May 9th – Lurlean Hunter – If You Could See Me Now

Lurlean Hunter had already spent more than a decade playing clubs, primarily in Chicago, before signing a deal with RCA in 1953. Three albums followed and a fourth on Atlantic in 1960. For a few years she enjoyed some success but retired from the music business in 1971. She sings with great feeling, perfect intonation and a lovely, slightly husky tone. The bulk of her recordings are finally available via a compilation on Fresh Sounds records. Perhaps this recording – of a song forever associated with Sarah Vaughan – will tempt you to investigate further.