Probably everyone here has seen/heard the Susan Boyle video of her appearance at the Brit TV talent show last Saturday.
The unglamorus 47-year old stunned everyone with her singing of "I Dreamed A Dream" from the musical, "Les Miserables". She was all over American TV and print media yesterday, and everybody was raving.
Well, the Scottish newspaper "Daily Report" found a CD that she had done for a charity in 1999 and put it on YouTube. It is absolutely stunning.
Lee Wiley once said in an interview, "People say I sound like Bix, and I don't get it." The reason for this no doubt is that Lee had not listened to the later, haunting Bix, on things like Whiteman's "Lonely Melody". Lee indeed often evoked Bix.
Everyone who loves the way Lee Wiley sang is in for a great surprise on hearing this Susan Bolye song, "Cry Me A River," done on that 1999 charity CD. For my money, she is the equal of Lee Wiley---
The Susan Boyle story is just incredible. With minor brain damage as a child, she was the target of taunts from bullies in early school. Never had a date, never been kissed, she cared for her mother until at 91 she died. Unemployed, living alone with her cat in a cottage in Bainbridge (near Edinburgh, Scotland), she had only been singing at church and at parties. Now she's the center of world attention.
.... for the soundtrack of a film noir of the the 1940s. The accompaniment is terrific.