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Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music

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Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music

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Legendary singer, dancer, actress, and activist Lena Horne is the subject of our upcoming lecture “Lena Horne: Smashing Barriers,” to be presented by historian John Kenrick on the evening of February 26. In the meantime, you can hear dozens of Horne’s greatest recordings, including the nine albums below, for free on HooplaDigital.com using your Livingston Library card…

Lena Horne Sings: The M-G-M Singles (2010)

Recorded between 1947-48, these 16 tracks highlight some of Horne’s lesser-known (but still excellent) recordings.

Feelin’ Good and Lena in Hollywood (1965 / 1966)

Get two great albums for just one Hoopla borrow: Feelin’ Good finds Horne putting her stamp on songs made famous by artists like Tony Bennett, Nina Simone, and The Beatles; Lena in Hollywood contains enthusiastic covers of famous movie musical numbers by composers like Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein, Dorothy Fields, and Henry Mancini.

Soul (1966)

Stepping out of her comfort zone and trying out poppier material, Horne performs 1960s hits like “Unchained Melody” and “What the World Needs Now is Love.”

The Lady and Her Music: Live on Broadway (1981)

Horne’s 1981 Broadway musical revue won her both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award. The soundtrack album, produced by Quincy Jones, won two Grammy Awards for Best Musical Show Album, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

We’ll Be Together Again (1994)

Horne’s first album for iconic record label Blue Note Records was nominated for the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1995, and includes her versions of classics like “Prelude to a Kiss” and “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me.” 

An Evening With Lena Horne: Live at the Supper Club (1995)

Winner of the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1996, this album captures a 77 year-old Horne sounding decades younger. Writing for AllMusic.com, Scott Yarow said:Horne talks the lyrics a little more than in the past but she cuts loose in spots with power, performs superior standards, takes part of a Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn medley as a duet with bassist Ben Brown, and is not shy to hold long notes.”

Being Myself (1998)

Horne’s last album of new material showcases her elegant maturity and exquisite phrasing on standards like Vernon Duke’s “Autumn in New York,” and the Gershwin Brothers’ “How Long Has This Been Going On?”

Seasons of a Life (2006)

The last album Horne released in her lifetime is this compilation of outtakes & other rarities that she recorded for Blue Note Records throughout the ‘90s. It also features jazz legend Herbie Hancock accompanying Horne on renditions of “Chelsea Bridge” and “Willow Weep for Me.”

Joe, Adult Services & Acquisitions

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