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Patti Austin



A professional since the age of five, Patti Austin was a protégé of Dinah Washington and Sammy Davis, Jr. A 1969 single for United Artists titled "Family Tree" cracked the R&B Top 50. Austin cut her debut LP, End of a Rainbow, for Creed Taylor's CTI label in 1976, followed by Havana Candy in 1977 and Body Language in 1980. She sang lead vocals for Japanese koto player Yutaka Yokokura on "Love Light" in 1978, did a duet with Michael Jackson on "It's the Falling in Love" for Off the Wall, and sang "The Closer I Get to You" on Tom Browne's album in 1979. Austin dueted with George Benson on "Moody's Mood for Love" in 1980. She sang backgrounds for sessions by Houston Person, Noel Pointer, Ralph McDonald, Angela Bofill, and Roberta Flack. Austin did vocals on Quincy Jones' The Dude LP in 1981, and was featured on the hit "Razzamatazz." She inked a solo deal on Jones' Qwest label, and her 1982 LP Every Home Should Have One included the number one pop hit (number nine R&B) "Baby, Come to Me," which got widespread exposure via the ABC soap opera General Hospital. The follow-up single, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing," was the theme for the film Best Friends. Both songs paired Austin with James Ingram. She continued recording for Jones' Qwest label through the '80s, but couldn't recapture her pop or R&B success, despite working with several top producers, including Jam & Lewis in 1985. Austin switched to GRP in 1990 and recorded Love Is Gonna Getcha, with the singles "Through the Test of Time" and "Good in Love." She subsequently recorded Carry On and Live in 1991 and 1992. Street of Dreams followed in 1999 and On the Way to Love appeared in summer 2001. Her lovely tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, For Ella, appeared in spring 2002. Nearly five years later, Avant Gershwin was issued. After a decade on the jazz side of the fence, Austin returned more to the pop side with 2011’s Sound Advice, produced by Greg Phillinganes. While she continued to perform, Austin didn't record again for six years. In November of 2017, in collaboration with trumpeter, trombonist, pianist, and bandleader James Morrison, his quintet, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey, she issued Ella & Louis on ABC Jazz. The double-length set was recorded in concert at Hamer Hall in Melbourne the previous June. ~ Ron Wynn
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Top Tracks

