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A hybrid genre which can be quite wide-ranging (see Wikipedia entries below) but I guess the term "Saturday night variety" bands it together as well as any. As is often the case with my one song / one genre tagging, pieces with elements of Crooner or Cabaret can be lost to other primary tags such as Big Band / Jive / Swing, Jazz, Pop or Pop Ballad.


The Jukebox Pick (of 2,932):

 The Day The Rains Came Down [live '61]

 (Carl Sigman, Gilbert Bécaud, Pierre Delanoë)

 Jane Morgan

 10 out of 10 “Utterly perfect” Crooner / Cabaret

 There's a few versions of this awesome track kicking around - all are 10s! However, splitting hairs... the (slightly tamer) English no.1 single version from 1958 is 3rd best, the (sexier) b-side sung entirely in French is 2nd best, and the live version which I've got on a compile (an English-French hybrid) is the ultimate. On the live version, both the band and Jane are raunchier, packing the most passionate punch; one of the greatest stage performances I've ever heard. It was recorded live at The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub, Los Angeles in 1961, with an orchestra conducted by Dick Hazard. The show was a bit of an extravaganza, and Jane was booked for a three-week stint which commenced on October 12th 1961. Kapp were on hand to record many of the performances, represented on the LP "Jane Morgan at The Cocoanut Grove" (Kapp KS-3268), first issued in February 1962. She was inspired by Édith Piaf - this positively shines through on this flawless and exquisite performance.


Some favourite artists:

Scott Walker, Édith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Gracie Fields

The Jukebox pick:

 

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