Maxine Sullivan’s 1937 recording of “Loch Lomond” made her an overnight star with major label contracts, her own CBS radio show and a featured role in the Warner Brothers movie Going Places. But by 1944, she’d grown tired of battling with agents and managers and decided to become a free-lance artist, taking charge of her own career. Throughout the ’40s, she was a fixture at sophisticated Manhattan clubs-Le Ruban Bleu, the Village Vanguard, the Penthouse Club-but only received offers to record for obscure independent labels. The “Le Ruban Bleu” Years: The Complete Recordings 1944-1949 collects her sessions for Davis, Delux, and International, along with four 1949 radio transcriptions, and a “bonus program” of five sides cut for Armed Forces Radio in the early ’40s.
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