Keely Smith is a singer who deserves much wider recognition and approbation than she’s nowadays accorded. Combining humour, sass and musicality with an accomplished vocal, she’s capable of playing both foil to once-husband Louis Prima’s antics and wide-eyed, innocent songstress à la Doris Day. This vast collection over three CDs takes in Smith’s many highlights from 1949 to 1962, with plenty of goofing around with Prima as well as more straight-laced fare, making for a comprehensive overview of her intriguing career.
Smith (v), with various accompaniment including Louis Prima and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. 1949-62.