Beverly Kenney | Snuggled on Your Shoulder

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Snuggled on Your Shoulder

by Beverly Kenney

Expanded edition of Kenny's 2006 Japanese CD
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tea for Two
2:54 album only
2. There Will Never Be Another You
1:43 album only
3. The Things We Did Last Summer
2:44 album only
4. Moe's Blues
1:54 album only
5. Can't Get Out of This Mood
2:48 album only
6. Surrey With the Fringe On Top
1:57 album only
7. Snuggled on Your Shoulder
2:15 album only
8. That's All
2:46 album only
9. Ball and Chain (Sweet Lorraine)
2:13 album only
10. A Foggy Day
2:02 album only
11. Surrey With the Fringe On Top
2:14 album only
12. Violets for Your Furs
2:26 album only
13. Mountain Greenery
1:57 album only
14. Almost Like Being in Love
4:53 album only


Album Notes
Notes for original 2006 Japanese issue.
Beverly Kenney was born in Harrison, New Jersey on January 29,1932, and began her professional singing career in Miami Beach in 1953. The following year she joined the Dorsey Brothers band, but only remained with them for a few months before going solo again. In 1955 alone she recorded three albums, accompanied by the likes of groups led by Ralph Burns, Johnny Smith and a small contingent from Basie band for the small but prestigious Roost label. And there were appearances in a number of top clubs, like Chicago's Mister Kelly's, and on major national TV shows such as Steve Allen's. In 1957 she signed with a major label, Decca. But by 1960, it was all over. Beset by changing mass tastes in music (Kenny once wrote a song entitled "I Hate Rock and Roll"), suffering money woes, and complicated by undiagnosed manic depression, on April 16th of that year she committed suicide It is somehow fitting that issue of this previously unreleased vocal-piano set, the first "new" material by Beverly Kenney in nearly half-a-century should occur in Japan where critics and fans have long continued to revere and appreciate her. --- Bill Reed
Notes for 2010 re-issue
Whether there is a connection or not, in the ensuing years following the release of "Snuggled" and of two subsequent SSJ Records (Japan) issues of unreleased Kenney, there continues an ever-increasing interest in the singer. More surprisingly, in the West she is also starting to become something of a known musical quantity. But there is little doubt about the impact on public awareness regarding Kenney that resulted from the article by New York broadcaster Jonathan Schwartz in the November '92 issue of GQ magazine.
The five songs listed as "alternate versions" appeared on Kenney's first and third (of three) Roost label recordings. These albums were followed by three more albums and a handful of singles on Decca. According to those who were around the singer at the time, the making of her third release for that outfit, Like Yesterday, was an especially trying time. She was only able to complete the sessions with the help and guidance of a psychotherapist. Shortly afterward, she took her own life. --- B.R.

note: Two of these tracks, Violets for Your Furs and Mountain Greenery were never performed by the Kenney on any other recording.



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