London calling

“It’s only a thimbleful of a voice,” Julie London once explained, “and I have to use it close to the microphone. But it is a kind of oversmoked voice, and it automatically sounds intimate.”

She’d been singing for a decade before her breakout hit, “Cry Me a River.”

Julie Is Her Name sold a heck of a lot of copies for Liberty Records, partly on the basis of that song, but also partly because of that cover. (Edsel Records reprinted the cover photo for this vinyl reissue in 1980.)

Reissue of Julie Is Her Name on LP

In fact, a lot of Julie’s LPs sold pretty well, for reasons that weren’t always in the grooves — although she herself was always in the groove.

Swing Me an Old Song by Julie London

Marginally more modest materials were used to support her acting career:

Portrait of Julie London

And she continued to have hit records through the 1960s, the last of which was perhaps extremely unlikely but was suitably oversmoked:

Never quite made the Hot 100, but no one who ever heard it ever forgot it.


  1. McG »

    13 May 2017 · 8:04 pm

    Is that Tom Ewell?

  2. CGHill »

    13 May 2017 · 8:37 pm

    That is indeed Tom Ewell.

  3. ETat »

    14 May 2017 · 5:29 am

    Cry me A River is timeless.
    In the 1st video she looks very much like Michelle Pfeiffer, don’t you think?

  4. McG »

    14 May 2017 · 8:39 am

    Was the … calling it a video seems wrong, considering, but … video before or after The Seven-Year Itch?

  5. CGHill »

    14 May 2017 · 1:00 pm

    The Seven Year Itch dates to 1955; The Girl Can’t Help It, whence comes that bit of film, was one year later.

  6. McG »

    14 May 2017 · 4:53 pm


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