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Kay Starr: The Complete Lamplighter Recordings 1945-46

“Wheel of Fortune,” Kay Starr’s 1952 hit single, made her an international pop star, bringing her commercial success following a 15-year career as a critically acclaimed but low-profile jazz singer. In her mid-teens, the Oklahoma-born vocalist toured with violinist Joe Venuti, and subsequently enjoyed associations with bands headed by Wingy Manone and Charlie Barnet.

Although intermittently returning to jazz after achieving pop stardom-notably a 1962 Capitol ballad collection featuring Ben Webster and Gerald Wiggins, and a 1975 GNP Crescendo album with Red Norvo, Blue Mitchell and Jimmy Rowles-her achievements as a straight-ahead jazz vocalist have been largely forgotten. Arriving on the heels of last year’s Hep reissue, I’ve Got to Sing 1944-1948, The Complete Lamplighter Sessions 1945-1946 helps to correct this oversight.

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