parlando playlist #16: claire austin - the house is haunted (by the echo of your last goodbye) (1955)

Posted on October 2nd, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

I'm fascinated by obscure female singers. Claire Austin is one. As far as I know, she recorded only three albums in the mid-1950s, two of them rare. I have one of them (the not-very-rare one): Claire Austin Sings "When Your Lover Has Gone". It's astonishingly good, mostly because Austin has a clear, cheerful, Peggy Lee-like (but a little lower) voice. She was from Yakima, Washington. From a brief Wikipedia article: "She played in nightclubs throughout the northwest in the 1930s, toured with the Chuck Austin Band in the 1940s across the U.S. She had retired from professional singing by the early 1950s, and was working as an accountant for the state of California in West Sacramento[.]" Apparently she sang a little later, but never recorded after the mid-fifties; she died in 1994.

The lyricist of "The House Is Haunted (By the Echo of Your Last Goodbye)", on the other hand, is not obscure. (The music songwriter, Basil Adlam, is a little bit obscure, true.) Billy Rose had a hand in writing or co-writing the lyrics for "Me and My Shadow", "It's Only a Paper Moon", "More Than You Know", "Does The Spearmint Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?", and many others. Billy Rose also was a nightclub owner, a Broadway producer, married Fanny Brice, appeared on the cover of Time, etc etc. "The House Is Haunted (By the Echo of Your Last Goodbye)" originally appeared in Ziegfeld Follies of 1934.

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Comment on October 5th, 2013.

That's extremely of its period, but I liked it. She had a lovely voice, and I liked the horn performance.


Comment on October 5th, 2013.

Very loud horn!

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