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It all boils down to this: the Buffalo Bills (2 1/2 point favorites) need to defeat Miami, and the LA Chargers and Tennessee Titans need to lose their games today for the Bills to break their 17-year Playoff drought. The chances all this will happen is 42%. I’m not optimistic. How will your favorite NFL team perform today?


The Wall Street Journal review raved about Will Friedwald’s The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums so I had to read it. I actually have listened to about half of the albums Friedwald selected as “great.” There are some quirky (to me) selections. Friedwald includes three Doris Day albums…but only two by Frank Sinatra! The biggest surprise to me was the inclusion of Tiny Tim’s album! I’m eager to track down the albums I haven’t listened to. Will Friedwald’s writing about each album informs and delights. I picked The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums as one of my favorite books of 2017. If you love this kind of music, you’ll find plenty to like between the covers of this book! How many of these great albums have you heard? Did any of your favorites not make Will Friedwald’s “great” list? GRADE: A
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: The Origins and Development of the Pop Music Album from To Mother to The Voice xiii
1. Louis Armstrong, Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson 3
2. Fred Astaire, The Astaire Story 11
3. Chet Baker, Let’s Get Lost: The Best of Chet Baker Sings 25
4. Tony Bennett and Bill Evans, The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album and Together Again 34
5. Ray Charles, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music 43
6. June Christy, Something Cool 50
7. Rosemary Clooney, Blue Rose 59
8. Nat King Cole, After Midnight 69
9. Nat King Cole, St. Louis Blues 76
10. Bing Crosby, Bing with a Beat 82
11. Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong, Bing & Satchmo 91
12. Doris Day, Day by Day and Day by Night 97
13. Doris Day and Robert Goulet, Annie Get Your Gun 105
14. Blossom Dearie, My Gentleman Friend 112
15. Matt Dennis, Matt Dennis Plays and Sings Matt Dennis Bobby Troup, Bobby Troup Sings Johnny Mercer 117
16. Billy Eckstine, Billy’s Best! 127
17. Ella Fitzgerald, Lullabies of Birdland 134
18. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Ella & Louis 142
19. Ella Fitzgerald, Mack the Knife: Ella in Berlin 148
20. Judy Garland, Judy at Carnegie Hall 154
21. Johnny Hartman, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman 163
22. Dick Haymes, Rain or Shine 171
23. Billie Holiday, Lady in Satin 177
24. Lena Horne, Lena Horne at the Waldorf Astoria 184
25. Barb Jungr, Every Grain of Sand: Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan 190
26. Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and Annie Ross, Sing a Song of Basie Annie Ross, Sings a Song with Mulligan! 197
27. Eydie Gormé and Steve Lawrence, Eydie and Steve Sing the Golden Hits 209
28. Peggy Lee, Black Coffee 214
29. Peggy Lee, The Man I Love 221
30. Marilyn Maye, Meet Marvelous Marilyn Maye 228
31. Carmen McRae, As Time Goes By: Live at the Dug 234
32. Anita O’Day, Anita O’Day Sings the Winners 241
33. Della Reese, Della Della Cha Cha Cha 250
34. Jimmy Scott, The Source and Lost and Found 255
35. Bobby Short, Bobby Short 265
36. Nina Simone, Nina Simone and Piano! 272
37. Frank Sinatra, In the Wee Small Hours 280
38. Frank Sinatra, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! 288
39. Jo Stafford, Jo Stafford Sings American Folk Songs and Jo Stafford Sings Songs of Scotland 297
40. Jo Stafford, I’ll Be Seeing You (G.I. Jo) 307
41. Kay Starr, I Cry by Night 314
42. Maxine Sullivan, Memories of You: A Tribute to Andy Razaf 321
43. Jack Teagarden, Think Well of Me 329
44. Tiny Tim, God Bless Tiny Tim 338
45. Mel Tormé, Mel Tormé with the Marty Paich Dek-Tette (Lulu’s Back in Town) 347
46. Sarah Vaughan, Sarah Vaughan 355
47. Sarah Vaughan, “Live” in Japan 361
48. Dinah Washington, Dinah Washington Sings Fats Waller 368
49. Margaret Whiting, Margaret Whiting Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book 376
50. Lee Wiley, Night in Manhattan 383
51. Cassandra Wilson, Belly of the Sun 390
Discography 399



The Buffalo Bills are still alive in the Playoff hunt because of their 24-16 win over the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. But, today, the Bills take on the AFC East Champs–the New England Patriots–in a game that probably will cast the Bills out of contention with a loss. The Patriots are 12-point favorites. The Bills are riddled by injuries. Tom Brady has a 27-3 record against the Bills. How will your favorite NFL team fare today?


TDAP is a combination vaccine that protects against three potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).

When I went to my yearly allergy appointment last week, my allergist told me she was seeing a lot of cases of Whooping Cough. “We call it the 100-day cough,” she said. “We can knock it out with antibiotics, but patients keep coughing for months.” My allergist recommended that I get a TDAP shot so I called my internist and scheduled a shot. When it came time to jab me, the nurse told me, “Your arm is going to hurt all weekend long.” Good to know. And, also true!

Despite the pain, I’d rather not get Whooping Cough. Have you had a TDAP shot?


Richard Dalby’s anthology offers something for everyone. Some well-known classic stories like “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” will remind you of Doyle’s subtlety. Agatha Christie captures the Christmas mood with “A Christmas Tragedy.” Literature lovers will appreciate Thomas Hardy’s “The Grave By the Handpost.” I enjoyed Wilkie Collins’s “Mr. Wray’s Cash Box.” If you’re looking for a well-rounded anthology of Christmas stories, Crime for Christmas will fit the bill.
FOREWORD By Peter Cushing OBE vii
The trinity cat / Ellis Peters . 1
A happy solution / Raymond Allen 14
The adventure of the blue carbuncle / Arthur Conan Doyle 27
An upright woman — H.R.F. Keating 45
A book for christmas — Christopher Hallum 67
A pair of muddy shoes — Lennox Robinson 73
The unknown murderer — H.C. Bailey 80
The buoy that did not light — Edgar Wallace 101
A christmas tragedy / Agatha Christie 112
The Ghost’s touch / Fergus Hume 127
The Grotto / Pamela Sewell 140
The show must not go on / David G. Rowlands 144
Red lily / Dick Donovan 154
The black bag left on a doorstep / C.L. Pirkis 177
The grave by the handpost / Thomas Hardy 198
Mr. Wray’s cash box / Wilkie Collins 209