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Clare Teal: "If you're brought up in a working-class family, you haven't got money for records so everything you get hold of, you treasure, learn to love, and I loved those Ella tapes." - (Radio Times 23-29 January 2021)

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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12,399 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 118 of them this year alone and, so far, 118 this month (Jan. 25).

Monday, December 18, 2017

RIP Keely Smith

It's not just because our birthdays coincide that I feel sad at the passing of Keely Smith inasmuch as the knowledge that yet another purveyor of the GASBook has gone. Fortunately, Keely left behind a recorded legacy of the highest standard that bears  comparision with any of her peers past and present.
I first heard her on TV with the wild trumpet player Louis Prima whom she later married. Capital albums with Nelson Riddle and Billy May kept the flame in my heart burning. That flame was reignited this morning when I heard the sad news and again as I listen to Spotlight on Keely Smith part of Capital's Great Ladies of Song series.
Keely died on Saturday (December 16) at the age of 89 although some sources say 85.
Sadly missed.
Lance.

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