April 9th, 2008

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Lombard -- for the record

Did you know that Carole Lombard's first (and only) foray into actual singing -- if you're wondering what we mean by "actual," go to http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/11870.html -- has been captured on record? No, Lombard never actually cut a record during her life; this was put on an LP (vinyl) called "The Hollywood Story" (it's actually a two-record set):

So what song from "Swing High, Swing Low" has been issued on LP? Is it "I Hear A Call To Arms"?

Nope -- it's the other song she did for the film, "Then It Isn't Love" (which I don't have a copy of the sheet music cover).

Lombard's in pretty good company on this album, as virtually all the other artists have singing backgrounds -- including Betty Grable, Dorothy Lamour (who had a supporting part in "Swing High, Swing Low"), Irene Dunne, Alice Faye, Martha Raye and Ginger Rogers. There are also musical legends such as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne and Judy Garland.

The album is currently available at eBay through April 13 (although there is the "buy it now" option that could take it off the market). If you're interested (and still have an LP player), visit http://cgi.ebay.com/HOLLYWOOD-STORY-2-LP-Betty-Grable-Carole-Lombard-Dunn_W0QQitemZ280215456016QQihZ018QQcategoryZ306QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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