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HERB JEFFRIES <br>Signed 1950s Calypso LP, Devil is a Woman <br>From 1940s Duke Ellington Vocalist

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Offered here is Herb Jeffries’ calypso LP from the late 50s, DEVIL IS A WOMAN, which contains the music he did for the 1957 film, CALYPSO JOE. The album was re-released as a CD in 1998 under the title JAMAICA. Mr. Jeffries was famed for his association with the Duke Ellington as a featured vocalist in the early 1940s, but his range as a vocalist went well beyond the jazz world as this fine calypso session proves.

This would make a particularly attractive display piece, as Mr. Jeffries has signed his name boldly in black sharpie on the unusually outrageous cover art.

The album specifics are: Golden Tone Records C4066, mono deep groove, black label with silver print, year unknown but probably late 50s.

The condition of the jacket is VG with some minor splitting at the seams, the vinyl is VG+.

The following is from the All Music Guide:

Although not really a jazz singer, Herb Jeffries is the last surviving member of the 1940 Duke Ellington Orchestra and a fine interpreter of swing songs and ballads. He performed with Erskine Tate in the early '30s, Earl Hines (1931-1934), and Blanche Calloway, before becoming the first black cowboy actor in a series of '30s Westerns. He gained his greatest fame while with Ellington (1940-1942), having a big hit in "Flamingo." Jeffries, who recorded with Sidney Bechet in 1940, worked as a single after leaving Ellington in 1942, recording on an occasional basis and remaining active into the mid-'90s.

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