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Shirley Horn

A superior ballad singer and a talented pianist, Shirley Horn put off potential success until finally becoming a major attraction while in her fifties. She studied piano from the age of four. After attending Howard University, Horn put together her first trio in 1954, and was encouraged in the early '60s by Miles Davis and Quincy Jones. She recorded three albums during 1963-1965 for Mercury and ABC/Paramount, but chose to stick around Washington, D.C., and raise a family instead of pursuing her career. In the early '80s, she began recording for SteepleChase, but Shirley Horn really had her breakthrough in 1987 when she started making records for Verve, an association that continued on records like 1998's I Remember Miles and 2001's You're My Thrill. Along the way she picked up many prestigious honors including seven Grammy nominations (and one win for Best Jazz Vocal Album with I Remember Miles), a 1996 induction into the Lionel Hampton Jazz Hall of Fame and France's the Academie Du Jazz's Prix Billie Holiday for her 1990 album Close Enough for Love. In 2001 Horn's health began to fail (she had her left foot amputated due to diabetes) and while it affected her piano playing, she continued to perform sporadically and recorded one final album for Verve, 2003's May the Music Never End. Horn passed away on October 20, 2005, due to complications from diabetes. ~ Scott Yanow & Tim Sendra
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Marian Mcpartland's Piano Jazz Radio Broadcast

1. Conversation

2. Love Is Here To Stay

3. Conversation

4. I Could Have Told You

5. Conversation

6. Billie's Bounce

7. Conversation

8. Blood Count

9. Conversation

10. Love You Madly

11. Conversation

12. Violets For Your Furs

13. Conversation

14. Cherry

15. Conversation

16. There's No You

17. Conversation

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

19. Conversation

20. Shirley's Blues

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Track List: But Beautiful - The Best Of Shirley Horn

1. I Just Found Out About Love

2. You Won't Forget Me

3. You Don't Know Me

4. The Great City

5. Fever

6. If You Love Me

7. A Time For Love

8. Come Dance With Me

9. Nice 'n' Easy (live)

10. But Beautiful

11. Here's To Life

12. Jelly, Jelly (Bonus Track) (live)

13. Loads Of Love (Bonus Track)

14. I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Bonus track) (live)

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Track List: May The Music Never End

1. Forget Me

2. If You Go Away

3. Yesterday

4. Take Love Easy

5. Never Let Me Go

6. Watch What Happens

7. Ill Wind

8. Maybe September

9. Everything Must Change

10. This Is All I Ask

11. May The Music Never End

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Track List: You're My Thrill

1. You're My Thrill

2. The Best Is Yet To Come

3. Solitary Moon

4. Sharing The Night With The Blues

5. I Got Lost In His Arms

6. The Rules Of The Road

7. My Heart Stood Still

8. You'd Better Love Me (While You May)

9. The Very Thought Of You

10. Why Don't You Do Right ?

11. All Night Long

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Track List: Ultimate Shirley Horn

1. Come Dance With Me

2. Come A Little Closer/Wild Is The Wind

3. Hard-Hearted Hannah, The Vamp Of Savannah

4. Only The Lonely

5. Something Happens To Me

6. I Fall In Love Too Easily

7. Foolin' Myself

8. A Time For Love

9. Get Out Of Town

10. Do It Again

11. (Being) Green

12. The Eagle And Me

13. Summer (Estate)

14. Baby, Baby, All The Time

15. I Wanna Be Loved

16. Hit The Road, Jack

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Track List: Loads Of Love - Shirley Horn With Horns

1. Wild Is Love

2. Loads Of Love

3. My Future Just Passed

4. There's A Boat That's Leavin' Soon For New York

5. Ten Cents A Dance

6. Only The Lonely

7. The Second Time Around

8. Do It Again

9. It's Love

10. That's No Joke

11. Love For Sale

12. Who Am I?

13. On The Street Where You Live

14. The Great City

15. That Old Black Magic

16. Mack The Knofe

17. Come Dance With Me

18. Let Me Love You

19. After You're Gone

20. Wouldn't It Be Loverly

21. Go Away Little Boy

22. I'm In The Mood For Love

23. The Good Life

24. Wee Small Hours

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Track List: You Won't Forget Me

1. The Music That Makes Me Dance

2. Come Dance With Me

3. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'

