Mildred Bailey

Born 27 February 1907. Died 12 December 1951
Mildred Bailey
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1907-02-27
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Mildred Bailey

Mildred Bailey Biography (BBC)

A talented and much under-rated musician, Bailey was one of the earliest white vocalists to catch the nuances of African-American jazz. She had a good sense of swing, and her timing underlined the sense of the words she sang. She had a high, somewhat thin voice, but could hold her own as an improviser and scat singer with the finest musicians of the swing era - including Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman and her husband from 1933, vibes player Red Norvo.

She and Norvo were so much at the centre of New York's musical life in the 1930s that they were nicknamed 'Mr and Mrs Swing', although Bailey became better-known as 'The Rockin' Chair Lady' after her success with Hoagy Carmichael's famous song. Bailey grew up in Washington State in the Pacific North West. Her first work was as a song-plugger, but she also broadcast and toured in a travelling revue. She was the sister of the singer Al Rinker, whom she followed into Paul Whiteman's band, where her brother and Bing Crosby had been part of the famous 'Rhythm Boys'.

She cut discs with many swing stars, including guitarist Eddie Lang, but her best work dates from her time with Norvo's late 1930s group. In the 1940s, her marriage to Norvo ended, and after singing with Benny Goodman, she seldom worked for any time with anyone else's band, but appeared as a soloist. She had popular and well-attended runs in many New York clubs, and was a particular favourite at the Cafe Society. Diabetes and obesity stalled her career in the mid-1940s, but she was helped back to performance by a number of influential musicians. Nevertheless, health troubles ended her career prematurely at the start of the 1950s.

Mildred Bailey Biography (Wikipedia)

Mildred Bailey (born Mildred Rinker; February 27, 1907 – December 12, 1951) was a Native American jazz singer during the 1930s, known as "The Queen of Swing", "The Rockin' Chair Lady" and "Mrs. Swing". Some of her best-known hits are "It's So Peaceful in the Country", "Trust in Me", "Where Are You?", "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart", "Small Fry", "Please Be Kind", "Darn That Dream", "Rockin' Chair", "Blame It on My Last Affair", and "Says My Heart". She had three singles that made number one on the popular charts.

She grew up on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation in Idaho, where her mother was an enrolled member. The family moved to Spokane, Washington when she was 13. Her younger brothers also became musicians, with her brother Al Rinker starting to perform as a singer with Bing Crosby in Spokane and eventually becoming famous as a member of The Rhythm Boys. Charles Rinker became a lyricist, and Miles Rinker was a clarinet and saxophone player who later became a booking agent.

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Mildred Bailey
Darn That Dream
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Darn That Dream
Mildred Bailey
You're The Moment In My Life
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You're The Moment In My Life
Mildred Bailey
When Day Is Done
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When Day Is Done
Mildred Bailey
Please Be Kind
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Please Be Kind
Mildred Bailey
A Porter'S Love Song To A Chambermaid
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A Porter'S Love Song To A Chambermaid
Mildred Bailey
More Than You Know
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More Than You Know
Mildred Bailey
Georgia On My Mind
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Georgia On My Mind
Mildred Bailey
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
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I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Mildred Bailey
The Little Man Who Wasn't There
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The Little Man Who Wasn't There
Mildred Bailey
Fools Rush In
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Fools Rush In
Mildred Bailey
Lover Come Back To Me
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Lover Come Back To Me
Mildred Bailey
All The Things You Are
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All The Things You Are
Mildred Bailey
Please Be Kind
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Please Be Kind

Please Be Kind

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Red Norvo Orchestra
Mildred Bailey
Thanks for the Memory
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Thanks for the Memory
Mildred Bailey
Is That Religion?
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Is That Religion?
Mildred Bailey
Thanks For The Memory
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Thanks For The Memory
Mildred Bailey
It's A Woman's Prerogative
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It's A Woman's Prerogative
Mildred Bailey
Stormy Weather
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Stormy Weather
Mildred Bailey
I Go For That
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I Go For That
The Dorsey Brothers
I Like A Guy Who Takes His Time
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I Like A Guy Who Takes His Time
Mildred Bailey
Sleepy Time Down South
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Sleepy Time Down South
Jones/Green & Mildred Bailey
More than Ever
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More than Ever

More than Ever

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Jones/Green
Mildred Bailey
Love Is Here To Stay
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Love Is Here To Stay
Mildred Bailey
Georgia
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Georgia
Mildred Bailey
Small Fry
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Small Fry
Mildred Bailey
A Cigarette And A Silhouette
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A Cigarette And A Silhouette
Mildred Bailey
Gulf Coast Blues
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Gulf Coast Blues
Jerry Jerome
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
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I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

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Jerry Jerome
George Wetling
Joe Allard
Allen Hanlon
Hank D'Amico
Wes Hein
Barney Zudecoff
Pete Peterson
Red Norvo
Charles Lamphere
Zeke Zarchy
Bill Miller
Jimmy Blake
Composer
MILDRED BAILEY
Hank D'Amico
Thanks for the memory
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Thanks for the memory
Hank D'Amico
Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
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Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
Zutty Singleton
Where Are You?
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Where Are You?

Where Are You?

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MILDRED BAILEY
Dave Barbour
More Than You Know
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More Than You Know

More Than You Know

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Composer
MILDRED BAILEY
Dave Barbour
A Porter's Love Song To A Chambermaid
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A Porter's Love Song To A Chambermaid
Johnny Hodges
Willow Tree
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Willow Tree
Mildred Bailey
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
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I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
Mildred Bailey
Zoot Suit
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Zoot Suit
Mildred Bailey
It's Wonderful
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It's Wonderful
Mildred Bailey
Love Is Here To Stay
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Love Is Here To Stay
Mildred Bailey
I'll Close My Eyes
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I'll Close My Eyes
Mildred Bailey
Emaline
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Emaline
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