In what must surely be an industry record, the gap separating Anne Phillips’ first and second albums measures 42 years. But, between recording the all-standards set Born to Be Blue in 1959 and delivering a platter of original tunes, Gonna Lay My Heart on the Line, in 2001, the multitalented singer/arranger/producer/composer wasn’t exactly idle. She was a long-standing member of the Ray Charles Singers (no, not that Ray Charles, the other Ray Charles-née Charles Raymond Offenberg-who served as arranger and conductor for The Perry Como Show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour and various other TV hits, and scored a syrupy top 10 smash in 1964 with “Love Me With All Your Heart”). She’s provided backup to all sorts of big names (you can hear her behind Lesley Gore on “It’s My Party”), sung all sorts of commercial jingles, maintained a steady string of club dates, and created Jazz Nativity, which has become an annual, yuletide Manhattan institution.
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