Julie London admirer Lyn Stanley, makes an extremely accomplished and enjoyable late-night album / Elsewhere
Julie London – who died in 2000 age 74 – was what Hollywood folks used to call "a looker". And she was. As a smoky and slightly steamy singer, longtime admirer of Billie Holiday and her ability to sell a lyric, she had a considerable career as a jazzy vocalist and was enormously popular in the Fifties. American singer Lyn Stanley is not just an admirer of London but has had her ear on contemporary standards. This is an extremely accomplished and very enjoyable late-night album but if it seems we have spoken as much here about Julie London as Lyn Stanley it is because London deserves to be heard still, which is no doubt the generous reason behind this selection. If Stanley – who is an excellent singer and interpreter in this genre – points you to London with this then she, you and London win on both counts. And no, she doesn't cover the Clash.