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