Sunday, April 15, 2007
Another from a recent charity shop trawl. Ottilie only sings two tracks on this 1959 LP but they are my favourite tracks despite the crackling and popping due to surface noise. Chris Barber's Band consisted at that time of himself on trombone, Monty Sunshine on clarinet, Pat Halcox playing trumpet, Eddie Smith on banjo , Dick Smith on bass, Graham Burbridge on the drums and Ottilie on vocals. On the old Fats Waller song "Squeeze Me" Ottilie also accompanies herself on piano.
"Ottilie Patterson joined Chris Barber's Jazz Band on 1 January 1955. She made her first major appearance at what is now a legendary Royal Festival Hall concert on 9 January 1955, where she stunned critics and the public alike with the power of her voice, and in particular her unique ability to sing the blues. Ottilie was forced to retire due to ill health in the early 1970s, although she did appear and record with the band from time to time after that. The Barber Band catalogue includes literally hundreds of songs by Ottilie, ranging from novelty items and pop songs to Irish ballads and jazz standards
-- but above all, the blues."
Discover more about Chris Barber and Ottilie Patterson HERE
Ottilie Patterson - Squeeze Me
Ottilie Patterson - Darling Nelly Gray
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