If I were a waitress, I'd like to wait on Thelma Jones. Look how happy she is to see me (and, yes, the flower is for yours truly). Miss Thelma, as you may know, is a singer who can perform in just about any genre - though she's most noted for her R&B recordings - but I like her best when she does the blues, baby, blues.
And, yes, she's the the real deal, which isn't all that surprising, since her past as a gospel singer infuses 2006's "Law Of Old" - a Cheerfully Blues Exclusive! - with an almost palpable urgency. Just listen to her on "Get By Blues," a honky-tonk infused number, or "All Tears Fall," which takes her in a jazz direction, and you'll wonder why she hasn't cut more LPs like this one.
Let's leap back a few years. If you were a fighting man during WWII, you had this picture hanging in your locker:
Yes, it's Julie London, barely a legal teen at the time, and already giving men
True, it was a teensy bit passe for Julie to be making such claims this late during the sexual revolution, but make no mistake, "Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast" - a Cheerfully Lossless One-Night Stand Exclusive! - is a prime slice of breathy-sexy cheese. The voice is low and throaty, the arrangements suave and seductive, and the song choices, like "Everything I Have Is Yours" and "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home," wonderfully lacking in subtlety. Yet the capper is the LPs final song, Julie's tender take on the "Mickey Mouse Club Theme Song" (I'm not kidding). I really wish I was in the room when she pitched this to her record execs. "But, you guys, c'mon, those ears! So-o-o hot!"
The Secret Song File is so American. She hasn't had plastic surgery, but she's thinking about it, which means she's not ready to go it (seemingly) au naturale like her French counterparts (then again, the French routinely make fun of Deneuve's fluctuating weight). There's also the matter of "black-don't-crack," and in the case of singers like Sade, this seems to hold true.
It also holds true for an R&B singer who's been around longer than you think, and she's just released her best album to date (for reals). Is change gonna come (*cough*) with her face in later years? Don't bet on it. And don't bet on it with The Secret Song File, either. As she's said to us many times, she's a "youthful-looking" thirty-nine (and plans to stay that way) (for good).
If she's always 39, we can all be!
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