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A Celebration of Lena HorneA Celebration of Lena Horne
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b. 30 June 1917, Brooklyn, New York, USA. A dynamic performer, of striking appearance and elegant style. The daughter of an actress and a hotel operator, she was brought up mainly by her paternal grandmother, Cora Calhoun Horne. She made her professional debut at the age of 16 as a singer in the chorus at Harlem's Cotton Club, learning from Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway , Billie Holiday and Harold Arlen, the composer of a future big hit, 'Stormy Weather'. From 1935-36 she was featured vocalist with the all-black Noble Sissle 's Society Orchestra (the same Noble Sissle who, with Eubie Blake, wrote several hit songs including 'Shuffle Along' and 'I'm Just Wild About Harry') and later toured with the top swing band of Charlie Barnet, singing numbers such as 'Good For Nothin' Joe' and 'You're My Thrill'. Sometimes, when Barnet's Band played the southern towns, Horne had to stay in the band bus. She made her Broadway debut in 1934 as 'A Quadroon Girl' in Dance With Your Gods, and also appeared in Lew Leslie's Blackbirds Of 1939, in which she sang Mitchell Parish and Sammy Fain 's 'You're So Indifferent' - but only for the show's run of nine performances.

After a spell at the Caf´┐Ż Society Downtown in New York, she moved to Hollywood's Little Troc Club and was spotted by Roger Edens, musical supervisor for MGM Pictures, and former accompanist for Ethel Merman, who introduced her to producer Arthur Freed. In her first film for MGM, Panama Hattie (1942), which starred Merman, Horne sang Cole Porter 's 'Just One Of Those Things', and a rhumba number called 'The Sping'. To make her skin appear lighter on film, the studio used a special make-up called 'Light Egyptian'. Horne referred to herself as 'a sepia Hedy Lamarr'. Her next two films, Cabin In The Sky and Stormy Weather , both made in 1943, are generally regarded as her best. In the remainder of her 40s and 50s movie musicals (which included Thousands Cheer , Swing Fever , Broadway Rhythm , Two Girls And A Sailor , Ziegfeld Follies , Till The Clouds Roll By , Words And Music , Duchess Of Idaho and Meet Me In Las Vegas), she merely performed guest shots that were easily removable, without spoiling the plot, for the benefit of southern-state distributors.

Her 40s record hits included her theme song, 'Stormy Weather', and two other Arlen songs, ''Deed I Do' and 'As Long As I Live'. She also recorded with several big swing era names such as Artie Shaw, Cab Calloway and Teddy Wilson. During World War II, she became the pin-up girl for many thousands of black GIs and refused to appear on US tours unless black soldiers were admitted to the audience. In 1947 she married pianist, arranger and conductor Lennie Hayton, who also became her manager and mentor until his death in 1971. For a time during the 50s Lena Horne was blacklisted, probably for her constant involvement with the Civil Rights movement, but particularly for her friendship with alleged Communist sympathizer Paul Robeson. Ironically, she was at the peak of her powers at that time, and although she was unable to appear much on television and in films, she continued to make records and appear in nightclubs, which were regarded as her special forte. Evidence of that was displayed on Lena Horne At The Waldorf Astoria. The material ranged from the sultry 'Mood Indigo', right through to the novelty 'New Fangled Tango' and Lena At The Sands, with its medleys of songs by Richard Rodgers /Oscar Hammerstein II,Jule Styne and E.Y. 'Yip' Harburg. Other US Top 30 chart albums included Give The Lady What She Wants and Porgy And Bess , with Harry Belafonte. Horne also made the US Top 20 singles charts in 1955 with 'Love Me Or Leave Me', written by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson for Ruth Etting to sing in the 1928 Broadway show Whoopee. In 1957, Horne had her first starring role on Broadway when she played Savannah, opposite Ricardo Montalban, in the Arlen/Harburg musical Jamaica . In the 60s, besides the usual round of television shows and records, she appeared in a dramatic role, with Richard Widmark, in Death Of A Gunfighter (1969). After Hayton's death in 1971 she worked less, but did feature in The Wiz , an all-black film version of The Wizard Of Oz , starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, and in 1979 she received an honorary doctorate degree from Harvard University. In May 1981, she opened on Broadway in her own autobiographical show, Lena Horne: The Lady And Her Music. It ran at the Nederland Theatre to full houses for 14 months, a Broadway record for a one-woman show. Horne received several awards including a special Tony Award for 'Distinguished Achievement In The Theatre', a Drama Desk Award, New York Drama Critics' Special Award, New York City's Handel Medallion, Dance Theatre of Harlem's Emergence Award, two Grammy Awards and the NAACP Springarn Award. She took the show to London in 1984, where it was also acclaimed. In 1993, after not having sung in public for several years, Lena Horne agreed to perform the songs of Billy Strayhorn at the US JVC Jazz Festival. She included several of the same composer's songs on her 1994 album We'll Be Together Again, and, in the same year, surprised and delighted her fans by appearing in concert at Carnegie Hall.

