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Fresh Flavor

Jane Morgan's New Approach to the Big Hits.

In every life there are seminal moments when things become clear and the future changes forever. For me, one of those moments came in 1986 when I bought this record for a quarter in Port Jefferson, NY. I had long since given up on popular music (my last favorite band, ABBA, hadn't had an album in years), and I was ready for my musical tastes to mature. When I popped on this record and heard Jane's swinging version of "Good Lovin'", an entire new world of music opened up for me. And I've been collecting records like this one ever since.

Jane Morgan was some sort of big-band singer in the 40's and 50's. I know because I found some old Jane Morgan albums at a thrift store once. Here, we find her applying that big-band style to the Big Hits of the day (I can't find a date on the album, but it looks late-60ish). This seems to have been a big thing among record executives for a number of years -- find some pre-Rock and Roll performer who's not quite pulling in the crowds anymore, and have them record their New Approach to that year's Top 10. Even Tony Bennett fell for it (see his "Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today" elsewhere on this site).

According to the liner notes on this album, "Every once in a while, even the most hardened control room crew lights up like a teenager meeting his or her idol for the first time. It happened quite recently in our studios when Jane Morgan sang a collection of contemporary hits, in her own very special style, for this new Epic album". Well, I have to admit that I lit up when I heard this record, too, though my motivations were somewhat different.

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Songs:

Good Lovin' (MP3) What all music might have been like if they had never invented Rock and Roll.
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' A classic tune, delivered in any even more classic style. So good it hurts.

See Also: Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits, Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today

Your Comments:

Chris says:
Fresh Flavor is one of my very fave albums. Besides the tracks already mentioned, her version of Elusive Butterfly is truly fab. If you like this album, you'll also love "Jane in Nashville" from 1969. On this album, along with several country standards, Jane does her version of A GIRL NAMED SUE (the answer song to Johnny Cash's BOY NAMED SUE) You have to hear to believe. Of course she is still around and is Mrs. Jerry Weintraub. (12-29-1998)

Bryan Long (godwine@earthlink.net) says:
I have some Jane Morgan records that I will never part with. Jane has always been my favourite female singer and Frankie Laine and Val Doonigan best male singers. Enoch Light my favourite band. It would be so nice to have Jane put a paragraph on this site to let us know she is still around. These artists were the greatest. (08-08-1998)

Sir Droopy Drawers says:
I would like to know if I could play with Jane Morgan's organ? Please excuse me, my asylum awaits for me... (06-27-1998)

John Vawter (jpvawter@earthlink.net) says:
I'm reminded of a gleefully bad film from the late '60s called "The Cool Ones" that has "rock" versions of '40s standards. It's good to see that Jane Morgan fared better artistically going in the other direction. She has a great voice. (06-15-1998)

Sir Droopy Drawers says:
"Fresh Flavor", now there's something that you don't hear, see, or smell in the high school cafeteria. Please excuse me, my asylum awaits for me! (03-22-1998)

Ron Roberts (ron.roberts@virgin.net) says:
Good to see that in the Nineties Jane Morgan is held in sch high esteem. Jane had a No.1 hit in the UK with "The Day The Rains Came" back in 1959, and followed this with more chart entries like "Romantica", "If Only I Could Live My Life Again" and a couple of others. It was, in fact, the French who made her a star before "Fascination", in 1957, brought her to the US charts. Most of Jane's albums were for the US Kapp label, but as well as her Epic LPs, sch as FRESH FLAVOR, she recorded some magnificent titles for Colpix. Never a big band singer like contemporaries Rosemary Clooney or Kay Starr (just slightly arlier), Jane's "training" was, in fact, in classical music. (01-30-1998)

Guest says:
I may seem like I'm trying to overload on my radio show THE MIDNIGHT MIDWAY NOV. 29, AND 30 FROM MIDNIGHT UNTIL 5:00A.M. BUT I WANT LOTS OF PEOPLE TO HEAR THE WEIRD AND THE WONDERFUL. ON THE SHOW I HAVE A SOUNDSCAPE OF TWENTY DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THESE BOOTS AND JANE MORGAN'S IS ONE OF THEM. LISTEN TO CBC RADIO 2 (11-26-1997)

Jane (morgan2@bigfoot.com) says:
Nice to know my "namesake" was so rockin' (11-19-1997)

Miles says:
This stuff is GOOD!! I suppose if Jane Morgan was recording today the title would be "Fresh FLAVA." Word. (11-11-1997)

Guest says:
Jane Morgan was actually quite a sensation in her day. Not so much big band, really, but early to mid-fifties, I guess. I've found a few of her old albums in thrift stores & really dig them. Her big tune was "Fascination," which, of course, in the typical fashion made her "That 'Fascination' Girl" for some time. She also sang often in French ... Polly Bergen cut a record much later (have only read about it) that is supposedly killer called somthing like "Songs Jane Morgan Made Famous" ... anyway ... your find featured here is awesome! I'd give my eye-teeth (if I know what they were) to run across it! (09-09-1997)

roussin (roussin@max-net.com) says:
I would like to know where I can get a record of Jane Morgan. Preferably in England, secondly in the States or Canada. Thankyou. I am a BIG fan!!! Jaqualine (07-07-1997)






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