Lonely Girl - 1956


Julie London is one of those wonderful rarities of show business -- a genuine combination of beauty and talent. Too often about the most one can say of a strikingly beautiful woman is that she is strikingly beautiful. That's why it's so refreshing when someone like Julie comes along. There's so much more to talk about when you've run the gamut of her physical attractiveness. She's unquestionably an excellent actress. You've only to see her in the motion picture "The Red House," which she made when she was only eighteen, or the soon-to-be-released "The Great Man," to substantiate any proof of this.

But let's dwell more on her singing, because this is her newest venture. What is most intriguing about Julie's singing is her musicianly phrasing, her amazingly true intonation, and the simplicity and complete naturalness of her style. So many vocalists today have the annoying habit of becoming vastly different individuals when they begin to sing. Their enunciation becomes irritatingly pretentious; they begin inventing a new language -- "know" becomes "nayow" and "love" oddly sounds like "laulve." It becomes a cause for rejoicing when someone with taste comes along and sings honestly without the benefit of affectations and histrionics. Sincerity of approach has had much to do with Julie's rapid and widespread acceptance. People like her, because they believe her.

It's remarkable when you realize that Julie has such a paradoxical appeal. She seems to capture everyone from the housewife to the severest jazz critic; from the rock-and-roll-loving teen ager to the modern-sound-craving college student. And this is the girl who sang professionally for the first time only a scant seven months ago! It's undeniable that Julie's voice is not a big voice. And she may have vocal coaches throwing their hands in the air as she defies many of their precious fundamentals. But the end result is something no vocal coach could ever teach. Warmth and heart and sensitivity are not to be learned from teachers.

"Lonely Girl" is an especially apt title for Julie's newest album -- not only for the nostalgia of the lyric lines of the songs; not only for the subtle sadness of her singing style; but even more for Julie herself. There's an appealing loneliness in Julie. She has a way of getting out on a plane all by herself where no one can reach her. She is probably everything you would not expect of a girl in this business. She's quiet and shy and undemonstrative. There's none of the extrovert about her. Were she not so exceptionally pretty, she'd undoubtedly go unnoticed at a party; because she's never striving to impress anyone. All of this is reflected in her singing. She has a faculty of being able to detach herself completely and live the story she's telling. You seem to sense that she means every word that she's saying; and it's understandable, because she does.

You'll like this album. Julie has never sung better or more provocatively. As she gains confidence and assurance her voice gains stature; and yet she never loses that contagious wistful quality that has trademarked her. Why don't you just sit back and start the record from the beginning? Julie can be more convincing in four bars of music than anyone could possibly be in forty pages of words.

Al Viola is responsible for the imaginative guitar accompaniment you hear behind Julie's voice. Just as Barney Kessel and Ray Leatherwood were such an important part of her first album, "Julie Is Her Name"; Al is certainly an integral part of the exciting mood created in "Lonely Girl." This may be one of the first times a gut-stringed Spanish guitar has been used in this way, and I think it makes for a tremendously interesting blend of voice and background. Al came to California via Brooklyn ten years ago and has progressed rapidly from his Page Cavanaugh Trio days to one of the most sought-after guitarists in Hollywood. There's no need to say more of his musicianship. Just listen. Al can be convincing too.

Track Listing

1. Lonely Girl

2. Fools Rush In

3. Moments Like This

4. I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City

5. It's the Talk of the Town

6. What'll I Do

7. When Your Lover Has Gone

8. Don't Take Your Love from Me

9. Where or When

10. All Alone

11. Mean to Me

12. How Deep Is the Ocean?

13. Remember


Liner Notes

Lonely Girl

Fools Rush In

Moments Like This

I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City

It’s The Talk Of The Town

What’ll I Do

When Your Lover Has Gone

Don’t Take Your Love From Me

Where Or When

All Alone

Mean To Me

How Deep Is The Ocean