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2000Quintessential
1998A & E Biograpghy
1998Being Myself
1996Aint It the Truth
1996Whispering
1996Lena Soul
1996Lena Sings Hollywood
1995Jingle All the Way
1995Lena Horne Christmas
1995With Love From Lena
1995Stormy Weather [Prime Cuts]
1995Stormy Weather [Charly]
1995Lena Horne [Fat Boy]
1994Love Is the Thing
1994Lena Horne [Castle]
1994An Evening with Lena Horne
1994We'll Be Together Again
1992At Long Last Lena
1991I Have Dreamed
1990Merry from Lena
1989Honeysuckle Rose
1981Live on Broadway
1981A Lady & Her Music
1976Lena, A New Album
1971Nature's Baby
1969Lena & Gaborn
1969Watch What Happens
1967Men in My Life
1966Lena in Hollywood
1966Soul
1965Feelin' Good
1964Like Latin
1964Here's Lena Now
1963Lena Goes Latin
1963Lovely and Alive
1963Lena Horne Sings Your Requests
1962On the Blue Side
1961Lena Horne at the Sands
1959The Songs of Burke and Van Heusen
1959Lena and Ivie
1959Porgy & Bess
1958Give the Lady What She Wants
1957Lena Horne at the Waldorf Astoria
1957Jamaica [O.S.T.]
1955It's Love
1946More Than You Know
1944A Date with Lena Horne - 1944


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2000 Quintessential

01. Just One Of Those Things
02. The Sping
03. Ain't It The Truth
04. Life's Full O' Consequences
05. Honey In The Honeycomb
06. Honeysuckle Rose
07. You're So Indiff'rent
08. Jericho
09. There's No Two Ways About Love
10. Diga Diga Doo
11. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
12. Stormy Weather
13. Good For Nothing'
14. Brazilian Boogie
15. Somebody Loves Me
16. Tete A Tete At Tea Time/Solid Potato Salad
17. Paper Doll
18. Trembling Of A Leaf
19. Love
20. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
21. Why Was I Born?
22. Bill
23. Where Or When
24. The Lady Is A Tramp
25. Baby, Come Out Of The Clouds



1998 A & E Biograpghy

01. Love Me Or Leave Me
02. Singin' In The Rain
03. Just One Of Those Things
04. Stormy Weather
05. Ain't It The Truth
06. The Lady Is A Tramp
07. Moon River
08. I Love Paris
09. A Fine Romance
10. Day Follows Day
11. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
12. Willow Weep For Me
13. I Got A Worried Man
14. You Know What To Do
15. Never On Sunday
16. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
17. We'll Be Together Again



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1998 Being Myself

01. Some of My Best Friends Are the Blues
02. As Long as I Live
03. Autumn in New York
04. It's Alright with Me
05. Sleepin' Bee
06. Imagination
07. How Long Has This Been Going On?
08. After You
09. Willow Weep for Me
10. What Am I Here For


1996 Aint It the Truth

01. Just One Of Those Things
02. The Sping
03. Ain' It The Truth
04. Life's Full O' Consequences
05. Honey In The Honeycomb
06. Honeysuckle Rose
07. You're So Indiff'rent
08. Jericho
09. Brazilian Boogie
10. Somebody Loves Me
11. Tete A Tete At Tea Time/Solid Potato Salad
12. Paper Doll
13. Paper Doll (Outtake: Alternate Lyric)
14. Trembling Of A Leaf (Outtake)
15. Love
16. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
17. Why Was I Born?
18. Bill (Outtake)
19. Where Or When
20. The Lady Is A Tramp
21. Baby, Come Out Of The Clouds
22. If You Can Dream
23. You Got Looks (Outtake)



1996 Whispering

01. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
02. Blue Prelude
03. LIttle Girl Blue
04. It's A Rainy Day
05. Frankie & Johnny
06. Whispering
07. Just Squeeze Me
08. Beale Street Blues
09. Hesitation Blues



