Julie London -

A Real Soft-sell Singer

 
 

In today’s show business world of raucous, extroverted singers, one yearns now and then for the smoky, soft-sell feminine voice that delivers the ‘message’ with an apparent minimum of effort but maximum result.

It was always difficult to find in noisy nightclubs; easier to discover on recordings, and Julie London was the perfect example.

Miss London, married to Bobby Troup and the mother of several children, brought her distinctive type of minimal vocalizing to the Tudor Inn in Norwalk Thursday night, and, when she sang the blues in haunting fashion and remained faithful to her well-known format in other numbers, quieted a restless audience to the point of listening---and that’s a feat nowadays.

When Miss London belted---well, it was a time for “waitress, another round.”

With a better-regulated act---I mean no stage waits for costume changes and a more efficacious choice of numbers---this lady of song could pick her spots.

Whether she would is another matter. After her initial program I brought up the question, and in the resulting confusion of friends and well-wishers, left with no definite answer.

Show Business World

Another Times reviewer, some years ago, wrote: “In the flamboyant world of show business, she (Miss London) seems an unlikely headliner.” Maybe he was right---I hope not.

Miss London opened her weekend engagement with “Girl Talk,” sang an effective “In Other Words,” delivered a fine blues medley, followed with that overdone “San Francisco” number and, of course, won lots of applause with “Cry Me A River,” without which a Julie London program would not be complete.

Other numbers were not her particular cup of tea, shall we say.

Bobby Troup and his group, originally announced to back Miss London, were tied up with another commitment. Outstanding in her accompanying group of musicians was John Collins, guitarist.

Preceding the songstress to the platform was a Welsh comedian, Taf Arnold, who worked energetically with vocal quips and banjo, but who needs newer, up-dated material. Too many of his jokes were of the “what the priest said to the rabbi, and vice versa” type.

Next Thursday at the Tudor Inn: Shelly Berman.

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Los Angeles Times

Saturday - May 28, 1966

By: John L. Scott