Chris Connor

Born
Mary Jean Loutsenhizer
8 November 1927, Kansas City, Missouri

Died
29 August 2009, Toms River, New Jersey
New York Times Obituary

Kenton
February – June 1953

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Jeepers Creepers (arr. Bill Russo)
17 March 1953
Stan Kenton introduces Connor to the CONCERT IN MINIATURE audience.

If I Should Lose You (arr. Bill Russo)
11 February 1953

“Chris Connor is Stan Kenton’s newest vocal find. Her first assignment after Stan called her and asked her to join the band was a recording session, at which Kenton’s newest release, Jeepers Creepers and The Bull Walked Around Olay was cut. At this time, Chris knew only one man in the band, had talked to Kenton only once before, and had never heard the arrangements she was about to sing. Yet she did a splendid job on the session, had even the members excited about her singing.” —Downbeat, 8 April 1953

Blindfold Test with Andre Previn and Betty Bennett
Down Beat, 29 July 1953

Stan Kenton.
All About Ronnie (Capitol). Chris Connors, vocal. Conte Candoli, trumpet.

Betty [Bennett]: Well, I love Conte—I just think there’s no one can play like him. But the singing sounded forced to me.

Andre [Previn]: I didn't like the singing at all. The tune is one of those, what I call arranger’s tunes. A good arranger goes home and says, “Boy, what a crazy chord! Now, if I can only get a word that matches this—I’ve got a song.” I think this is kind of a real poor man's Lush Life. I didn’t like it at all. Two stars. Nice trumpet playing.

Concerts in Miniature

Listen to Connor on these 1953 radio broadcasts with Kenton

Oklahoma City - 17 March
Blue Note, Chicago - 28 March
Geneva, NY - 14 April
Springfield, MA - 21 April
Birdland, NYC - 24 April
Birdland, NYC - 25 April
Birdland, NYC - 28 April

Capitol Studio recordings with Kenton

All About Ronnie (arr. Bill Russo) 25 May 1953
And the Bull Walked Around, Olay (arr. Bill Russo) 11 February 1953
Baia (arr. Bill Russo) 8 April 1953
If I Should Lose You (arr. Bill Russo) 11 February 1953
Jeepers Creepers (arr. Bill Russo) 11 February 1953
Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen (arr. Bill Russo) 8 April 1953
What’s New (arr. Bill Russo) 1953

Other songs

Don't Worry 'Bout Me (arr. Pete Rugolo)
Everything Happens To Me (arr. Bill Russo)
I Get A Kick Out Of You (arr. Bill Russo)
I'll Remember April (arr. Bill Russo)
Love Me or Leave Me (arr. Bill Russo)
Taking a Chance on Love (arr. Johnny Richards)

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