Blue Skies: The Irving Berlin Songbook

Blue Skies: The Irving Berlin Songbook



Blue Skies: Berlin Songbook is a random sampling of some of Irving Berlin's finest songs, sung by some of the greatest vocalists -- including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, and Sarah Vaughan. Of course, all of the performances are culled from Polygram/Verve's vaults, so there isn't much stylistic variety on the album, nor is the selection a representative portrait of either jazz or popular singing or Berlin's songbook. Instead, it's just a thoroughly enjoyable collection -- it may not be eductional or a definitive compilation, but it does give a good sense of what treasures there are to behold within Berlin's catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/1996
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731453163621
catalogNumber: 531636

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Astaire   Vocals,Tap Dance,Track Performer
Frankie Laine   Vocals,Track Performer
Billy Eckstine   Vocals,Track Performer
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals,Track Performer
Erroll Garner   Piano,Track Performer
Henry Johnson   Guitar
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Red Mitchell   Bass
Ted Nash   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Piano,Celeste
Flip Phillips   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Rich   Drums
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Norman Simmons   Piano
Paul Smith   Piano
Dinah Washington   Vocals,Track Performer
Ethel Waters   Vocals,Track Performer
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
Rick Henderson   Alto Saxophone
Stan Levey   Drums
Lou Levy   Piano
Babe Russin   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Anita O'Day   Vocals,Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals,Track Performer
Bob Badgley   Bass
Reginald Beane   Piano
Keter Betts   Bass
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Brown   Bass
Larry Bunker   Bongos,Background Vocals,Vibes
Gene Cipriano   Woodwind
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Harry Geller   Conductor
Chuck Gentry   Baritone Saxophone
Johnny Hartman   Vocals,Track Performer
Gerryck King   Drums
Junior Mance   Piano
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Jack Ryan   Bass
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals,Track Performer
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Fred Stulce   Clarinet
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor
Carl Fischer   Piano
Hal Mooney Orchestra   Track Performer
Gus Chappell   Trombone
Claydes Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Mitch Miller   Producer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Hal Mooney   Arranger
Harry Geller   Arranger
Cliff Preiss   Liner Notes
Peter Pullman   Notes Editing
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Bob Shad   Producer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
Miriam Cutler & Swing Street   Producer
Ron Berinstein   Producer
Lisa Po-Ying Huang   Director,Art Direction
Kathryn Millan   Cover Photo

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews