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Lena Horne, R.I.P.

By admin Published: May 10, 2010

The splendid singer and great beauty has died. I had the good fortune to interview her many years ago, and she was delightful and direct. But you should make note of her as a singer, and especially the way she could phrase a lyric -- a skill that far too many young singers lack. Look for her "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music," the album version of her Broadway show (where, by the way, "Dancing With the Stars'" Harold Wheeler was musical director). Listen to the way she coolly controls a song but with a current of sexiness and humor -- in "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," for example, what she does with the line about "worship the trousers that cling to him." What a great dame.

And here's her "Stormy Weather":

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