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Johnny Hartman

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Biography

Though he was never the most distinctive vocalist, Johnny Hartman rose above others to become the most commanding, smooth balladeer of the 1950s and '60s, a black crooner closely following Billy Eckstine and building on the form with his notable jazz collaborations, including the 1963 masterpiece John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. Born in Chicago, he began singing early on and performed while in Special Services in the Army. Hartman studied music while at college and made his professional debut in the mid-'40s, performing with Earl Hines and recording his first sides for Regent/Savoy. After Hines' band broke up later in 1947, Hartman moved to the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and stayed for two years, recording a few additional sides for Mercury as well. Johnny Hartman's first proper LP came in 1956 with Songs from the Heart, recorded for Bethlehem and featuring a quartet led by trumpeter Howard McGhee. He recorded a second (All of Me) later that year, but then was virtually off-record until 1963, when his duet album John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman appeared on Impulse. A beautiful set of ballad standards, including top-flight renditions of "Lush Life" and "My One and Only Love," the album sparked a flurry of activity for Hartman, including two more albums for Impulse: 1963's I Just Dropped by to Say Hello and the following year's The Voice That Is. During the late '60s and early '70s, he recorded a range of jazz and pop standards albums for ABC, Perception, and Blue Note. Hartman recorded sparingly during the 1970s, but returned with two albums recorded in 1980, one of which (Once in Every Life) earned a Grammy nomination just two years before his death in 1983. ~ John Bush
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  2.   I Just Dropped by to Say Hello
  3.   In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
  4.   It Never Entered My Mind
  5.   Easy Living
  6.   You Are Too Beautiful
  7.   Stairway to the Stars
  8.   If I'm Lucky
  9.   Lush Life
  10.   I'm Glad There Is You
  11.   I See Your Face Before Me
  12.   A Slow Hot Wind
  13.   I Fall in Love Too Easily
  14.   They Say It's Wonderful
  15.   Violets for Your Furs
  16.   How Sweet It Is to Be in Love
  17.   Ain't Misbehavin'
  18.   Let Me Love You
  19.   I'll Remember April
  20.   Dedicated to You
  21.   What Is There To Say
  22.   Charade
  23.   Alone
  24.   Girl Talk
  25.   Anything Goes
  26.   Satin Doll
  27.   To Each His Own
  28.   What Is This Thing Called Love?
  29.   Today I Love Everybody
  30.   Down in the Depths
  31.   Love Is Here to Stay
  32.   There's a Lull in My Life
  33.   Unforgettable
  34.   The Nearness of You
  35.   Our Time
  36.   The Very Thought of You
  37.   But Beautiful
  38.   Fools Rush In
  39.   Goodbye
  40.   Thank You for Everything (Lotus Blossom)
  41.   I Could Write a Book
  42.   Sleepin' Bee
  43.   T'Ain't No Need
  44.   How Long Has This Been Going On?
  45.   My Ship
  46.   I Cover the Waterfront
  47.   If I Had You
  48.   Somebody Loves Me
  49.   If Love Is Trouble
  50.   Almost Like Being in Love
  51.   Sunrise, Sunset
  52.   For All We Know
  53.   I Hate
  54.   Trust the Sinner
  55.   Hey, Mamma!
  56.   Somebody Loves Me (No. 2)
  57.   Around Myself
  58.   I Get A Kick Out Of You (2)
  59.   Country's Death
  60.   All Alone (Folkie Touch)
  61.   When I Dream of You by Earl Hines
  62.   Midnight in New Orleans by Earl Hines
  63.   Then I'll Be Tired of You
  64.   Wait 'Till You See Her
  65.   More I Cannot Wish You
  66.   The Ballad of the Sad Young Man
  67.   You Stepped Out of a Dream
  68.   Send in the Clowns
  69.   It Could Happen to You
  70.   They Can't Take That Away From Me
  71.   That's All
  72.   My Little Brown Book
  73.   Just One of Those Things
  74.   Easy to Love
  75.   Miss Otis Regrets
  76.   Kiss & Run
  77.   Why Must I Be Tormented?
  78.   There Goes My Heart
  79.   Sometime Remind Me to Tell You
  80.   Tormented (Why Must I Be)
  81.   All of Me
  82.   The End of a Love Affair
  83.   I Get a Kick Out of You
  84.   Stella by Starlight
  85.   I Concentrate on You
  86.   Birth of the Blues
  87.   While We're Young
  88.   The Lamp Is Low
  89.   I Could Make You Care
  90.   Blue Skies
  91.   September Song
  92.   When Your Lover Has Gone
  93.   They Didn't Believe Me
  94.   We'll Be Together Again
  95.   S'Posin'
  96.   Sometimes I'm Happy
  97.   My Funny Valentine
  98.   On Green Dolphin Street
  99.   Why Did I Choose You
  100.   Summertime
  101.   Nature Boy
  102.   My Favorite Things
  103.   Moonlight in Vermont
  104.   By Myself
  105.   Will You Still Be Mine
  106.   Rainy Days and Mondays
  107.   If
  108.   Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
  109.   The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
  110.   I've Got to Be Me
  111.   We've Only Just Begun
  112.   Folks Who Live on the Hill
  113.   Help Me Make It Through the Night
  114.   Summer Wind
  115.   Betcha by Golly Wow
  116.   Games People Play
  117.   Didn't We
  118.   By the Time I Get to Phoenix
  119.   Easy Come, Easy Go
  120.   For the Good Times
  121.   Sunday Sun
  122.   The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  123.   For the Want of a Kiss
  124.   Bidin' My Time
  125.   What Do I Owe Her
  126.   Once in a While
  127.   Joey, Joey, Joey
  128.   Funny World
  129.   The Shadow of Your Smile
  130.   On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
  131.   Fly Me to the Moon
  132.   As You Desire Me
  133.   Wild
  134.   Worry Bird
  135.   Out of the Night
  136.   That Old Black Magic
  137.   Why Was I Born?
  138.   I'll Never Smile Again
  139.   Don't Call It Love
  140.   Waltz for Debby
  141.   The More I See You
  142.   Don't You Know I Care (Or Don't You Care to Know)
  143.   After You've Gone
  144.   Little Girl Blue
  145.   I Should Care
  146.   I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
  147.   The Morning After
  148.   When I Get the Time
  149.   Black Sparrows
  150.   Close Your Eyes
  151.   I Thought About You
  152.   Sweethearts' Revival
  153.   Mam'selle
  154.   Sunday
  155.   Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)