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Love Walked In

by Betty Johnson

Silky, female jazz vocals.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Can't We Be Friends
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2. If I Were a Bell
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3. The Tea in China
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4. Carlos' Riff
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5. My Heart Stood Still
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6. What a Difference a Day Makes
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7. California Here I Come
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8. These Foolish Things
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9. A Bushel and a Peck
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10. Love Walked In
1:53 $0.99
11. Jazz: Gone With the Wind
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12. Climb Every Mountain
1:52 $0.99
13. Mean to Me
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14. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
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15. Do Re Mi
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16. Jazz: When You Are Smiling
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17. What Is There to Say
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18. I Love a Piano
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19. How Long Has This Been Going On?
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20. Where or When
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21. Kate's Jazz
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22. Blue Room
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23. Like Ships
1:34 $0.99
24. I Know That You Know
0:35 $0.99
25. I've Grown Accustomed to His Face
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26. Wait Till You See Him
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27. All the Things You Are
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Album Notes
Maybe you thought all had been wrung from the American popular standards, that Sinatra, Fitgerald, and Torme had left nothing to interpret, voiced every emotion woven into our great songs. But even in Sinatra and company's wake, these songs had untapped meaning. They were waiting for Betty Johnson.

In LOVE WALKED IN, the third album of Betty's work in the '60's with the Metropolitan Jazz Quartet, she strides through the best of American popular song, leaving her own stamp on them and beckoning us to see that every corner of these songs had been explored. She stirs something new in us when we thought the songs could evoke nothing more. The album is a testament to her ability to refresh the standards and a tribute to the richness and resilience of the songs themselves.

On the wind of Betty's kiss, songs written and first recorded in the 1920's and 1930's-"My Heart Stood Still," "What A Difference A Day Makes," "These Foolish Things," "Mean To Me"-grow new blossoms. They find another Spring. These re-invigorated classics are the core of this collection. But just as shining is her consideration of later masterpieces from Broadway Shows, such as "Climb Every Mountain,' if I Were A Bell," and "I've Grown Accustomed To Your Face." In Betty's care, all these songs maintain the royalty of their origin.

And what about the origin of the voice?

When Betty Johnson recorded this music in the early 1960's she was nearing her retirement from show business so she could focus on family life. The hiatus would last for thirty years, until 1993 when she stepped back into the limelight, releasing new recordings and filling any nightspot she played. The quality of the sound upon her return matched that of the early 1960's sound. Just as Betty made the songs on LOVE WALKED IN seem ageless, she too seemed ageless.

The voice that would weather a three-decades-long retirement had reached an apogee when the material in this set was recorded. At the time, Betty ranked among the best female vocalists in the entertainment industry. Her pop chart performance in the late 1950's and '60's rivaled or surpassed those of Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Kay Starr and Doris Day, and she was a constant and welcomed presence on national television and radio. She was a regular on shows that were among the media's most popular:DonMcneil's Breakfast Club on radio and Jack Paar's Tonight Show on television. Men and women listening to popular music or paying attention to the mass media in the late 1950's and 1960's could not ignore Betty Johnson-they were surely glad they didn't.

Betty had been singing professionally since the late 1930's when, as a young girl, she began performing sacred music with her parents and brothers. Over the next ten years with The Johnson Family Singers-as they were known across the South-and then after the advent of her solo career in the 1950's, her voice developed a warm clarity, accentuated-as the years progressed-with a wisdom that gave authenticity to the songs she sang

She had learned to project and enunciate in her family's sextet, but as a soloist she developed style, the art of putting across a song. The 1950's were a turbulent period in Betty's personal life; love,separation,prosperity, and rejection marked her world and, naturally, marked her musical presentation. Betty Johnson became a better singer because she knew life's joys and sorrow. She could convincingly deliver "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams"-as she does on this album-because quite possibly she had done so herself. The experience of her living and her crisp, pure voice produced a visceral impact. It was a voice that articulated your love, your pain, your desires in a startlingly appealing way. You wanted that voice to sing every love song, to whisper to you before sleep.

Alas, it was just a voice on record. But is seemed to be so much more.

And the voice continues to arouse emotions. These interpretations in LOVE WALKED IN,these partners for your emotions, are the centerpiece of Betty Johnson's performances today. Thirty years could not dim them.

-Mike Streissguth



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Frank Canzanella

Love walked In
I have always enjoyed this album. Betty inspires within me the strength to care to love. I own 35,000 songs but none have i enjoyed more than hers.

Ron Hester,Boone, NC

What better proof an artist have for her to know how much I love and appreciate her music.
I have loved her work for so many years-she is a North Carolina girl and sang with her family for many years on WBT.
Every CD is uniquely her and I love them. She mades the State On North Carolina proud.

Cynthis Gonzalez

The American Jazz and soft music that I love
I live in Morocco and love the American Standards and especially when they are done without imposing too much frills-I like the melody and the lyrics and I like the way that Betty does this-simple and pure and with deep meening-thanks Betty