Two For Tuesday: Julie London (Encore Presentation)

From September 2016

I think most of us know Julie London as Dixie McCall, RN on the TV show Emergency! in the Seventies. The show was produced by her first husband, Jack Webb, and also starred her second husband, musician Bobby Troup, as Dr. Joe Early. She started her entertainment career as an actress, acting in 45 movies and TV shows, including 1956’s The Lady Can’t Help It with Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell (she appears to a drunk Tom Ewell early in the movie).

Today, though, I want to feature Julie London the jazz singer. She recorded 29 studio albums over a recording career that spanned from 1955 to 1969. Her first single, “Cry Me A River,” accompanied by Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Brown on bass, was her most successful, reaching #9 on the Hot 100. That was the most chart success she had (her last single, “Like To Get To Know You,” reached #15 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1969), but her albums were reasonably successful, as much for their erotic (for the Fifties) album jackets as for her singing.

“Perfidia,” from Latin In A Satin Mood (1963)

“Black Coffee,” from Around Midnight (1960)

She retired from both acting and singing at 52, when Emergency! was cancelled. She suffered a stroke in 1995 and died in 2000, the year after Troup died, on what would have been his 82nd birthday.

Julie London, your Two For Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

5 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Julie London (Encore Presentation)

  1. I was shocked when I found out she was married to Bobby Troup because she was so sexy and he….was not. That being said, shame on me to look at the physical because they loved each other and they had a good marriage from what little I know. She has a great voice and I really love her sultry way of singing.

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    1. Bobby and Julie were musicians and probably connected on that level. Same with Jack Webb, her first husband, who in real life was more like Pete Kelly (from “Pete Kelly’s Blues,” a fantastic movie if you ever get a chance to see it) than Joe Friday. Jack hired both of them for “Emergency!” so they must have all been friends despite their history, kind of like George Harrison and Eric Clapton. She’s one of my favorite singers…

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