  1.   Track
  2.   Baby, Come to Me
  3.   Too Close for Comfort
  4.   Through the Test of Time
  5.   Christmas Time Is Here
  6.   Satin Doll
  7.   How High the Moon
  8.   A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  9.   Love Is Here to Stay
  10.   Hard Hearted Hannah, (The Vamp of Savannah)
  11.   You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)
  12.   But Not for Me
  13.   Honeysuckle Rose
  14.   Honey for the Bees
  15.   Stockholm Sweetnin'
  16.   Lost in the Stars
  17.   You Can't Always Get What You Want
  18.   Soar Me Like an Eagle Flies
  19.   The Man I Love
  20.   Say You Love Me
  21.   Love Walked In/Love Is Sweeping the Country by WDR Big Band
  22.   Hearing Ella Sing
  23.   Overtue/Gershwin Medley by WDR Big Band
  24.   Are We Ready for Love
  25.   Shoot the Moon
  26.   I Just Want to Know
  27.   Cry Me a River
  28.   If I Believed
  29.   I Can Cook Too
  30.   Somebody Make Me Laugh
  31.   Igy (What a Beautiful World)
  32.   I Only Have Eyes for You
  33.   Broken Dreams
  34.   Mack the Knife
  35.   Give It Up
  36.   A Candle
  37.   Our Love Is Here to Stay
  38.   Funny Face by WDR Big Band
  39.   Swanee by WDR Big Band
  40.   So Amazing
  41.   Don't Go Away
  42.   Look What You've Done to Me
  43.   Calling You
  44.   For Once in My Life
  45.   Street of Dreams
  46.   The Look of Love
  47.   That Secret Place
  48.   Rock Steady
  49.   Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most
  50.   Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  51.   Reach
  52.   I Will Be There
  53.   Maybe
  54.   Do-Si-Doe-In'
  55.   Why You Wanna Be Like That
  56.   If We're Not in Love
  57.   Once in a Lifetime
  58.   In and Out of Love
  59.   First Time Love
  60.   Wait for Me
  61.   Good in Love
  62.   Believe the Children
  63.   Ooh-Whee (The Carnival)
  64.   Love Is Gonna Getcha
  65.   Too Soon to Know
  66.   Only a Breath Away
  67.   Gettin' Away With Murder
  68.   Big Bad World
  69.   Talkin' 'Bout My Baby
  70.   We're in Love
  71.   Golden Oldies
  72.   Havana Candy
  73.   Ability to Swing
  74.   That's Enough for Me
  75.   The Heat of Heat
  76.   In My Dream
  77.   The Island
  78.   Stop, Look, Listen
  79.   The Genie
  80.   Every Home Should Have One
  81.   Do You Love Me?
  82.   (Don't Know) Whether to Laugh or Cry
  83.   Why Did She Come in With You
  84.   How Can I Be Sure
  85.   I Will Remember You
  86.   Any Way You Can
  87.   Rhythm of the Street
  88.   Love Me Again
  89.   (Ooh-Wee) He's Killing Me
  90.   Body Language
  91.   Sweet Sadie the Savior
  92.   Give It Time
  93.   You Don't Have to Say You're Sorry
  94.   Totally Unacceptable
  95.   I Can't Stop
  96.   The Way I Feel
  97.   Fine Fine Fella (Got to Have You)
  98.   S.O.S.
  99.   I Just Can't Let Go
  100.   (If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It featuring Benjamin Northey
  101.   I'll Never Get Over You
  102.   People in Love (Do the Strangest Things)
  103.   Nobody to Dance With
  104.   I'll Be Waiting For You
  105.   Carry On
  106.   This Side of Heaven
  107.   Someone to Watch Over Me
  108.   'Til There Was You
  109.   Starstruck
  110.   Can't Forget the One I Love
  111.   (Up A) Lazy River
  112.   Winter Wonderland
  113.   Monday Monday
  114.   In My Life
  115.   What's at the End of a Rainbow
  116.   I've Got the World on a String
  117.   A-Tisket, A-Tasket featuring Benjamin Northey
  118.   Carol of the Bells
  119.   Lean on Me
  120.   Porgy and Bess Medley by WDR Big Band
  121.   Who Cares by WDR Big Band
  122.   Didn't Say a Word
  123.   Rain, Rain, Rain
  124.   Someone Is Standing Outside
  125.   True Love
  126.   Hold Me
  127.   I Offer You Love
  128.   Anything Can Happen Here
  129.   I Need Somebody
  130.   Little Baby
  131.   Summer Is the Coldest Time of Year
  132.   I'll Keep Your Dreams Alive
  133.   The Girl Who Used to Be Me
  134.   Love Me to Death
  135.   All Behind Us Now
  136.   It's Gonna Be Special
  137.   Lullaby of Birdland
  138.   I Want You Tonight
  139.   Vincent
  140.   Gotta Serve Somebody
  141.   Enjoy the Silence
  142.   There Is No Time
  143.   Hot in the Flames of Love
  144.   Across the Alley From the Alamo
  145.   (I've Given) All My Love
  146.   Basin Street Blues
  147.   How High the Moon featuring Benjamin Northey
  148.   Symphony of Love
  149.   Struttin' With Some BBQ
  150.   Miss Otis Regrets
  151.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Chritmas by Kirk Whalum
  152.   This Christmas
  153.   I.G.y. (What a Wonderful World)
  154.   Lazy Afternoon
  155.   Sweet Sadie the Survivor
  156.   Too Close for Comfort featuring Benjamin Northey
  157.   Another Nail for My Heart
  158.   Hard-Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of Savannah) featuring Benjamin Northey
  159.   I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise by WDR Big Band
  160.   Hello Dolly!
  161.   Change Your Attitude
  162.   Satin Doll featuring Benjamin Northey
  163.   By the Grace of God
  164.   Hurry Home
  165.   Mood Indigo
  166.   Summer Breeze
  167.   Take a Closer Look
  168.   Oh No, Margarita
  169.   The More I Think About It