Verve/UMe will release the 1961 compilation Sarah Vaughan’s Golden Hits on vinyl on 30 August. The 12-track collection will be available in both black and gold vinyl options and has been remastered at Capitol Studios from the original analogue tapes.
By the time the retrospective first appeared, the vocal stylist had been thrilling her audiences on record for more than a decade, after debuting with a self-titled set in 1950. Golden Hits showcased the extraordinary breadth of Vaughan’s range and the fluency with innovative bop phrasing and apparently effortless vocal control that inspired Ella Fitzgerald to describe her as “the world’s greatest singing talent.”
The album shows her three-octave contralto span and the inimitable sophistication she brought to such songs as ‘Misty,’ ‘Moonlight In Vermont’ and the scat-inspired ‘Lullaby Of Birdland.’ The collection also features Vaughan’s signature ‘Broken Hearted Melody,’ a No. 7 US pop hit and No. 5 R&B in 1959, and ‘Smooth Operator,’ a No. 8 R&B success the same year.
‘Make Yourself Comfortable’ will be additionally familiar to a modern-day audience from its prominent use in a global commercial campaign for Lincoln Continental, starring Serena Williams. Vaughan’s interpretation of John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf’s ‘Moonlight In Vermont’ gave new life to another perennial jazz favourite.
Vaughan had started to develop her prowess as both vocalist and pianist in her local church choir in Newark, New Jersey in the 1930s. She played in jazz clubs there and in New York before becoming the featured vocalist in the bands of Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine, before she began her solo career. She went on to be nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989, shortly before her death in 1990.
Sarah Vaughan’s Golden Hits is released on both black and gold vinyl on 30 August. Scroll down for the tracklisting, and pre-order it here.
2. Broken Hearted Melody
3. Make Yourself Comfortable
4. Autumn In New York
5. Moonlight In Vermont
6. How Important Can It Be
1. Smooth Operator
2. Whatever Lola Wants
3. Lullaby Of Birdland
5. Poor Butterfly
6. Close To You