From Glasgow To Broadway

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Review Text Ella Logan remains best-remembered as the star of the 1947 Broadway musical Finian's Rainbow, but the Scottish-born singer/actress, who spent her adult life in the U.S., had a lengthy recording career that ran across 25 years, and included stints with the major labels Decca, Columbia, and Capitol. Most of those recordings were released on 78s in the 1930s and '40s, with only the occasional track earning reissue on a various-artists LP or CD in the succeeding decades. But the 50-year copyright limit in Europe has expired, and has emboldened the U.K.'s Sepia Records to undertake a compilation drawn from the 78s of collectors. It should revise the general notion about Logan, which derives entirely from her brogue-laden singing of "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" In fact, she started out as a jazz-baby band singer in the early 1930s, and the tracks that lead off this collection find her as a teenager fronting groups with names like the Rhythm Maniacs, who play hot, 1920s-style jazz, and society dance orchestra arrangements, as she sings in a distinctly American accent, even when the recordings originated in London. By the mid-'30s, she was in America, sharing a microphone with Bob Crosby and Hoagy Carmichael (including a hit 1938 version of the latter's "Two Sleepy People"). She finally begins to display her Celtic roots in the mid-1940s on the eight tracks that made up her self-financed album for Majestic Records when, backed by Frank DeVol and His Orchestra, she swings her way through "A Little Bit of Heaven (Shure They Called It Ireland)." The album closes with "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" and "Old Devil Moon," borrowed from the Finian's Rainbow original Broadway cast recording. Actually, there's more where this came from, enough to fill a second disc. But given the dearth of Logan recordings in print on CD as of 2002, what is here should be more than welcome for fans of this nearly forgotten singer. ~ William Ruhlmann

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Hold Your Glasses With Bottoms Up - 3:56
  2. 2. Bigger and Better Than Ever - 3:52
  3. 3. I'm Still at Your Beck and Call - 3:57
  4. 4. He's My Secret Passion - 3:05
  5. 5. Whispering Out of the South - 3:59
  6. 6. Dinah - 3:21
  7. 7. Follow a Star -- Selection, Pt. 1 - 3:38
  8. 8. Follow a Star -- Selection, Pt. 2 - 3:50
  9. 9. I'm Doing That Thing - 3:51
  10. 10. She Walked Right Up and Took My Man Away - 3:52
  11. 11. Way Back Home, Pt. 1 - 3:54
  12. 12. 'Way Back Home, Pt. 2 - 3:02
  13. 13. Two Sleepy People - 3:08
  14. 14. New Orleans - 3:14
  15. 15. Waikiki - 3:44
  16. 16. There's a Small Hotel - 3:57
  17. 17. America I Love You - 3:32
  18. 18. Loch Lomond - 3:03
  19. 19. Book at My Bedside - 3:48
  20. 20. Little Bit of Heaven - 3:54
  21. 21. That Old Feeling - 3:11
  22. 22. Give My Regards to Broadway - 2:22
  23. 23. It's a Long Way to Tipperary - 2:29
  24. 24. How Are Things in Glocca Morra? - 3:15
  25. 25. Old Devil Moon - 3:26

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5/8/06 

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