Nancy Wilson began her singing career at the age of 15. She had her own local TV show called “Skyline Melody.” When she finished high school she spent a year in college pursuing a teaching degree but the desire to perform was too strong so she dropped out and joined a band. She met Cannonball Adderly in 1959 and he encouraged her to move to New York to further her career. Within a year she had a recording contract with Capitol Records. She recorded a string of hit records and did guest spots on numerous TV shows She even hosted her own variety show during the 1966-67 TV season. Here she is singing Jerome Kern’s “Dearly Beloved.” This is actually one of my mother’s favorite songs.
I’d never heard this song before but it’s another Jerome Kern number. It was first introduced by Irene Dunne in the 1937 film “High, Wide and Handsome” and Peggy Lee did the most popular version in 1957.
I just love love songs! I bet it’s almost impossible to consider yourself a music lover if you don’t love love songs. Almost every song ever written is about love in one way or another. I also love how, when you’re in love, it seems like every single love song you hear must surely be about you. That’s ridiculous of course. They can’t all be about *you* since they’re all about ME! Just listen to the words of these two tunes and you’ll clearly see I’m supposed to end up with a divinely crafted guy who will build me a house on a hill. That’s right I’m going to marry a carpenter sent from heaven… Oh God… Nancy Wilson wants me to be a NUN!!!!