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1996 Lena Soul

01. I Got a Worried Man
02. Wonder What I'm Gonna Do
03. I'd Like to Hear It Sometime
04. What the World Needs Now Is Love
05. Unchained Melody
06. Let the Little People Talk
07. Love Bug
08. Taste of Honey
09. Old Mill Stream
10. Like a Child
11. Music of the World a Turnin'
12. You Know What to Do


1996 Lena Sings Hollywood

1995 Jingle All the Way

1995 Lena Horne Christmas

01. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
02. Jingle Bells
03. Frosty the Snowman
04. Merry Christmas, Baby
05. Let It Snow!
06. Have Yourself a Merry Little...
07. Christmas Blues
08. Christmas Is
09. (Everybody's Waitin' for) the Man...
10. Winter Wonderland
11. Silver Bells
12. Christmas Song
13. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
14. White Christmas


1995 With Love From Lena

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1995 Stormy Weather [Prime Cuts]

01. Stormy Weather
02. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
03. Mad About the Boy
04. As Long as I Live
05. Once in a Lifetime
06. Blowin' in the Wind
07. Best Things in Life Are Free
08. More Than You Know
09. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
10. Lady Is a Tramp


1995 Stormy Weather [Charly]

1995 Lena Horne [Fat Boy]

01. Love
02. I Wish I Was Back in My Baby's Arms
03. Why Was I Born
04. Good-For-Nothin' Joe
05. Love Me or Leave Me
06. I Got It Bad
07. Stormy Weather
08. Poppa Don't Preach to Me
09. Honeysuckle Rose
10. Lady Is a Tramp
11. Lover Man
12. Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine
13. From This Moment On
14. Take Me
15. Night and Day
16. Old Devil Moon
17. More
18. My Blue Heaven
19. Cuckoo in the Clock



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1994 Love Is the Thing

01. I'd Do Anything
02. Love Is The Thing
03. Fun To Be Fooled
04. It's Love
05. You're The One
06. I Get The Blues When It Rains
07. Darn That Dream
08. I'm Through With Love
09. Someone to Watch over Me
10. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
11. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
12. It's Anybody's Spring
13. Rules of the Road
14. Paradise
15. I Got Rhythm
16. I Understand
17. It's A Lonesome Old Town
18. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
19. They Didn't Believe Me
20. Come On Strong


1994 Lena Horne [Castle]

1994 An Evening with Lena Horne

01. I Come Runnin'
02. Maybe
03. I've Got The World On A String
04. Old Friend
05. Something To Live For
06. Mood Indigo
07. Squeeze Me
08. Do Nothing 'Till You Hear From Me
09. Yesterday When I Was Young
10. How's Your Romance
11. Why Shouldn't I
12. Ours
13. Just One Of Those Things
14. We'll Be Together Again
15. Watch What Happens
16. Lady Is A Tramp


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1994 We'll Be Together Again

01. Something to Live For
02. Day Follows Day
03. Prelude to a Kiss
04. Love Like This Can't Last
05. We'll Be Together Again
06. Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
07. Old Friend
08. You're the One
09. Havin' Myself a Time
10. My Mood Is You
11. I'll Always Leave the Door a Little...
12. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
13. Forever Was a Day
14. I've Got to Have You
15. My Buddy



1992 At Long Last Lena

01. From This Moment On
02. You Do Something to Me
03. It's All Right with Me
04. What Is This Thing Called Love
05. Get out of Town
06. At Long Last Love
07. Just One of Those Things
08. Let's Put out the Lights
09. Love Me or Leave Me
10. Mad About the Boy
11. New-Fangled Tango



1991 I Have Dreamed

1990 Merry from Lena

1989 Honeysuckle Rose

01. Lady Is a Tramp
02. Honeysuckle Rose
03. Old Devil Moon
04. My Blue Heaven
05. He Loves Me
06. Stormy Weather
07. Take Me
08. Lover Man
09. From This Moment On
10. Poppa Don't Preach to Me
11. Night and Day
12. Cuckoo in the Clock
13. By Myself
14. Island in the West Indies
15. Can't Help Lovin' That Man
16. Ours


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1981 Live on Broadway (Lena Horne: The Lady & Her Music]

01. Overture
02. From This Moment On
03. I Got a Name
04. I'm Glad There Is You
05. I Want to Be Happy
06. Copper Colored Gal
07. Raisin' the Rent
08. As Long as I Live
09. Lady with the Fan
10. Cotton Club to Hollywood
11. Where or When
12. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
13. Hollywood
14. Just One of Those Things
15. Stormy Weather, Pt. 1
16. Love
17. Broadway
18. Push de Button
19. Lady Is a Tramp
20. Yesterday, When I Was Young
21. Deed I Do
22. Life Goes On
23. Watch What Happens
24. Surrey with the Fringe on Top
25. Fly
26. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
27. Lady Must Live
28. Love This Business
29. That's What Miracles Are All About
30. Early Career
31. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write...
32. Stormy Weather, Pt. 2
33. If You Believe
34. Stormy Weather