4. Beautiful Love

5. Come Back To Me

6. Too Late Now

7. I Just Found Out About Love

8. It Had To Be You

9. Soothe Me

10. Foolin' Myself

11. If You Go

12. You Stepped Out Of A Dream

13. You Won't Forget Me

14. All My Tomorrows

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Shirley Horn has become one of my favorite jazz vocalists along with Karri Alyson and so many others. I did not know she had died...I pray for her. Bless her soul, talent and love songs!
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Her Voice is of a Angel.
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Of course I love Miss Horn. She's in a class all her own, sexy, sassy, sophisticate d and soulful more importantly her music is intelligent and conveys such depth about the simplest of things. Love her! Sweet!
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Beautiful, listening to her is like watching a flower bloom. So peaceful and soothing.
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As her bio shows....one is never to old to be star.......A n d she sure was a star. RIP Shirley Horn
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One of the greats
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joarimom
Indeed one of the greatest of our time. Listening to her music immediately puts you at ease and relaxes you. Gives you hope for humanity.
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Shiley Horn is the best jazz vocalist..I saw her several times...met her in person, autograph. Amazing woman, graceful and classy...she had her classic long black gloves on and velvet shawl.... magnificent women.
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The name Horn says it all, she was born for Music.
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This artist, in my estimation, could do NO WRONG!!!! LOVE HER!
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Let's face it, there will never be another Shirley Horn. From the moment I heard Here's to life, I was hooked! Although it is an amazing album, there is no mention of her "l Love You Paris" live album! Sit in a quiet place an listen to, her version of "l Love You Porgey" and your life will be changed. Her command of the piano, her interpretati o n of the arrangement, will leave you speechless!
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And...again. . . a n d again....... . .
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WTF!!! Enthusiasts & non Enthusiasts Knew her before 91'! !& Whatever happened to Shirley Horn With Strings ? Summer Estate 92' I Think she was nominated or WON a grammy for that album!...Soo much material (Work) of hers DESERVES' Attention folks than what is posted here!!! Why isn't this mentioned in her bio? WHOMEVA!! is commenting and/or reporting on MiZZ HoRN should have their card & membership to Jazz Knowledge REVOKED!.She & her Legacy deserves much better than what is being reported
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Amazing doesn't even come close to representing this woman's talent and delivery. Sina quo non says it all.

Her voice, her piano, the phrasing of each creates nothing less than magic.
All while grounded in the earth and the soul of humanity. What else need be there?
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Seldom, if ever, have I been entranced by any presentation of music as that by Shirley Horn. Great depths of emotion are plumbed by her absolutely matchless artistry. And when she swings out, this girl romps! Defining standards for piano trio.
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Her voice is amazing, elegant, sultry and I love it.
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make you undress..it' s gonna get real EVIL in here..
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Love "Here's to Life" too!! My fav!
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Ms. Shirley Horn ,, my my ... seem's like I've been listenin' to Ms. Horn forever .. Love: ,, her ballads & piano renditions .. are SWEET !!.....~arno l d ~
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know41self4
Shirley Horn isn't one-of-a-kin d . . . . s h e ' s the only of a kind.
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WOULD SOME KIND SOUL PLAY 'I REMEMBER MILES,I HAVE
NEVER HEARD IT.BUT SOUND VERY FESTY...PEAC E O U T . . . E R N I E
SCHUBERT
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SHIRLEY HORN IS AWSOME...ERN I E SCHUBERT
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Divine~
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Shirley Horns voice is simply divine, with smoothness .I 1st remember hearing her voice at a clients house .And I simply, asked him who is this singing so sweetly? He simply said ,the sweet relaxing voice of Shirley Horn ,and every since then ,I fell in love with he soothing voice .
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Perfection
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Here's to life ? Hell here's too Shirley
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isn't shirley horn the finest singer/songw r t e r in jazz?
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Shirley Horn can make quiet quieter, and so, so lush...
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lorysanclark
Here's To Life!
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This is just giving me "fever" perfection
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pp.laguna
Her velvet voice is like delicious syrup slowly dripping each note, making me crave more and more. Sensuous isn't enough to describe her soulful interpretati o n of every note of every melody. She is / was a treasure to be cherished forever. Here's to Life never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Love you, Shirley.
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I never knew Shirley Horn went to Howard University.
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deb750
wow
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know41self
Here's To Life is one of my favorites... d e f i n i t e l y one of her/jazz's best
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prsfmail-man
The best, period.
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Her timing and the way she filled space in the music was her genius.
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semajf
How come no mention of Here's to Life!! One of her all time greatest cd's!!
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Simply Beautiful!
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i remember miles is great work
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mooyoo.77
MILES DAVIS LET ME KNOW THAT SHIRLEY COULD DO MORE THAN PLAY A GREAT PIANO.
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janmarie6
I was grateful to have seen Ms. Horn live at Yoshi's in Oakland in either '94 or '95 (memory lapse). She was truly one of the greats.
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travelman193 9
Always grest! Love ya Shirl!
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What an incredible voice.
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A once in a lifetime voice!
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I'm really feeling this song right now.Beautifu l
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Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Could always count on Shirley Horn on singing everything with the purest of good taste. You could never accuse her of over singing anything.
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I'm such a fan! When I was younger, my mom used to listen to her tape : ) . Now, I'm pregnant wih my first, and listening to it on Pandora and my iPod!
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Love love love her!
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Ditto.
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I love her voice.That's all I can say
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