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Sally Stark sings Maxine Sullivan

by Sally Stark

Her version of the jazzy, joyous, jubilant collaborative spirit heard in Louis, Ella and Maxine Sullivan; simplicity and swing--how sweet it is.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Someday Sweetheart
4:06 album only
2. I'm Crazy Bout My Baby (And My Baby's Crazy Bout Me
3:02 album only
3. Restless
4:55 album only
4. Spring Isn't Everything
4:26 album only
5. Massachusetts
5:00 album only
6. Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
4:40 album only
7. Harlem Butterfly
4:29 album only
8. It's Crazy (But I'm In Love)
2:44 album only
9. A Hundred Years From Today
4:35 album only
10. Loch Lomand
2:37 album only


Album Notes
Sally was last seen performing her club act "My Take On It" in New York City. That is if you don't count
seeing her face on TV bemoaning aches and pains for products such as Podiacin and Osteobiflex.

Sally first started in musicals in the summer stock chorus of "Bells Are Ringing" and "Anything Goes". Moving to New York City she did substitute teaching between auditions until she started booking TV commercials: Gain detergent, Downy, Alpo, Folgers, Excederin, Duncan Hines etc. But it wasn't until she landed the lead in the Equity Library Production of Rogers and Hart "Babes In Arms" that people took notice, stopping the show with her rendition of "The Lady Is A Tramp". Next came a paying job, the second company of the musical "Your Own Thing", a take off of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". Sally was cast as Olivia and Sandy Duncan and Bruce Scott as Viola and Sebastian. This led to "Dames At Sea", a take off of the Busby Berkley 30's musicals, specifically "42 Street". Bernadette Peters created the Ruby Keeler role and Sally, the Joan Blondell role, the chorus girl with the heart of gold. She left the show to star in a musical "The Life of the Party" in Chicago written as a Republican Party fund raiser and then returned to "Dames".

But it was being cast as Kate Swanson, a night club singer, in the soap opera "Love of Life" that allowed her to sing the music she loved, jazz. Although her story line was the focus of the soap opera, her singing created an audience for Sally to do cabaret work. She appeared in New York at Soerbaja, On Stage, The Fives, and Jan Wallmans. Marriage brought her to California where she starred as Sharon DuVall in the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" and continued her singing at Ye Little Club in Beverly Hills. Work called the marriage back to New York and Sally back to musicals. She understudied Marcia Rodd and Helen Gallager in "I Can't Keep Running In Place" and later performed their roles. But it was her comedic performance in the Duncan Hines commercial that caught director Martin Charnin's eye. He cast her in "A Little Family Business" on Broadway with Angela Lansbury. Alas, the New York Times critic wasn't as enthused as the preview audiences and it soon closed, as did the marriage. Off to the high seas on the SS Norway cruise ship, Sally performed the leading role of Dorothy Brock in the musical "42 Street". After realizing she was "a big hit in the middle of nowhere" she returned to land and New York City.

It was performing her new club act at Danny's "My Take On It" that she realized "performing" songs was no longer satisfying. She wanted to sit on a stool and swing and wanted to find songs that allowed her that freedom. Having listened to Maxine Sullivan's records and loving her choice of songs as well as collaborative spirit, Sally decided to make her debut CD a tribute to Maxine Sullivan

I hope you enjoy "Sally Stark Sings Maxine Sullivan".



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Ron Harper

Terrific. Would love to hear more ballads.
Ms. Stark has a beautiful voice. The first few songs were a bit too staccato I felt. I remember a ballad Ms. Stark once sang containing the line,"two eyes that adore him". Would love to hear more like that. Arrangements were also excellent.

Deborah Pollack

Great singer! Warm voice and dramatic expression is very appealing.
Ms. Stark is a wonderful singer, and I hope to hear more from her and see her perform. The CD is great to play during an intimate dinner with friends, or anytime one wants to fell like they are in a New York city cabaret.

Ed Monahan

Nice stuff!
If you like a beautiful voice with no tricks, no gimmicks,
just very good straight-ahead singing, this is for you.

A Fan

Very enjoyable
This is the second copy of this CD I bought. This one as a gift, so it's obvious how much I like it. Sally is great, and the group backing her up really keeps it moving. I would love to hear more of this under-appreciated singer.