I am honored that Mel Tormé and Johnny Mathis recorded some songs of mine, ever so beautifully. I was so amazed by Mel’s scat tour de force that I had to make it my nod to the great Tormé. To my knowledge, this piece had only been performed with the late great jazz pianist, George Shearing, but never fully orchestrated. Once again, Citrus alum David Catalan's arrangement and Citrus College Blue Note Orchestra [...]
My precious friend, Barry Manilow, suggested this song, "For Me and My Gal". We both loved the original version, sung by Kelly and Judy Garland, from the film of the same name. Peter Hume did a wonderful orchestration. "Singing with Barry is always a treat as he is a consummate musician, we've known each other for so long. We were there at the beginning of each other's long, enduring careers and we are still devoted friends." Read Melissa's interview with BILLBOARD here.
Melissa Manchester is one of the greatest female vocalists of all time. Her velvety, soulful voice is unmistakable, and I always look forward to new music from this immensely talented songstress. More than 25 years after Melissa Manchester released Tribute, her 1989 album that honored the great female singers who influenced her, she turns the tables with The Fellas, a radiant encomium to the men, including Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, and [...]
Melissa Manchester’s career is remarkable not only for its longevity and accomplishments, but for its versatility. Following her stint as a founding member of Bette Midler’s Harlettes
, Manchester’s tremendously successful solo career brought her critical and commercial acclaim. She has recorded twentyone albums
across her career, releasing her most recent album, The Fellas
, on September 8th 2017.
In 1989, Melissa recorded an album called Tribute which was her homage to several of the iconic women singers who sparked a great light in her young soul. Ella, Judy, Edith, Rosie, Dionne and a few others shared that sacred space with her and shined their light on the path to come. Melissa always wanted to complete that idea with a follow-up album called The Fellas, paying tribute to some of the equally great male singers – Frank, Tony, Nat, Johnny and several others.
So, here it is – at long last – through a gift made possible by Dean Bob Slack Dean of Citrus College Visual and Performing Arts in Glendora, CA and their fantastic Blue Note Orchestra. While it’s primarily a solo album, Manchester did recruit one very special fella to join her on The Fellas: Barry Manilow duets with her on a jubilant “For Me and My Gal,” a tribute to Gene Kelly and Judy Garland, who performed the 1942 movie’s title track. Sing and swing along, everybody!
NEW SINGLE: “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”
Foto: Lena Ringstad
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