Ronnie' is permenantly burned into my brain from 1952 when I first heard it. She's SO amazing!




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I discoverd Chris Connor five years ago.I think she is fantastic and such a distinstive voice.We need more airplay from this lady.
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How can there not be any comments about Chris Connor??!!
She has been an amazing artist for a long, long time. Any student of female vocalist of the mid-20th Century must have some exposure to CC. I saw her only once in San Francisco in the '70's... and she was lovely and wonderful !!

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