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Cover to Cover – July 27, 2011

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A tribute to Miss Teal Joy, a now forgotten singer from the late 1950s / early 1960s. Teal Joy was born in Seattle and was (is?) of Japanese, French, and Peruvian extraction. Selections from Miss Teal Joy, an LP issued in 1958. Joy sings in Japanese, Yiddish, Italian, French, and Spanish as well as in English. Her version, in Italian (the original language) of “Come Back to Sorrento” is one of the highlights of the LP. Others include “Misirlou” (Yiddish) and “El Cumbanchero” (Spanish). She sings “’Deed I Do” in English and then, surprisingly, in Japanese. When she sings in English, her intonations sometimes remind you of Billie Holiday (Joy covers Holiday’s hit of the 1940s, “That Old Devil Called Love”), but at other moments she recalls Eartha Kitt and, surprisingly, Edith Piaf.

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