, whose singing voice I love (go here
), sent along a lovely email the other day. Tessa knows I've interviewed Helen Merrill
at length (start here
) and wanted me to hear something. It was a link to a tape of Helen and Billie Holiday
singing You Go to My Head
at producer-writer Leonard Feather's apartment in New York in November 1956. This is right around the time of Holiday's Carnegie Hall concert with Chico Hamilton
, and months earlier Helen had recorded Dream of You
with Gil Evans
, one of my favorite vocal albums of the 1950s. This seven-minute-plus audio clip is a fabulous peak into a scene nearly 60 years ago at a party late at night, when two great stylists were getting loose and having fun. Here's You Go to My Head
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