1981 A Lady & Her Music [Original Master Recordings]

01. From This Moment On
02. I Got a Name
03. I'm Glad There Is You
04. I Want to Be Happy
05. Cotton Club Revue
06. Where or When
07. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
08. Just One of Those Things
09. Stormy Weather
10. Love
11. Push de Button
12. Lady Is a Tramp
13. Yesterday, When I Was Young
14. Deed I Do
15. Life Goes On
16. Watch What Happens
17. Surrey with the Fringe on Top
18. Fly
19. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
20. Lady Must Live
21. That's What Miracles Are All About
22. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write...
23. If You Believe



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1976 Lena, A New Album

1971 Nature's Baby

01. Feels So Good
02. A Song for You
03. Maybe I'm Amazed
04. Bein' Green
05. Your Song
06. Mother Time
07. I Wouldn't Have You Any Other Way...
08. Only the Moon and Me
09. More Today Than Yesterday
10. Think About Your Troubles
11. Nature's Baby



1969 Lena & Gaborn

1969 Watch What Happens

01. Watch What Happens
02. Something
03. Everybody's Talkin'
04. Fool on the Hill
05. Yesterday When I Was Young
06. Rocky Raccoon
07. My Mood Is You
08. Message to Michael
09. Nightwind
10. In My Life


1967 Men in My Life

1966 Lena in Hollywood

01. Singin' in the Rain
02. In Love in Vain
03. Never on Sunday
04. Somewhere
05. All the Way
06. Wives and Lovers
07. It Had Better Be Tonight
08. Moon River
09. Fine Romance
10. I Love Paris
11. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World



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1966 Soul

01. I Got a Worried Man
02. Wonder What I'm Gonna Do
03. I'd Like to Hear It Sometime
04. What the World Needs Now Is Love
05. Unchained Melody
06. Let the Little People Talk
07. Love Bug
08. Taste of Honey
09. Old Mill Stream
10. Like a Child
11. Music Keeps the World a Turnin'
12. You Know What to Do


1965 Feelin' Good

1964 Like Latin

1964 Here's Lena Now

1963 Lena Goes Latin

01. From This Moment On
02. Take Me
03. Night And Day
04. Old Devil Moon
05. More
06. My Blue Heaven
07. Cuckoo In The Clock
08. Meditation
09. By Myself
10. Island In The West Indies
11. Ours
12. Falling In Love With Love
13. He Loves Me
14. Every Little Bit Hurts
15. Stormy Weather
16. Poppa Don't Preach To Me
17. Honeysuckle Rose
18. Lady Is A Tramp
19. Lover Man
20. Can't Help Lovin' That Man


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1963 Lovely and Alive

1963 Lena Horne Sings Your Requests

1962 Lena on the Blue Side

1961 Lena Horne at the Sands

1959 The Songs of Burke and Van Heusen

1959 Lena and Ivie

1959 Porgy & Bess

1958 Give the Lady What She Wants

01. Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
02. People Will Say We're in Love
03. Just in Time
04. Honey in the Honeycomb
05. You Better Know It
06. Get out of Town
07. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
08. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
09. At Long Last Love
10. Speak Low
11. Love
12. Let's Put out the Lights


1957 Lena Horne at the Waldorf Astoria

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1957 Jamaica [O.S.T.]

01. Overture
02. Savannah
03. Savannah's Wedding Day
04. Pretty to Walk With
05. Push de Button
06. Imcompatibility
07. Little Biscuit
08. Cocoanut Sweet
09. Pity the Sunset
10. Yankee Dollar
11. What Good Does It Do
12. Monkey in the Mango Tree
13. Take It Slow, Joe
14. Ain't It de Truth
15. Leave de Atom Alone
16. For Every Fish
17. I Don't Think I'll End It All Today
18. Napoleon


1955 It's Love

1946 More Than You Know

01. At Long Last Love
02. Gald to Be Unhappy
03. More Than You Know
04. You Got to My Head
05. Little Girl Blue
06. Frankie and Johnnie
07. Old Fashioned Love
08. Whispering
09. My Man's Gone Now



1944 A Date with Lena Horne - 1944



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